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London Group of Historical Geographers (LGHG)

Seminar Programme

Summer Term 2017

2nd May         Martin Thomas (Australian National University)

Charles Mountford goes to America: the genesis of a National Geographic expedition to northern Australia in 1948.

16th May         Jonathan Saha (University of Leeds)

Animal life and the death of a colonial metropolis: Yangon, 1938-1948.

23rd May †     Sovereignty, Law and Geography Roundtable

Jointly convened with the Maritime History Seminar.

A panel discussion of A Search for Sovereignty (2010) involving:

Lauren Benton (Vanderbilt University)

Simon Layton (Queen Mary University of London)

Steve Legg (University of Nottingham)

Kimberley Peters (University of Liverpool)

Mira Siegelberg (Queen Mary University of London)

This event will be held in the Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, and will be followed by drinks.

Seminars, unless otherwise indicated, are held on Tuesdays at 5.15pm in Wolfson Room I (NB01), Institute of Historical Research, North Block, Senate House, University of London. For further details, or to have your name added to our e-mail list, please contact one of the convenors. For supporting this seminar series, we are grateful to King's, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, Birkbeck, LSE, Open University, UCL, University of Sussex, and the IHR. Convenors: Ruth Craggs (King's), Felix Driver (Royal Holloway), Innes M. Keighren (Royal Holloway), and Miles Ogborn (Queen Mary).

† This seminar will start at 6pm and be held in Chancellor's Hall, Senate House.

LGHG was originally established in 1981. Since 1989 it has organised fortnightly themed seminars across three terms of the academic year at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. See details of the history of these seminars


LGHG Archive


Spring:  The Pacific

10 January

Katie Parker (University of Pittsburgh) - "Charting Anson through time: the use of maps in books on the Anson circumnavigation (1740-44) from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries."

24 January

Stephanie Mawson (University of Cambridge)- "Geographies of resistance in the seventeenth-century Philippines."

7 February

Anthony Pickles (University of Cambridge) - "The fluttering tide: the adoption of gambling across the Pacific."

21 February

Philipp Schorch (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) - "From Polynesia to Transpacific Americas and back: the ongoing (re)making of a region."

7 March

Haidy Geismar (University College London) - "Rambaramp and the politics of perspective: unpacking digital and analogue epistemologies in museum collections"


Spring:  Oceanographies

12 January

Jonathan Stafford (Kingston) - 'Writing the ocean in the age of mechanical propulsion: steam, colonial shipping and nineteenth-century perceptions of the sea'

26 January

Stephanie Jones (Southampton) - 'Labouring the ocean and justice at sea'

9 February

Sujit Sivasundaram (Cambridge) - 'From the winds of the Bay of Bengal: knowledge, empire and self'

23 February

Simon Layton (QMUL) - 'Piratical states: British imperialism in the Indian Ocean world'

8 March

Tristan Stein (Kent) - 'Mediterranean passes, North African corsairs and maritime regionalisation in the long eighteenth century'


3 May

Janet Polasky (University of New Hampshire) - 'Connecting revolutions and ignoring borders: circulating radical ideas in the Atlantic world, 1776–1848'

17 May

Clare Harris (University of Oxford) - “Greetings from Darjeeling”: photography, colonialism, and copresence in a Himalayan hill station'

24 May

Miles Ogborn (Queen Mary University of London) - 'Habermas in Jamaica: speech, politics and slavery'

Autumn: Empire and Decolonisation

4th October
Martin Mahony (The University of Nottingham)
Aerial empire: airship imaginaries and the imperial discovery of the atmosphere.
18th October
Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary University of London)
Decolonization as tragedy?
1st November
Liz Haines (Royal Holloway, University of London)
The cultural production of ignorance? Territorial knowledge and indirect rule in Northern Rhodesia, 1915–1955.
15th November
Sarah Stockwell (King’s College London)
The imperialism of decolonization?: Oxford, Cambridge and the Colonial Service.
29th November
Lynda Nead (Birkbeck, University of London)
Greyscale and colour: the hues of nation and empire, c. 1945–1960.


Spring: Networks

20 January           Hugh Crosfield (Royal Holloway, University of London)
"Don't squeeze a South African dry!" Mobilizing the orange as anti-apartheid and antiracist resiatance, 1970-1974

3 February           James Poskett (University of Cambridge)
Global histories of science and the book  

17 February         Caroline Bressey (University College London)
Retracing Victorian anti-racism: race, class and the network of Anti-Caste's activists

3 March                Mark Curran (Queen Mary, University of London)
Selling Enlightenment: book trade networks and the intellectual origins of the French Revolution, 1769-1789

17 March              Rachel Leow (University of Cambridge)
Decentering with distance: networks of May Fourth in Southeast Asia when


19 May                  Anthony Shelton (Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia)
and Annie E. Coombes
(Birkbeck, University of London)
The world museum: geographies and genealogies

2 June                    Alison Bashford (University of Cambridge)
Geographies of commemoration in Pacific quarantine islands

Autumn:  Topographies

6 October             Stephen Daniels(Nottingham)
'Map-work': John Britton and the topographical imagination in nineteenth-century Britain

20 October           Veronica della Dora(Royal Holloway)
‘And he walked from country to country’: Vasilij Grigorovich Barskij's pious topographies, 1723-1747

3 November          William Bainbridge(Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)
‘Mountains run mad': shared topographies and conflicting memories in the Dolomites

