History seminars at the IHR

Reconfiguring the British: Nation, Empire, World 1600-1900

Convenors: Catherine Hall (UCL), Saul Dubow (QMUL), Keith McClelland (UCL), Clare Midgley (Sheffield Hallam University), Zoe Laidlaw (RHUL), Sonya Rose (Michigan/Warwick), Margot Finn (UCL)

For enquiries relating to this seminar please contact Keith McClelland: k.mcclelland@ucl.ac.uk

Venue:  Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House

Time: Thursday 17.30

All welcome

Like the rise of global, transnational, ‘new’ imperial and global histories, the 2014 Scottish referendum reminds us that ‘British’ is a fluid and historically contested rubric. In its 2014-2015 session, Reconfiguring the British will be taking stock of the national and extra-national experience and significance of ‘the British’ in a series of seminars that juxtapose colonial/imperial and metropolitan, British and European, national and transnational, local and global approaches to these disputed pasts. Most sessions are framed by two 20-minute ‘position’ papers, which in combination will offer a comparative view of a particular research topic or problem. A short (5 minute) response
will launch what we hope will be lively responses from the audience, designed to ask questions about where future research agendas in our fields might lie.

Autumn Term 2014
DateSeminar details
9 October Legacies of British Slaveownership. Colonial Slavery and the Formation of Victorian Britain

Book launch, in association with Cambridge University Press, of Catherine Hall, Nick Draper, Keith McClelland, Katie Donington and Rachel Lang: response from Richard Drayton (KCL)

Venue: Senate Room, 1st floor, Senate House, South block followed by a reception in the Jessel Room


23 October Cultures of democracy and modern British studies. Presentation of the new British Studies Centre at Birmingham

Matthew Hilton and 3 colleagues (Birmingham); response from Margot Finn (UCL)

Venue: Torrington Room 104, 1st floor, South block, Senate House


20 November On Racisms.Francisco Bethencourt is the author of Racisms: From the Crusades to the Twentieth Century (2014)

Francisco Bethencourt (KCL) and David Feldman (Birkbeck); response from Catherine Hall (UCL)

David Feldman is Director of the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism


4 December Between Empire and the Edwardian Crisis: New Perspectives on Pre-First World War Britain

Patrick Longson (QMUL) and Harry Wood (Liverpool); response from Kim Wagner (QMUL)