Cornel Zwierlein : « « The French and British in the Mediterranean, 1650-1750 – and the questions a History of ignorance asks for » (20/10)

Cornel Zwierlein, de la Ruhr-Universität Bochum, présentera sa communication « The French and British in the Mediterranean, 1650-1750 – and the questions a History of ignorance asks for » le jeudi 20 octobre 2016, de 17h30 à 19h30. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

Résumé :

The history of the French and British trading empires in the early
modern Mediterranean is used as a setting to test a new general approach
to a history of ignorance: how can we understand the very act of
ignoring – in all kinds of political, economic, religious, cultural and
scientific communication – as a fundamental trigger that sets epistemes
in motion? Is the ‘structure’ of the Scientific Revolution between 1650
and 1750 just one specific type of what were in fact many epistemic
movements taking place at the same time – different, but comparable?
What was the role here of the European empires? The book deconstructs
central categories like the mercantilist ‘national’, the exchange of
‘confessions’ between Western and Eastern Christians, and the bridging
of cultural gaps between Europeans and Ottoman subjects, into forms of
communicating unknowns. Making those multiple unknowns explicit in a new
reflective way was the core of ‘enlightenment empires’.

Discutant: Daniel Foliard, Université Paris Nanterre

Luke O’Sullivan: « Theory TV: The Political Documentaries of Adam Curtis » (13/10)

Luke O’Sullivan, de la National University of Singapore, professeur invité à Sciences-Po St Germain en Laye (Univ. de Cergy-Pontoise), présentera sa communication “Theory TV: The Political Documentaries of Adam Curtis” le jeudi 13 octobre, de 17h30 à 19h30. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

Résumé :

“Adam Curtis (b.1955) is a British film-maker who has worked for the BBC since the early 1980s.  Over the course of three decades he has built up an impressive body of work on twentieth century history and politics which has yet to be noticed by an academic audience. This is despite the fact that he has regularly addressed the impact on politics and society of the ideas of a long list of thinkers that includes Sigmund Freud, Walter Lipmann, Leo Strauss, Friedrich Hayek, Ayn Rand, Sayid Qutb, John von Neumann, James Buchanan, Franz Fanon, John Nash, Isaiah Berlin, and Richard Dawkins, to name only some of the best-known. This paper offers an introduction to his films, and investigates the pros and cons of attempting to tackle major historical and philosophical themes in the televisual documentary format. It argues that while Curtis has many original observations to make about the fate of contemporary Britain (and of Western modernity) more generally, the only way to truly appreciate his contribution is, ironically, to turn his work back into text.”
The following documentaries can be watched prior to the conference: Century of the Self; All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace; The Power of Nightmares; and The Trap. All of them are on YouTube.

Discutante: Karine Chambefort, U. Paris-Est Créteil

Professor David Carpenter: « Magna Carta: New Ideas and Discoveries » (10 mai 2017)

Le mercredi 10 mai 2017, de 14h à 16h, Professor David Carpenter (King’s College London) présentera sa communication « Magna Carta: New Ideas and Discoveries » dans le cadre du séminaire de Dominique Barthélémy à l’EPHE.

Accès : bâtiment Sorbonne, 17 rue de la Sorbonne 75005, salle H627

Information : Frédérique Lachaud,frederique.lachaud@univ-lorraine.fr

 

 

Ann Towns: « Globalizing the Exclusion of Women from Politics in the Long Nineteenth Century »

Ann Towns de l’Université de Göteborg, présentera sa communication « Globalizing the Exclusion of Women from Politics in the Long Nineteenth Century » le jeudi 6 octobre, de 17h30 à 19h30. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

Résumé :

This seminar focuses on the importance of gender in the British-dominated nineteenth century society of states. More specifically, the seminar pulls together scholarship in history to provide a grand narrative – a macro-historical account — of the centrality of gender in the development and globalization of state polities between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. The talk first focuses on the diverse ways in which gender was organized in polities around the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth century – some polities included female rule, whereas others were male dominated. The talk then shows that this diversity gave way to more uniform exclusion of women, as the barring of female political power became an informal standard of civilization in international society, embedded in British and French colonialism and scientific ideas. The expansion of the ideas and practices of British-dominated international society thus helped spread and standardize male rule, displacing gender arrangements that empowered women politically in Africa, Native America and Asia. This history is particularly important in light of contemporary assumptions about the Anglo-American origins of the political empowerment of women.

