Individuals and Institutions
Cumberland Lodge Weekend 2018
Date: 2-4 November 2018
Venue: Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park
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The Cumberland Lodge Weekend 2018 took place at the beginning of Michaelmas Term reading week. Students from all International History programmes visited the historic lodge in Windsor Great Park for a weekend of debate and discussion in an informal and relaxed setting. The theme for 2018 was "Individuals and Institutions."
The weekend involved seven sessions given by faculty, as well as several hearty meals, a rather challenging pub quiz, free time to socialise, to walk around the grounds and to visit the Royal Chapel where the Queen attends.
From the seven sessions, one lecture was given by Dr Imaobong Umoren on “The Gender Politics of Eugenia Charles”. Charles was Prime Minister of Dominica from 1980-1995; she was also an LSE alumna. Dr Umoren argued that Charles was a divisive character, particularly through placing herself close to conservative leaders across the world and advocating intervention in Grenada. Whilst Charles was additionally polarising due to her liberal-conservative feminism, Umoren argued that she is an example of the complexities of Caribbean feminism.
Another session, the final session on Saturday, was given by Professor Matthew Jones, Head of the Department, on the relationship of journalists and the CIA. The lecture focused on the individuals Carl Bernstein, Harrison Salisbury and Cyrus Sulzberger. Jones emphasised that the practice of journalists doing tasks for the CIA was not new, but when journalist Carl Bernstein wrote an article in the Rolling Stone alleging Cyrus Sulzberger from the New York Times was a CIA asset, it sparked a public debate and began to change institutional practice. He further highlighted the ethical issues that arose due to these relationships.
All sessions emphasised the complex roles of individuals acting within or outside institutional settings and the effect this had on the formation and practice of institutions. The International History Department hosts its conference every year on a different theme, and is often referred to by those who attend as one of their highlights at LSE.
This yearly event was open to International History students only.
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