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History after Hobsbawm

Event Date: 29 April – 1 May 2014

Beveridge Hall
Senate House
University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

 

History after Hobsbawm

A conference on the current trajectories of history

A major international conference, with plenary speakers and large parallel sessions, exploring where the study of history is currently heading. The conference draws inspiration from the capacious legacy of the late Eric Hobsbawm, but is not a memorial event. We aim, rather, to bring together discussion about what we are currently doing as socially-committed historians, where we are headed, and what it means to be an historian in the twenty-first century.

Programme:

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Welcome by
Professor Miles Taylor (Director, Institute of Historical Research):

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Professor Miriam Zukas (Executive Dean, School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy,  Birkbeck):

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Professor John Arnold (Head, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck):

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Eric Hobsbawm Memorial Lecture by Professor Mark Mazower (Columbia) Europe

AUDIO HERE

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Wednesday 30 April 2014

Plenary:  Professor Gareth Stedman Jones (Cambridge)  – Marxism
Chair: Miles Taylor

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Plenary: Professor  Chris Wickham (Oxford), Professor Maxine Berg (Warwick) and Professor  Rana Mitter (Oxford) – World Histories
Chair: Frank Trentmann

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Plenary: Peter Bailey   – The other Captain Swing; Eric Hobsbawm and jazz: a learned entertainment
Talk and piano by Peter Bailey:

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Thursday 1 May 2014

Plenary: Professor  Catherine Hall (UCL) – Gendering Property, Racing Accumulation
Chair: Matthew Hilton

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Plenary: Professor Geoff Eley (Michigan) – History and Politics
Chair: John Arnold

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Acknowledgements
The conference organisers gratefully acknowledge the financial support given by the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy, and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, at Birkbeck; and by the Past & Present Society. We are also extremely grateful to the Institute of Historical Research for its support and assistance in hosting the event.
The cover image is a cartoon by ‘Marc’ (Mark Boxer), which originally appeared in the Sunday Times; the department then bought the original image from the newspaper at the time.

Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarships
To commemorate Eric Hobsbawm’s legacy, and to encourage the next generation of historians, Birkbeck has set up a fund for postgraduate scholarships. The fund supports students wishing to pursue MA study, and provides some research expenses for PhD students. If you would like to know more, or would like to make a contribution, visit the website at:

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/alumni/eric-hobsbawm-scholarships.

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