6 November 2009 – This conference celebrates the publication of Erdmut Wizisla’s formidable study ‘Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht: The Story of a Friendship’ and explores the ways in which Wizisla’s study augments, challenges or re-constellates previous analyses. speakers: Erdmut Wizisla, Peter Thompson, Barabara Engh, Tony Phelan, Esther Leslie, Chryssoula Kambas
16 June 2009 – Masterclass – day 2 : Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture: Architecture as Ideology: the Failure of Performance-Arts Venues to construct a Communal Space. speaker: Slajov Zizek
6 June 2009 – As historical fiction enjoys a huge commercial renaissance, this debate will explore how far the changes in the last forty years of historiography means that novelists willing to spend real time in the archives and libraries are now producing a new kind of historical fiction, more accurate and thus more truthful about the past, than the work of their predecessors.