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News and Events in British Studies

Keep up to date with news, upcoming events, ongoing seminars and series, and recent faculty publications.

Events Archive

Here are listings of past events in British Studies at Columbia:

January 30, 2014 - Tim Alborn (Lehman College, CUNY), "The Greatest Metaphor Ever Mixed: Gold in the British Bible, 1750-1850."

November 4, 2013 Danny Loss (Harvard University), "How Muslims and Jews Came to Like the Church of England."

October 7, 2013 - Priya Satia (Stanford University), "Guns in the Eighteenth-Century Culture of Violence: Evidence from a Quaker Gun-Maker and His Contemporaries."

September 9, 2013 -William Deringer (Columbia Society of Fellows), "Robert Walpole's Political Calculations."

April 11, 2013 - Eleanor Hubbard, History, Princeton University "Colliding Worlds: Dutch Mariners, Portuguese Sugar, English Privateers, and the Ill-Fated Sampson of Emden, 1603"

March 7, 2013 : Susan Pedersen, History, Columbia University "Leo Amery in Defense of the Anglosphere."

Friday, February 8, 2013 - Saturday, February 9, 2013: "The Moment of British Women's History: Memories, Celebrations, Assessments, Critiques," International Conference, see more .

November 29, 2012: Toby Harper, History, Columbia University, "The British Honors System and Social Change in the Twentieth Century."

October 18, 2012: Priya Satia, Stanford University, Harvard University, "Guns in the Eighteenth-Century Culture of Violence: Evidence from a Quaker Gun-Maker and His Contemporaries."

September 20, 2012: Maya Jasanoff, Harvard University, "The Worlds of Joseph Conrad."

March 1, 2012; Ethan Shagan, University of California at Berkeley, "The Problem of Belief in the English Reformation: A Preliminary Inquiry."

March 29, 2012: David Edgerton, Imperial College London, "Never alone, always strong: Britain fights a rich people's war, 1940-1941."

February 16, 2012: British Studies University Seminar with Deborah Cohen (Northwestern University) on "The Repressive Family."

December 1, 2011: British Studies University Seminar with Megan Doherty (Columbia University) on "PEN International and its Republic of Letters, 1921-1970"

November 11, 2011: Colloquium on "We Have Never Been Modernists: Working Across Literary Periods," with Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania), Douglas Mao (Johns Hopkins University), Paul Saint-Amour (University of Pennsylvania), and Kevin Lamb (Yale Law School)

October 27, 2011: British Studies University Seminar with Susan Grayzel (University of Mississippi) on "'The War of the Air and the Laboratory:' Chemical Warfare, the Gas Mask, and the British Popular Imagination, c. 1915-1941"

April 22, 2011: 2011 Graduate Student Conference on "The Politics of Form," keynote speaker: Caroline Levine (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

May 5, 2011: Talk by Lauren M. E. Goodlad (University of Illinois, Urbana) on "The Mad Man in the Attic: Seriality and Identity in the Modern Babylon" (at the New School)

April 7, 2011: British Studies University Seminar with Judith Walkowitz (Johns Hopkins University) on "A Jewish Night Out"

November 18, 2010: British Studies University Seminar with Rachel Weil (Cornell University) on " "Telling the Truth about Conspiracy: Richard Kingston and the Problem of Credibility in Williamite England"

November 11, 2010: British Studies University Seminar with Nuala Zahedieh (University of Edinburgh) on " "An Open Elite? Colonial Merchants and the English Country House, 1680-1730"

October 7, 2010: British Studies University Seminar with Michal Shapira (Barnard College) on "Child Psychoanalysis and Democracy in Postwar Britain"

November 9, 2009: British Studies University Seminar with Jon Lawrence (University of Cambridge) on "'Class', 'Affluence' and the Politics of Everyday Life in Britain, c. 1930-1964"

October 5, 2009: British Studies University Seminar with Guy Ortolano (New York University) on "The Typicalities of the English: W.W. Rostow, Modernization Theory, and the Model of English History"

February 27, 2009: British Studies / Columbia English Department Nineteenth Century Colloquium with Aviva Briefel (Bowdoin College) on "Amputations: The Colonial Hand at the Fin de Siecle"

February 2, 2009: British Studies event with Mary Poovey (New York University) and Deborah Valenze (Columbia University, Barnard College) on themes of money in their recent respective books, Genres of the Credit Economy and The Social Life of Money in the English Past .

October 29, 2008: British Studies University Seminar with Lawrence Goldman (University of Oxford) on "Rewriting History: The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography"

April 3, 2008: British Studies event with Corrie Decker, Assistant Professor, Lehman College, and Aaron Windel, Doctoral Candidate, University of Minnesota, on "Education and Empire in East Africa."

March 25, 2008: British Studies University Seminar with Boyd Hilton (University of Cambridge) on his work over the past decades in the field of British history

March 10, 2008: British Studies University Seminar with Catherine Hall (University College, London) on "'An Empire of God or of Man': The Macaulays, Father and Son"

February 7, 2008: British Studies at Columbia discussion on Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis 1918-57, by Matt Houlbrook

December 1, 2007: British Studies seminar with Kathleen Wilson (SUNY Stony Brook) on "Rethinking the Colonial State". Discussant: Christopher Leslie Brown (Columbia University)

November 29, 2007: British Studies at Columbia Inaugural Event with Simon Schama (Columbia University) and Christopher Leslie Brown (Columbia University) on "Anti-Slavery as a Narrative for Our Time?"

November 12, 2007: British Studies at Columbia event on "Methods and Practices in British Studies across the Disciplines," with Professors Nicholas Dames, Jenny Davidson, Emma Winter, and Evan Haefeli

November 1, 2007: British Studies at Columbia event with Ellen Ross (Ramapo College) on "The Disgruntled Missionaries: Mary Neal and Emmeline Pethick at the West London Mission, 1888-1895." Discussant: Sharon Marcus (Columbia University)