Monday, 29 December 2014

Seminar - Marcel van der Linden on global labour history

Marcel van der Linden is coming to talk on the state of Global Labour History to the Imperial and World History seminar series at the IHR on March 23.

Imperial and World History seminar
University of London: Spring term 2015
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)

Meetings are, except where indicated, on Mondays at 5.15pm in the Peter Marshall Room of the
Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London

January 12
Max Edling (KCL): 1787: Birth of the American Empire
January 26
A. G. Hopkins (Cambridge and Austin): Globalisation, the Cold War, and the Decolonisation of the Insular Empire of the United States
February 23
Felipa Vicente (Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa): Portuguese India and British India: Comparing Colonialisms in the Nineteenth Century
March 9 Jon Slight (Cambridge): The British Empire and the Hajj in the First World War
March 23
Marcel van der Linden (International Institute of Social History and Amsterdam): Global Labour History: Provisional Results and Further Prospects

IHR Research Seminar in Philosophy of History


This seminar is open to all those interested in the philosophy of history, broadly construed (including historiography, historical theory, methodology). Meetings take place five times in the Autumn and five in the Spring Terms, on alternate Thursdays at the IHR, usually in Room 304 (details below). They start at 5.30pm and last about two hours. For further information, contact Mark Mason at

For Spring Term 2015 Richard Saville has organized a series of papers on the theme of 'The Philosophy of Economic History'.

Spring Term 2015:
The Philosophy of Economic History

22nd January (Professor Olga Crisp Room 102). David Renton (Garden Court Chambers): 'The idea of the margin in Sidney Pollard’s economic history'.

5th February (Room 304).      John Foster (University of the West of Scotland): 'Karl Marx’s method and the study of history'.

19th February (Room 304). David Howell (University of York): 'Inventing Tradition: Eric Hobsbawm on Nations and Classes'.

5th March (Room 304). Nuala Zahedieh (University of Edinburgh): 'Eric Williams and the Materialist approach to the history of Slavery'.

19th March (Room 304). Richard Saville: 'John Richard Hicks and the theory of economic history'.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

CfP: What's Happening in Black British History? II

What’s Happening in Black British History? II 
Liverpool University 19th Feb 2015 
Call for Papers  

On 30 October 2014, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies launched a new series of workshops on Black British History with a highly successful event at Senate House in London, which attracted over 100 participants. The aim of the series is to foster a creative dialogue between researchers, educationalists (mainstream and supplementary), archivists and curators, and policy makers. It seeks to identify and promote innovative new research into the history of people of African origin or descent in the UK, and to discuss the latest developments in the dissemination of that history in a wide variety of settings including the media, the classroom and lecture hall, and museums and galleries.  

We are delighted to announce that the second workshop in the series will take place at the University of Liverpool in the Leggate Lecture Theatre of the Victoria Gallery & Museum on Thursday 19th Feb 2015. It will be hosted by the University of Liverpool and co-sponsored by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the University’s BME Staff Network. We would like to invite offers of presentations.  

While we are potentially interested in a broad range of subjects relating to Black British History, we are particularly keen to include a number of topics that were suggested at the previous workshop, or that we wish to develop further. These are: 

Gender, particularly histories of Black British women and the LGBT community;  
Education, with a particular emphasis on how to improve the coverage of black British history in schools, colleges and universities. Presentations from those actively involved in creating teaching resources would be particularly welcome;   
Sport, as a microcosm of the broader politics of race and the construction of black identities;  
Creative and Cultural Interpretations of Black British Historyconsidering how these histories can be communicated in Art, Literature & Music;   
Emancipation, examining the agency of Black people in challenging physical and mental slavery and oppression.  
Local History, and specifically the history of Liverpool.   

The workshop will run from 11am to 6.30pm, followed by a reception. It will consist of three panels and a concluding round table discussion. Each panel will consist of three presentations lasting for 15-20 minutes. Please submit a title and a brief description of your presentation either in writing (in which case, of no more than 300 words) or in some other form (for example a clip or podcast) with an indication of which panel you envisage contributing to, to Dr Miranda Kaufmann at by 10 January 2015. 

We welcome individual proposals from researchers, educationalists, archivists and curators. In addition, we would be happy to consider proposals for a complete panel. The panel should have a coherent unifying theme, either relating to one of the themes mentioned above, or one of your own choice, and the proposal should include the abstracts of three related presentations and the names and affiliations of the presenters. We would also be interested in providing A-level students with an opportunity to give presentations on projects relating to Black British History.  

Friday, 5 December 2014

LSHG Spring Term 2015 seminars

London Socialist Historians Seminars Spring Term 2015

Monday January 19 - Marika Sherwood, 'Black Soldiers in World War One'

Monday February 2 - Matthew Burnett-Stewart, 'Arming both sides. The Armaments industry in World War One'.

Monday February 16 - Deborah Lavin, 'Anti-Socialist Working Class Radicalism in the Second Half of the 19th Century'

Saturday February 28 - '70 years since the 1945 Attlee Government': Francis Beckett, Ian Birchall, John Newsinger and others From 11.30am - [LSHG Conference]

Monday March 16 - Launch of A History of Riots (CSP) Keith Flett and others

All seminars take place in Room 102 at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, WC1 and start at 5.30pm with the exception of February 28th - all welcome. For more information please contact Keith Flett at the email address above