Keith Gildart : « Writing Labour Life Stories: The Dictionary of Labour Biography in the Twenty-First Century » (23/11)

Keith Gildart, professeur à University of Wolverhampton (Labour and Social History) et co-éditeur du Dictionary of Labour Biography, présentera sa communication « Writing Labour Life Stories: The Dictionary of Labour Biography in the Twenty-First Century » le jeudi 23 novembre 2017 de 17h30 à 19h30. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, 75006, salle D421.

Résumé :

« The idea of a Dictionary of Labour Biography (DLB) originated with the socialist activist and theoretician G.D.H. Cole. For many years Cole had been collecting biographical snippets of labour movement figures. Names and details were initially entered into a number of manuscript volumes. In early 1959 after Cole’s death, his widow handed the volumes to Asa Briggs and John Saville. They both agreed that if research funds became available then Saville should take over the work of compiling a Dictionary using the Cole manuscripts as a starting point. It was first intended to produce a single large volume on the lines of Who’s Who but the scope of the Dictionary grew as the work progressed. Once information started to be collected it was clear that the project would have to be multi-volume and open-ended. With the publication of the first edition in 1972 the DLB has now run to 14 volumes. This presentation will explore the origins and development of the DLB, the methodological challenges it faces in the twenty first century, and the ways it can be used to explore the past, present, and future of labour history.

 

Discutant : Paul Boulland, co-éditeur du Maitron – dictionnaire biographique du mouvement ouvrier français, CNRS, Centre d’Histoire sociale du XXe siècle (UMR8058), Centre Pouchet (59, rue Pouchet, 75017 Paris)

 

Rohan McWilliam : « Labour and the Left in the 1980s: New Times, New Histories » (16/11)

Rohan McWilliam, professeur et co-directeur du Labour History Research Unit à Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, présentera sa communication « Labour and the Left in the 1980s: New Times, New Histories » le jeudi 16 novembre 2017 de 17h30 à 19h30. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, 75006, salle D421.

 

Résumé :

« The serious scholarly study of Thatcherism in Britain is expanding dramatically. Far less attention has been devoted to Labour in the 1980s or the cultures of the left more widely. This paper, drawn from a new edited collection, Labour and the Left in the 1980s (to be published by Manchester University Press in December 2017), seeks to redress this and calls for new historical investigations of recent progressive politics so as to put the development of modern neo-liberalism in perspective. The 1980s was a contested and divided decade.

Why did the left do so badly? Labour was defeated in the elections of 1979, 1983, 1987 and 1992. Workers’ struggles, such as the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike, ended in defeat.   This paper argues that in many ways the 1980s was actually a creative decade for the left. We need to redefine what we mean by political success. The left shaped the morality of modern Britain in distinctive ways. Arguments about opposition to gender or racial or homophobic discrimination (once controversial) are now mainstream. This paper considers the paradigms and approaches that need to shape a new history of the modern British left. »

Publications récentes : Daniel Foliard (Dislocating the Orient. British Maps and the Making of the Middle East, 1854-1921, 2017), Deirdre Gilfedder (L’Australie et la Grande Guerre, 2015), Aurélien Ruellet (La Maison de Salomon. Histoire du patronage scientifique et technique en France et en Angleterre au XVIIe siècle , 2016)

La séance du 9 mars réunira, de 17h30 à 19h30, trois auteurs qui présenteront leurs ouvrages récents. Nous rencontrerons Daniel Foliard  (Université Paris X – Nanterre) qui parlera de son livre Dislocating the Orient. British Maps and the Making of the Middle East, 1854-1921 (University of Chicago Press, 2017), Deirdre Gilfedder (Université Paris IX – Dauphine) qui présentera L’Australie et la Grande Guerre (Houdiard, 2015) et Aurélien Ruellet (Université du Maine) qui présentera La Maison de Salomon. Histoire du patronage scientifique et technique en France et en Angleterre au XVIIe siècle (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2016).

Daniel Foliard
While the twentieth century’s conflicting visions and exploitation of the Middle East are well documented, the origins of the concept of the Middle East itself have been largely ignored. With Dislocating the Orient, Daniel Foliard tells the story of how the land was brought into being, exploring how maps, knowledge, and blind ignorance all participated in the construction of this imagined region. Foliard vividly illustrates how the British first defined the Middle East as a geopolitical and cartographic region in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through their imperial maps. Until then, the region had never been clearly distinguished from “the East” or “the Orient.” In the course of their colonial activities, however, the British began to conceive of the Middle East as a separate and distinct part of the world, with consequences that continue to be felt today. As they reimagined boundaries, the British produced, disputed, and finally dramatically transformed the geography of the area—both culturally and physically—over the course of their colonial era. Using a wide variety of primary texts and historical maps to show how the idea of the Middle East came into being, Dislocating the Orient will interest historians of the Middle East, the British empire, cultural geography, and cartography.

