ALL are welcome (all students, staff, and public) and there are always drinks afterwards in Bratby Bar, Staff House.
Please contact the organizer if you’d like to join the speaker for dinner afterwards.
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Equality & Diversity Statement
The Centre for Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Birmingham is committed to developing a community that promotes equality, diversity and fairness irrespective of age, disability, gender, pregnancy or marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Centre is dedicated to fostering an environment in which its staff and students are respected, and which provides equality of opportunity and equal representation. We encourage diversity and continue to work to support efforts to create diverse and inclusive curricula. In regards to events hosted by the Centre for Modern and Contemporary History, we aim to achieve speaker gender balance.
Autumn Term 2018
Week 2, Wednesday 10 October, 4-6pm, Arts 335 (Rodney Hilton Room)
‘The Historian’s Task in the Anthropocene’
Week 3, Friday 19 October, 11am-1pm. Arts 335 (Rodney Hilton Room).
Roundtable: Empire, Race, Humanitarianism.
Joint Seminar with the Rethinking Modern Europe Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, London.
Week 4, Wednesday 24 October, 4-6 pm, Danford Room Arts Building.
‘Color of Hours: Race, Time and Space in the Making of Contemporary Detroit’.
Joint event with American and Canadian Studies Centre
Week 7, Wednesday 14 November, Arts 335 (Rodney Hilton Room).
‘The Lessons of Dispossession: Lost Property in the Long Eighteenth Century’ Department Seminar, Joint seminar with BECC.
Week 8, Wednesday 21 November, 4-6pm, Arts 335 (Rodney Hilton Room).
‘Multiculturalism and Decolonisation.’
Week 9, Wednesday 28 November, 4-6pm, Arts 335 (Rodney Hilton Room).
‘Catholicism in Wartime Germany, 1939-1945’
Week 11, Wednesday 5 December. TBC.
Spring Term 2019 TBC.
Week 8, Wednesday 6th March – Professor Andrew Hartman (Illinois State University), Marx in America. (room and time TBA)
Spring Term 2018
Week 8: Wednesday 28 February, Muirhead 113, 4.30-6.30pm: Roundtable: History and the Digital – New Methodologies for Future and Present Historians
The event is free, but please register your place here.
POSTPONED (New date to follow shortly).
Week 10: Friday 16 March, 10am-4pm. Roundtable: Empire, Race, Humanitarianism. The event is free, but please register your place here.
Week 11: Wednesday 21 March. Muirhead 113, 5.30-7.00pm. Dr. Michell Chresfield Research Seminar
Modern and Contemporary Forum Events:
Wednesday 28 February. 4.30-6pm. Arts 104. Dr. Eleanor Dobson will be discussing publishing as a PhD and ECR.
Wednesday 21 March. Arts 101. Mental Health Panel – PhD students from University of Birmingham and University of Leicester will be presenting papers and discussing mental health both in their research and contemporary academia.
Wednesday 25 April. Arts 103. Speakers TBC
Wednesday 23 May. Room TBC. Gemma Jennings (PhD at UoB)
Wednesday 27 June. Room and Speakers TBC
Other School of History and Cultures events:
Wednesday 17 January 16:00-17:00, Race: A Work-in-Progress Seminar
Wednesday 24 January 17:00-18:00, Annual Medieval and Early Modern lecture
Tuesday 20 February, Arts LR1, 17.30, ‘The Great War and the Future for War’, (Prof. Sir Lawrence Freedom, King’s College London).
Wednesday 21 February 16:00-17:00, Race: A Work-in-Progress Seminar
Tuesday 27 February ARTS LR1, 17.30, ‘End of a Paradigm? The Cultural History of the Great War’, (Prof. John Horne, Trinitiy College, Dublin)
Tuesday 6 March, Arts LR1, 17.30, ‘Memory and the Great War’, (Prof. Jay Winter, Yale University)
Tuesday 13 March, Arts LR1, 17.30, ‘War, Women and the West Midlands’, (Prof. Maggie Andrews, University of Worcester)
Wednesday 14 March, 16:00-17:00, Race: A Work-in-Progress Seminar
Tuesday 20 March, Arts LR1, 17.30, ‘Why did the Germans not invent the tank? Military mechanization and the Imperial German army during the First World War’ (ZMSBw, Potsdam)
Summer Term 2018 (under construction!)
