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Stenton Workshop: Collecting and nineteenth-century Empires

History Department Annual Stenton Lecture & Workshop 2021

The Stenton Lecture, ‘Vanished: Hope and Histories of Extinction‘, will be delivered at 6pm on 18 November. The Stenton Workshop will be held on the 19 November. Dr Sadiah Qureshi (University of Birmingham) is the  Stenton Lecturer for this year.

Dr Qureshi’s lecture will be accompanied by a Stenton workshop in partnership with the British Museum entitled: ‘Collecting and nineteenth-century Empires’. This workshop will be held on 19 November.

Session one: 2pm – 3pm
Chair: Alexandra Green (British Museum)

  • Isobel MacDonald (British Museum): Acquiring Empire?: A data-driven examination of the British Museum’s processes of acquisition, 1814-1914
  • Amara Thornton (School of Advanced Study, London): Histories of Archaeological Collecting in the Caribbean

Break: 3pm- 3.15pm

Session two: 3.15pm- 4.15pm
Chair: Imma Ramos (British Museum)

  • Kate Nichols (University of Birmingham): Indigenous dispossession and settler colonial art galleries: Anguish at the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Gaye Sculthorpe (British Museum): Engaging and mobilising Aboriginal objects in UK collections

Break: 4.15pm – 4.30pm

Session three: 4.30pm – 6 pm
Chair: Rohan Deb Roy (Reading)

  • Subhadra Das (Galton Collections, UCL): Displays of power: historical perspectives on natural history collecting at University College London
  • Mirjam Brusius (German Historical Institute): What’s wrong with the Field? Race, modernity, and the history of collecting
  • Ricardo Roque (Lisbon): Collecting and the work of inscription in the nineteenth-century racial sciences

Registration for these events
Both the Stenton Lecture and the Stenton Workshop will be held online. To register for the Stenton Lecture and/or the Stenton Workshop, please visit this registration page.

For further information please contact Dr Rohan Deb Roy


19 November 2021
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Dr Rohan Deb Roy, History Department