Renowned scholar explores development of Britain from Imperial past to Brexit present
The Department of History presented its first Ruby Lecture on 11 September. Professor Stuart Ward, Head of the University of Copenhagen’s Saxo Institute for History, Ethnology, Archaeology and Classics, delivered a lecture entitled “‘Empires of the Mind’: The Imperial Past in Brexit Britain”. The lecture attracted a full house of over 200 people.
In his lecture, Professor Ward discussed from different perspectives how we might place the end of empire and Brexit Britain in the same analytical frame. He suggested reconceptualising the idea of Britain and Britishness as global categories of analysis as ideas that were radically adapted to the global dispersal of British people, capital, goods and culture from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
The “Ruby Lectures in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Department of History” features distinguished lectures by six internationally renowned historians held from September to November.