History seminars at the IHR

American history

Convenors: Dr Uta Balbier (KCL), Prof Jonathan Bell (UCL), Dr Elizabeth Clapp (Leicester), Dr Joanna Cohen (QMUL), Dr Max Edling (KCL), Dr Daniel Matlin (KCL), Dr Erik Mathisen (QMUL), Prof Iwan Morgan (UCL), Dr Kendrick Oliver (Southampton), Dr Daniel Peart (QMUL), Dr David Sim (UCL), Dr Joshua Simon (KCL), Dr Adam Smith (UCL)

For enquiries relating to this seminar please contact Erik Mathisen: erik.mathisen@qmul.ac.uk

Venue: John S Cohen Room 203, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House unless otherwise stated

Time: Thursday, 5.30pm

Autumn Term 2014
DateSeminar details
16 October Information in Wartime: American Bookmen and Open Source Intelligence in World War II

Kathy Peiss (UPenn/UCL)

23 October Monticello Legacies: Slavery, Race, and Liberty and the American Mind

Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard/Oxford)

Please note:  this session takes place in the Senate Room

13 November 'To become again our brethren': Desertion and Deceit between the Lines, 1775-1783

Jon Chandler (UCL)

27 November Of Principals and Principles: Confederate Substitution, Civic Responsibility, and the Issue of Citizenship

Patrick Doyle (Royal Holloway)

Spring Term 2015
DateSeminar details
16 January IHR Workshop in Early American History
Course Leader: Lawrence Goldman & Benjamin Bankhurst
Speakers incude:

Rachel Hermmann (Southampton)
Tom Cutterham (Oxford)
Benjamin Bankhurst (SAS)
Mandy Izadi (Oxford)
Bronwen Everill (KCL)
Kathryn Olivarius (Oxford)
William Coleman (UCL)
Nicolas Cole (Oxford)

London, with its unique colonial archival resources and lively research student populati­­on, is one of the leading centres of early American scholarship in Europe. In January 2015 the IHR library will open its new North American room, a space housing one of the foremost UK collections of published material relating to the early history of the United States and Canada.

To celebrate, the IHR is hosting a day-long workshop for early career academics working on any facet of American or Atlantic history from the seventeenth century to the early national period. Three panels of speakers from universities across England will discuss their research as well as key themes and issues emerging in the field. The day will end with a final round-table discussion focussing on the historiographical and methodological, as well as historical themes that emerged in the panels. The aim of the day is to allow researchers to discuss their ideas among their peers and, where appropriate, to assess the current state of early American research in Britain.

Registration: £10 (students) £20 (general admission)

Register at the University of London online store or by contacting benjamin.bankhurst@sas.ac.uk 

22 January Problems of Modern Democracy: Henry James and the Genteel Tradition

Emily Coit (Oxford)

5 February TBA

Laura Sandy (Keele)

19 February Privacy and Community: Urban Panning for Mental Health in the American Metropolis, c. 1940-60

Ed Ramsden (QMUL)


The Rebuilding of the South Bronx in the Late-Twentieth Century
Themis Chronopolous (UEA)

5 March The Ideological Origins of the 20th-Century American Peace Movement

Marc Palen (Exeter)

19 March The Popular Historians: Writing and Reading the American Past, 1947-1980

Nick Witham (Canterbury Christ Church)

Summer Term 2015
DateSeminar details
4 June PhD. Student Session