17 November       Jordan Goodman(UCL)
Making places, knowing lives: Joseph Banks learns Australia, 1770-1810

1 December         Felicity Myrone(British Library)
Re-evaluating topography: the case of Captain Thomas Davies’ An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara (1762)




Autumn: Scarcity and Plenty

14 October          Helen Anne Curry (University of Cambridge)

Hybrid corn and endangered maize: agricultural modernization and the conservation of genetic diversity in crop plants, 1935–1970

28 October           George Adamson (King's College London)

"We are threatened with famine, the most horrible of evils": drought, the markets and the law of unintended consequences in nineteenth-century western India  

25 November      David Nally (University of Cambridge)

Philanthropic power: lessons from the agricultural strategies of the Rockefeller Foundation [to be held in the Bloomsbury room (G34) on the ground floor, South Block, Senate House]

9 December         Georgina Endfield and Lucy Veale (University of Nottingham)

“By the bye, is it summer? It is raining as hard as it can pour”: historical geographies and cultural memories of deluge, dearth and extraordinary weather in the UK


6 May     Jason Finch (Abo Akademi, Finland)
Grotland: writing the last days of the 'London slum', 1940-1965

20 May   Karl Offen (University of Oklahoma)
Race and indigeneity: the changing constructions of difference on the Mosquito coast

Spring : Indigeneity & Locality: Kith & Kin

21 January Catherine Nash (Queen Mary)

Geographies of Genetic Indigeneity


4 February Helen Gilbert (Royal Holloway)

Walk the Talk: Indigeneity, Dwelling and Performative Routes to Reconciliation

18 February Chris Gosden (Oxford)
Indigeneity and Englishness at the Pitt Rivers Museum

4 March Ben Rogaly (Sussex) and Becky Taylor (Birkbeck)
Making Strangers Out of Locals: Oral Histories of Trans-Spatial Connection among the 'Indigenous' English


18 March Henry Stobart (Royal Holloway)
Dancing in the fields: Virtual Locality and Imagined Histories in Indigenous Andean Music Videos



Autumn: Knowing The World

1st October 2013 Innes Keighren (Royal Holloway)

Beyond belief: knowing the world through books of travel, 1773-1859

15th October 2013 Patricia Seed (UC Irvine)
Counterfeit cartographies in the fifteenth century

29th October 2013 Rachel Jacobs (Waddesdon Manor)

The games that mapped the world: French eighteenth-century travel and geography board games at Waddesdon Manor

12th November 2013 James Delbourgo (Rutgers)
Empire of curiosities: Hans Sloane and the collection of the world


26th November 2013 Katy Barrett (National Maritime Museum)
Knowing your latitude and longitude in eighteenth-century London




7 May Cyril Pearce (University of Leeds)

Communities of resistance: Towards geography of dissent in First World War Britain

21 May James Ryan (University of Exeter)
Encounters and exchanges: photography in exploration

28 May Peter Hansen (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)
The summits of modern man: mountaineering after the Enlightenment


Spring: Geography, Museums and Collections

22 January Caroline Cornish (Royal Holloway)
Reconfiguring objects, refashioning spaces: the Kew Museums of Economic Botany

5 February James Wallis (University of Exeter)
‘Oh! What a lovely exhibition!’ Exploring the Imperial War Museum’s First World War fiftieth anniversary displays, 1964–1968

19 February Claire Wintle (University of Brighton)
Decolonising the Smithsonian: American foreign policy and colonial collections, 1945-1970

5 March Nicholas Thomas (University of Cambridge)
Pacific presences: encounter and experiment in the European museum

19 March George Lovell (Queen’s University, Ontario)

The archive that never was: state terror and historical memory in Guatemala



2 October 2012 James Nye (King’s College, London)
The Tricky Business of Selling Time

16 October 2012 Peter Soppelsa (University of Oklahoma)
Stopping Time in Paris, 1830–1910

30 October 2012 Carlos Galvis (Royal Holloway, London)
Circles of Discontinuity: the Time of Railways and the Time of Cities, London & Paris 1860-1900

13 November 2012 Charles Withers (University of Edinburgh)
The Prime Meridian, Metrology and the Internationalisation of Science, Space and Time

27 November 2012 Mustafa Dikeç (Royal Holloway, London)
Pumping Time: Temporal Infrastructures in Fin-de-siècle Paris


15 May 2012  Konstantin Dierks (Indiana University)
America’s global imaginaries, 1776-1869: Geography as a handmaiden to nation, or empire?

22 May 2012  Daniel Whittall (Royal Holloway)
Creolising London? Caribbean activists and the geographies of race and empire in 1930s Britain

29 May 2012  Frances Steel (University of Wollongong)
Cruising Oceania: Sea transport and island tourism in the age of steam


Guest convenor: Innes M. Keighren, Royal Holloway

17 January 2012 Heike Jöns (Loughborough University)
Research Travel and the Formation of Modern Disciplines in the University of Cambridge, 1885–1955

31 January 2012 Rose Marie San Juan (University College London)
Memories of Punishment and Ruination: The Continuum of Urban Space and Early Modern Cabinet Displays of Wax Anatomical Models

14 February 2012 Tamson Pietsch (Brunel University)
The British Academic World, 1880–1939

21 February 2012 Diarmid Finnegan (Queen’s University, Belfast)
Scientific Speech and the Geography of Victorian Oratory

6 March 2012 Heather Ellis (Humboldt University, Berlin)
A Scientific Republic of Letters?: Transnationality and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1870–1945


