Rivers of War and Recreation: Round Table on Global Environmental History.

Micah Muscolino (Oxford) and Marianna Dudley (Bristol) will be our guests at this term’s closing Round Table on Global Environmental History this Friday, December 5th, 14:30 in Arts Building G-20.

All are welcome. Tea will be served, and the event will be followed by drinks.

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Round Table Poster British JPEGMuscolino abstract:

‘Over the past decade, research on the relationship between war and environment has emerged as a vibrant sub-field of environmental history. Based on my forthcoming book on war-induced disasters that in China’s Henan province during World War II, this talk proposes a model for conceptualizing the ecology of war in terms of energy flows through and between militaries, societies, and environments. This framework highlights how efforts to procure and exploit nature’s energy in various forms has shaped the choices of generals, the fates of communities, and the trajectory of environmental change.’

Dudley abstract:

This paper will explore how different recreational groups have developed distinctive understandings of water and watery environments. By exploring a conflict of use that has emerged through the twentieth century (and continues in to the twenty-first) between canoeists and anglers, it will suggest that recreational engagement with place has produced meaningful, and very different, ways of knowing water that speak to broader academic discussions of water, waters, and the notion of a hydrocommons.

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Week 10 Seminar: Lucie Ryzova – Love in a Box.

 The Week 10 Modern & Contemporary Research Seminar is by our own

Lucie Ryzova

Aperçu de « Microsoft Word - Ryzova ¨Poster.docx »All are welcome, and there will be drinks.

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Week 9 Seminar: Aimée Fox-Godden – ‘A case of goats mingling with sheep? The identification and employment of civilian experts in the British Army of the First World War’

Our Week 9 Modern & Contemporary Research Seminar is by our own:

Aimée Fox-Godden

‘A case of goats mingling with sheep? The identification and employment of civilian experts in the British Army of the First World War’

Aperçu de « Microsoft Word - Fox-Godden.M&C.Poster.docx »

See you at 16:15 in the Rodney Hilton Library, on Wednesday 26 November.

All are welcome, and there will be drinks.

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Film Showing: The Politics of Famine in the Greek 1940s.

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The Birmingham Centre for Modern & Contemporary History, in association with BOMGS, is pleased to present

A Basket of Food: Greece in the 1940’s

Directed by Dr. Sheila Lecoeur (Imperial College)

Muirhead Tower Room 118, Wednesday 26th November, 2 pm.

All welcome. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

This dramatic and moving film tells the story of Greece in World War II. The frightening prospect of running out of food leading to a critical famine is remembered by survivors. Their human stories show that society began to fall apart when people could no longer help each other. The film uses rare historic footage and links past and present to show that shadows of the past still haunt Greece today.

Dr Sheila Lecoeur is a lecturer at Imperial College, London and author of Mussolini’s Greek Island: Fascism and the Italian Occupation of Syros in World War II, London: I.B. Tauris 2009.

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Week 8 Seminar: Laura Beers – ‘Forging a feminist internationalism: the British Women’s International League between the wars’.

Our Week 8 Modern & Contemporary History research seminar is by our own

Dr. Laura Beers

‘Forging a feminist internationalism: the British Women’s International League between the wars.’

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See you at 16:15 in the Rodney Hilton Library, on Wednesday 19 November.

All are welcome, and there will be drinks.

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Week 7 Seminar: Camilla Schofield – ‘The Mixed Inheritance of Empire: Don Chesworth, Multiculturalism and the British Left’.

After we return from reading week our research seminar will be given by:

Dr. Camilla Schofield (University of East Anglia)

The Mixed Inheritance of Empire: Don Chesworth, Multiculturalism and the British Left‘.

Schofield poster.1See you at 16:15 in the Rodney Hilton Library, on Wednesday 12 November.

All are welcome, and there will be drinks.

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Week 5 Seminar: Eric Tagliacozzo – ‘Chinese ‘Illegalities’ in Colonial Southeast Asia: Lessons from the Fin-de-Siècle Maritime World’.

Our seminar this week is in association with the Global China: New Approaches lecture series and is by Eric Tagliacozzo (Cornell University). It is titled ‘Chinese ‘Illegalities’ in Colonial Southeast Asia: Lessons from the Fin-de-Siècle Maritime World’.

It’s on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. in The Senate Chamber, Aston Webb Building.

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Abstract: How have Chinese been typecast as ‘illegal’ in colonial eyes in the various parts of Southeast Asia? What has been their significance as a community, and how has this changed over time? To what extent is Chinese ‘illegality’ a myth and to what extent has it corresponded to any historical truth? My presentation will examine the interface between overseas Chinese and the colonial state writ-large in Maritime Southeast Asia, particularly in the Dutch East Indies and British Malaya, over the course of the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. In the first part of my talk, I will look at various sites of contestation, as this pertained to this ethnic divide across the Insular World of Southeast Asia. The second part of my talk looks at the archipelago through ‘secret societies’ and ‘illegal trade’, as these concepts were understood by colonial governments. Finally, the third part of the lecture then focuses on the border itself, partially maritime in nature and partially overland, as Chinese communities on the evolving frontier were classied by these states. In total, I hope to show some of the ways in which the maritime Southeast Asian milieu dictated new ways of type-casting Chinese communities, and how this fits into larger taxonomic processes of the state at a time of evolving modernity.

Student bursaries are available. Please contact: Daisy Payling (dxp720@bham.ac.uk)

Image copyright Eric Tagliacozzo/Yale University Press.

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Week 4 Seminar: Daniel Whittingham – ‘The Global War: British Strategy, 1914-16’.

Our seminar this week is by our own Dr. Daniel Whittingham on: The Global War: British Strategy 1914-16.

Dan Poster

See you at 16:15 in the Rodney Hilton Library, on Wednesday 22 October. All are welcome, and there will be drinks.

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Week 3 Seminar: Global Houses, Global Homes – Dr. Kate Smith

Our seminar today is in association with CREMS and is by Birmingham’s own Dr. Kate Smith, speaking on

‘Global houses, global homes: mobility and migration in the long eighteenth century’.

See you at 16h in Arts 103. All are welcome and there will be drinks.

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