Recent and Upcoming UNC/KCL Events and Activities

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20152016 Academic Year

  • MAY 20, 2016 (LONDON): The major aim of the event by the UNC-King’s College London Partnership is to yields the new book on WAR, DEMOBILIZATION AND MEMORY: The Legacy of War in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions, edited by Alan Forrest (York University), Karen Hagemann  (UNC Chapel Hill) and Michael Rowe (King’s College London) and published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2016 to the interested academic public in the greater London area, discuss its major results and celebrate the outcome of a successful KCL-UNC cooperation.

    The book is the product of a joint KCL-UNC conference, which took place in London from 30 May to 1 June 2013 at the UNC Winston House. Bringing together thirty scholars of Europe, Russia, and North, Central, and South America—from five countries and a variety of institutions—this international conference on ‘War, Demobilization and Memory: The Legacy of War in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions’ revisited the Era of the Atlantic Revolutions. Among other issues, it explored the flow of ideas and material across the Atlantic during and after the wars and revolutions of the period, the cross-cultural dialogues that were created, the various attempts to come to terms with the violence and destruction wrought by warfare on an unprecedented scale, the impact of the demobilization that followed, and the contested memories of these conflicts.

    The book to be launched is the result of this event and the following transatlantic cooperation. It focuses on the years from 1770 to 1830 that were scarred by war throughout the Atlantic world. These were wars about empire and global hegemony, as well as struggles of liberation and decolonization. During the era of Atlantic Revolutions the Atlantic became a highway for exchange not only of peoples and commodities, but also of ideas and cultural practices. New forms of mass warfare, for which patriotic-national propaganda mobilized soldiers and civilians alike, characterized these conflicts in Europe and the Americas. The contributors to the volume, all established experts in their field, examine the processes of military, economic, political, social and cultural demobilization after these wars, not only by states but also by local communities and individuals, and explore the long-term legacy of these conflicts. They discuss how their aftermath influenced politics, society and culture, including the gender order, and ask what shaped the contested and changing memories of these wars in the decades that followed. EVENT WEBSITE.

20142015 Academic Year

  • “Lost Futures in the History of Modern European Empires II” workshop to be held in September 2014. Preregistration required. This workshop is part of the ongoing collaboration between between UNC-CH and King’s College London, and follows one on the same theme held in London in 2012.  At this year’s event, UNC and KCL faculty and graduate students, along with select participants from other institutions, will make and discuss presentations on such topics as slavery and abolition; transnational anti-colonial, reform, and religious movements; metropolitan visions of racial politics and  decolonization; and failure and violence in postcolonial transition. For more information please visit the event website.

20132014 Academic Year

20122013 Academic Year

  • Paul Readman (KCL) presented a lecture entitled “Reassessing British Mountaineering in the Age of Imperialism: Masculinity, Modernity and the Natural World, c.18701914” in Hamilton Hall in September of 2012.
  • That same month Liz Lundeen, Greg Mole, and Ben Reedhosted the second part of the UNC-KCL Graduate Student workshop in Chapel Hill. Jennifer Donnally and Chris Knowles (KCL) co-organized this workshop and its May 2012 counterpart.
  • Also in May, 2013 Liz Lundeen and Amy Kavanaugh (KCL) will co-organize the first half of the fourth annual UNC-KCL graduate workshop in London.

20112012 Academic Year

  • In May of 2012 Liz Lundeen, Greg Mole, and Ben Reed traveled to London in May, 2012 to present their work at the UNC-KCL graduate workshop in London.
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