Welcome to the Modern Monarchy in Global Perspective Research Hub. Our hub provides global perspectives on how monarchy shapes modern history.

The Modern Monarchy in Global Perspective Research Hub brings together university academics, museum, gallery and heritage curators as well as independent scholars from around the world whose work illuminates the practices, impact and legacies of monarchy from c.1800 to the present. This hub is the first to consider monarchy from a global rather than simply western or ‘Global North’ perspective. It establishes a dialogue among those interested in transnational, comparative and multi-disciplinary approaches to monarchy from different countries around the globe. A particular focus is the way in which imperialism and colonialism (and decolonization) transformed monarchies in both colonizing and colonized countries. We explore the political, social and cultural role of monarchy and the critique of the institution, the changes monarchies have undergone, contemporary issues surrounding royal dynasties, and the legacies of monarchy in material culture, monuments, national narratives and public memory.

The hub draws members from a variety of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds involved in scholarship, museum, gallery and heritage site exhibitions and online media productions. The hub welcomes researchers from diverse backgrounds to contribute to the scholarly conversation on monarchy, as well as to engage with the broader public. It especially welcomes Indigenous researchers and those who work in languages other than in English.

The hub:

  • Provides research profiles, lists of new publications on monarchy, presentation of current projects and contact details of hub members
  • Publishes notices of conferences, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, interviews and other events concerning modern monarchy as well as information on research collaboration and grant funding
  • Organizes occasional ZOOM seminars, interviews and conferences at which members and guests, including postgraduate students and independent scholars present their research ideas and findings

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Throughout history, individuals and extended families have claimed the right to rule over not only traditional homelands, but new territories too.


Monarchs ruled much of the world until well into the 20th century, and in many places still today.


They encompassed a range of political, constitutional, religious and cultural practices and often wielded immense influence over the lives of their subjects.

Resources on Global Modern Monarchy

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Monarchy in Peril – Podcast Series

Join Emeritus Professor Robert Aldrich, and Associate Professor Cindy McCreery – both from the…


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Our Research Hub is curating a collection of resources for researchers and the interested public.


Join us for a series of engaging discussions on current research and issues relating to modern monarchies.


Dr Cindy McCreery
Department of History, A18 Brennan MacCallum Building, University of Sydney