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.

Autumn Term 2015
DateSeminar details
8 October Mortal Coils: Kin, Clan & Cash in Colonial Madras, c. 1800

Margot Finn (UCL)


22 October Representing the past: the drama of the Zong

Jeremy Krikler (Essex)


5 November Threatening Letters: E. P. Thompson and the Service Relationship in Historical Research

Carolyn Steedman (Warwick)


19 November Gender, property and absentee slave--- ownership

Hannah Young (UCL)

Slave--‐Ownership, Fortune and Status: the Dawkins’ in Jamaica and England, 1760--‐1833
James Dawkins (UCL)


3 December Gender and War in the C20th:


Emasculated servicemen? Gender and captivity in the First and Second World Wars
Clare Makepeace (UCL)

Gendered Wartime Service: The “Privilege” to Fight in the 20th Century World Wars
Sonya Rose (Michigan/Birkbeck)