A B Emden Lecture

St Edmund Hall organises an annual History lecture in memory of A. B. Emden, a distinguished medievalist and historian of universities who was Principal of the Hall from 1929 to 1951. Established in 1992, the Emden Lecture attracts eminent historians from around the UK and beyond to speak on topics of particular contemporary relevance to a non-specialist audience. The lectures are free and also open to the public.

Recent speakers include: Professor David Armitage, Harvard University (2023) Professor Stella Ghervas, Newcastle University (2022), Professor Yuri Slezkine, University of California (2020), Professor David Edgerton, King’s College London (2018), Professor Frank Trentmann, Birbeck, University of London (2017) and Professor Joanna Bourke, Birbeck, University of London (2015).

Past Lectures

A B Emden Lecture 2023

Professor David Armitage Lloyd Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University on ‘Gulliver’s Travails: Treaties in the Making—and the Breaking—of the Modern World’ on Thursday 12 October.

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David Armitage 2023

Image Gallery

Professor Stella Ghervas, 2022 Emden Lecture
Principal Baroness Willis and Professor Stella Ghervas, Emden Lecture 2022
Professor David Edgerton, Emden Lecture 2018
Professor Drank Trentmann and Principal Keith Gull (2009-2018), Emden Lecture 2017