Some Upcoming Early Modern Events at Queen Mary

Queen Mary, University of London will be hosting some events of early modern and general historical interest this March.

‘Very curious and scarce’: Thomas Hollis’s Gifts to Dr Williams’s Library, 1750-1774
Date: 14 March 2012 – 5:15 – 6:45PM
Venue: Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR

Dissenting Studies Seminar Series (For more events in the series see:

No booking required.
For further information please contact Professor Isabel Rivers.

2012 Annual Malcolm Bowie Lecture
Date: 6:30PM, 14 March 2012
Venue: ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, ArtsTwo Building, Mile End Campus

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The lecture explores the portrayal of love in French writing (fiction, drama, and moral reflection) of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and especially the way in which love for another person is represented as stimulated and nourished by love of one’s self.

Michael Moriarty is Drapers Professor of French at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Peterhouse. He read Modern and Medieval Languages at St John’s College, Cambridge, and was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, where he directed studies in Modern and Medieval Languages, from 1982 to 1995. From 1995 to 2011 he was Professor of French Literature and Thought at Queen Mary, University of London: he was head of the then School of Modern Languages in 1999/2000 and from 2001 to 2004. Professor Moriarty’s publications include Taste and Ideology in Seventeenth-Century France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), Roland Barthes (Cambridge: Polity, 1991), Early Modern French Thought: the Age of Suspicion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), Fallen Nature, Fallen Selves: Early Modern French Thought II (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), and Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Annual Nicolai Rubinstein Lecture
Date: 6:30PM, 29 March 2012
Venue: ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, ArtsTwo Building, Mile End Campus

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What’s the Big Idea? Intellectual History and the Longue Durée
Professor David Armitage
Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University

In many realms of historical writing, big is back. Transnational history covers large expanses of space. “Deep history” treats huge stretches of time. There are even signs that intellectual historians are returning to the big picture after a long period of aversion and neglect. What are the reasons for this revival of long-range intellectual history? And how might it be rendered methodologically robust as well as historically compelling? The lecture proposes a model of transtemporal history, proceeding via serial contextualism to create a history in ideas spanning centuries, even millennia. Key examples come from work in progress on ideas of civil war from Rome to Iraq.

David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University, where he teaches intellectual history and international history. A prize-winning writer and teacher, he is the author or editor of twelve books, among them The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (2000), The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (2007) and Foundations of Modern International Thought (forthcoming). He is working on Civil War: A History in Ideas, an edition of John Locke’s colonial writings and a co-edited collection on Pacific History.

With thanks  to Robin Rowles. All text from the Queen Mary events pages at


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