Centre for Transnational History


Previous Events 2013 - 2014

29 March, 2014,
Global communities and critical citizenship: The future citizen Tate Modern

This panel will look at the changing idea of the global citizen, from whistle blowers to protestors and migrants, that inform an idea of the future citizen.

*Reduced price tickets available with code CITIZN

28 April, 2014, 5pm  Big History: How not to write a global history of the 17th century JZ Young Lecture Theatre  Geoffrey Park (Ohio State University), Alexander Samson (UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges), Axel Korner (UCL Centre for Transnational Studies), Jonathan Holmes (UCL Geography). 
1-2 May, 2014 Postwar Cosmopolitanism. Political universalism between the Seven-Years'-War and the Cold War    This interdisciplinary project explores linkages between war and cosmopolitanism from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. The results will be presented at a conference that will take place on 1-2 May 2014, hosted by UCL's Centre for Transnational History. Please visit this site for further updates.
9:30am to 17:00pm 19 September, 2013

Crossing Borders:

People and Objects in Movement from 1500 to the Present

Graduate Conference


This day-long conference will focus on the exchange and movement of people, ideas and objects across national boundaries. Transnational history has become an increasingly popular subject of study among social and cultural historians. The aim of this conference is to tap into this trend by looking beyond the rigid category of the nation to explore how people and objects moved across borders. Organised by the UCL Centre for Transnational History and supported by the UCL Grand Challenge Intercultural Interaction, this conference offers an opportunity for graduate students to present papers in an encouraging, exploratory environment. We seek papers primarily from those with a background in history, but contributors from other disciplines are most welcome. Papers may include, but are not limited to:

- Mercantile networks

- Art, music and literature

- Consumption culture

- Diplomacy

- Tourism, the Grand Tour, travel writing, anthropology

- Science and technology

- Diaspora and exile

- Non elite border crossers - soldiers, fishermen, traders, etc.

The conference will include an introductory address by Professor Axel Körner, who is the Director of the UCL Centre for Transnational History.

Proposals of 250 words, including a title, for papers lasting no more than twenty minutes should be submitted by Friday, 5th July to peopleobjectsideas@gmail.com. Attendance of the conference is free, but we do request that you register by email before the event. More details can be found on our Facebook events page, 'Crossing Borders: People and Objects in Movement'. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mondays at Irregular Intervals in Term Time (TBC) Meetings of the  CTH working group on Cosmopolitanism Department of History, Room 212

The working group on Cosmopolitanism explores concepts and practices of cosmopolitanism in comparative perspective. Our aim is to produce a genealogy of works and objects through which we can analyse the transformation of the cosmopolitan ideal and its critiques. We usually do so by reading secondary texts associated with the modern revival of cosmopolitan political theories after the end of the Cold War. Three sessions in 2012 were devoted to the writings of Immanuel Kant, Johann Gottfried Herder, and Giuseppe Mazzini, which we read in conjunction with texts by Charles Taylor, Nadia Urbinati, and others. In the summer, we will turn to Fougeret de Monbron and the 18th century reception of Stoicism. In the Autumn of 2012, we will discuss different genres of cosmopolitan thought (treatises, travelogues, novels), and we also plan to look at non-European theories of cosmopolitanism. This group is open to academic staff, including visiting scholars, and graduate students who would be prepared to present their own work or a literature review on this topic at least once throughout the series. Participants can approach the topic from a particular angle related to their ongoing work.

For more details, visit our wikipage at https://wiki.ucl.ac.uk/x/LxdiAQ.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact the conveners, Dr Dina Gusejnovad.gusejnova@ucl.ac.uk and Dr Simon Macdonaldsimon.macdonald@ucl.ac.uk