Wednesday 25 April, 16:00-17:00, Race: A Work-in-Progress Seminar
Wednesday 9 May, 17:00-18:00, CeSma Annual Lecture
Wednesday 16 May, 16:00-17.00, Race: A Work-in-Progress Seminar
31 May – 1 June, Brazilian Regionalism in a Global Context
Friday 8 June – Saturday 9 June, Debt: 5000 Years and Counting
Past events can be found below.
Autumn Term 2017
Week 3: Tuesday 10 October 2017, 5-7pm. Rodney Hilton Library. Roundtable: Confidence Games and/as Modern Times.
With Prof. Matt Houlbrook (Birmingham), Prof. Chris Rea (British Columbia), Dr. Lucie Ryzova (Birmingham).
Week 5: Wednesday 25 October, 4:30-6pm. Arts G14. PGR MAC Research Forum Launch Event: Robin Diver, ‘The God Hades in Twentieth Century Children’s Books’, followed by discussion and refreshments.
Week 9: Wednesday 22 November, 4:30-6pm. Peter Gelling Library (Arts 315). PGR MAC Research Forum Event. Sophie Allen (Newman) ‘Psychiatry and Spiritualism in late 19th C Britain’ & Zoe Chadwick (Newman) ‘The Body in late Victorian Gothic Literature’.
Week 10: Wednesday 29 November, 4:15-6pm, Arts Building Lecture Room 5 (219): Joint talk in the Brihc Self/Personhood/Ego-History series , in partnership with War Studies: Dr. Jonathan Boff (Birmingham), ‘Ego-Documents and Official History: Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria’s Diary and the Battle for the Memory of the First World War, 1914-1939’.
Week 12: Wednesday 13 December, Time and Room TBC. PGR MAC Research Forum Winter Event.
Spring Term 2017
Week 1: Wed 11/1, 4pm: *Room: Strathcona LT2*
‘Violence, Resilience and the ‘Coolie’ Identity: Life on the Ships to the Caribbean, 1834-1920’
Week 2: Wed 18/1, 4pm: *Room: Aston Webb Building, Room G33*
‘The Vanquished: Europe & the Aftermath of the Great War’
*Please note, Prof. Gerwarth’s talk at 4pm will be preceded at 13-15h (Arts Building Lecture Room 4) by a talk in association with the Institute for German Studies*:
Dr. Frank Uekotter (Birmingham) ‘How Fascist is Trump? (Re)Writing Nazi History in an Age of Populism’
Discussant: Prof. Robert Gerwarth.
Week 3: Wed 25/1:
Week 4: Wed 1/2:
‘Collecting, Politics and Exile: the Fate of Royal Heritage in Nineteenth-Century France’
Week 5: Wed 8/2:
‘Beyond Empire’s Ambit: Narcotic Drugs between Science and State Crime’
Week 6: Reading Week
Week 7: Wed 22/2:
Birmingham Teaching Fellows Research Roundtable:
Reconstructing the Historical Subject
- Dr. Adam Dighton: Military History at the British Army’s Staff College, 1885-1914.
- Dr. Marta Filipová: The people or the proletariat? Class appropriation in interwar Czechoslovak culture.
- Dr. Ben Mechen: ‘A positive advance of our standard of civilisation’ – consuming and defending pornography in postwar Britain.
- Dr. Zoë Thomas: Historical pageants, citizenship, and the performance of women’s history before second-wave feminism.
Discussant: Prof. Matt Houlbrook
Week 8: Wed 1/3 & Thu 2/3:
Wed 1/3, 4pm Muirhead Tower, Room 112:
‘Co-operatives and Decolonisation: A Beautiful Friendship?’
Thu 2/3, (note change of day) Whitting Room/436 in Arts Building, 5:15pm:
‘History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece’
(Joint seminar with BOMGS)
Week 9: Wed 8/3:
Forum for Early Career Researchers
Wed 8 March 2017, 4-6pm
University of Birmingham, Muirhead Tower, Room 112
This is a space for free and open discussion among early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences from around the West Midlands region. From post-grads finishing up, to those just starting in permanent jobs, we want to share experiences, build solidarity, and develop strategies for individual and collective action.
