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Portraits and politics in classical Greece and early imperial China: an institutional approach to comparative art

Start: Nov 11, 2013 4:00:00 PM

Portraits and Politics in classical Greece and early imperial China: an institutional approach to comparative art
Jeremy Tanner will give the sixth seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 11 November.

Seminar: 'Being Canadian in 1900: Nationalisms and Empire' - Michael Böss

Start: Nov 11, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 11, 2013 7:30:00 PM

This paper looks at the current debate in Canadian historical circles on the nature of British Canadian identity at the turn of the century and is partly based on recent research undertaken at Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario. This debate has been fuelled by Chris Champion’s book The Strange Demise of British Canada: The Liberals and Canadian Nationalism, 1964-1968 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010).The paper explores the development of French and British Canadian ideas of Canada and argues for a broad notion of Canadian nationalism.

The House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived

Start: Nov 12, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 12, 2013 7:00:00 PM

Lords book cover - png file
The House of Lords has frequently reached the news in recent years, but almost always in the context of its possible reform, rather than the existing chamber's role in the policy process. Meg Russell's new book, published in July, seeks to redress the gap in understanding, based on detailed research about the chamber's evolving membership, party groups, committees and treatment of legislation. The book argues that the years since 1999 (when Tony Blair's government removed most hereditary peers) have seen a 'revival' of bicameralism in the UK, with the Lords playing an increasingly active and influential role. Even before the arrival of coalition in 2010, the Lords had given the third party significant negotiating power, making British parliamentary politics far more plural than was suggested by the old 'Westminster model'. Since the arrival of the coalition, the independent 'Crossbenchers' have taken on a pivotal, but little-known, position. These changes have obvious consequences for how we are governed, and have also changed the tone of debates about Lords reform.

Prof. Matthew Kramer (Cambridge), 'Torture, Morality, and Law' (Political Theory)

Start: Nov 13, 2013 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 13, 2013 7:00:00 PM

B.A. (Cornell); J.D. (Harvard); Ph.D., LL.D. (Cambridge)
Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy

An Assyriologist in Egypt: R. Campbell Thompson at Wadi Sarga

Start: Nov 13, 2013 5:15:00 PM
End: Nov 13, 2013 6:15:00 PM

R. Campbell Thompson at Wadi Sarga (Image courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum)
Elisabeth O'Connell (The British Museum) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network at the UCL Petrie Museum on 13 November.

Lecture: 'The Future of the Americas at the British Museum'

Start: Nov 13, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 13, 2013 7:30:00 PM


UCL-Institute of the Americas proudly hosts Dr Jago Cooper, Americas curator at the British Museum to deliver this lecture. The British Museum contains one of the finest collections of American material culture in the world. In this talk, Dr Jago Cooper will provide an overview of the Americas collections at the British Museum, contextualize their current use within the Museum and discuss plans for their future development. The talk will reflect upon plans and opportunities for public engagement, exhibitions, research, fieldwork, and teaching in order to strengthen collaborative ties and contacts with UCL Institute of Americas.

Dr Jago Cooper studied at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where he developed his interests in Latin American Archaeology and Human-Environment Dynamics. Over the years Jago has worked on archaeological and heritage management projects in Australia, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Rapa Nui, Spain and Sri Lanka. Joining the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester in 2007 as a Lecturer in Archaeology, Jago was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in 2008 for a three year research project entitled 'The Archaeology of Climate Change in the Caribbean'. In October 2012, Jago was appointed as the Curator of the Americas at the British Museum.

Ancient Colombian gold under the microscope @the BM

Start: Nov 14, 2013 1:30:00 PM
End: Nov 14, 2013 2:30:00 PM

Musica raft (By Andrew Bertram (World66) [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)
Marcos Martinón-Torres has been invited to give a lunchtime lecture at the British Museum on 14 November.

'Talking to Terrorists - how to end armed conflicts' (Policy and Practice)

Start: Nov 14, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 14, 2013 7:00:00 PM

Jonathan Powell
Jonathan Powell

Prof. Roberto Unger (Harvard), 'The task of Social Theory and the Future of Democracy' (Political Theory)

Start: Nov 15, 2013 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 15, 2013 6:00:00 PM

roberto unger
Legal Theory: Legal, Political and Social Theory

Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army

Start: Nov 18, 2013 4:00:00 PM

Terracotta Warriors (Image courtesy of Xia Juxian)
Marcos Martinón-Torres will give the seventh seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 18 November.
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