Helen Graham – From ‘Lives at the Limit’: histories against the grain – an unfinished dialogue with David

Event Date: 10 November 2015

Picture Gallery
Founder’s Building,
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

The 2015 David Vilaseca Memorial Lecture

 I came to explore the wreck
The words are purposes.
The words are maps.
I came to see the damage
that was done
and the treasures that prevail

        (Adrienne Rich, 1973)

Professor Helen Graham (RHUL) – From ‘Lives at the Limit’: histories against the grain – an unfinished dialogue with David

Helen Graham discusses her forthcoming book Lives at the Limit. Its subject is Europe’s dark 20th century, explored through a set of signal lives which pass through the war in Spain (1936-39) and are transformed by it. The book’s themes of displacement and difference allow a reflection on how history can be other than a homogenising discourse or instrument of state or nation. By excavating real lives to reveal their own – and the century’s – complexity and multiplicity, history counters retrospective ideological tellings which shut down the past.

Introduction by Professor Katie Normington (RHUL):

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Lecture:

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Vote of Thanks by Dr Anantza Mayo (RHUL):

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