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Globalising the Age of Reform, c.1780-1850: varieties of reform in Britain and the British Empire

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The workshop will facilitate a discussion about the varieties of reform which existed across a range of colonial and international settings in the period between 1780 and 1850. This workshop aims to address a number of outstanding questions about the use of the term ‘reform’ outside metropolitan Britain. For example, to what extent can reform be used as an organising category in the history of India, South Africa and Australia in this period? How were reformist languages emanating from Britain adapted in different colonial and international settings? What contribution did reform communities outside Britain make to the reform of the metropolitan polity?

The event will feature a keynote lecture by Joanna Innes of the University of Oxford, co-editor of the volume Rethinking the Age of Reform: Britain 1780-1850 (2003). Subsequent shorter research papers will explore the connections between reformers and reform movements in Britain and the British Empire.

 Speakers and commentators include:

· Joanna Innes (University of Oxford)

· Alan Lester (University of Sussex)

· Zoe Laidlaw (Royal Holloway)

· Philip Salmon (History of Parliament)

· Jon Wilson (King’s College London)

· Miles Taylor (IHR/University of York)

Booking: To register for the event please complete the registration form. The £10 registration cost includes conference fee, lunch and refreshments.

Registration Deadline: Friday May 29th, 2009

Venue: The workshop will be held at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Millburn House on the Warwick campus.

Please contact Dr Joseph Hardwick, Department of History, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL for further details. Email:,