Border-Making: State-Building and Geopolitics
Thursday 7 October 2021
Thomas Simpson (University of Cambridge)
The Frontier in British India: Space, Science, and Power in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2021)
Sören Urbansky (German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.)
Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border (Princeton University Press, 2020)
Moderator: Franziska Exeler (Cambridge/FU Berlin) and Kalyani Ramnath (Harvard)
Thomas Simpson is a historian of Modern Asia and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge. His research lies at the intersection of imperial history, the history of South Asia and its borderlands, the history of science, environmental history, and historical geography. He is the author of The Frontier in British India: Space, Science, and Power in the Nineteenth Century, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2021. He is currently working on the Leverhulme-funded research project “Making Climate History” in the Department of Geography and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge.
Sören Urbansky is a historian of Russia and China in the modern era, specializing in imperial entanglements, migration, infrastructure, and the history of borders. He is a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC and the head of its Pacific Regional Office at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the German Historical Institute, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of three books, including Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border, which was published by Princeton University Press in 2020.