Dr. Philip Hatfield (British Library) - Searching for Arctic trade routes, the Northwest Passage and other supposed routes like it, has captured the imagination of Scottish, English and other European sailors since at least the sixteenth century. Explorers such as Sir Martin Frobisher, Sir John Ross, Sir James Clark Ross and Dr. John Rae have scouted routes, conducted experiments and encountered diverse peoples on their journeys. In turn their work has had a profound impact on the Arctic and shaped the world around us. The history of this exploration is recorded in striking manuscripts, maps, printed books and photographs that are held in collections across the United Kingdom and Lines in the Ice: Exploring the Roof of the World is an account of this history of exploration as told through these works. This talk, then, is both an Arctic history and a story of travelling through the writing of others, beautifully illustrated by those who travelled to and lived in the Arctic. More...
Starts: Dec 12, 2016 6:00:00 PM
IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Imperial rivalries, insurgents and spies: Britain and Spain during Latin American Independence
Gregorio Alonso (Leeds) - The aim of this paper is to unravel some of the less well-known dimensions of British and Spanish policies towards Latin America in the 1810s and 1820s. The central role played by Latin America in the complex diplomatic, economic and political relationships between both colonial powers will be explored by focusing on the activities and schemes devised by the agents and informants working for them.
Starts: Dec 13, 2016 5:30:00 PM
Miguel Carreras (UC Riverside) - In the last 25 years, nine outsider candidates won presidential
elections in Latin America. Outsiders are candidates with little
political experience running for new parties. This reality presents a
dual puzzle, which is the focus of this talk.
Starts: Dec 13, 2016 6:00:00 PM
Anthony Pereira (KCL) - The Brazilian state in the 21st
century is at the same time a coercive state, employing a large degree of
lethal violence against its own citizens; a national developmental state,
coordinating the commanding heights of the economy in the service of domestic
industry and export promotion; a constitutional state, with a formal commitment
to equality of citizenship and the rule of law; and a social democratic state
that guarantees a minimum income to the most disadvantaged in society. What
explains this peculiar combination of characteristics, and in particular, the
persistence of relatively high levels of state violence despite rising state
capacity in the developmental, constitutional, and social spheres? This paper
reviews the literature on state formation in search of clues to this puzzle,
and then suggests, from a comparative perspective, some answers to the
Starts: Jan 11, 2017 5:30:00 PM
Karen Wilkes (Birmingham City University) - In
the contemporary neoliberal context, where the princess bride is a privileged
consumer citizen, the destination white wedding is a niche product for the
tourist industry, and the Caribbean is a particularly popular destination,
fulfilling 'Western ideas of [paradise and] a romantic other' (C. M. Hall and
Tucker 2004: 10). Operating in the global market place, companies such as
Sandals actively sell the Caribbean as a paradise destination and attainable
luxury, through interactive web sites and high-quality glossy brochures.
Starts: Jan 18, 2017 5:30:00 PM