Centre for Transnational History



 Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 1715  History of Political Ideas Seminar. Roundtable Discussion: Axel Körner, America in Italy: the United States in the Political Thought and Imagination of the Risorgimento, 1763-1865 Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson Room I  Please join us for the first meeting of the 2017-18 edition of the history of political Ideas seminar. We will host a roundtable discussion of Axel Körner's new book, America in Italy: the United States in the Political Thought and Imagination of the Risorgimento, 1763-1865 (Princeton University Press, 2017).  Introduction by Maurizio Isabella (QMUL); comments by Giorgios Varouxakis (QMUL) and Carlo Capra (University of Milan). More info available here.
Friday, 2 June 2017, 17:30 Book Launch: Axel Körner, America in Italy: the United States in the Political Thought and Imagination of the Risorgimento, 1763-1865 University College London, IAS Common Ground, G11, South Wing, Wilkins Building  Sponsored by Princeton University Press. Book launch of Axel Körner's new book, America in Italy: the United States in the Political Thought and Imagination of the Risorgimento, 1763-1865. Introduced by prof. Richard Bourke (QMUL). 


Monday, 13 June 2016, 9:00-17:00
Workshop: Squatting in East and West Europe  School of Slavonic and East European Studies, 16 Taviton Street, room 432
A workshop for graduate students, postgrads and established scholars


Thursday, 23 June, 6pm, 2016
UCL Centre for Transational History, Annual Lecture: Nicola Miller (UCL), Republics of Knowledge: Reinterpreting the World from Latin America?
 Pearson G22 Lecture Theatre, University College London, WC1E 6BT

(followed by a reception in the North Cloisters)
23-24 June, 2016 Remapping Centre and Periphery: Asymmetrical Encounters in European and Global Context, 1500-2000  University College London

Sponsored by the European Institute and the Grand Challenge Intercultural Interaction, This two-day workshop examines historical mechanisms of cultural and intellectual exchange across the globe. Historians often assume a one-directional transmission of knowledge, leading to the establishment of intellectual and political hierarchies between centres and peripheries. Instead, this workshop investigates the asymmetrical and multi-directional structure of these encounters within Europe as well as in global context.

Organisers: Tessa Hauswedell, Axel Körner, Jospehine Salverda, Ulrich Tiedau.

More details here

21 May, 2016, 1.30pm UCL Public Symposium: What is Latin about Latin America?  Institute of Advanced Studies Common Ground, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower St, WC1E 6BT Why are the diverse modern nations created from the overthrow of Iberian rule in the Americas known as “Latin” America? This symposium is an opportunity to explore the significance of European classical antiquity in the history and culture of the Americas, and to debate what it might mean for our understanding of the idea of civilization. Full details here.
 19-20 May, 2016 Warburg Conference: Classical Traditions in Latin American History The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB Organised in collaboration with the Warburg Institute, with generous additional support from the Institute of Classical Studies. Click here for more information. Here to register, and here for the conference poster.
March, 9th, 2016, 17.30
Lecture: Nathan Wachtel (Collège de France), The 'Jewish Indian Theory’: the Problem of the Origin of the American Populations (XVI-XVIICenturies) UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower St, WC1E 6BT 

With the discovery of an unknown continent during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries not only was a radical change brought about in traditional representations of the world. The West was now also faced with the revelation of the existence of another humankind, an ‘otherness’ all the more radical because even the possibility of its existence had never been imagined. Numerous questions now came to the fore: what were the origins of these savages (labelled from the start as ‘Indians’ following on Columbus’ original mistake); how had this continent come to be inhabited?

Chroniclers, theologians and cosmographers proposed numerous answers: the population of the Americas could be the result of migrations of all kinds: Egyptians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Vikings, Tartars and even Chinese. However, the most popular theory, which persisted for at least three centuries, was that the American Indians were the descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. 

This lecture focuses on the ‘Jewish Indian Theory’, first in the Hispanic world (Diego Durán, Gregorio García, Diego Andrés Rocha) and then in North-Western Europe, especially the Netherlands (Menasseh ben Israel) and England (Thomas Thoroughgood). The 'Jewish Indian Theory’ remained widely accepted until the nineteenth century, exemplified by Lord Edward Kingsborough and also Joseph Smith’s Book of Mormon.

UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA), the Centre for Transnational History (CTH) and the Institute of Jewish Studies (IJS) are honoured to host Professor Wachtel to deliver this lecture at UCL, co-organized by Professor David Lehmann (Cambridge), Professor Axel Korner (CTH) and Dr Paulo Drinot (UCL-IA). Attendance is free of charge but registration is required and can be done here.

A drinks reception will be served after the lecture at the South Cloisters, Wilkins Building

 Wednesday, Febryart, 24th, 2016, 17.30 Presentation of two new books (held as part of the Institute of Historical Research's Modern Italian History series) Past & Present Room, N202, 2nd floor, Institute for Historical Research, North Block, Senate House 

Enrico dal Lago (NUI Galway)

  • The Age of Lincoln and Cavour: Comparative Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century American and Italian Nation-Building. New York: Palgrave, 2015
  • William Lloyd Garrison and Giuseppe Mazzini: Abolition, Democracy, and Radical Reform. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013

Discussants: Eugenio Biagini (Cambridge) Nico Pizzolato (Middlesex)

Chair: Axel Körner

 Wednesday, February, 10th, 2016, 17.30 Conceptualising the Italian South (seminar held as part of the Institute of Historical Research's Modern Italian History series) Past & Present Room, N202, 2nd floor, Institute for Historical Research, North Block, Senate House 
  • Alessandro de Arcangelis (UCL) - 'Hegelian Networks and Transnational Connections: Revising the Intellectual History of Naples, 1815-61'
  • Maria Christina Marchi (St Andrews) - 'The Savoia and the South: Cultural Reinvention in Post-Risorgimento Italy'
Fridays at Irregular Intervals in Term Time (TBC) 
Passionate Politics Reading Group Meetings Room 212, UCL History Department, 26 Gordon Square

The Passionate Politics Reading Group meets once a term to discuss, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, topics inherent to the intersection of human emotions and political life. Texts discussed this year include:

  • Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments
  • Friedrich Schiller's Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man
  • Michael Goebel's Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism

For more information, click here.