Autumn 2011: Freedom

18 October 2011 Alan Lester (Sussex University)
Freedom and humanitarianism in early nineteenth century British empire

1 November 2011 Faramerz Dabhoiwala (Oxford University)
Sexual freedom: history and geography

15 November 2011 Polly Russell (British Library/Sussex University)
Sisterhood and after: activists, archives, academics and the Women’s Liberation Oral History Project

29 November 2011 Stephane van Damme (SciencesPo, Paris)
Subversive freedom: libertine anthropology and the geography of knowledge

13 December 2011 Kirsty Reid (University of Bristol)
Taking liberties: convict transportation, illegal returners and narratives of popular freedom in Britain, Ireland and empire, c. 1787-1868

Summer 2011: Geopolitics

10 May 2011 Judith Still  (University of Nottingham)

The Iroquois in the City and the Enlightenment Imaginary

24 May 2011 Fiona McConnell (University of Cambridge)
Rehearsing statehood: the governance practices of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile

7 June 2011 Adam Ramadan (University of Cambridge)
Space, Sovereignty and Territory: Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon

Spring Term 2011:Home Hospitality and the City

1 February 2011  Sara Fregonese (Royal Holloway)
Destroying cosmopolis: Tales from Beirut's Ma'rakat al Fanadiq (Battle of the Hotels), 1975-6

15 February 2011 Nigel Clark (Open University)
'Wet Feet in the Living Room’: Hospitality in the Time of Heavy Weather

1 March 2011   Michael Keith  (COMPAS, Oxford University)
Hospitality, 'integration of migrants' and the Rights to the City

15 March 2011     Mireille Rosello (University of Amsterdam)
Gypsy Hospitality: Tony Gatlif's Gadjo Dilo

29 March 2011     Shompa Lahiri  (Queen Mary)
Travel and domesticity: Olive Christian Malvery in Imperial London

10 May 2011  Judith Still (University of Nottingham)
The Iroquois in the City and the Enlightenment Imaginary 


Autumn Term 2010: INFRASTRUCTURE

12th October 2010 Stephen Graham (Newcastle University)
Disrupted cities: When infrastructure fails

26th October 2010 Jeff Hughes (University of Manchester)
Materialising the secret state: Infrastructures of Cold War Britain

9th November 2010 Anyaa Anim-Addo (Royal Holloway,University of London)
“Startling as the subject may at first sight appear”: Maritime infrastructure and the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company

23rd November 2010 Peter Adey  (Keele University)
Infrastructural affectivity: Mobility, security, and the history of preparedness

7th December 2010 Simon Schaffer (University of Cambridge)
The Bombay case: Colonial space and astronomical infrastructure 

Summer Term 2010

27th April 2010 Stella Moss (University of Oxford)
Spitting and Sitting: Gender, Space and the English Public House, 1918-39

4th May 2010 Dan Clayton (University of St. Andrews)
Geographical Warfare in the Tropics: Yves Lacoste and the Vietnam War

11th May 2010 Tristan Stein (Harvard University)
“Situated in the Midst of the Trading World:” Tangier between Atlantic and Mediterranean Empire, 1660-1683 

Spring Term 2010 : SPACES OF DRINK

Guest convenor: James Kneale, UCL
19 January David Beckingham  (University of Cambridge)
Liberalism, liberty and the geography of the Inebriates Acts, 1879-1914

2 February Stella Moss (University of Oxford)
Spitting and Sitting: Gender, Space and the English Public House, 1918-39

16 February James Brown  (University of Oxford)
Drinking Geographies in Early Modern England

2 March Deborah Toner (University of Warwick)
Everything in its Right Place? Drinking Spaces and Popular Culture in 19th Century Mexican Literature

16 March James Nicholls (Bath Spa University)
The pub and the people: drinking spaces and UK alcohol policy, past and present  


Autumn Term 2009: PROPERTY

6th October 2009 Nick Draper (University College London)
Property in Men’: Converting people to cash at the end of British colonial slavery, 1823-1838

20th October 2009 Alastair Owens (Queen Mary University of London)
Fragments of the modern city: The property of everyday life in Victorian London

3rd November 2009 Susanne Seymour  (University of Nottingham)
Picturing plantation property: Estate views in the British Caribbean in the late 18th and early 19th centuries

17th November 2009 Cathy Waters  (University of Kent)
Representing property: Commodity culture in Household Words

1st December 2009 Margot Finn (University of Warwick)
Moving properties: Stability and circulation in Anglo-Indian Society under the East India Company, c. 1780-1830 

Summer Term 2009

28 April Caron Lipman (Queen Mary, University of London)
The domestic uncanny: co-habiting with ghosts

12 May Deirdre Coleman (University of Melbourne)
The letters and journals of Henry Smeathman: cutting a figure in West Africa and the West Indies in the 1770s

26 May Ruth Craggs (St Mary’s University College)
Commonwealth London: hospitality and belonging in the city 1947-1973 

Spring Term 2009: ARTS OF CITIES
co-convened by David Pinder

20th January Luke Dickens  (Royal Holloway, University of London)
These are a few of my favourite fiends: post-graffiti, art worlds and the city

3rd February    Ian Walker (Newport School of Art, Media and Design
City gorged with dreams: surrealism and urban photography in Paris, London and Prague

17th February  Rachel Lichtenstein (Artist, writer and oral historian)
Memory embedded in place: exploration of city streets

3rd March   Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, University of London)
On cold climates