Deirdre Gilfedder
En 1915 Winston Churchill présente un projet à Whitehall à Londres qui consiste à créer un nouveau front dans la Méditerranée et d’attaquer l’empire Ottoman sur la péninsule de Gallipoli au détroit des Dardanelles en Turquie. Le plan est controversé, mais les dirigeants britanniques décident enfin d’envoyer des troupes de terre le matin du 25 avril. Pour mener cette attaque périlleuse, on fait appel aux soldats du corps ANZAC, Australian and NZ Army Corps. Cependant, l’armée turque s’était préparée à l’attaque en installant dans le secteur les forces commandées par le Lieutenant-Colonel Mustafa Kemal Bey. Le 25 avril 1915, les troupes de l’ANZAC débarquent, juste avant l’aube, sur une plage surveillée par les bataillons de la 27e division turque… La bataille de Gallipoli est une défaite désastreuse pour les Alliés, mais lorsque les nouvelles de l’entrée en guerre des Australiens et des Néo-Zélandais arrivent au pays, l’attaque est fêtée comme la preuve de l’héroïsme des troupes coloniales. En Australie, certaines vont jusqu’à baptiser l’événement, « la Naissance de la Nation » et chaque 25 avril, des milliers d’Australiens se lèvent à l’aube pour se souvenir des Anzacs… Ce livre raconte le rôle joué par l’Australie dans la Grande Guerre, en Turquie et en France et Belgique, et la création du rite de commémoration d’Anzac Day dans ce pays qui a perdu le plus grand nombre d’hommes relativement à sa population. Le livre s’interroge sur l’invention du nationalisme australien lié à cette guerre et son destin dans une Australie contemporaine qui n’est plus très britannique…

Aurélien Ruellet
En revenant sur les carrières de dizaines de savants et techniciens français et anglais du XVIIe siècle, cet ouvrage éclaire des aspects méconnus de la formation de l’État moderne et de l’émergence de la science expérimentale. L’enquête montre que loin de l’image classique du mécénat aristocratique et royal, le patronage dont bénéficiaient ces scientifiques revêtait bien des aspects et mobilisait de nombreux mécènes au petit pied, dans l’administration monarchique et ailleurs.

Andrew Thompson: « Unravelling the Relationships between Humanitarianism, Human Rights and Decolonisation: Time for a Radical Rethink? » (09/02)

Andrew Thompson, de University of Exeter, présentera sa communication « Unravelling the Relationships between Humanitarianism, Human Rights and Decolonisation: Time for a Radical Rethink? » le jeudi 9 février de 17h30 à 19h30. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, 75006, salle D421.

Résumé :

« Humanitarianism, human rights and decolonisation: each, in their own right, have generated a substantial corpus of scholarship. As fields of historical enquiry humanitarianism and human rights have lately emerged. Decolonisation is an older historiography, which although stuck for some time in the doldrums, is now being revitalised. Decolonisation and humanitarianism have spun largely in their own orbits: one can read entire histories of decolonisation without coming across any reference to humanitarianism and vice-versa. The relationship between decolonisation and human rights has attracted more attention, yet with sharply contrasting views of the extent and consequences of their connection.

This paper will seek to unravel the relationships between three major historical phenomena, the encounter between which remains strangely obscure. The argument is that after 1945 humanitarianism, human rights and decolonisation were so closely entangled that their histories not only illuminate each other but are barely comprehensible when studied in isolation. The paper as a whole is framed around a critical dialectic that lay at the very heart of decolonisation, namely, on the one hand, how humanitarianism and human rights were shaped by the geopolitical regime that was in place at the end of empire, and that served the interests of Europe’s colonial powers, and, on the other, the effects of humanitarianism and human rights upon that geopolitical regime.

We will see how, at the intersection of decolonisation, the Cold War and post-war globalisation, a new generation of humanitarian and human rights groups found themselves assuming a much larger and in many ways unforeseen role in world affairs. Humanitarians and human rights activists hoped to change face of a decolonising world, but that decolonising world in turn profoundly affected what they were able to do and what they eventually became. »

Discutante : Mélanie Torrent (Université Paris Diderot)

Emily Baughan : « International adoption and Anglo-American Internationalism c1918-1945 » (15/12)

Emily Baughan, de l’université de Bristol, présentera sa communication « International adoption and Anglo-American Internationalism c1918-1945 » le jeudi 15 décembre de 17h30 à 19h30. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, 75006, salle D421.

Résumé :
« The plight of children became symbolic of the disintegration of European society during the First World War and the conflagrations that bookended it: the Armenian Genocide and the Russian Civil War. Breaking free from the laws of war presumed to undergird conflict in ‘civilised’ European societies, the violence of the early-twentieth century directly targeted civilians. In this context, children’s suffering took on a broader symbolic meaning, and ‘rescued’ children became a powerful metaphor for European reconstruction and hopes for a peaceful, prosperous future. Children – the workers and citizens of tomorrow – were essential for the future prosperity of their own nations, and, by extension, for the mutual security of the international order.  This article examines the centrality of children to the ‘new internationalism’ of the years following the First World War, as expressed by a host of prominent British and American humanitarian organisations. While international adoption and child sponsorship programmes seem, on the surface, to exemplify the spirit of progressive internationalism, this paper argues that they typified the often-regressive vision of interwar relief work. By helping children, humanitarian organisations sought to reinscribe older class-based and ethnic orderings of society in a chaotic post-war world. Child welfare programmes reveal the essentially conservative basis of Anglo-American internationalism in the interwar era. The ‘new world order’ that internationalist humanitarians sought to create was not new at all.

