Inaugural lecture at UCL Centre for Transnational History

27 October 2008

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Distinguished Professor of History, Jacques Revel, will deliver the newly-established UCL Centre for Transnational History’s inaugural lecture this week.

Professor Revel, of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Visiting Professor at New York University’s Institute of French Studies, will deliver his lecture, ‘Religions Beyond Borders? The Uses of Comparison in the Early 18th Century’.

His talk will be introduced by Dr Axel Korner, Reader in Modern European History at UCL History. With a vote of thanks by Professor Michael Worton, UCL Vice Provost (Academic & International) and Fielden Professor of French literature.

‘Transnational’ history is the study of historical processes above and beyond the structures of states and nations, as well as comparative history from the ancient to the contemporary world.

The centre provides a forum for research and graduate and training in the field across UCL departments and facilities, including UCL History, the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies, the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine at UCL and UCL History of Art, UCL Scandinavian Studies and UCL Technology Studies.

It will support individual and collaborative research into transnational history, offer an institutional framework for graduate studies in the field and will host a programme of seminars, lectures and events.

Professor Revel’s talk will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 28 October in the Gustave Tuck, followed by a reception in the South Cloisters. The event is free and all are welcome.

Next month, look out for a talk organised by the centre, to be presented by Pierre-Yves Saunier, researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Lyon. It takes place on 11 November.