17th March  Jane Rendell (Bartlett, University College London)
Critical spatial practice: site-writing 


Autumn Term 2008: NEW WORLDS

7th October 2008 Linda Newson (King’s College London)
Slave diets from Africa to Peru in the early seventeenth century

21st October 2008 Federico Fernández Christlieb (UNAM, Mexico)
Territoriality, contact and conquest in sixteenth-century Central Mexico

4th November 2008 Heidi Scott (Aberystwyth University)
Paradise in the New World: A seventeenth-century vision of the American tropics

18th November 2008 David Lambert (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Geographical knowledge, Atlantic slavery and the culture of West African exploration

2nd December 2008 Bertie Mandelblatt (Université de Montréal, Canada)
The transatlantic circulation of French Caribbean rum in the Ancien régime 

Spring/Summer Terms 2008: GEOPOLITICS
Guest co-convenor: Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway  

15th January 2008 David Atkinson  (University of Hull)
Diffusing geopolitics in 1930s Italy

29th January 2008 Marcus Power (University of Durham)
The commonwealth and the politics of development in post-colonial Mozambique

12th February 2008 Alasdair Pinkerton (Royal Holloway)
A new kind of imperialism: Cold War broadcasting and the contested geopolitics of South Asia

26th February 2008 Richard Powell (University of Liverpool)
Hydrocarbon histories: the geopolitics of Arctic science

11th March 2008 Richard Alston (Royal Holloway)
Transitions in space and time in the cities of the Roman empire

20th May 2008 Susan Reid (University of Sheffield)
Cosy communist homes: making the Soviet apartment in the Krushchev era

27th May 2008 Nicholas Baron (University of Nottingham)
Mapping the Soviet: geopolitical cultures and control, 1918-1953

10th June 2008 Cindy Weber (University of Lancaster)
A critical geo-politics of post-9/11 US identity 


Autumn Term 2007: PLACING ANIMALS

9th October 2007 Danielle Schreve (Royal Holloway, University of London)
The return of the native: Half a million years of wild horse and human interactions

23rd October 2007 Louise Curth (Bath Spa University)
‘A Remedy for his Beast’: Popular veterinary texts in early modern England

6th November 2007 Garry Marvin (Roehampton University)
Wolfscapes: Intersections of human and wolf lives (and deaths)

20th November 2007 Daniel Allen (University of Nottingham)
River valleys, hunted otters and identity

4th December 2007 Stephen Daniels (University of Nottingham)
Equestrian landscape: George Stubbs and Creswell Crags 

Summer Term 2007


15th May 2007 Rod Edmond (University of Kent)
Ethnography and reportage: Tom Harrisson’s Savage Civilisation (1937) and Mass-Observation

29th May 2007 Matthew Kurtz (Open University)
Subject of a visual economy: The captivations of domestic photography in an Arctic Alaska community, 1949

12th June 2007 Benita Parry (University of Warwick)
The moment and afterlife of Heart of Darkness

Guest convenor: David Gilbert, Royal Holloway

30th Jan 2007 Sean Nixon (University of Essex)
Americans in London: advertising, Americanization and commercial change 1945-67

13th Feb 2007 Jane M Jacobs and Stephen Cairns (University of Edinburgh)
The modern touch: Interior design and modernisation in post-independence Singapore

27th Feb 2007 John Gold (Oxford Brookes) and George Revill (Open University)
From Folk Revival to World Music: Alan Lomax, science and cantometrics

13th March 2007 Fraser MacDonald (Melbourne University)
Marxism and the Art of Geopolitics: the Cold War photography of Paul Strand

27th March 2007 Christopher Breward (Victoria & Albert Museum) and Sonia Ashmore (London College of Fashion)
Laboratories of Fashion: Retail design and the accommodation of the West End consumer, 1957-1975



10th October 2006 Simon Reid-Henry (Queen Mary, University of London)
Ghosts of Guantánamo

24th October 2006 Mat Whitecross (codirector, Revolution Films)
Screening of The Road to Guantánamo

7th November 2006 Jürgen Zimmerer (University of Sheffield)
Landscapes of genocide: the Herero War in German Southwest Africa (1904-1908) and its legacies

21st November 2006 Claudio Minca (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Biopolitical blackholes and the new geographies of darkness

5th December 2006 Toby Dodge (Queen Mary, University of London)
A journey from colonial to neo-colonial Baghdad: Joseph Conrad, Sir Henry Dobbs, Paul Bremer and visions of the good Iraqi 


9th May 2006 Mauricio Abreu (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
European conquest, Indian subjection and the conflicts of colonization: Brazil in the early modern era

23rd May 2006 Noah Hysler-Rubin (Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Queen Mary University of London)
The story of Patrick Geddes: A postcolonial study in the history of town planning

6th June 2006 Diana Paton (Newcastle University)
Spiritual power, popular culture and Caribbean modernities 

Guest convenor: Matthew Gandy (UCL)

31st January 2006 (ST274 in Stewart House) Steven Connor (Birkbeck College, University of London)
A grave in the air: Death, burial and the elements

14th February 2006 (ST274 in Stewart House) Peg Rawes (Bartlett School, UCL)
Sonic spaces

28th February 2006 (Wolfson Room in IHR) Adrian Forty (Bartlett School, UCL)
Concrete and culture

14th March 2006 (Wolfson Room in IHR) Thomas Blom Hansen (Yale University)
Fire: Passion and purification

28th March 2006 (ST273 in Stewart House) John Scanlan (University of St. Andrews)
Garbage: Matter, metaphor, spectre  


