Helen Graham – Crossing Borders:The Spanish Civil War and transnational mobilisation

Event Date: 30 June 2016 Wolfson 1 Institute of Historical Research Senate House Univerity of London Malet St London WC1E 7HU The Cañada Blanch Centre presents: Professor Helen Graham (RHUL) – Crossing Borders:The Spanish Civil War and transnational mobilisation For Europe, the Great War of 1914-18 famously ‘changed everything and nothing’. Empires had fallen, but established social hierarchies re-emerged, often …

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) …

Helen Graham – Stories to Get By: Margaret and Rudolf Michaelis

‘I have not spoken for hours, for months, and in fact for years from the sources of my real being […] My strength of recovery comes from that waiting within me […] How else would I have survived the many deaths I have died? (Margaret Michaelis, 1954)
This paper will offer an extract from two of the ‘lives’ featured in the book I’m currently completing, After the wars in Spain: lives salvaged from the dark twentieth century.


Helen Graham – Border Crossings: Thinking about the International Brigaders before and after Spain

3 December 2009 – The International Brigaders fought for the democratic Republic during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), later forming the core of early World War II Resistance movements. This lecture explores their origins in the broader history of the 20th century European diaspora; their significance as the antithesis of Hitler’s New Order; and their lives of perpetual border-crossing as a definition of dynamic social change.