Centre for Transnational History


Previous Events 2012 - 2013

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013 Conference: China in Latin America   

A one-day conference convenes specialists working on aspects of China's involvement with Latin America. The programme will begin with a history of the Chinese diaspora focusing on the different patterns of migration taken by Chinese workers on their journey to the Americas. Against this background speakers will then examine Sino-Latin American diplomacy in the twentieth century. This theme will be analysed through the two sides' respective political economies and through the impact of China's investments on emerging markets. Health Diplomacy offers a final perspective through which to trace China in Latin America.

The conference is organised by the UCL Centre for Transnational History and the UCL Centre for Chinese Health and Humanity, with support of the UCL Institute of the Americas and UCL Grand Challenges Intercultural Interactions.  The Conference is free to students and academics. To attend please register here

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 at 5.30

Larry Wolff (New York University),

Western Perspectives on Eastern Europe:  New Mental Mapping after the Cold War

Chadwick Lecture Theatre B05

(near the UCL main entrance on Gower Street, on the right)

Introduction: Axel Körner (UCL)

Vote of thanks: Wendy Bracewell (UCL-SSEES) 

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the North Cloisters.

Larry Wolff is Professor of History and Director of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. He works on the history of Eastern Europe, the Habsburg Monarchy, the Enlightenment, and on the history of childhood. His most recent books include Paolina's Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova's Venice( 2012) and The Idea of Galicia:  History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture (2010). 

Abstract: This lecture will discuss the idea of Eastern Europe, as first conceived in the eighteenth century, and how that idea has been recently transformed during the twenty years since the end of the Cold War.  Because the Cold War gave the idea of Eastern Europe its most concrete geopolitical meaning during the communist period, the post-communist period has witnessed a complex transformation of general ideas about the region, most notably in relation to the fall of communism and the entrance of so many lands of Eastern Europe into NATO and the European Union.  The lecture will make use of images and commentary, principally from the media and recent popular culture, in order to attempt to demonstrate the ways in which the idea and imagery of Eastern Europe has been altered during the last two decades.  

The event is generously sponsored by UCL Grand Challenge Intercultural Interaction and the The European Institute.

5.30-7.30 p.m., Monday 4 February 2013

Gogol and the Gauchos

Film screening of 'Cossacks in Argentina' (2010) and conversation with director Federico Windhausen

Room 432, SSEES, 16 Taviton St

In 1962, the Hollywood film studio, Universal, released Taras Bulba, starring Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis.  This film was an adaptation of Gogol's short story (1835, revised 1842) and depicts, in neo-Romantic opulence, the story of the eponymous hero and his cossack band's war against the Poles.

The main scenes of the film were shot in the Northern Argentinian city of Salta, where thousands of extras were employed. Windhausen's documentary film of 2010 returns to the city of Salta in Argentina as it is today and revisits the memories and impressions the filming has made on the community.

Windhausen's film raises important questions of imperial memory in the Cold War and questions of translation and the changing memory of group identities that are used to characterise empires (Cossacks) and nations (Gauchos) across state boundaries - of the way that twenty-first century Agentinians remember twentieth-century Americans playing at nineteenth-century Russians and Ukrainians.

Federico Windhausen is a director and film scholar teaching at the California College of the Arts. His research areas include Latin American cinema (with an emphasis on Argentina) and experimental practices in film, video, and new media.

This discussion is a collaboration of the UCL Centre for Transnational History and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Russian Cinema Research Group.

Tim Beasley-Murray, SSEES

Dina Gusejnova, Centre for Transnational History

Dr Dina Gusejnova Leverhulme Fellow History Department and Centre for Transnational History, UCL Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 5.30-8pm Book Launch: America Imagined: Explaining the United States in Nineteenth-century Europe and Latin America 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ UCL-IA, in conjunction with the UCL Centre for Transnational History, is pleased to host the launch of this book, edited by three eminent UCL History scholars: Prof Axel KornerProf Nicola Miller and Dr Adam I.P. Smith (published by Palgrave MacMillan, 2012). Why has "America" - that is, the United States of America - become so much more than simply a place in the imagination of so many people around the world? In both Europe and Latin America, the United States has often been a site of multiple possible futures, a screen onto which could be projected utopian dreams and dystopian nightmares. Join discussants Prof Miles Taylor and Emeritus Professor Guy Thomson, and continue the discussion over a drink at the brief drinks reception that will follow the presentation. Entrance is free of charge but registration is required.
Monday, 10 December 2012, 6 pm Presentation and discussion of:
Avi Lifschitz,Language and Enlightenment. The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century.(Oxford: OUP 2012)
Gordon House,  29 Gordon Square, room 106 Presentation and discussion of:

Avi Lifschitz, Language and Enlightenment. The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century. (Oxford: OUP, 2012)

Discussants: Christopher Clark (Cambridge) and Nicholas Cronk (Oxford) Chair: Axel Körner (UCL)