11th October 2005 Jill Fenton (Royal Holloway, University of London )
‘La révolution d'abord et toujours': Surrealist resistance in Paris

25th October 2005 Carl Griffin (University of Southampton)
Gesture, choreography and custom in popular protest: Or, the disciplining of bodies of men in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England

8th November 2005 Dave Featherstone (University of Liverpool)
The trans-Atlantic mutinies of the 1790s and the formation of Irish subaltern political identities

22nd November 2005 Diana Paton (University of Newcastle)
Researching the colonial supernatural

6th December 2005 Jani Scandura (University of Minnesota)
Harlem: Blue- penciled place


Summer Term 2005


26th April 2005 Peter Merriman (Reading)

‘Respect the life of the countryside': The Country Code, government and the conduct of visitors to the countryside in post-war England and Wales

10th May 2005 Jenny Robinson (Open University)

Ways of being modern: towards a cosmopolitan urban studies

24th May 2005 Andrew Barry (Goldsmiths College , University of London)

Technological zones  

Spring Term 2005


18th January 2005 Gerry Kearns (Cambridge University)

Immigration, terrorism and the echoes of the Irish-British past

1st February 2005 Alex Cook (Cambridge University)

The use and abuse of re-enactment in television history: A survivor's guide

15th February 2005 Karen Till (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Digging in Berlin 's memory district: Hauntings, hypervisibility, and hungry tourists

1st March 2005 Mimi Sheller (Lancaster University)

Measures of silence: Writing histories of gender and slavery

15th March 2005 Nick Thomas (Goldsmiths College , University of London)

The uses of Captain Cook: First encounters and public histories in Australia, Hawaii, and New Zealand 


Autumn Term 2004


19th October 2004 Margo Huxley (Open University)

The Intelligent Use of Nature's Laws: creative evolution, vitalist environment and the emergence of town planning

2nd November 2004 Philip Howell (Cambridge University )

Sexuality, governmentality and the British imperial network

16th November 2004 Alexander Vasudevan (University of Nottingham )

Governing performances: science and the everyday in Berlin , 1919-1933

30th November 2004 Stephen Legg ( Cambridge University )

From colonial biopolitics to nationalist governmentality: congestion and calculation in colonial Delhi

14th December 2004 Stuart Elden ( Durham University )

National socialism and the politics of calculation 

Summer Term 2004


4th May Caitlin DeSilvey (Open University)

Among other things: memory and materiality on a Montana homestead

18th May Marius Kwint ( University of Oxford )

Forays in the history of the souvenir

1st June Jude Hill (Royal Holloway)

Amulets and masks: object stories from the Wellcome collection  

Spring Term 2004

Geography and the Uses of Film

20 January Heather Norris-Nicholson (Leeds)

Framing pleasures: amateur film-making in mid-century contexts

3 February Michael Bravo (Cambridge)

Unipkaat: sound, light and oral tradition in Inuit film-making

17 February Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway)

Positively shocking! Popular geopolitics and James Bond

2 March Charlotte Brunsdon (Warwick)

Impossible geographies: approaching London in the cinema

9 March Tim Boon (Science Museum)

British documentary: English and British landscapes 


Autumn Term 2003: Geographies of Subjectivity

30 September 2003 Mona Domosh (Dartmouth)
Commodity racism or Cosmopolitanism? Commercial Imperialism at Home in Turn-of-the-Century America

14 October 2003 Javed Majeed (Queen Mary)
Gandhi and notions of travel

28 October 2003 Tariq Jazeel (Open University)

'Nature', nationhood and the poetics of meaning in Ruhuna (Yala) National Park, Sri Lanka

11 November 2003 Elizabeth Gagen (Manchester)

25 November 2003 Catherine Hall (UCL)
The birth of liberal man? Thomas Babington Macauley and the History of England

Summer Term 2003

6 May Caroline Bressey (University College London)
Forgotten geographies: black women in Victorian London

20 May Garth Myers (Kansas)
The unauthorised city: legacies of Lusaka’s colonial compounds

3 June Bill Schwarz (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Memory and historical time 

Spring Term 2003: PLACING HORROR

28 January Marcus Wood (Sussex)
Slavery, pornography and empathy: exploding a taboo

4 February Marcela Pizzaro (Birkbeck)
The invisible city: displacing memory in the Chilean transition to democracy

18 February Stan Cohen (LSE)
‘So near the images, so distant the reality': the moral mapping of atrocity news

11 March James Kneale (University College London)
From beyond: H P Lovecraft and the place of horror

18 March Andrew Charlesworth (Gloucester)
The other Auschwitz: placing yourself next to horror  



1st October 2002 Francesca Vanke Altman (Camberwell School of Art)
Orientalism and the object: Persia, Arabia and Victorian ceramics

15th October 2002 Mark Llewellyn (University of Swansea)
'Urban village' or 'White house': architectural ideals, interior design and everyday life at Kensal House

29th October 2002 Judith Attfield (Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton)
Bringing modernity home: open plan and the strategy of flexible space

12th November 2002 David Matless (University of Nottingham)
Designs on the marsh: ecology and orthodoxy in the work of Marietta Pallis

26th November 2002 Bronwen Edwards (London College of Fashion/Royal Holloway)
Navigating the West End's shopping streets in mid-twentieth-century London 


30th April 2002 Amanda Claremont (Melbourne/QMUL)
Fruit show - collections, festivals and the fate of old orchards

