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), 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 II, 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.

Spring Term 2015
DateSeminar details
15 January Reflections on the meaning of abductions for marriage in C18th & C19th Ireland

Maria Luddy (Warwick)

Paradigms of Anglo-Indian marriage in the C18th and C19th
Margot Finn (UCL)


29 January New directions in penal history: comparative and global approaches

Clare Anderson (Leicester) and Hilary Marland (Warwick)


12 February Presentation of 'Colonization and the Origins of Humanitarian Governance' (CUP, 2014)

Alan Lester and Fae Dussart (Sussex). Commentator: Zoë Laidlaw (RHUL)


26 February Poison and the Intimacies of Empire: India and Britain, 1800-1914

David Arnold (Warwick)

Orientalising deafness: disability and difference in the C19 British Empire
Esme Cleall (Sheffield)


12 March Between Peripheries: British women writing on Goa (1870-1840)

Filipa Lowndes Vicente (Visiting Scholar in Portuguese Studies, KCL) Commentator: Clare Midgley (Sheffield Hallam)


26 March Collecting Looerryminer's 'Testimony': Quaker Humanitarian Anti-Slavery thought and action and the politics of witnessing in the Bass Strait Islands, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) 1832

Penelope Edmonds (Tasmania)

Connecting metropolitan and colonial histories of education: the West Indies and Britain in the era of emancipation
Rebecca Swartz (Royal Holloway)