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Pick of the week: Brazilian Diaries with Michael Palin and Alan Charlton – 5 Feb


Brazilian Diaries poster_carnival_tealThe John Brooks Memorial Lecture
Brazilian Diaries
Michael Palin, CBE, FRGS in conversation with Alan Charlton CMG CVO

When: Thursday 5 February 2015 18.00 – 19.30
Where: The Beveridge Hall Ground floor, Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
All welcome. RSVP:

Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A Fish Called Wanda, American Friends and Fierce Creatures. His television credits include two films for the BBC’s Great Railway Journeys, the plays East of Ipswich and Number 27, and Alan Bleasdale’s GBH. He recently starred in a three part drama for the BBC called Remember Me. He has written books to accompany his eight very successful travel series, including Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Sahara and Brazil. He is also the author of a number of children’s stories, the play The Weekend and the novels Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth. In July 2014, Michael, with his fellow Pythons, performed a ten night sell-out show at the 02 Arena – Monty Python Live.

Michael was made a CBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honours List for services to television drama and travel. In 2002, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards.
In 2005, he was given a BAFTA Special Award and in 2013 he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship. Between 2009 and 2012, Michael was President of the Royal Geographical Society.

Alan Charlton was British Ambassador to Brazil 2008-2013. He continues his association with Brazil and Latin America through the Robin Humphreys Fellowship.
He also advises De Montfort University on their Latin America strategy as a consultant and governor and holds advisory board memberships of the Brazil Institute, King’s College London,
and ILAS. He has founded the British-Brazilian Conversa, a bilateral group seeking greater bilateral co-operation in public policy, business and education- the first meeting was held in
Cambridge in September 2014 and a second is planned for the last quarter of 2015. He has lectured widely on Brazil and Diplomacy. He is also a governor of Sherborne School.

Emerging research on the First World War, with History Lab


Evening talks, Thursday 26 February, 6pm in the Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library

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Senate House Library is very happy to welcome two members of History Lab, Jennifer Doyle and Kim Brice O’Donnell, to speak about their research on topics related to the First World War. History Lab is a network of postgraduate students working in history and related subjects, providing future historians with the opportunities to share and present their research. In addition to regular seminars, History Lab hosts an annual conference. Senate House Library is pleased to nab two members to continue our conversation about duty and dissent during the First World War, accompanying the library’s exhibition.

Jennifer Doyle is a postgraduate student at King’s College London, where she researches the work of women on the home front and the creation of communities through the recipe pages of women’s magazines. Kim Brice O’Donnell is also a postgraduate student at King’s College London and her research focuses on the use of dogs by the British Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars. Senate House Library are very excited to hear about their research and would love to see you here at the library. You can book now!

#PotW: Experimental Narratives: From the Novel to Digital Storytelling – 26/7 Feb


Eddi Milkovitschs Alfabeto ColoreMajor changes in the 20th- and 21st-century media landscape have raised a number of questions about the role of the novel in contemporary culture. Its main structural components seem to have been superseded with postmodernity. Some writers and critics claim that ‘the novel is dead’ (Shields) or ‘culturally irrelevant’ (Lee) in our society, whilst others defend its crucial role in making sense of the world. Sponsored by the Modern Humanities Research Association, this conference provides a forum for discussion of the experiments and changes in the novel form since the early 20th century and of the relationship of these changes to the culture and society in which they have been situated.

Full programme

When: 26 February 2015, 09:15 – 27 February 2015 20:00

Where: Institute of Modern Languages Research, Room 349, Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Registration closed on 13 February, but if you are interested in attending, please contact

Hidden histories: Britain’s secret stash


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Troops of the King’s African Rifles carry supplies on horseback

Dr Sarah Stockwell, a senior lecturer in Imperial and Commonwealth History at King’s College London, discuss the latest in a series of decolonisation workshops organised by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

I am greatly looking forward to the upcoming workshop ‘The hidden history of decolonisation’ at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) on 20 February.

This is the latest in a regular series of ‘decolonisation workshops’ organised by ICWS in conjunction with King’s College London, which are now firmly established as key events for those working in the field, especially for postgraduates and early career researchers. Last semester’s workshop organised with colleagues at the University of Portsmouth on ‘Connected histories of decolonisation’ was an outstanding success. This week’s event promises to be different again – and very important. Continue reading →

#PotW: Key Questions in Human Rights / Human Rights Consortium Open Evening – 18 Feb


10984202_501815413293200_3828285871343415921_oWhat are the human rights challenges of the future?

This free, one-day event seeks to introduce and expand upon key questions at the cutting edge of several human rights issues. In previous years we have explored the rights of refugees to seek asylum, environmental destruction and its links to human rights, and challenges to human rights in the developing world.

This year, key debates around the following issues will be explored:

  • Children’s Rights
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • Genocide

This conference is free to attend and attendees are encouraged to come for one panel or as many sessions as they wish.

When: 18 February 2015, 11:00 – 18:00
Where: The Chancellor’s Hall (Senate House, first floor), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Register for free via Eventbrite here.

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