Refugees and Migrants in Europe – now and then: Twentieth and twenty-first century perspectives

Event Date: 20 January 2016 Horton Building, Lecture Theatre 2 Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX Royal Holloway University of London Department of History presents: French-Spanish border, February 1939 Refugees and Migrants in Europe – now and then: Twentieth and twenty-first century perspectives Macedonia, near border with Greece, August 2015 The Royal Holloway History Department invites you …

Peregrine Horden – Periodization in Mediterranean History

Event Date: 17 October 2015 McCrea 336 Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX Royal Holloway University of London Department of History 
Departmental Research seminars 2015/2016 Professor Peregrine Horden (RHUL) – Periodization in Mediterranean History Trying to rethink the nature and scope of Mediterranean history (in Horden-Purcell, The Corrupting Sea and its successor volume, as well as in …

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Margaret Bird – Inculcating an appreciation of time pressure in the young: the training of children for working life in 18th-century England

Event Date: 24 March 2015 McCrea 336 Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX Royal Holloway University of London Department of History 
Departmental Research seminars 2014/2015 Margaret Bird (RHUL) – Inculcating an appreciation of time pressure in the young: the training of children for working life in 18th-century England The rearing of children has been a topic at …

Bruce Lincoln – The Werewolf, the Shaman, and the Historian: Rethinking the Case of “Old Thiess” after Carlo Ginzburg

  Event Date: 3 March 2015 Windsor Auditorium Royal Holloway, University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX   Royal Holloway University of London Department of History presents: The 2015 Hayes-Robinson Lecture Professor Bruce Lincoln (Chicago) – The Werewolf, the Shaman, and the Historian: Rethinking the Case of “Old Thiess” after Carlo Ginzburg The lecture centres on the 1691 trial of …

Sarah Ansari – At the Crossroads? Exploring Sindh’s Recent Past from a Spatial Perspective

Event Date: 17 February 2015 Windsor Auditorium Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX Inaugural Lecture Professor Sarah Ansari (RHUL) –  At the Crossroads? Exploring Sindh’s Recent Past from a Spatial Perspective From a ‘sleepy backwater’ under the British Raj to the political heart of a new state, Sindh’s location vis-à-vis centres of power seemed to change dramatically …

Kiran Klaus Patel – The New Deal: A Global History

This presentation summarizes some of the findings of my forthcoming book with the same title (America in the world series; Princeton University Press, planned for fall 2015). How does the reaction of the United States compare to the way other societies reacted to the Great Depression and other challenges of the time? And which links did the New Deal make and unmake? In the talk, I will speak about the book’s conceptual basis as well as some of its empirical findings.

Robert Priest – Renan, Religion, and the Republic: The Life of Jesus Controversy in Fin-de-Siècle France

Event Date: 20 January 2015 McCrea 336 Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX Royal Holloway University of London Department of History 
Departmental Research seminars 2014/2015 Dr Robert Priest (RHUL) – Renan Religion, and the Republic: The Life of Jesus Controversy in Fin-de-Siècle France Disputes over the iconoclastic depiction of sacred figures in France are not a new …

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.

Jonathan Harris – Byzantine Valhalla: The Life and Death of the Church of the Holy Apostles

Event Date: 27 October 2014 Windsor Auditorium Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX Royal Holloway University of London Department of History presents: Inaugural Lecture Professor Jonathan Harris (RHUL) – Byzantine Valhalla: The Life and Death of the Church of the Holy Apostles The Holy Apostles was the second largest church in Byzantine Constantinople. Consecrated in 370 CE, …

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Dan Stone – Assessing Holocaust Survivors: Jewish DPs and the International Refugee Organisation in the Early Cold War

This talk looks at the ways in which the International Refugee Organisation (the forerunner to UNHCR) assessed Displaced Persons for assistance with relocation to new countries in the late 1940s. Where today we might see Holocaust survivors clearly in need of help, at the time of the early Cold War the IRO’s assessors were just as likely to see ‘economic migrants’ and feared that assisting these refugees would mean importing a potential communist threat.