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Call for papers: Anti-colonialism and the Spaces of Political Negotiation

Anti-Colonialism and the Spaces of Political Negotiation Dr. Jake Hodder and Prof. Stephen Legg, University of Nottingham Two sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (29 August – 1 September 2017): Chair’s theme “Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world” Co-sponsored by the Historical Geography Research Group and Political Geography Research Group One form of …

The National Archives of India

The National Archives of India in New Delhi, like the British National Archives at Kew in London, turn government into History. Minutes, memoranda, laws, reports, and inter-governmental circulars, designed solely for the purpose of colonial bureaucracy, now become the stuff of history making; a dauntingly huge Imperial Archive. A substantial body of scholarship exists on …

International Institute of Agriculture Archives, Rome

I recently spent ten days at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, investigating the FAO’s forgotten precursor, the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA). The IIA was established in 1905 by David Lubin (1849-1919), a wealthy American businessman and agrarian philosopher whose name is memorialised in the FAO’s library. The IIA reflected Lubin’s …

Reading Group: Actor-Network Theory and the Agency of the Document

Guest post by Martin Mahony Latour, B. (1999). On recalling ANT. The Sociological Review, 47(S1), 15-25. Weisser, F. (2014). Practices, politics, performativities: Documents in the international negotiations on climate change. Political Geography, 40, 46-55. Blok, A. (2010). Topologies of climate change: actor-network theory, relational-scalar analytics, and carbon-market overflows. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, …

Reading Group: Brian Vick’s ‘The Congress of Vienna’

Brian E. Vick, The Congress of Vienna: Power and Politics After Napoleon (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014) The project team met for a regular reading group discussion, this one focused exclusively on a fascinating new book on the Congress of Vienna by Brian Vick, an American historian from Emory College in Atlanta, Georgia. Vick …

Remembering a Democratic Legacy of the Great War in Interwar India

In 2019, India will embark upon a uniquely postcolonial set of centenaries. During the Great War the Defence of India Act (1915) had given the Government of India exceptional powers to silence dissent and crush any nascent “terrorist” or “revolutionary” movement. So effective had the powers proven, against both radical and moderate nationalists, that there …

British Parliamentary Archives, London

The Parliamentary Archives house the records of the House of Lords, the House of Commons and other collections relating to the running of Parliament. Visits are by appointment only and the staff were kind enough to have ordered in-advance some documents I had located via the online database, Portcullis. These included personal papers (Correspondence between …

Event: Historical Geographies of the Future

All three of the project team will be heading down to London this August for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference. From discussions that have been emerging from the grant, Mike Heffernan and I are co-convening two sessions on histories of the future, see below. Where Next? Historical Geographies of the Future Royal Geographical Society, 1 …