2024 Prothero Lecture, with Peter Frankopan: booking now open

14 May 2024

The 2024 RHS Prothero Lecture will reflect ‘On the Challenges and Purposes of Global History’ with Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History at the University of Oxford. Booking for the lecture, which takes place at 6.30pm BST on Wednesday 3 July in central London and online, is now open for in-person and online attendance. All are welcome.

The Prothero Lecture is one of the high points of the Society’s annual events programme. It is followed by our annual summer party to which all attendees are very welcome. The party is an opportunity to meet fellow historians and members of the Society’s governing Council.

In this year’s Prothero Lecture, Peter Frankopan will ask what is global history; should historians think globally – and is it even possible to do so? How does macro-history fit alongside microhistories and regional and periodic specialisations; and what do these questions mean for the teaching of history at school and university? Professor Frankopan’s lecture will consider problems of traditional periodisation and regionalisation and show how global history can be instructive and helpful from teaching at primary school level to high-level academic research to public history.

About this year’s Prothero Lecturer

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. He is also Professor of Silk Roads Studies and a Bye-Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge.

His publications includeThe Silk Roads: A New History of the World (Bloomsbury, 2015), The New Silk Roads: The Future and Present of the World (2018) and The Earth Transformed: An Untold Story (2023). Silk Roads was named The Daily Telegraph‘s History Book of the Year 2015 and was lauded as one of the ‘Books of the Decade’ 2010-20 by the Sunday Times. His latest book, The Earth Transformed: An Untold History, was named History Book of the Year by The Times in 2023. His books have have been translated into forty languages.

About the RHS Prothero Lecture

First given in 1968, the Prothero Lecture — named after George W. Prothero (President of the Society, 1901-05) — has featured some of the world’s leading historians. Former Prothero Lecturers include Joanna Bourke, Linda Colley, Roy Foster, Olwen Hufton, Sujit Sivasundaram, Brenda E. Stevenson and Keith Thomas.

For more on the Society’s events programme in May, June and July, please see here. Forthcoming events include lectures, training workshops and panels discussions.