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Moorish Ambassador to Elizabeth I

Fictional Embassies

The date and time are still provisional but the next meeting of the UCL Early Modern Staff-Student Reading Group proposes to discuss Timothy Hampton's Fictions of Embassy (Cornell 2009). We very much hope the author will be able to join us afterwards and answer questions about his book. Note that this event is for UCL staff and students only. A wine reception will be held afterwards.
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Starts: Feb 18, 2015 4:30:00 PM

Highlights

University College London and King's College London
5-6 December 2014

Travel and Writing in the Global Renaissance: Revisiting the Peregrination of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614-2014)

Portuguese Discoveries 1502

University College London and King's College London present a two-day conference bringing together experts in the literature and history of the early modern Portuguese world to discuss the "Peregrination" of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614).

To download a copy of the programme click here.

Big History

Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:33 AM

Start: Apr 28, 2014 05:00 PM

Location: Anatomy G29. JZ Young Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Global Crisis
  • Geoffrey Parker (Ohio State University), How not to write a global history of the 17th century
  • Respondents: Jonathan Holmes (UCL Geography) and Axel Korner (UCL History)

Held in conjunction with the Centre for Transnational History as part of their annual lecture series and the Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilization. Generously supported by the Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.


In this lecture, Geoffrey Parker, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at The Ohio State University, will discuss his prize-winning book Global Crisis: war, climate change and catastrophe in the seventeenth century (Yale University Press, 2013), which traces the consequences for civilizations around the globe of the 17th century's 'Little Ice Age', when perhaps a third of the global human population perished. It will reflect on the challenges of writing 'big history' and what lessons if any can be learned from this spectacular early modern example of the most pressing problem facing the world today, climate change.