For the post-2008 cohort, academia is more precarious than ever. It is a high-stress, and often low-support environment, which can be isolating and alienating. We want to find ways to combat that—starting with bringing folks together. This session will feature participants who have recently achieved success, whether in landing a permanent job, or in using collective action to win concessions from their university administration. But we want to hear your stories and your ideas too.
Let us know if you plan to come along by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and get links to recommended reading. See you there!
Week 10: Mon. 13/3: Centre for Modern & Contemporary History Annual Lecture. (Starts at 17H, Muirhead Tower G15 – i.e. main lecture hall).
‘The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World’
Summer Term 2017
Week 1: Wed 26/4: (16:30-18h, Arts Lecture Room 3)
‘The Tramp’s Tale: A Story of Soviet Border-Crossings, 1945-50’
25-26 May 2017: (room TBC)
Centre for Modern & Contemporary History Summer Conference
(Joint Event with Brihc, generously supported by Past & Present. Organised by Dr. Nathan Cardon, Dr. Simon Jackson)
Autumn Term 2016
Week 1: Wed 28/9: (Arts Lecture Room 2)
‘Amiable Angelica: An American Aristocrat in Revolutionary London’
(Joint seminar with CREMS)
Week 2: Wed 5/10:
‘Making the Brazilian Northeast: A Region within the Nation and the World (1924-1968)’
Week 3: Wed 12/10:
No seminar. (CREMS seminar)
Week 4: Wed 19/10:
‘Objects, Rituals and Money: Everyday material cultures and the Prosecution of Spiritual Healing in the Anglo-Creole Caribbean’
Week 5: Wed 26/10:
No seminar. (CREMS Annual Lecture, in conjunction with the BRIHC materiality series, 17h: Dr Catherine Richardson (University of Kent): ‘Things, People, Stories – a cultural history of a Cathedral yard’)
Week 6: Reading Week
Week 7: Wed 9/11: (16:30h, Danford Room, Arts Building)
‘The United Nations and Sanctions against South Africa, 1946-1965’
(Joint seminar with DASA)
Week 8: Wed 16/11: (starts at 17:15H)
‘Forests, Fields, and Peasant Revolution: The ‘Green Cadres’ and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire’
(Joint with BRIHC Materiality Seminar)
Week 9: Wed 23/11:
‘We Are the World: Ordinary Lives and the Moral Economy of Global Humanitarianism’
(Joint Seminar with MBS)
Mon 28/11, 5pm, Ashley Building Room 322:
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Manchon (Paris-Sorbonne)
‘Air Power in the French Empire: The Armée de l’Air in the Levant (1918-1940)’
(Joint Event with Dept. of Modern Languages and Postcolonial Birmingham Network)
Visibly Hidden: Power and Historical Practice in Modern Britain
- Shahmima Akhtar,‘Whiteness’ as an invisible category of analysis?
- Ruth Lindley, ‘Goddess Rising’: Re-Imagining Gender and Secularism in Modern Britain
- Chelsea-Anne Saxby, Finding the ‘Sensible, Ordinary Briton’: The Regulation of Television Content, 1954-1981
- Laura Sefton, Becoming Citizens? Children’s Writing and Agency in Post-war Britain
Wed 7/12, 4-6pm, Muirhead 122
Dr. Tamson Pietsch (Sydney)
‘Great Gatsby Gap Year: The Floating University and the Politics of Knowing in America and the Interwar World’
(Joint Event with Modern British Studies)
Thurs 8/12: Winter Roundtable (14-17h/Watson Building Room B09)
(Joint with Birmingham Seminar in Environmental Humanities):
Critical Histories of Energy and Extraction: from World War One to Decolonisation and Beyond.
