Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History

Space (2018-9)

Our theme for the academic year 2018-9 was 'Space'

The rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro
The rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro

A number of recent historiographical trends have pushed the idea of 'space' to the forefront of historical research. Growing interest in environmental and global histories have encouraged scholars to reflect on whether space is a geographical, political, cultural or social construct. This has led to a range of exciting and innovative scholarship that tries to mix different approaches and disciplines. We hope to showcase some of this work over the course of the academic year.

We are very flexible about our definition of space, but we expect to address some of the following themes:

  • Territories, geographies and the mapping of physical space
  • Borders, frontiers and borderlands
  • National spaces and national sovereignty
  • Migration and immigration
  • Urban history and the representation of urban spaces
  • Political and ideological spaces, and the movement of ideas
  • Imperial, post-imperial and cosmopolitan spaces 
  • Photography and the visual arts
  • Astronomy and outer space

We hope you will join us for an exciting programme of talks, seminars, workshops, public lectures, film screenings and discussion groups!