 

Programme 2016-2017

Le programme 2016-2017 est en ligne, dans l’onglet « Programme 2016-2017 » ou en cliquant sur le lien ci-dessous:

programme-2016-7

La première séance aura lieu le jeudi 6 octobre 2016, de 17h30 à 19h30, et sera bientôt annoncée. Attention au changement d’horaire depuis l’an dernier.

Projection du documentaire « Britain’s forgotten slave-owners »

Le documentaire de la BBC « Britain’s forgotten slave-owners » (David Olusoga, 2015), sera projeté à la Maison de la Recherche de Paris 4 (28, rue Serpente, Paris 6e, salle D040), jeudi 19 mai à 17h00. La projection, en version originale anglaise non sous-titrée sera suivie vers 19h00 d’un débat avec Nicholas Draper et Keith McClelland, co-responsables du projet Legacies of British Slave-Ownership (University College London), et Myriam Cottias (CNRS).

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L’entrée est libre dans la limite des places des disponibles. Contact : fbensimon@free.fr

Laura Tabili: « ‘To Keep My Living for Time Being’: Strategies of Makeshift in Interwar Britain »

Laura Tabili, de l’Université d’Arizona, présentera sa communication « ‘To Keep My Living for Time Being’: Strategies of Makeshift in Interwar Britain » le jeudi 17 mai, de 17h à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

La séance sera suivie d’un pot de fin d’année, vers 19h.

Discutant: Yann Béliard

Résumé:
The paper will reconstruct patterns of migration, work and settlement among migrants from the colonies to Britain, focusing on the 1920s and 1930s. Migration from colonies to metropoles partook of specific power relations and economic arrangements, yet also formed part of a broader and unprecedented population mobility between 1800 and 1950. Although scholars are aware that this population moved to and from, into and around Britain and the North Sea and Atlantic littoral, we still know little about where they lived, how much they mixed and married with local people, and the extent to which these patterns persisted or altered after the second world war. Analyzing records of several hundred individuals enables systematically reconstructing their places of origin, time, place and manner of arrival in Britain, patterns of dispersal and settlement within Britain, their strategies of getting a living and their travels within and beyond Britain.
Feminist historians have described how women compensated for their disadvantage in labor markets while reconciling social labor with domestic responsibilities through “economies of makeshift” involving paid and unpaid labor within and outside the household, as well as pawning, scrounging and semi-legal activities. This paper specifically describes how colonized migrants in Britain similarly compensated for their limited and constrained occupational choices by moving from job to job, town to town, and occupation to occupation.

Laurence Sterritt: “Illness, Death and Beyond: The Body as Witness in Seventeenth-Century English Convents”

Laurence Sterritt, de l’Université d’Aix-Marseille, présentera sa communication « Illness, Death and Beyond: The Body as Witness in Seventeenth-Century English Convents” le jeudi 14 avril, de 17h à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

Discutante: Anne-Marie Miller Blaise

En raison des contrôles de sécurité, les personnes extérieures à Paris IV souhaitant assister à ce séminaire sont invitées à se munir d’une carte d’étudiant ou d’une carte professionnelle, ou encore d’une carte d’identité et de cette annonce imprimée.

