Mike Spagat – War Deaths: Knowledge, Pretense and Progress

During the summer of 2014 headlines proclaimed more than 191,000 violent deaths in Syria and 2,100 in Gaza. Where do these numbers come from? Are they accurate? What do they mean? Over the last decade estimates of “excess deaths” in the Iraq war started at 100,000 and rose quickly to 655,000 before falling back to half a million five years later. Yet even these huge numbers pale in comparison to 5.4 million estimated excess deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the “deadliest conflict since World War II”. What are excess deaths? Are such numbers credible? A display stands in Srebrenica containing the names of 8,372 massacre victims. What is the meaning of this form of memorialization and where might it lead?

Jeff Widener – Tiananmen Square and Beyond – Conflict Photography in Asia, 1987-1995 – V2

Jeff Widener is internationally renowned for his work at the Tiananmen Square protest and massacre in 1989, including the most iconic photograph of the last decades of the twentieth century: ‘The Tank Man.’ However, Jeff was the Associated Press Southeast Asia Picture Editor 1987-1995, based in Bangkok, Thailand, and Tiananmen Square was only one of many civil and armed conflicts he covered during the period.

Jeff Widener – Tiananmen Square and Beyond – Conflict Photography in Asia, 1987-1995

Event Date: 30 September 2014  Room Q169 Queen’s Building Lecture Theatre Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX The Department of History and the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway University of London present: Jeff Widener –  Tiananmen Square and Beyond – Conflict Photography in Asia, 1987-1995 Jeff Widener is internationally renowned for his work at the Tiananmen …

Dan Hamermesh – It’s About Time

  Event Date: 27 January 2014 Windsor Auditorium Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX The Department of Economics at Royal Holloway University of London presents: Inaugural Lecture Professor Dan Hamermesh (RHUL) – It’s About Time This lecture examines how people in rich countries spend their time and how economics – the study of scarcity and incentives – …