Many congratulations to Dr Maria Ángeles Martín Romera, of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, who has been successful in her bid for a European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, to fund a period as a research fellow at UCL History. Dr Romera will join the department in September 2018 to work for two years with Dr John Sabapathy on a project entitled 'Surveilling Communities: Public office holders and popular control in Southern Europe (13th-15th centuries)', focusing on Castile, southern France, and Siena.
Senior Lecturers John Sabapathy and Antonio Sennis were pleased to learn in January that their consortium, led by Dr Catherine Keen of SELCS, has been successful in its application to UCL's Rome Regional Partnership fund. There was a good deal of competition for this funding, which has been awarded to ten groups from across UCL and comes as part of a wider move within the university to develop new and existing links with specific regions across the EU.
Congratulations to Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Dr Aaron Graham, who has been awarded the Parliamentary History Essay Prize 2017 for an article entitled 'Legislatures, Legislation and Legislating in the British Atlantic, 1692-1800’. The prize is awarded to early-career researchers by the journal Parliamentary History for the best essay submitted on an historical subject related to the history of parliaments and representative institutions in Britain, Ireland, and British colonial dependencies.
Since the 19th century, anti-Americanism has been used as a political tool to try to shape Mexican public opinion. Further, recent opinion polls show that fluctuations in Mexican opinions of the United States correlate to the rhetoric and actions of the sitting U.S. president. Since the election of Donald Trump, there has been a recent resurgence in anti-Americanism, which could impact the upcoming general election in Mexico and the next Mexican presidency (2018-2024). In this talk, Dr. Andrew Paxman traces the career of politicized “gringophobia” from the Mexican-American War of the 1840s to the present.
This one-day workshop, to be held at UCL on 4 May 2018, explores the role of 'subjective' practices in the early modern sciences. The organisers are interested in the epistemic dimension of judgements that we now think of as subjective, either because of the senses they deploy (such as taste and smell) or because of the ends they serve (such as determining the quality and originality of a work of art). What were the technical procedures that early moderns used to make these judgements? What sort of knowledge was involved in them? And how did that knowledge stand in relation to early scientific disciplines, such as medicine, natural history, chemistry and natural philosophy? This workshop draws on literary history, art history, and the history of science, and covers a wide range of things that early moderns made judgements about, from scientific instruments to the pleasures arising from sensory experience.
On Saturday 5 May 2018, UCL History will be hosting a conference on 'Slavery and Capitalism: The Williams Thesis for the 21st Century'. Eric Williams’ seminal Capitalism and Slavery (1944) set the agenda for several generations of scholarship on the abolition of the British slavery complex. Among the first and most influential challenges to the prevalent self-congratulatory narrative of abolition as ‘among the three or four perfectly virtuous acts recorded in the history of nations’, the Williams thesis radically disrupted both British and Caribbean social, cultural, and economic history. In recent years, debates around the validity of various aspects of the Williams thesis have once again been reignited by historians and economists, who have contested both the empirical bases of Williams’ thesis and the broader conclusions he drew from it.
A visit has been arranged for alumni on Saturday, May 12, 2018 to the Postal Museum, which opened in summer 2017. The visit will include a ride on Mail Rail, the GPO narrow gauge underground railway which linked Liverpool Street and Paddington mainline stations, part of which is now preserved in working order.