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CFP: “On being at sea: historically experiencing movement across the waves”

On being at sea: historically experiencing movement across the waves CFP: RGS-IBG Conference, Cardiff August 28-31 2018 Jake Hodder and Stephen Legg, School of Geography, University of Nottingham A networked conception of space now informs the ways in which geographers consider a host of trans-local historical phenomena, from empires to trading companies, missions to exploration, …

Reading Group: World Fairs

‘Messages of Peace and Images of War: Modern Architecture and Diplomacy’ in Devos, R., Ortenberg, A. & Paperny, V., eds., (2016). Architecture of Great Expositions 1937-1959: Messages of Peace, Images of War, pp.1-22. ‘Modernity on display: the 1940 Grand International Exposition of Japan’ in Kargon, R.H., Fiss, K., Low, M. & Molella, A.P. (2017). World’s Fairs on …

Black History Month 2017

Black History Month was established as Negro History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, widely regarded as the ‘Father of Black History’. Woodson had established the Association for the Study of Negro History and Life (ASNLH) in 1915 as well as launching its widely respected Journal of Negro History a year later in 1916. …

Recent Call for Papers

As part of the grant we’ve recently issued two call for papers. The first, ‘Geographies of Sensory Politics’, is for a session at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in New Orleans next April. It will give us the chance to explore one of the important conceptual and methodological concerns of the …

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City

Located between West 135th and 136th street in Harlem, the Schomburg Centre is part of the New York Public Library (NYPL). The centre’s history is rooted in the 135th street branch, opened in 1905 as part of the enormous library construction programme funded by Andrew Carnegie. From the start of the 1920s the library became a …

2nd Annual Advisory Board Meeting, July 2017

At the start of July we had the second meeting of our Advisory Board. Similar to our previous get together at the end of our first year, we invited our UK-based Board members to join us in Nottingham for a two-day meeting, divided into four sessions, in order to discuss the progress we had made on the grant, …

Reading Group: Internationalism and Race

Goswami, M. (2012) Imaginary futures and colonial internationalism, American Historical Review, 117 (5), 1461-1485. Manela, E. (2007) The Wilsonian moment: self-determination and the international origins of anticolonial nationalism, Oxford: Oxford University Press Singh, N (2004) Black is a country: race and the unfinished struggle for democracy, Cambridge: Harvard University Press This reading group presented us …

Reading Group: Sensory History

Tim Edensor, ‘The Social Life of the Senses: Ordering and Disordering the Modern Sensorium’ in David Howes (ed.), A Cultural History of the Senses in the Modern Age, 1920-2000 (Bloomsbury, 2014) Rebecca P. Scales, Radio and the Politics of Sound in Interwar France (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Chapter 2 ‘Disabled veterans, radio citizenship, and the …

Reading Group: The International City

Not only were conferences key spaces where the world order was redesigned in the wake of the World War I – where new borders were drawn and states created – but they were held in towns, cities, and regions that were themselves materially transformed by the increasing intensity and scale of conference events. Large imperial centres …

A Princely Archive: The Ganga Singh Memorial Trust records, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

The nation state monopolises many official archives. These include archives at the level of the nation (the National Archives of India, in New Delhi, or the UK in Kew, London), but also at subsidiary levels (the Scottish National Archives in Ediburgh, the Bengal archives in Kolkata, the Nottinghamshire County archives in Nottingham). Conferencing the International argues that …