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.

 

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.

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.

Mathilde Bertrand: « Le mouvement community photography dans les années 1970 et 1980: quelle approche méthodologique pour l’histoire des pratiques photographiques militantes? »

Mathilde Bertrand, de l’université Bordeaux-Montaigne, présentera sa communication « Le mouvement community photography dans les années 1970 et 1980 : quelle approche méthodologique pour l’histoire des pratiques photographiques militantes? » le jeudi 7 janvier 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: John Mullen , de l’université de Rouen

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

Résumé:

Le mouvement community photography apparaît en Angleterre à la fin des années soixante. Il se développe dans le sillage de la contre-culture, dont il adopte la posture contestataire et le projet culturel alternatif. Alors que la photographie entre dans un processus de légitimation artistique, le mouvement engage une réflexion critique et politique sur les usages sociaux du médium. Il se façonne également selon des principes et objectifs proches du mouvement community action, activisme grassroots qui se développe dans les zones urbaines défavorisées et mobilise un discours radical d’émancipation et de participation collective de la population à l’échelle locale. Lire la suite

Franziska Heimburger: « Mésentente Cordiale? Languages in the Allied Coalition on the Western Front of the First World War »

Franziska Heimburger, de l’Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, présentera sa communication « Mésentente Cordiale? Languages in the Allied Coalition on the Western Front of the First World War » le jeudi 22 octobre de 17h à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

Discutant : André Loez (historien de la grande guerre, membre du Crid 14-18, professeur en classes préparatoires)

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

Résumé:

Previous scholarship on the Allied coalition during the First World War has tended to stress the misunderstandings and distrust between the individuals representing their countries at high command level. There is an unexplained tension between this mésentente and the durable nature of the coalition and eventual victory of the French, British and Americans on the Western Front which leaves the lower echelons underexplored. In a joint and linked study of language practice and military logistics we can write a history which tells us both how these exchanges were possible and to what extent they contributed to the Allies’ victory. Official and private archival material enables us both to read traces of language from the perspective of the history of international exchanges and also to understand choices in military logistics from the point of view of interpreting and translation studies. Lire la suite

Claire Délen: « ‘First Name in Biscuits’: production et consommation des biscuits Huntley and Palmers, 1841-1976 »

Claire Delen, de l’Université paris IV-Sorbonne, présentera sa communication « ‘First Name in Biscuits’: production et consommation des biscuits Huntley and Palmers, 1841-1976 » le jeudi 15 octobre de 17h à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

Discutante: Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel de l’EHESS

Le podcast est disponible ci-dessous et sur le site de la SAS:

Résumé:

Huntley and Palmers, nom oublié aujourd’hui, était le plus grand producteur de biscuits à la fin du 19e siècle, et la France était sa première destination d’exportation. Ses biscuits de luxe rappellent un mode de production et surtout de consommation oublié. Le consommateur de la fin du 19e et du début du 20e siècle se voyait offrir des centaines de biscuits différents, tous plus raffinés les uns que les autres. Réservés aux classes moyennes et supérieures de par leur prix, ces biscuits étaient consommés par les enfants aussi bien que par les adultes dans les soirées chics, et par les têtes couronnées d’Europe et de l’Empire. Huntley and Palmers a innové et façonné le produit tel que nous le connaissons aujourd’hui. Mais la démocratisation du biscuit au milieu du 20e siècle et la grande distribution ont finalement apporté aux classes populaires un produit auparavant réservé à l’élite, sonnant le glas de ces firmes de luxe, des catalogues aux centaines de biscuits, et des boîtes en fer-blanc ouvragées.

Alessandro Stanziani autour de son livre Sailors, Slaves, and Immigrants. Bondage in the Indian Ocean World, 1750-1914

Alessandro Stanziani de l’EHESS ouvrira une discussion autour de son livre Sailors, Slaves, and Immigrants. Bondage in the Indian Ocean World, 1750-1914, Palgrave, 2014, le jeudi 24 septembre de 17h à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421.

Discutant: François-Joseph Ruggiu de Paris IV-Sorbonne.

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

Résumé: Slaves, convicts, indentured immigrants, and unfree seamen have traveled the world’s oceans at many times and places throughout human history. Across the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, this bondage took divergent forms and exhibited a range of historical dynamics. In spite of this variety, the conventional Atlantic World historical paradigm has largely shaped our understanding of modernity as being defined by exploration and discovery, European dominance, global capitalism, and the transition from slavery to free labor. Not only does this perspective evince a Eurocentric emphasis on the ‘uniqueness’ of the West, but it is increasingly contested even for the Atlantic itself. This provocative study contrasts the romantic conflation of freedom and the sea with the complex labor relationships of seamen, slaves, and immigrants in the Indian Ocean during the long nineteenth century. In the process, it advances a new framework for understanding labor, bondage, and modernization.