Résumé:
The obituaries which describe the last illnesses and dying hours of religious women have often been described as formulaic and, therefore, delicate historical sources. Yet, these narratives yield much information about what appeared important to both writers and convents, in the construction of their communal records. By telling of the illness and death of individuals in certain ways, obituaries partook of the development of communal memory and corporate identity. This was particularly important in the context of the English convents which were founded on the Continent in the seventeenth century. This paper will approach the topic through an analysis of the Benedictine Order, whose rich archives provide a glimpse into the interface between the personal and the collective experience of death, and throw light upon aspects of the construction of a Catholic identity in exile.

Lawrence Goldman: “Founding the Welfare State: The Collective Biography of William Beveridge, R. H. Tawney and William Temple”

Lawrence Goldman, de l’Institute of Historical Research, présentera sa communication “Founding the Welfare State: The Collective Biography of William Beveridge, R. H. Tawney and William Temple” le jeudi 7 avril, de 17h à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

En raison des contrôles de sécurité, les personnes extérieures à Paris IV souhaitant assister à ce séminaire sont invitées à se munir d’une carte d’étudiant ou d’une carte professionnelle, ou encore d’une carte d’identité et de cette annonce imprimée.

Podcast ci-dessous ou sur le site de la SAS:

 

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Résumé:

This paper will examine the close personal relations between three of the most prominent British social reformers of the twentieth century. Tawney and Temple were at school together; all three overlapped as students in the same Oxford college; Tawney married Beveridge’s sister; they remained friends and colleagues for the rest of their lives. What do these personal relationships tell us about social politics in Britain between 1900-1950? Can the Welfare State be reduced to three interlocking biographies? And in what ways was the English intellectual and political elite different from the French elite in this period?

Paul Pickering, « Rethinking Australia after 1788: an island nation in a British world »

Paul Pickering, de la Australian National University, présentera sa communication « Rethinking Australia after 1788: an island nation in a British world » le vendredi 1er avril, de 14h à 16h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D323.

Changement de date : cette séance remplace celle initialement prévue le 31 mars, reportée en raison de la journée de mobilisation contre la loi travail.

Podcast ci-dessous et sur le site de la SAS:

Résumé:

Australia is often cited as one of the most successful democracies in the world. Many of the social and political reforms achieved in Australia before the First World War were implemented well before the Imperial metropole. Indeed, as early as the 1890s, Australia was widely regarded as a ‘workingman’s paradise’ and a ‘Better Britain’. The achievement of a comparatively progressive and democratic society however was tainted by racist views, which diverged markedly from the abstract notions of indigenous rights in the Empire. This paper will examine the relationship between Britain and the ‘Better Britain’ in the antipodes and question the value of telling stories of the British World.

Lucy Delap: « Men, women’s liberation and guilt c. 1970-1990: thoughts on the history of emotions »

Lucy Delap, de l’Université de Cambridge, présentera sa communication « Men, women’s liberation and guilt c. 1970-1990: thoughts on the history of emotions » le jeudi 24 mars de 17h à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

En raison des contrôles de sécurité, les personnes extérieures à Paris IV souhaitant assister à ce séminaire sont invitées à se munir d’une carte d’étudiant ou d’une carte professionnelle, ou encore d’une carte d’identité et de cette annonce imprimée.

Discutante: Anne Besnault-Lévita, de l’Université de Rouen

Podcast ci-dessous et sur le site de la SAS:

Résumé:

Feminism posed powerful political and emotional challenges to progressive men in the 1970s and 1980s. In this paper, Lucy Delap investigates politically and personally motivated attempts to ‘feel differently’ by men in Britain who identified as ‘anti-sexist’ and aligned themselves with the Women’s Liberation Movement. This rescripting of emotions was a central way in which both men and women felt that gender change might be achieved. Through exploring emotions of guilt and shame, she will discuss the concept of the male gaze, and its political and emotional impact on progressive men. Methodologically, this raises the question of how to historicise inner states which may leave few traces. Oral history sources can provide us with extraordinarily rich sources in thinking about emotions. However, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches are needed to read affects as entities that exceed what can be said, and to uncover the emotional lexicon of gesture and gaze.

