History seminars at the IHR

Imperial and World History

Convenors: Richard Drayton (KCL), Jen Altehenger (KCL), Toby Green (KCL), Tamson Pietsch (Brunel), Sarah Stockwell (KCL), Gagan Sood (LSE), John Stuart (Kingston), David Todd (KCL), Jon Wilson (KCL)

For enquiries relating to this seminar please contact Drayton Richard: richard.drayton@kcl.ac.uk

Venue: wolfson room 1 IHR North Block Senate House unless otherwise stated

Time: Monday, 5.15pm, unless otherwise indicated

The 'Imperial and World History Seminar' is older than the Institute of Historical Research. Its roots lie in the research seminar organised by A. P. Newton at King's, which by the interwar period was the most important British centre for training graduate students in British Imperial history.1 Under Vincent Harlow, Gerald Graham, P. J. Marshall, and Andrew Porter the 'Imperial History' seminar became an international historical institution. In 2009, reflecting the evolution of its subject, the seminar name was changed to encompass the emerging fields of global and transnational history.


Intercalated with the Imperial & World History seminar is the Colonial/Postcolonial New Researchers' Workshop

Colonial / Postcolonial New Researchers' Workshop 

Venue: Pollard Room N301, 3rd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House

Time: Please note the new starting time: Monday, 5.30pm, unless otherwise indicated

Convenors: Lara Atkin (Queen Mary), Hannah Young (UCL) and Jacob Smith (Queen Mary)

Please send any enquiries to: cpnewresearchers@gmail.com

Some podcasts from this seminar are available online

Autumn Term 2015
DateSeminar details
28 September Some perspectives on an Entangled History of the Prison in the British Empire

Thomas Hirt (University of Bern)

A Colonial "Carceral Archipelago": governing Australia’s prison islands
Katy Roscoe (University of Leicester)

Colonial / Postcolonial New Researchers' Workshop 

5 October "Making medicines in early colonial Lima, Peru: Science and Inquisition"

Linda Newson (Institute for Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London)

12 October Tracing the history of eminent domain in colonial thought and legal practice in British India

Debjani Bhattacharyya (Drexel University, Philadelphia)

Colonial / Postcolonial New Researchers' Workshop 

19 October Filibustering from Africa to the Americas: Re-thinking Empire and the Origins of Fascism

Dominic Alessio (Richmond University/the American International University in London)

26 October The colonial project of South Dutch New Guinea: Catholic Goeroes from Kai and Tanimbar as intermediaries, 1920-1942

Maaike Derksen (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

Colonial / Postcolonial New Researchers' Workshop 

2 November Unconquered Colony: British Political Thought and India, 1818-183

Kieran Hazzard (King’s College London)

9 November Empire and circulation: French Naturalists in the Eastern British Empire (c.1780 - c.1830)

Thérèse Bru (Universite Paris-8)

The making of the colonial ethnographer: Contextualising the scholarship of tribal ethnography in India during the nineteenth century
Cam Sharp Jones (University of Manchester)

Colonial / Postcolonial New Researchers' Workshop 

16 November The British search for the course of the Niger River: from a geographical problem to potential possession"

Alexsander Gebara (Universidade Federal Fluminense)

23 November Terrorists or Resistance Fighters? The problem of Anti-colonialism and the Geneva Conventions 1947-1949

Boyd Van Dijk (European University Institute (EUI) Florence)

Patriots, rebels or land-pirates? The role international law in the foreign intervention in the Taiping War (1860-1865)
Jon Chappell (University of Bristol)

Colonial / Postcolonial New Researchers' Workshop 

30 November Politics and Ethics of the Decolonial Idea: from Jamaica to Paris and back (via Cheshire)."

Stephen Howe (University of Bristol)

7 December "The strange unreasonableness of our unkind neighbours": Competing colonialisms and the Anglo-Portuguese struggle for Bombay, 1661-1737

Timothy Riding (Queen Mary, University of London)

The Geography of Royal Navy Patronage 1775-1807
Catherine Beck (National Maritime Museum and University College London)

Colonial / Postcolonial New Researchers' Workshop 

16 December European Time for the World? The Global Transformation of Time, 1870-1950

Vanessa Ogle (Philadelphia)

Chair: Simon Jackson

Joint session with the Imperial and World History and the Rethinking Modern Europe Seminar in The Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House at 17:30