Event Date: 10 November 2015
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):
Vote of Thanks by Dr Anantza Mayo (RHUL):