14th May 2002 Richard Harris (McMaster/UCL)
The Emergence and Development of British Colonial Housing Policy, 1930s-1960s

28th May 2002 David Lambert (Cambridge)
White identities in nineteenth century Barbados and the spatial problem of slavery 


15 January Dipti Bhagat (Royal Holloway)
Exhibitions and the performance of white South African identity, 1886-1936

29 January Haidy Geismar (University College London)
‘The Art of Vanuatu’: following the story of 150 objects, fourteen museums, seven curators and four countries

12 February Fintan Cullen (Nottingham University)
Marketing national sentiment: visualising evictions in late nineteenth-century Ireland

26 February Mark Crinson (University of Manchester)
‘A mere box’: national projection and the British pavilion at the Paris International Exhibition, 1937

12 March Andrew Crampton (Nottingham Trent University)
Post Apartheid spaces: the District Six Museum, democracy, and identity in South Africa



2 October 2001 Jim Secord (Cambridge)
Reflections on the geography of reading in early Victorian Britain

16 October 2001 Felix Driver & Luciana Martins (Royal Holloway)
Tracks of empire: John Septimus Roe and the art of navigation, c.1810-30

30 October 2001 Joseph Monteyne (Courtauld Institute)
A thousand monster opinions: producing the space of the coffee house

13 November 2001 Clive Barnett (Bristol)
Inventing postcolonial Africa: the politics of the Heinemann African Writers series

27 November 2001 Karen Harvey (V&A/Royal Holloway)
Spaces of erotic delight in eighteenth-century England: reading, bodies and gender

Summer Term 2001

8 May Peter Hulme (Essex University)
Cast away: the uttermost parts of the earth  

22 May Sallie Marston (University of Arizona)
Scale, social reproduction, and the domestication of the state in the late nineteenth-century United States

5 June David Price (formerly University of Westminster)
Converting space into place: iconography in prehistory   


16 January Nicola Thomas (Oxford University)
Revealing the biographical subject: Mary Curzon through the archives  

30 January Brian Short (Sussex University)
Tapping into twentieth-century surveillance: the geographer and the archive

13 February Elizabeth Edwards (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford)
Exchanging photographs and making archives: Dr. Tylor, Dr. Haddon and friends swap pictures...

6 March Rick Mitcham (Royal Holloway)
The anti-imperial archive? Historical geographies of anti-slavery and aborigines protection

13 March Laura Cameron (Cambridge University)
Oral history in the Freud archives: incidents, ethics and relations   

Seminar titles 1989-2000

Summer 2000

9 May Marybeth Hamilton (Birkbeck College)
The Mississippi Delta, the blues and African-American history

23 May Paul Kelsch (Royal Holloway)
Cultivating the American pre-colonial forest: an examination of two urban ‘art-forests’

6 June Alan Lester (St Mary’s College)
Obtaining the ‘due observance of justice’: geographies of colonial humanitarianism


Spring 2000


18 January  Doreen Massey (Open University)
Space-time, 'science' and the relationship between physical geography and human geography

1 February  Bruno Latour (Ecole des Mines, Paris)
On multinaturalism: carving a space for geography and science studies

15 February Mark Jenner (York)
Nature, history and London water c1750-c1830

29 February Sarah Whatmore (Bristol)
Unsettling Australia: wormholes in the 'state of nature'

14 March  Jan Penrose (Edinburgh)
The culture and nature of 'race': cowboys and indians in the Canadian west

Autumn 1999


5 October Simon Naylor (Oxford University)
Discovering nature, re-discovering the self: natural historians and the landscapes of Argentina

19 October Nancy Leys Stepan (Columbia University)
Tropical modernism: designing the tropical landscape

2 November Paul Merchant (Nottingham University)
Cosmopolitan fields: geography's fieldwork 1918-1960

16 November Kapil Raj (University of Lille)
Co-constructing geography and empire: the Survey of India in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

30 November Caren Kaplan (Berkeley)
Cosmo girls: global feminism as cosmopolitan practice

Summer 1999

11 May Gillian Rose (Edinburgh University)
Working with photographs: the Haywarden collection on display

25 May Bill Schwarz (Goldsmiths College, London University)
Unspeakable Histories: England and the West Indian Diaspora in the 1950s and 1960s

Spring 1999


19 January John Wylie (Bristol University)
Becoming-icy: voyaging in the visible with Scott and Amundsen

2 February Anne Secord (Cambridge University)
Observing differences: artisans, gentlemen and the work of nineteenth-century botany

16 February Stephen Daniels (Nottingham University)
The path to Strawberry Fields: the Beatles and suburban pastoral

2 March Felicity Callard (Johns Hopkins University)
Urban neurosis during the fin-de-siècle: thoughts on affect and agoraphobia

16 March  Jessica Dubow (Royal Holloway)
'Land at last!': travel and the materiality of vision in the nineteenth-century Cape

Summer 1998


Brenda Yeoh (Singapore & Oxford)
The politics of space in colonial Singapore

David Demeritt(Bristol)
Resistance and the great refusal: the Treaty of Utrecht (1713) and the limits of colonial representation in Northeastern North America

Spring 1998


Deborah Parsons (Birkbeck)
Cities of the mind: walking and dreaming the urban landscape

Griselda Pollock (Leeds)
Dreaming spaces, trauma and the location of memory: Jewishness, femininity and the sight/site of death in the work of Charlotte Salomon 1941-2.

