LRB Winter Lectures 2019

The Communal Mind

Patricia Lockwood

Patricia Lockwood

Friday 8 February 2019, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre, The British Museum

What is it about being online which makes it seem as if other people were writing your mind? Patricia Lockwood considers the internet’s language, its reflexive laughter and its new vehicles of consensus – and asks whether it’s possible to opt out, what our unanimity might look like in the future and if any of this is even new.

Patricia Lockwood is the author of Priestdaddy, a memoir, and two collections of poetry including Motherland, Fatherland, Homelandsexuals. She lives in Savannah, Georgia and once famously tweeted at the Paris Review, ‘so is paris any good or not’.

1848

Christopher Clark

Christopher Clark

Friday 15 February 2019, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre, The British Museum

Christopher Clark’s lecture is now sold out.

The insurrections of 1848 were the only truly European revolution there has ever been: beginning in the Italian peninsula, they spread within weeks from Paris to Bucharest, from Vienna to Stockholm, from Rome to the Ionian Islands. Christopher Clark argues that far from being a ‘failure’ – G.M. Trevelyan’s ‘turning point at which modern history failed to turn’ – they had a profound impact on political and administrative practices, whose traces can be discerned far beyond the boundaries of Europe, in questions about social inequality and the responsibilities of the state, the tensions between representative and direct forms of democracy and the place of labour in a meaningful and dignified human existence.

Christopher Clark is Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge, and the author of the international bestsellers Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 and The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914.

‘Defying Gravity’: American Power in the Long 20th Century

Rosemary Hill

Adam Tooze

Friday 22 February 2019, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre, The British Museum

Adam Tooze’s lecture is now sold out.

The history of American power, as it is commonly written, is a weighty subject, a matter of military and economic heft, of ‘throw-weight’, of resource mobilisation and material culture, of ‘boots on the ground’. Adam Tooze will examine an alternative, counterintuitive vision of America, as a power defying gravity. This image gives us a less materialistic, more fantastical and more unstable vision of America’s role in the world.

Adam Tooze teaches history at Columbia University and is the author of four books including Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World.

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