What are transnational solidarities and how do they expand our understanding of interactions beyond the nation state? Do they offer a way to understand how actors beyond the West engage with and shape global transformations? Lydia Walker and Su Lin Lewis discuss with Ria Kapoor in this episode of the History Workshop Podcast.

We’ll come united – Demonstration/Parade Hamburg 29.09.2018. Photo by Rasande Tyskar. CC BY-NC 2.0


Lydia Walker is a historian of postwar decolonization and the Cold War in the Global South, with a focus on US Empire, Southern Asia, and Southern Africa.  She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of History at Leiden University (The Netherlands), attached to the ‘Challenging the Liberal World Order from Within’ ERC project which explores the United Nations’ relationships with states, peoples, and movements from the postcolonial world. Her manuscript, States-in-Waiting: Postwar Decolonization and its Discontents shows how nationalisms that did not achieve statehood during decolonization’s moment of seeming political possibility sought out informal sources of international recognition. Her scholarship has appeared in The American Historical Review, Past &  Present, and The Washington Post and has been supported by The Institute of Historical Research (UK), The Social Science Research Council (US), Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and New York University.

Twitter account for the Invisible Histories project – @invisihist


Su Lin Lewis is Associate Professor in Modern Global History at Bristol.  She works on the social history of globalisation, including cosmopolitan port-cities, transnational activist movements, and post-colonial internationalism, with a focus on modern Southeast Asia.  Her monograph, Cities in Motion: Urban Life and Cosmopolitanism in Southeast Asia 1920-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2016) won the Urban History Association’s Prize for Best Book (2015-16). She leads an AHRC-funded research network on ‘Afro-Asian Networks in the Early Cold War’, a vibrant collaborative research project on the transnational movements of political leaders, activists, and literati across Asia and Africa in the 1950s and 1960s in the heyday of the Bandung era. She is currently an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow working on a project about Socialist Internationalism in the Afro-Asian World.  She completed her PhD at Cambridge University and has taught at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Birmingham, and Birkbeck.

Blog for the Afro-Asian Networks project: https://medium.com/afro-asian-visions

Twitter account for the Afro-Asian Networks project: @afroasiannet

Twitter account: @sulinlewis


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