David Pinder (Southampton)
‘Where the dream becomes a reality’: spaces and traces of a unitary urbanism

Alison Winter (California, USA)
‘Prima donnas of the magnetic stage’: mesmerism and the meanings of altered states of mind in early Victorian England

Harvie Ferguson (Glasgow)
Facades and silhouettes: on the modern transformation of dreamspace

Autumn 1997


Denis Cosgrove (Royal Holloway)
The whole round earth: the globe and the western geographical imagination

David Arnold (School of Oriental & African Studies)
India’s incorporation into the tropical world, 1770-1930

Jeremy Black (University of Exeter)
Mapping the past

Luciana Martins (UFRJ & Royal Holloway)
Views and visions of tropical landscapes, 1800-1850

Gail Davies (University College London)
Creating Life on Earth: natural history film-making and modern nature

Summer 1997


Jane Rendell (Birkbeck)
The urban rambler: gender and architectural space in early nineteenth-century London

Felix Driver (Royal Holloway)
Becoming an explorer: the martyrdom of Winwood Reade

Spring 1997


Mark Hallett (York)
Satire and street in mid eighteenth-century London: the Beaux Disaster

Pyrs Gruffudd (Swansea)
‘Our true intent is all for your delight’: Butlin’s, vice and virtue on the north Wales coast, 1938-46

Catherine Brace (Exeter)
A pleasure park for the herds? Incompatible encounters with the Cotswolds, 1900-1950

Hayden Lorimer (Loughborough)
A vigorous affair: inter-war outdoor culture in the Scottish Highlands

Mica Nava (East London)
The orientalism of commerce and women consumers: Selfridge’s, the Russian ballet and the Tango, 1911

Autumn 1996


Raphael Samuel (Oxford)
The British Diaspora

Jim Duncan (Cambridge)
The struggle for the native body: disciplime and resistance on nineteenth-century Ceylonese coffee plantations

Alison Blunt (Southampton)
Imperial domesticity: British women at home in India, 1857-1939

Jeremy Foster (Royal Holloway)
John Buchan’s Hesperides: imperialism and the aesthetics of bodily experience on the High Veld, 1901-1903

Harriet Deacon (Oxford)
The place and space of illness: Robben Island medical institutions in the nineteenth century

Summer 1996

David Patton (Cambridge)
Bicycles, geography and centres of calculation

David Gilbert (Royal Holloway)
‘London in all its Glory’: Imperial London in its guidebooks

Spring 1996


Steve Pile (Open University)
London: mapping the subject and regimes of the visual

Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary & Westfield College)
Maps and imperialism in Early Modern Europe

Paul Greenhalgh (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Subjectivity and the formation of style

Mandy Morris (Open University)
Gardens Go To War: landscape, identity and First World War

Teresa Ploszajska (Royal Holloway)
Making model citizens: constructive activities in English school geography lessons, 1870-1944

Autumn 1995


Keith Lilley (Birmingham)
The production and transformation of urban space in high medieval England

Jonathan Nix(Royal Holloway)
The fashioning of landscapes and identities: Nottingham’s Lace Market, 1850 to the 1920s

Tim Cole (Cambridge)
Final solutions? ‘Aryan’ spaces/’Jewish’ spaces, Budapest 1944

Linda Nead (Birkbeck)
The siege of Holywell Street: gender, space and obscene displays in mid-Victorian London

Ulf Strohmayer (Lampeter)
Redefining public space: national modernism at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris

Summer 1996


Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway)
To photograph the Antarctic: British polar exploration and the Falkland Island Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition, 1955-1957

Jane Jacobs (Melbourne)
Authentically yours: de-mapping the colonial

Spring 1995


Nigel Thrift and Paul Glennie (Bristol)
Consumers, identities, and consumption spaces in early modern England

Miles Ogborn (QMW)
Why is a macaroni like a cuckold? Luxury, sexuality and vision in Vauxhall Gardens

Ian Cook (Lampeter)
The gang’s all here: Columbus, Carmen Miranda and the Golden Age of shopping in 90s Britain

Frank Mort (Portsmouth)
Topographies of taste: place, space and identity in the redevelopment of Soho, London in the 1980s

Jeremy Stein (UCL)
The social reception of a technology: London on the telephone, 1875-1920

Autumn 1994


David Livingstone (Belfast)
Spaces of knowledge

Michael Bravo (Cambridge)
Panoramic visions: the natural theology of ice, 1800-1830

Chris Pinney (SOAS)
Moral topophilia: landscape in Hindu chromolithographs

Simon Schaffer (Cambridge)
Pastoral and physical: physics laboratories and Victorian country houses

Avril Maddrell Mander (Oxford)
Putting women in their place: the gendering of geography, 1880-1920

Note: A Showing of Patrick Keiller’s film ‘London’ in December 1994 at the British Film Institute was organised by the London Group of Historical Geographers

Summer 1994


Deborah Sugg (East London)
The Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition and national identity

Jessica Allen (QMW)
Lansbury: contested understandings of post-war East End communities

Peter Hansen (Worcester, MA)
Vertical boundaries, national identities: British mountaineering on the frontiers of Europe and the Empire, c.1868-1914

Spring 1994


Nuala Johnson (UCL)
From ‘big house’ to our house: heritage and re-membering the Irish past

Catherine Nash (Lampeter)
Nature’s memory: landscape morphology and remembering the early Irish nation

