In November 2020 we announced the first 10 seminars series for a new initiative: the IHR online Partnership Seminars.

Designed as a space for timely interventions in current and emerging research areas, Partnership Seminars will open up inter-disciplinary and cross-sector dialogues, bring together different approaches and expertise on selected themes, and forge new collaborations and networks across the UK and beyond. Each seminar series is organised by historians from at least three universities or institutions, from across the UK and internationally.

The 10 series for 2021-22 will explore a range of topical and emerging historical themes alongside innovative methodologies.

  • Anthropocene Histories
  • Applied History and Contemporary Geopolitics
  • The Archives of Global History in a Time of International Immobility
  • Coastal Connections
  • Doing Refugee History
  • Historians across Boundaries: collaborative historical research
  • Risk and Uncertainty in the Premodern World
  • Spaces of Sickness and Wellbeing: histories of art, architecture and experience
  • The Shock of the Record: archives and truth
  • The World in a Historic House: global connections and collections

Further information on each of the series is now available via a Partnerships Seminar page on the IHR website.

From January 2021, we’re delighted to announce that the opening seminars from three of the series — Anthropocene Histories, The Archives of Global History in a Time of International Immobility, Coastal Connections, and The Shock of the Record now available for booking.

We begin, at 15:30 on Tuesday 12 January with ‘The Anthropocene and the Challenges of the Deep Historical Imagination’, presented by Professor Pratik Chakrabarti (Chair in History of Science and Medicine / Director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester).

Forthcoming in January, February and March are opening sessions in the Archives of Global History seminar:

The Coastal Connections seminar:

  • ‘Coastal Brexit’ (19:00, 21 January), with Jonathan Evershed (University College Cork), Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University), Ciarán O’ Driscoll (European Movement Ireland), Gráinne Ní Aodha (
  • ‘Vanishing Coasts’ (14:00, 25 February), with Young Rae Choi (Florida International University), Katie Ritson (Rachel Carson Cente), Mike O´Rourke (Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center), Hsinya Huang (National Sun Yat-Sen University), Joana Gaspar de Freitas (University of Lisbon).

And the The Shock of the Record: archives and truth seminar:

We thank all those who’re convening and taking part in these and future sessions and series — as speakers, discussants and audience members.

The launch of the remaining Partnership Seminars and their programmes will be announced in the coming weeks and months. Please do check back to the IHR Partnerships Seminars page or via IHR Twitter for further details.