Selina Todd, autour de son livre The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010

Selina Todd, de l’Université d’Oxford, ouvrira une discussion autour de son livre The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 (London, John Murray, 2014) le jeudi 17 mars de 17h à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

En raison des contrôles de sécurité, les personnes extérieures à Paris IV souhaitant assister à ce séminaire sont invitées à se munir d’une carte d’étudiant ou d’une carte professionnelle, ou encore d’une carte d’identité et de cette annonce imprimée.

Discutant: Yann Béliard de l’Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle

Podcast ci-dessous et sur le site de la SAS:

Présentation de l’éditeur : ‘There was nothing extraordinary about my childhood or background. And yet I looked in vain for any aspect of my family’s story when I went to university to read history, and continued to search fruitlessly for it throughout the next decade. Eventually I realised I would have to write this history myself.’

What was it really like to live through the twentieth century? In 1910 three-quarters of the population were working class, but their story has been ignored until now. Based on the first-person accounts of servants, factory workers, miners and housewives, award-winning historian Selina Todd reveals an unexpected Britain where cinema audiences shook their fists at footage of Winston Churchill, communities supported strikers and pools winners (like Viv Nicholson) refused to become respectable. Charting the rise of the working class, through two world wars to their fall in Thatcher’s Britain and today, Todd tells their story for the first time, in their own words. Uncovering a huge hidden swathe of Britain’s past, The People is the vivid history of a revolutionary century and the people who really made Britain great.

Catherine Cox: “Prisoners, reform and mental health in the nineteenth century”

Catherine Cox, de University College, Dublin, résentera sa communication « Prisoners, reform and mental health in the nineteenth century » le jeudi 10 mars , de 17h à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

En raison des contrôles de sécurité, les personnes extérieures à Paris IV souhaitant assister à ce séminaire sont invitées à se munir d’une carte d’étudiant ou d’une carte professionnelle, ou encore d’une carte d’identité et de cette annonce imprimée.

Discutante: Emmanuelle de Champs

Podcast ci-dessous et sur le site de la SAS:

Sophie Ambler: « Magna Carta and the Statute of Pamiers »

Sophie Ambler, du Magna Carta Project, présentera sa communication « Magna Carta and the Statue of Pamiers » le jeudi 25 février, de 17h à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

Discutante : Elisabeth Lalou, de l’Université de Rouen.

En raison des contrôles de sécurité, les personnes extérieures à Paris IV souhaitant assister à ce séminaire sont invitées à se munir d’une carte d’étudiant ou d’une carte professionnelle, ou encore d’une carte d’identité et de cette annonce imprimée.

Résumé:

It has long been acknowledged that Magna Carta – now an iconic document in English/British history – was one of several great charters or statutes issued by European rulers in the thirteenth century. Little has been done, though, to compare these documents in order to find out what their differences and similarities can tell us about rulership in thirteenth-century Europe. This paper will focus on two documents – King John’s Magna Carta of 1215 and the Statute of Pamiers, issued in 1212 by Simon de Montfort, leader of the Albigensian Crusade – looking at the context in which they were issued, and how they were used by those who granted them to broadcast a message about their rule.  

Mark Knights: « Anti-corruption in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-century Britain »

Mark Knights , de l’Université de Warwick, présentera sa communication « Anti-corruption in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-century Britain » le jeudi 18 février, de 17h à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

En raison des contrôles de sécurité, les personnes extérieures à Paris IV souhaitant assister à ce séminaire sont invitées à se munir d’une carte d’étudiant ou d’une carte professionnelle, ou encore d’une carte d’identité et de cette annonce imprimée.

Résumé:

This paper examines anti-corruption in Britain and its colonies, from the late sixteenth century reformation to the reform movements of the nineteenth century (when the term ‘anti-corruption’ was coined). There are a number of reasons why it makes sense to treat the topic across a period of 250 years. Lire la suite