- Prof. Tait Keller (Rhodes College): ‘The Energy History of World War One’
- Dr. Marta Musso (European University Institute): ‘Taking Control: Sonatrach and the Algerian Decolonisation Process’
- Dr. Frank Uekotter (Birmingham): ‘The Men of Energy’
Spring Term 2016
|Week Date||Speaker (Affiliation)‘Title’|
|W1 13 Jan
|W2 20 Jan
|W3 27 Jan
CESMA Annual Lecture: Hugh N. Kennedy (SOAS) ‘ISIS and the Use and Abuse of Early Islamic History’ Arts LR2, 5-7 PM.
|W4 3 Feb
||Nivi Manchanda (Leiden): ‘The emergency episteme of the ‘tribe’ in Afghanistan, 1850-2015’*
*This talk is part of seminar mini-series on “Nationalism, Identity and Community from Medieval Times to the Present” jointly presented by The Birmingham Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages and the Centre for Modern and Contemporary History.
||Tuesday 9 Feb, 17h, Arts LR2 (Room TBC): Charles Ramble (EPHE, Paris): ‘Tibetan identity, Buddhism and the Bonpos’* Discussant: Arezou Azad|
|W7 24 Feb
||Robert Brier (LSE),”Contested Icons: Poland, Chile, and the Global Politics of Human Rights in the mid-1980s”, Arts LR4 17:15h. PLEASE NOTE LATER START TIME.
|| Tue 1 March, Arts LR 2, 17h: Ilya Afanasyev & Marie Favereau (University of Oxford): “Deconstructing ‘Dynasty’: Lineage and Ethnicity in the Golden Horde and Central Europe.” Discussant: Naomi Standen (Birmingham)*
Wed 2 March: CREMS EVENT
Thursday 3 March,17h: Modern & Contemporary History Centre Joint Event with BOMGS: Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith (Oxford): ‘From Mudros to Lausanne: British Policy in the Near East, Greece and Turkey, 1918-1923’
|Modern & Contemporary History Centre Annual Lecture 2015-16, Monday 7 March, 17.15h, Arts LR6:
Prof. Alison Bashford (Cambridge)
“Malthus and China”
||Tue 15 March, Edmund Herzig (Oxford), “Religion, Conversion and Identity among the Armenians of Safavid Iran”. Discussants: Simon Jackson and Simon Yarrow*|
|W11 23 March||MCH Roundtable: Photography and History: Entangled Destinies Coordinated by Dr. Lucie Ryzova (History, Birmingham).
Elizabeth Edwards (Leicester) & Jenifer Tucker (Wesleyan)
|Summer Week 1, Wed. 27 April||MCH Workshop with Brian Linn (Texas) – ‘Broken Armies? The British and American Postwar Experience‘.
|Wk. 1 30 Sept
||CREMS Event: Róisín Watson (St. Andrews): ‘Defining church space after the Reformation: the Freudenstadt Stadtkirche‘. Arts LR8.|
|W2 07 Oct
||Joint Event with DASA/Africa Talks: ‘Hiding the Past, Shaping the Future: the Politics of Archives, Citizenship and Belonging in the “Postcolonial” Present’. Danford Room. Arts, 2nd Floor. 16:30.|
|W3 14 Oct
|W4 21 Oct
||Joint Event with BOMGS: Vanessa Ogle (University of Pennsylvania): ‘The Global Transformation of Time 1870 – 1950‘|
|W5 28 Oct
W6 6 Nov
|CREMS ANNUAL LECTURE: Phil Withington (Sheffield): ‘The Invention of Happiness’
Research Workshop: (Auto)-Mobility in the Global Middle East: Defining the Field
Muirhead Tower, 9-18h.
|W7 11 Nov
||Konrad Lawson (St Andrews): ‘An Old Warlord’s Guide to World Peace and Love: Yan Xishan’s Confucian Cosmopolitan International’|
|W8 18 Nov
||Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Berlin): ‘War as Adventure. The Experience of the Condor Legion in the Spanish Civil War’. NOTE 16:30 START TIME|
|W9 25 Nov
|W10 2 Dec
|W10 4 Dec
||MCH Roundtable: Disentangling the World: The Politics of Autarky after the First World War. 12:30-17h. Room E104, 52 Pritchatts Rd.
Session 1: 12:30-14:30h
- Jamie Martin (Harvard), “The Internationalization of Colonial Economic Administration: Strategizing Postwar Stabilization and Financial Reconstruction at the League of Nations, 1920-1923”.
- Gabriela Frei (Oxford), “International Law and the World Economy after 1918: A Jurist’s Perspective”.
