History seminars at the IHR

Reconfiguring the British: Nation, Empire, World 1600-2000

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

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

Venue: Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, North block, 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.

Spring Term 2016
DateSeminar details
14 January South Africa and the commonwealth from Smuts to Mandela

Saul Dubow (QMUL)


28 January 'Writing the history of British colonial Zanzibar through the museum'

Sarah Longhair (British Museum)


11 February 'The Business of Humanity: Britain and the Rise of Global Humanitarianism'

Tehila Sasson (IHR)


25 February 'Writing biographies of social and religious reformers between Britain and Bengal'

Clare Midgley (Sheffield Hallam) and John Stevens (SOAS)


10 March Provisionally: 'History's `public life` in the postcolonial world'

Chris Moffatt (QMUL)