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#PotW: IHR 2015 Winter Conference: Utopian Universities


UntitledA conference devoted to the new universities of the 1960s.

Rather than duplicate the various individual jubilees which have and are taking place in the seven universities (Essex, Lancaster, Sussex, UEA, UKC, Warwick and York) themselves, our aim is to look back at this moment in the history of higher education.

The conference will examine comparatively the aspirations and achievements around curricular development, campus design, philanthropy, the student experience, and local participation.

Additionally, the conference will look back to the pioneers, such as Keele; to the successors, such as Stirling and Ulster; and also consider the legacy of the utopian universities in the modern world today.


Venue: Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7H

Date and time: 23–24 October 2014

Register here

‘German in the World’. A One-day Symposium


By James Hodkinson

So where in the world is German? This deliberately wide-ranging question is not merely a geographical one: recognizing the undisputed political and economic importance of the German speaking nations, it also asks about the status of the language itself. To what extent are school children learning it and students studying it? And as educational politics seems to step back time and again from any real commitment to modern foreign languages, despite so much rhetoric to the contrary, is German in some sort of crisis within educational systems? Or is it more the case that, within the MFL field, German is ebbing away as other languages rise in prominence? Continue reading →

Let them remember cake?



In this blog, Dr Sara Pennell of the University of Roehampton explores the links between taste and memory, and how humans build memories around food. During the Being Human festival Dr Pennell is taking part in Memory Banquet, a series of events about food and memory – centring on a communal meal incorporating different registers of food (ingredients, objects, materials and performance) as memory transmitters, enhancers, and representations of past events.  Continue reading →

#PotW: Democracy or empire? Reflections on the British imperial experience of the First World War – 16 Oct


Event posterThe New Zealand-United Kingdom Link Foundation in association with The Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Imperial War Museum warmly invites you to the  NZ-UK Link Foundation Inaugural Annual Lecture.

Speaker: Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of the History of War (All Souls College, University of Oxford)

When George V addressed the British empire shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, he spoke to his ‘subjects’.  Today the countries of the former empire have come to see themselves as having been forced into a war in whose onset they had little or no say.  That is largely true, and the fact that the king did not address his people as citizens reinforces the point.  However, the ‘white’ Dominions had more choice than this narrative suggests.  Their contributions to the imperial war effort were freely made and democratically decided.  And those without their privileges saw the war as an opportunity to earn them by rallying to the defence of the empire. Continue reading →

The Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta



Falmouth tall ships 2014

By Dee Burn

Early on a beautiful bright day at the end of August, I headed to Falmouth with my mum and my husband to witness one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the modern sailing world: the Tall Ships Regatta. This opportunity was pure serendipity. I was in my native Cornwall that weekend for another reason entirely – to play in an annual Euchre tournament with friends from school (Euchre is a trick-taking card game that is popular in the county) – and the weekend just happened to coincide with the start of this spectacular race. 2014 marked the fifth time the town, famous for its natural harbour which is one of the largest in the world, has hosted the tall ships since they first visited in 1966. Continue reading →

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