- Discussant: Simon Jackson
Session 2: 15-17h
- Patricia Chiantera-Stutte (Università degli Studi di Bari), “Lebensraum and Autarky in German Geopolitical Discourse at the Beginning of the 20th Century”.
- Klaus Richter (Birmingham), “Self-Sufficiency and the Assessment of Emerging States: East Central Europe in the Postwar Order, 1916-1923”.
- Discussant: Corey Ross
Spring 2015 Calendar
Week 1. Wed. Jan 14 2015.
Eirini Karamouzi (Sheffield) – Crisis and Stabilization in Greece and Southern Europe in the 1970s. Western Strategy, European Instruments.
Week 2. Wed. Jan 21 2015.
Helen McCarthy (QMUL) – Viola Klein and the Problem of Married Women’s Employment in Post-War Britain.’
Week 3. Wed. Jan 28 2015.
Hans van der Ven (Cambridge) – D-Day in Asia: Japan’s Operation Ichigo in China, 1944.’
Week 4. Wed. Feb 4 2015
Natasha Wheatley (Columbia) – Strategic Internationalism: Mandates, Minorities and the Problem of Non-States in Interwar International Law’
Week 5. Wed Feb 11 2015
Richard Dunley (TNA) – The Royal Navy and Offensive Planning, 1914-1915.
Week 7. Wed 25 Feb 2015
Carolyn Steedman (Warwick) – A Lawyer’s Letter: Everyday Uses of the Law in Early Nineteenth Century England.
Week 8. Wed 4 March 2015.
Steve Hewitt (Birmingham) – ‘”Spotted throughout with Red”: Canadian state Surveillance and the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1969-1988′
Week 9. Wed 11 March 2015.
Martin Bayly (LSE) – Taming the Imperial Imagination: Sentiment, “Science” and Colonial Knowledge on the Northwest Frontier of India, 1857-1878’
Week 10. Wed. 18 March 2015.
Matthew Francis (Birmingham) – Mrs Thatcher’s Peacock Blue Sari: Ethnic Minorities, Electoral Politics and the Conservative Party, c. 1951-1986.
Autumn 2014 Calendar
8 October 2014
James Ryan, (University of Exeter): The ‘Incorruptible Kodak’: Photography, lantern slide lectures and cultures of colonial mission and humanitarianism in the Congo Reform Association, 1904-1911.
15 October 2014 : Kate Smith (University of Birmingham): Global houses, global homes: mobility and migration in the ‘long eighteenth century’.
This seminar is part of the CREMS Early Modern, Literature, Culture and Society Seminar to be held in Arts Room 103 at 4pm
22 October 2014: Daniel Whittingham, (University of Birmingham): ‘The Global War’: British Strategy, 1914-16.
29 October 2014, Eric Tagliacozzo (Cornell University): Chinese “Illegalities” in Colonial Southeast Asia: Lessons from the Fin-de-Siècle
This seminar forms part of the Global China: New Approaches Series it will be held in The Senate Chamber, Aston Webb Building it starts at 4.15pm.
12 November 2014: Camilla Schofield, (University of East Anglia): The Mixed Inheritance of Empire: Don Chesworth, Multiculturalism and the British Left
19 November 2014, Laura Beers, (University of Birmingham): Conceptualizing social justice in 1936: Ellen Wilkinson, unemployment, anti-fascism and women’s rights
26 November 2014, 14h (FILM SCREENING): A Basket of Food: Greece in the 1940’s, Directed by Sheila Lecoeur (Imperial College)
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. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
26 November 2014, 16:15h Aimée Fox-Godden, (University of Birmingham): A case of goats mingling with sheep? The identification and employment of civilian experts in the British army of the First World War.
3 December 2014, Lucie Ryzova, (University of Birmingham): Love in a Box: Reflections on youth, texts and personhood in mid-20th century Egypt; and on the poetics of archive-making in the early 21st
Friday 5 December 2014, Roundtable on Contemporary Global Environmental History, in association with BISEMEH.
Dr. Micah Muscolino (Oxford) ‘The Energetics of Militarized Landscapes: Conceptualizing War and the Environment.’
Dr. Marianna Dudley (Bristol) ‘Knowing Place: Recreational Use of British Rivers.’
Comment: Dr. Frank Uekötter (Birmingham)
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