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The Historian and the Public

19 January 2010 – Markus Daeschel – The Historian and the Pakistan Crisis ; and Vanessa Martin – The Historian and the Invasion of Iraq in 2003

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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.

Nick Holder – History and Archaeology: Finding some Common Ground

10 November 2009 – Nick Holder looks at the types of evidence and data created by archaeologists and consider ways that historians can make use of that body of evidence, as well as at some case studies of fruitful co-operation between archaeologists and historians.

Humayun Ansari – Place-making, Identity and Islam: the Struggle to Create ‘a mosque in London worthy of the tradition of Islam and worthy of the capital of the British Empire 1910-1944

27 October 2009 – By exploring historically the dynamic interplay between Muslim experience and the institutions of British society with regard to the efforts for establishing a mosque in London, this paper attempts to deepen our understanding of how Muslims have sought to establish themselves as an integral part of British society, through a specific kind of place-making.

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Contemporary Attitudes to the Holocaust

23 October 2009 – Professor Orlando Figes of Birkbeck, University of London will conduct a debate on contemporary attitudes to the Holocaust .