Scholarly Networks in the British Empire: Imperial and Transnational Connections after 1850

Scholarly Networks in the British Empire: Imperial and Transnational Connections after 1850

Tamson Pietsch (New College, University of Oxford), Janet Wilson (University of Northampton)
Wadham College
United Kingdom
From - Until
05.07.2010 - 06.07.2010
Pietsch, Tamson

This two-day conference will examine the nature and extent of scholarly networks connecting academics and universities in the British Empire after 1850. By examining the historical lineages of these academic connections, it seeks a critical understanding of the processes that helped to shape the topographies of today’s entangled scholarly community.

Keynote Address: Prof Sheldon Rothblatt (UC Berkeley)
Speakers include: Geoffrey Sherington (Sydney), Paul Stortz (Calgary); Ulrike Hillemann-Delaney (Imperial College, London); Ann Mclellan (Plymouth, USA); Lisa Panayotidis (Clagary); David Schorr (Tel Aviv); Heather Ellis (Humboldt University); Julia Horne (Sydney) and others.

A full programme and registration details are available on the conference website.
Earlybird rate £40 until 15 May, 2010


Please note: This is a provisional programme only. Times and membership of panels may change.

Monday 5th July
9.40-11.10 Panel 1: Institutions: imperial and national
Geoffrey Sherington (University of Sydney): ‘Home and Away: Imagining the University of Sydney 1850-1880’
Paul Stortz (University of Calgary): ‘From Westminster to War: Canadian Universities’ and Scholars’ Negotiated Colonial Hegemony to Great Britain, 1930-1945’
Jerome Teelucksingh (Universities of the West Indies): ‘Afraid of cutting the umbilical cord: Influence of British tertiary education on the Anglophone Caribbean’

11.30-13.00 Panel 2: Disciplines: foundations and development
Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia (Montclair State University): ‘Nationalist expatriates. British historians and the African past’
Ulrike Hillemann-Delaney (Imperial College, London): ‘British Sinology and the networks of Empire, 1780-1850’

14.00-15.30 Panel 3: Constructing identities: race, gender, nation
Ann McClellan (Plymouth USA): ‘Far and Away: Women’s Scholarly Networks in Postcolonial Britain’
Juliette Milner-Thornton (Griffith University): ‘Northern Rhodesia the Half-Caste Education Debate and the Creation of Coloureds’.
E Lisa Panayotidis (University of Calgary): ‘War, Leadership, and the Action of Educated Elites: Advice to Graduating Students in Canadian Universities during a Time of War, 1939-1945’

16.00-17.30 Panel 4: Generating knowledge in the space of connection
David Schorr (University of Tel Aviv): ‘The Society for Comparative Legislation – An Imperial Discipline Colonizes the Metropolis’
Ross Jones (University of Sydney): ‘Anatomies of Empire: Race, Evolution, and Scientific Networks in the Twentieth-Century British World’
Swarupa Gupta (Calcutta): ‘Scholarly Networks, Interconnections between Universities and Ideas about Nationhood in Bengal: Beyond the Binary of Imperial Metropolis and Colony’

18.30-19.30 Keynote Address
Professor Sheldon Rothblatt (UC Berkeley)

Tuesday 6th July
9.30-11.00 Panel 5: Contesting Empire
Heather Ellis (Humboldt University, Berlin): ‘“Great Imperial Universities”?: Critiquing Empire at Oxford, London and Edinburgh, 1890-1918’
Sean Mills (NYU): ‘Anti-imperialism in Canada and the Caribbean: Scholarly Networks and the Creation of Left Nationalist Political Projects in the Sixties’
Dan Rycroft (University of East Anglia): ‘Beyond colonial hegemony: ‘tribal’ identity and anthropological networks in India’

11.30-13.00 Panel 6: Scholars: networks and influence
Brian Shoesmith (Edith Cowan University & Bangaladesh): ‘A Profound Influence: The Scholarly Networks of Harold A Innis’
Hannah Forsyth (University of Sydney): ‘Technology and the university: two British scientists in Australia.’

14.00-15.30 Panel 7: Academic connections: from imperial to transnational
Andrew Boggs (University of Oxford): ‘The ties of Empire, Goldwin Smith and the evolution of the Canadian university’
Julia Horne (University of Sydney): ‘The Carnegie Corporation and universities in interwar Australia’
Ulrike Kirchberger (University of Bamburg): ‘German Scientists in the British Empire (1850-1914): Between International Science, Imperialism and National Identity’

16.00-17.30 Concluding Panel

Contact (announcement)

Tamson Pietsch
University of Oxford
New College, OX1 3BN
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