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Thinking the Empire Whole: A History Workshop with Prof. Steven Pincus

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18 Wally's Walk

(the old C7A MUSE Building)

North Ryde, NSW 2109

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A Workshop on Lives and Debates in the British Empire through the long eighteenth century

Nostalgia for the British Empire is back, not only in various public spaces but also in certain academic circles. Scholarly pushback against this resurgent nostalgia has come mostly from historians of the 19th and 20th century. Experts on the 18th century have been quieter in reply. This is partly due to the fractured nature of 18th-century British imperial history, divided as it is into the fields of colonial America, colonial India, African slavery, Pacific exploration, Australian settlement and so on. One aim of this workshop is to forge more comprehensive thinking about the British Empire through the long eighteenth century. It will encourage cohesion among disparate scholars that will help to answer renewed questions about the purpose, morality, and exercise of British imperialism throughout the modern era.

Thinking more connectedly about empire also aligns with how many involved in British trade, settlement, protection, and exploration at the time understood it. Prof. Pincus’s opening paper especially will address how the global consideration of British imperial practice worked on the ground—its agents, its imperatives, and its effects. The two following roundtables will test and extend the consequences of thinking about the British Empire as one global phenomenon. They will also showcase recent Australian scholarship on eighteenth-century British intellectual and social history. The first roundtable includes short papers from Michael McDonnell, Grace Karskens, Trevor Burnard, Jennifer McLaren, and features the perspectives of some lives in imperial spaces, from slavers to the enslaved, from settlers to sojourners, and from the transported to the dispossessed. The second roundtable includes Alison Bashford, Bruce Buchan, John Gascoigne, Kate Fullagar, and focuses on different levels and spaces for debating the empire, from popular culture, political economy, landed gentry, and the Scottish Enlightenment.

Come along to hear Prof. Pincus at 10.15am, stay for the two roundtables following lunch! Further information here.

This event is free but registration is essential.

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North Ryde, NSW 2109

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