Monthly Archives: May 2023

Programme and Registration Available for: “Organise! Organise! Organise! Collective Action, Associational Culture and the Politics of Organisation in Britain and Ireland, c.1790-1914”

Received from Dr. Naomi Lloyd-Jones (Durham) Dates: 20-21 July 2023 Location: Collingwood College Penthouse Conference Suite, Durham University and online Registration DAY ONE: THURSDAY 20 JULY 8.30AM – 9.15AM Registration (Lobby) and refreshments (Boardroom) 9.15AM – 10.30AM Keynote talk (Penthouse Suite Room A/B) Professor Katrina Navickas (University of Hertfordshire): ‘Practical representation and battles over locality: the importance of place in British popular politics in the long nineteenth century’ 10.30AM – 11AM Refreshments (Boardroom) NB: During this break the Penthouse Suite will be split into rooms A and B for the panel sessions 11AM – 12.20PM Panel Session One Panel 1.A (Room A) Politics and emotions                             Nicholas Barone (Princeton University): ‘“The indifference is the deadweight of history”: Apathy and British Radical Politics, 1790-1840’ Professor Matthew Roberts (Sheffield Hallam University): ‘Cobden, Peel, the Anti-Corn Law League and the Politics of Feeling in Mid-Victorian England’ Dr Laura C. Forster (Manchester University): ‘The political lecture tour in nineteenth-century Britain: activism, hospitality and intimacy on the road’ Panel 1.B (Room B) Politics of land                                                   Dr Lowri Ann Rees (Bangor University): ‘Protesting paternalism: the Rebecca Riots as a political protest movement in south-west Wales’ Dr Brian Casey (Durham University): ‘Michael […]

Programme and Registration for: “The Dissolvement of Kinship Ties in the Early Middle Ages”

Received from Dr. Becca Grose and Dr. Alex Traves (University of York) Conference Taking Place: 1–2 June 2023, University of York, King’s Manor Thursday 1st June 2023 Registration 12.30-1pm   Session 1 – 1pm-2.40pm “Dissolving the Paternity of Children Born to Slave Mothers in the Early Middle Ages.” Erin Dailey, University of Leicester. “Wet-nurses in early medieval narratives: bonds of affection, ties of servitude.” Katherine Cross, York St John/University of York. “Kinship Ties and Enslavement in Early Medieval England: Continuity or Dissolvement?.” Alex Traves, University of York. Break – 2.40-3.10 pm  Session 2 – 3.10 pm-4.40pm “The power in (not) dissolving kinship in fifth-century North Africa.” Becca Grose, University of York. “Cutting Ties: Death, inheritance, and paternal abdication in Islamicate geographical accounts of the Rūs.” Tonicha Upham, Aarhus University. VIRTUAL. “Denying Kinship; Claiming Land: Kinship, Property, and Power in Early Medieval India, ca. 300–800 CE.” Mekhola Gomes, Amherst College. VIRTUAL. Break- 4.40pm-5pm Plenary – 5pm    “”If anyone wishes to cast off their kindred, let them go to the assembly…” Kinship, community, and identity in the post-imperial West.’” Guy Halsall, University of York. Reception – 6-6:45pm Dinner – TBC Friday 2nd June 2023 Session 1 – 9am-10:40am “Eternal kinship of the […]

Registration Opens for Classics and Italian Colonialism

Received from Dr. Samuel Agbamu (Reading) and Dr. Elena Giusti (Warwick) Dates: 22nd – 24th June 2023 Location: Museum of Civilisations, 14 Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 00144 Roma Italy Registration Overview This conference will interrogate the roles of the ancient Greek and Latin worlds in the formulation of Italian colonial discourses, and its impacts on the cultural landscape of postcolonial Italy and its former colonies. It will approach these subjects across three themes: Classics and Italian Colonialism; Italy, Classics and Postcolonialism; and Decolonising Classics in Italy. Each theme will have a number of research questions: 1. Classics and Italian Colonialism i. How has research into Greek and Roman antiquity contributed to the formulation of Italian colonial ideologies? ii. How has Classics in Italy supported projects to inscribe difference between ‘races’, nations, and religions, as well as between categories of coloniser and colonised? 2. Italy, Classics, and Postcolonialism i. How have people colonised and formerly colonised by Italy encountered the classical tradition? ii. How have the literary cultures of Italy’s former colonies interacted with postcolonial Italian literature? 3. Classics and Postcolonialism i. How have classicists across the world sought to interrogate and undo the complicities between the discipline and the legacies of […]

New Virtual Issue: “Flows of History” Water in Past & Present

by the Past & Present editorial team Every year we invite the Postdoctoral Fellows that we sponsor at the Institute of Historical Research in London to curate a “Virtual Issue” of the journal. Each issue commences with an introduction by the Fellow(s) who have curated the issue exploring the historiographical concerns, trends and currents that they have picked out from their reading of back issues of the journal. This introduction is then followed by a series of (free to read) articles that they have chosen which have been published on their chosen theme throughout the more than seventy year period that Past and Present has been published. The Society’s 2021 – 23 Fellows Dr. Tamara Fernando, Dr. Felice Physioc and Dr. Alexis Rider have curated a virtual issue called the Flows of History. Exploring the historiograpy of water as presented in Past and Present. They write: “What does it mean to write the history of water? In this virtual issue we set out to explore how articles published in Past and Present, a journal of social history, have addressed the topic of water through time, with a caveat that several important conversations on water have also taken place in other scholarly […]

Owning water and fish in colonial India

by Dr. Devika Shankar (University of Hong Kong) Across the world, the expansion of port infrastructure in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was accompanied by the marginalization of other economic activities, including fishing. In southwestern India, the clash between the needs of fishing and shipping was especially acute because of the regular use of fishing stakes by local communities. Fishing with stakes involved tying nets to pairs of stakes that were planted in the beds of various water bodies. As shipping traffic increased during this period, many British officials saw these stakes as impediments to the free movement of people and commodities around the region’s port cities. Growing pressure from shipping interests especially from Bombay, the region’s most significant port, had prompted the government to pass the obstruction to fairways act in 1881 in order to restrict the use of stakes around harbours. Throughout the late 19th century, the colonial administration would continue to use a variety of means to further restrict the placement of stakes in the region, but while conducting research on a harbour development project in Cochin, another important port in southwestern India where the use of stakes was common, I realised that the regulation […]