20 May 2015, 5.30pm
CTH Annual Lecture: Giuseppe Mazzini in (and beyond) the History of Human Rights Institute of Archaeology, G6 Lecture Theatre

Samuel Moyn (Professor of Law and History, Harvard University),

Introduction: Axel Körner (UCL Centre for Transnational History)

Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL Centre for Human Rights) will present a vote of thanks.

The lecture will be followed by a reception. A poster is attached.

The event is free and there is no registration.

20 March, 2015, 10.30am-6.30pm
Passionate Politics Workshop
Torrington Room, Senate House

There is an influential tradition of thought, stretching from the Stoics to Kant and Rawls, according to which the passionate side of human nature is construed as antithetical to the good life. Taking a fresh look at this relationship, the UCL-based research group ‘Passionate Politics’ engages with the way affective forces shape political movements, personal and group identities.

In the first public workshop of the series, political theorists, philosophers, anthropologists, scholars of literature and music have been invited to explore how their disciplinary fields conceptualise the passions. This workshop will showcase how thinking across disciplinary boundaries can open up new vistas on the relationship between the passions and human nature.

26 November, 2014, 5.30pm

Discussion of:

Paul Corner, The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini's Italy (Oxford University Press, 2012). 

G09/10 25 Gordon Square

Discussion of:

Paul Corner (University of Siena), The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini's Italy (Oxford University Press, 2012). 

Introduction: Axel Körner (UCL)

Discussants: Jane Caplan (Oxford), Stephen Lovell (KCL)

Chair: Carl Levy (Goldsmiths)

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

29 March, 2014,
Global communities and critical citizenship: The future citizen
Tate Modern

This panel will look at the changing idea of the global citizen, from whistle blowers to protestors and migrants, that inform an idea of the future citizen.

*Reduced price tickets available with code CITIZN

28 April, 2014, 5pm
Big History: How not to write a global history of the 17th century
JZ Young Lecture Theatre
Geoffrey Park (Ohio State University), Alexander Samson (UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges), Axel Korner (UCL Centre for Transnational Studies), Jonathan Holmes (UCL Geography).
1-2 May, 2014 Postwar Cosmopolitanism. Political universalism between the Seven-Years’-War and the Cold War
  This interdisciplinary project explores linkages between war and cosmopolitanism from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. The results will be presented at a conference that will take place on 1-2 May 2014, hosted by UCL’s Centre for Transnational History. Please visit this site for further updates.
9:30am to 17:00pm 19 September, 2013

Crossing Borders:

People and Objects in Movement from 1500 to the Present

Graduate Conference


This day-long conference will focus on the exchange and movement of people, ideas and objects across national boundaries. Transnational history has become an increasingly popular subject of study among social and cultural historians. The aim of this conference is to tap into this trend by looking beyond the rigid category of the nation to explore how people and objects moved across borders. Organised by the UCL Centre for Transnational History and supported by the UCL Grand Challenge Intercultural Interaction, this conference offers an opportunity for graduate students to present papers in an encouraging, exploratory environment. We seek papers primarily from those with a background in history, but contributors from other disciplines are most welcome. Papers may include, but are not limited to:

- Mercantile networks

- Art, music and literature

- Consumption culture

- Diplomacy

- Tourism, the Grand Tour, travel writing, anthropology

- Science and technology

- Diaspora and exile

- Non elite border crossers – soldiers, fishermen, traders, etc.

The conference will include an introductory address by Professor Axel Körner, who is the Director of the UCL Centre for Transnational History.

Proposals of 250 words, including a title, for papers lasting no more than twenty minutes should be submitted by Friday, 5th July to Attendance of the conference is free, but we do request that you register by email before the event. More details can be found on our Facebook events page, ‘Crossing Borders: People and Objects in Movement’. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mondays at Irregular Intervals in Term Time (TBC)
Meetings of the  CTH working group on Cosmopolitanism Department of History, Room 212

The working group on Cosmopolitanism explores concepts and practices of cosmopolitanism in comparative perspective. Our aim is to produce a genealogy of works and objects through which we can analyse the transformation of the cosmopolitan ideal and its critiques. We usually do so by reading secondary texts associated with the modern revival of cosmopolitan political theories after the end of the Cold War. Three sessions in 2012 were devoted to the writings of Immanuel Kant, Johann Gottfried Herder, and Giuseppe Mazzini, which we read in conjunction with texts by Charles Taylor, Nadia Urbinati, and others. In the summer, we will turn to Fougeret de Monbron and the 18th century reception of Stoicism. In the Autumn of 2012, we will discuss different genres of cosmopolitan thought (treatises, travelogues, novels), and we also plan to look at non-European theories of cosmopolitanism. This group is open to academic staff, including visiting scholars, and graduate students who would be prepared to present their own work or a literature review on this topic at least once throughout the series. Participants can approach the topic from a particular angle related to their ongoing work.

For more details, visit our wikipage at

If you are interested in joining us, please contact the conveners, Dr Dina Gusejnova and Dr Simon Macdonald

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013
Conference: China in Latin America

A one-day conference convenes specialists working on aspects of China’s involvement with Latin America. The programme will begin with a history of the Chinese diaspora focusing on the different patterns of migration taken by Chinese workers on their journey to the Americas. Against this background speakers will then examine Sino-Latin American diplomacy in the twentieth century. This theme will be analysed through the two sides’ respective political economies and through the impact of China’s investments on emerging markets. Health Diplomacy offers a final perspective through which to trace China in Latin America.

