Conferences of Empire (virtual attendance registration now open)

Kevin Morrison Discussion

Comparative Empire: Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation, 1750-1914

Cultural Histories of Empire

19-22 June 2023

Registration for virtual attendance is now open

The Program Committees for the Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies World Congress on 'Comparative Empire' ( and the International Society for Cultural History's annual conference on 'Cultural Histories of Empire' are pleased to announce that registration for virtual attendance has now opened and will run through 12 June. Virtual attendance includes access to all livestream content: 49 SGNCS panels on a diverse array of topics by scholars from more than thirty countries; 33 panels at the ISCH conference on the theme of ‘Cultural Histories of Empire’ (; and five plenary addresses. 


SGNCS plenary speakers include 

* Joy Damousi (Director, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University) on “War, Refugees, and Displacement in the Global Nineteenth Century: Enduring Aftermaths”


* Robbie Goh (Provost, Singapore University of Social Sciences) on “Missionaries, Mediation, Mobility: The Travels (and Travails) of Protestant Christian Ideas in South- and Southeast Asian Societies in the Nineteenth Century”


* Tan Tai Yong (President, Singapore University of Social Sciences) on “Circulations, Connections, and Networks: Singapore in Maritime Southeast Asia"


The ISCH plenaries will be given by

* Jane Lydon (Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History, University of Western Australia) on “Imperial Subjects to Global Citizens? A Visual Language of Australian Citizenship”

*Carlos F. Noreña (Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley) on “Cultural Integration in Ancient Eurasian Empires.”

The joint event will conclude with a dialogue between Berny Sèbe (University of Birmingham) and John M. MacKenzie (Lancaster University) about the latter's new book, A Cultural History of the British Empire (Yale University Press).

A small number of events that are designed to be in-person only are excluded from virtual attendance: six seminars and a workshop on creative writing for cultural historians. Virtual attendees who register by 12 June will receive a copy of the finalized SGNCS and ISCH programs, booklets of abstracts, and Zoom links on 17 June. All times are GMT+8. The final programs are subject to slight variation. Virtual attendance registration options include four full days or single days. To learn more about these options, please visit (