Centre for the Study of Internationalism Inaugural Lecture. The ‘Age of Questions’

‘The labour question’. ‘Lord Salisbury’s policy’. “We cannot look abroad into the territories … On this matter I can only say that I believe the Government may give useful assistance … when it finds that men are willing to co-operate with them.” Lord Salisbury is shown holding a piece of paper titled ‘Arbitration’. To his left are workers on strike and to his right a female figure with ‘trade’ written on her walks to the sea. In the distance and across the sea are the named countries, German.,57 x 90 cm.

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Date(s) - 23 May
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Clore Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck University of London


Centre for the Study of Internationalism Inaugural Lecture: Professor Holly Case on ‘The Age of Questions’, in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

The event will mark the launch of the new Centre for the Study of Internationalism. Jessica Reinisch will introduce the Centre, followed by Holly Case’s lecture on her current book project on a period in modern history – roughly 1810 to 1950 – when ‘questions’ reigned. The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy wrote his views on the ‘Eastern question’ through the character in Anna Karenina, the future president of Czechoslovakia penned over 700 pages on the ‘social question’, and a German novelist expressed his immoderate views on the ‘oyster question’. When and why did people start thinking in terms of ‘questions’ and what did it mean?

The talk and discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.

Free event open to all – Book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/centre-for-the-study-of-internationalism-inaugural-lecture-tickets-24429320756