Vron Ware (Greenwich)
Moments of danger: race, gender and memories of empire

David Atkinson (Loughborough)
History, Romanita and landscape in Fascist Italy

Mike Crang (Bristol)
Subaltern histories and the production of memories: local history groups in Bristol

Autumn 1993


Humphrey Southall (QMW)
Communications technology, charisma and the conduct of political life in nineteenth-century Britain

Mona Domosh (Florida)
Feminising the city: the creation of New York’s nineteenth-century retail district

Jack Langton (Oxford)
An English ecotype? Forests and Chases in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

John Gold (Oxford Brookes)
The experience of modernism: visualising new urban futures in 1930s Britain

Jim Secord (Cambridge)
Narrative landscapes: the global, the local and the domestic in interpretations of the Scottish Highlands

Summer 1993


Miles Ogborn (Salford University)
Room for improvement: the Magdalen Hospital 1758-1761

Suzanne Seymour (University of Bath)
Landscape design and the idea of improvement in Georgian England

Spring 1993


Patrick O’Brien (Institute of Historical Research)
Free Trade, British hegemony and the international economic order 1783-1914

Denis Cosgrove (Loughborough University)
Global images and constituting the geographical object

David Harvey (Oxford University)
Dialectics, environmental and social change

Gerry Kearns (Liverpool University)
The closure of the world system: geopolitics and geo-economics 1890-1910

Catherine Hall (Polytechnic of E London)
Rethinking centre and periphery: England and Jamaica in the mid-nineteenth century

Autumn 1992


Peter Atkins (Durham University)
Power over space: the gates and bars of Victorian London

Robert Hampson (London University)
Conrad and the representation of London

Jerry White (Hackney)
The rise of the Labour Party in interwar London

Elizabeth Lebas (Middlesex University)
Municipal film-making in interwar London

Jon May (London University)
The experience of time and space in contemporary London

Summer 1992


Felix Driver (Royal Holloway)
Making representations: from an African exhibition to the High Court of Justice, 1890-1891

Eileen Yeo (Sussex University)
The social sciences and the survey habit of mind in Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Alan Baker (Cambridge University)
Historical geography: an essay on its basic characteristics

Spring 1992


Michael Heffernan (Loughborough University)
Pro patria mori: a cultural geography of the Western Front

Daniel Pick  (QMW, University of London)
War machine: the rationalisation of slaughter in the modern age

Cornelie Usborne (Roehampton Institute)
Mothers for the Fatherland: German pronatalism in the First World War

Graham Dawson (Brighton University)
Soldier heroes of empire: British masculinity, adventure and the Indian Mutiny war

James Ryan (Royal Holloway)
Camera campaigns: photography and imperial warfare in the nineteenth century

Autumn 1991


David Lowenthal (London University)
Imagining the English landscape: the national icon

Sarah Radcliffe (RHBNC)
Mountain gods and the state: community landscapes in the Andes

David Matless (Oxford University)
Hoskins makes an English landscape: country, history and the local

Dennis Hardy (Middlesex Polytechnic)
Dreaming of England: utopia, community and place

Adrian Rifkin (Portsmouth Polytechnic)
The Parisian ‘Trajet’: history, identity and the form of the city

Summer 1991


Felix Driver (RHBNC)
Tory radicalism? Ideology, strategy and locality in popular politics during the industrial revolution

Dorothy Thompson (Birmingham University)
Queen Victoria and gender

Philip Howell (University of Cambridge)
The Chartist crowd

Peter Sunley (University of Edinburgh)
The evolution of industrial districts: Alfred Marshall and the inter-war cotton industry

Spring 1991


Roy Porter (Wellcome Institute)
The science of man: medicine and the enlightenment

Gillian Rose (QMW)
Geography as a science of observation: the gaze, the landscape and masculinity

Ludmilla Jordanova (Essex University)
Gender in the human science during the eighteenth century

David Livingstone (Queens University, Belfast)
Bones and brains: scientific racism in nineteenth-century America

John MacKenzie (Lancaster University)
Nineteenth-century geography as a redemptive imperial discipline

Autumn 1990


Robert Dodgshon (Aberystwyth)
Social evolution and spatial integration

Tim Unwin (RHBNC)
Global integration: viticulture and the modern world system

Paul Glennie (Bristol University)
Economic integration in early modern England

Martin Phillips (Lampeter)
Economic integration and communicative integration in nineteenth-century England

John Hall (Southampton/Harvard)
Peace, modernity and European integration

Summer 1990


Sandy Bederman (Georgia)
The landscape artist and scientific exploration in early nineteenth century America

Colin Ward
The unexpected relevance of the anarchists

Chris Philo (Lampeter)
Journey to asylum: the history of a geographical concept

Jane Jacobs (UCL)
The politics of the past: ideas of the past and visions of the future in the City and Spitalfields

Spring 1990


David Gilbert (QMUL)
Community and collective action in a company village: the Harworth Dispute of 1936-7

Mike Savage (University of Keele)
A business community: gender, class and bureaucracy

Peter Jackson (UCL)
The racialisation of labour in post-war Bradford

Audrey Kobayashi (McGill University)
Landscape, community and control in a Japanese Village

Autumn 1989


Pyrs Gruffudd (Loughborough University)
Remaking Wales: land & nationhood between the wars

Robert Colls (Leicester University)
British national identities, 1920-1990

Raphael Samuel (University of Oxford)
The idea of Great Britain

Steven Daniels (Nottingham University)
Landscape and English national identity

Charles Withers (Cheltenham)
Images of Gaelic Scotland from 1745 to the present




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