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Gordon T. Stewart is the Jack & Margaret Sweet Professor of History. He teaches and conducts research in World History and British Empire History with a focus on South Asia. His two most recent books are JUTE AND EMPIRE. THE CALCUTTA JUTE WALLAHS AND THE LANDSCAPES OF EMPIRE (Manchester University Press, 1998), and JOURNEYS TO EMPIRE. ENLIGHTENMENT, IMPERIALISM, AND THE BRITISH ENCOUNTER WITH TIBET 1774-1904 (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He has written articles on a variety of topics from charismatic leadership in religious revivals to the relationship between mountaineering and empire for a range of international professional journals including PAST & PRESENT, COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN SOCIETY AND HISTORY, HISTOIRE SOCIALE/ SOCIAL HISTORY, JOURNAL OF SPORTS HISTORY, and HISTORY TODAY. To give a sense of his current research he has a forthcoming article to be published in the JOURNAL OF WORLD HISTORY titled “1774: The Scottish Enlightenment Meets the Tibetan Enlightenment” , a forthcoming chapter in the Oxford University Press series New Directions in the History of Exploration on “European Exploration in Central Asia”, and a book chapter on compartive urban history “Endgame for Jute: Dundee and Calcutta 1890-2000.”

In 2011 he will take up a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship in the United Kingdom. He will deliver six public lectures at the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh (“A Tale of Two Cities: Dundee and Calcutta in the Global Economy”; “Jute in the World: the Worlds of Jute”; “The Same but Different: Women Workers in Dundee and Calcutta”; “The Scottish Enlightenment Meets the Tibetan Enlightenment”; “Love, Sex and Marriage in British India”; and “Big History: its Promise and its Perils.”) He will also lead workshops in World History with faculty and graduate students as part of their development of a Centre for Global History. The Leverhulme Trust, based in London, provides “a limited number of Visiting Professorships each year to enable outstandingly distinguished academics based in overseas universities to spend some time at UK universities.”

Gordon Stewart

Position: Professor Emeritus

Field: 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century

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