Monthly Archives: October 2016

IHR Seminar Programme for Autumn 2016

We’re delighted to be able to announce our seminar topics and speakers for the autumn term. We hope you’re able to join us.

October 12 The Unpalatable Past (1)
Senate House – Pollard Seminar Room N301
The Rhodes Must Fall Campaign and the Cultural Politics of the British Imperial Past
Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary, UL)
Saul Dubow (Queen Mary, UL)

November 9 The Unpalatable Past (2)
Senate House – Olga Crisp Seminar Room N102
Nicola Cooper (University of Northampton): France’s Memory Wars
William Gallois (University of Exeter): The Palatability of the Algerian Past

November 16 Thomas Cauvin (University of Louisiana, Lafayette)
Senate House – John S. Cohen Room N203
Defining the field: Public History – A Textbook of Practice
Public history continues to elude consensus regarding its parameters and purposes and its complexities and ambiguities have only multiplied as the field has gone global in recent years. Thomas Cauvin’s Textbook of Practice addresses this challenge head-on, aiming to fill a gap in the literature on the pedagogy of public history and bringing theories and practices together. The IHR public history seminar is the ideal place to begin the UK field’s engagement with this important book.

December 7 The Unpalatable Past (3)
Senate House – Olga Crisp Seminar Room N102
Terrorism, Memory and Public History in Western Europe
Jonathan Skinner (University of Roehampton): Northern Ireland
Carrie Hamilton (University of Roehampton): The Basque Country

Seminar Event: The Rhodes Must Fall Campaign and the Cultural Politics of the British Imperial Past

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Prof Saul Dubow (Queen Mary, UL) & Prof Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary, UL)
Chair: Prof John Tosh (Roehampton)
Wednesday 12 October, 5.30 pm
Pollard Seminar Room (N301) Senate House

Within just weeks of its initiation by students at the University of Cape Town in March 2015, the Rhodes Must Fall campaign led to the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes from the UCT campus and prompted widespread calls for the ‘decolonisation’ of third level education in South Africa. As the campaign gathered momentum it gave rise to a divisive public debate in Africa, Europe and elsewhere about the willingness of academic institutions to openly confront their imperial roots. The debate opened up a whole series of questions relating to the 21st century relationship with imperial conquest, expansion and exploitation in the 19th and 20th centuries. It also revealed some of the acute challenges historians face when attempting to inform public understandings of highly sensitive – and unpalatable – pasts. Please join us for a discussion of these issues led by Saul Dubow and Bill Schwarz of Queen Mary, University of London.