The conference is organised by the UCL Centre for Transnational History and the UCL Centre for Chinese Health and Humanity, with support of the UCL Institute of the Americas and UCL Grand Challenges Intercultural Interactions.  The Conference is free to students and academics. To attend please register here:

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 at 5.30

Larry Wolff (New York University),

Western Perspectives on Eastern Europe:  New Mental Mapping after the Cold War

Chadwick Lecture Theatre B05

(near the UCL main entrance on Gower Street, on the right)

Introduction: Axel Körner (UCL)

Vote of thanks: Wendy Bracewell (UCL-SSEES)

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the North Cloisters.

Larry Wolff is Professor of History and Director of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. He works on the history of Eastern Europe, the Habsburg Monarchy, the Enlightenment, and on the history of childhood. His most recent books include Paolina’s Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova’s Venice ( 2012) and The Idea of Galicia:  History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture (2010). 

Abstract: This lecture will discuss the idea of Eastern Europe, as first conceived in the eighteenth century, and how that idea has been recently transformed during the twenty years since the end of the Cold War.  Because the Cold War gave the idea of Eastern Europe its most concrete geopolitical meaning during the communist period, the post-communist period has witnessed a complex transformation of general ideas about the region, most notably in relation to the fall of communism and the entrance of so many lands of Eastern Europe into NATO and the European Union.  The lecture will make use of images and commentary, principally from the media and recent popular culture, in order to attempt to demonstrate the ways in which the idea and imagery of Eastern Europe has been altered during the last two decades. 

The event is generously sponsored by UCL Grand Challenge Intercultural Interaction ( and the The European Institute (

5.30-7.30 p.m., Monday 4 February

Gogol and the Gauchos

Film screening of ‘Cossacks in Argentina’ (2010) and conversation with director Federico Windhausen

Room 432, SSEES, 16 Taviton St

In 1962, the Hollywood film studio, Universal, released Taras Bulba, starring Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis.  This film was an adaptation of Gogol’s short story (1835, revised 1842) and depicts, in neo-Romantic opulence, the story of the eponymous hero and his cossack band’s war against the Poles.

The main scenes of the film were shot in the Northern Argentinian city of Salta, where thousands of extras were employed. Windhausen’s documentary film of 2010 returns to the city of Salta in Argentina as it is today and revisits the memories and impressions the filming has made on the community.

Windhausen’s film raises important questions of imperial memory in the Cold War and questions of translation and the changing memory of group identities that are used to characterise empires (Cossacks) and nations (Gauchos) across state boundaries – of the way that twenty-first century Agentinians remember twentieth-century Americans playing at nineteenth-century Russians and Ukrainians.

Federico Windhausen is a director and film scholar teaching at the California College of the Arts. His research areas include Latin American cinema (with an emphasis on Argentina) and experimental practices in film, video, and new media.

This discussion is a collaboration of the UCL Centre for Transnational History and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Russian Cinema Research Group.

Tim Beasley-Murray, SSEES

Dina Gusejnova, Centre for Transnational History

Dr Dina Gusejnova Leverhulme Fellow History Department and Centre for Transnational History, UCL Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 5.30-8pm Book Launch: 'America Imagined: Explaining the United States in Nineteenth-century Europe and Latin America' 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ

UCL-IA, in conjunction with the UCL Centre for Transnational History, is pleased to host the launch of this book, edited by three eminent UCL History scholars: Prof Axel Korner, Prof Nicola Miller and Dr Adam I.P. Smith (published by Palgrave MacMillan, 2012).

Why has "America" - that is, the United States of America - become so much more than simply a place in the imagination of so many people around the world? In both Europe and Latin America, the United States has often been a site of multiple possible futures, a screen onto which could be projected utopian dreams and dystopian nightmares.

Join discussants Prof Miles Taylor and Emeritus Professor Guy Thomson, and continue the discussion over a drink at the brief drinks reception that will follow the presentation. Entrance is free of charge but registration is required.

Monday, 10 December 2012, 6 pm

Presentation and discussion of

Avi Lifschitz, Language and Enlightenment. The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century. (Oxford: OUP 2012)

Gordon House,  29 Gordon Square, room 106

Presentation and discussion of

Avi Lifschitz, Language and Enlightenment. The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century. (Oxford: OUP 2012)

Discussants: Christopher Clark (Cambridge) and Nicholas Cronk (Oxford)

Chair: Axel Körner (UCL)

 11am-8pm, Thursday, 14 June 2012 International History Conference in Honour of Professor Kathleen Burk  Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL, 31-34 Gordon Square

Entitled New Perspectives on International History, there will be three panels, on transatlantic relations, transnational approaches to international history, and empire. Presentations will be given by Kathy's colleagues and former students, highlighting the department's strengths in international history and its past, present, and future contributions to the field.

The keynote lecture at 6pm will be by Professor David Reynolds, Professor of International History at Christ's College, University of Cambridge.

This will be followed by a wine reception with wines selected by Kathy.

 Thursday, 19 April - Saturday, 21 April 2012 Rousseau 300

A series of events commemorating Rousseau’s tercentenary
 Tuesday, 13 March 2012 Centre for Transnational History Annual Lecture  Haldane Lecture Theatre, UCL  Dr Patricia Clavin (Jesus College, Oxford), 'Ropes around the necks of our debtors.' Europe and the Transnational History of Development, 1920-1970.
5.30 p.m. Wednesday 12 October 2011 IHR/CTH Rethinking Modern Europe Seminar

Senate Room, 1st floor South Block, Senate House,

Reception afterwards in the Jessel Room

Book Launch

Professor Stephen Conway, Britain, Ireland, and Continental Europe in the Eighteenth Century. Similarities, Connections, Identities

Chair: Axel Körner (UCL)

Discussants: Timothy Blanning (Cambridge) and Ian McBride (KCL) 

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