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Can a long-term and comparative understanding of the nature of imperial identities shed light on some of the dynamics behind Brexit? The ways in which empires – and their collapse – transform their central regions as much as the colonies constitute a significant part of the story, argues Andrew Gardner, summarising an article recently published in the Journal of Social Archaeology.
Andrew Gardner (Institute of Archaeology)
20 February 2017
Starts: Feb 20, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Nicholas Wright from the UCL School of Public Policy analyses the government's recent White Paper on Brexit.
Nicholas Wright (SPP)
17 February 2017
Starts: Feb 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM
In a new report published jointly by the UCL Constitution Unit and the
UCL European Institute, Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the
Constitution Unit, examines what the process of Brexit is likely to look
like over the coming weeks, months, and years. Here he summarises five
Alan Renwick (Constitution Unit)
8 February 2017
Starts: Feb 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Postwar Cosmopolitanism: Political Universalism from the Seven Years' War to the Cold War
Publication date: Nov 13, 2013 04:48 PM
Start: May 01, 2014 12:00 AM
1-2 May 2014
The aim of this project, hosted by UCL’s Centre for Transnational History and supported under the UCL EI Small Grants Scheme, is to explore the genealogy of ideas of world order with a focus on the theme of war.
Looking at a period from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, the project will seek to recover connections between cosmopolitan ideals and the social history of major international conflicts such as the Seven Years’ War, the Napoleonic Wars, the two World Wars, and the Cold War.
The project consists of three parts:
- A virtual panel, with short filmed interviews and contributions from academics;
- Concert: "A Dream of Germany", curated by David Owen Norris, live at the Warburg Institute and on digital radio on 1 May 2014;
- A 1.5-day conference on 1-2 May 2014. Download the final programme.
Using a nuanced understanding of war as a cultural phenomenon opens up prospects for revisiting Enlightenment cosmopolitanism – typically associated with peace – through an unfamiliar lens. Wars produce literary genres and cultural forms of their own; they not only destroy, but also create new connections between ideas and people; they also provide a reservoir of traumatic memories from which new ideas of political order arise. The intention is to give some thought to the connection between cosmopolitan orders and the changing use-value of the term ‘cosmopolitanism’ itself: in the pens of the Enlightenment philosophes, it ranged from political universalism to anti-imperial pluralism; among nineteenth-century nationalists, it was used to promote or defend national causes; in the twentieth-century totalitarian states, it was associated with Jewish identity, and in the post-Cold War world, it is variously associated with the ‘one’ as well as with the ‘ninety-nine percent’, with dictatorship as well as with democracy.
See the full conference website for more:
This project is supported by UCL European Institute's Call for Proposals