Month: October 2016

Present Concerns

Calais is Our Berlin Wall. A Personal View by Daniel A. Gordon

Following the Conference on the Channel Tunnel (Borders and Migration) held at Brunel University London on 12 October, we are publishing this extended post by Daniel Gordon on the situation in Calais.  Daniel Gordon is Senior Lecturer in European History at Edge Hill University, and the views expressed here are his own.   It was …

Teaching, Thinking about Research

An appreciation of Lacombe, Lucien by Geoffrey Levett

Two things prompted me to write this post in appreciation of Louis Malle’s Lacombe, Lucien. The first was a mundane training exercise for a new teaching job. The other was a two page spread in Le Monde discussing Olivier Roy’s new book on jihadism, Le Djihad et la Mort.[1] Roy’s book arrives at an opportune …

SSFH Funds Research

The SSFH funds research on high politics in post-colonial Africa (George Roberts, Warwick)

I write with a considerable dose of imposter syndrome here. Even pushing my research to its extremities, I really can’t describe myself as a historian of France, or of the Francophone world. My PhD concerned the intersection of local politics, decolonisation, and the Cold War in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – something of a hybrid …

French History @ the IHR

French History @ IHR: David Hopkin, Cinderella of the Breton Polders

  Date & Place: Monday 3rd October, Wolfson Room NB02, IHR Basement, North block, Senate House Speakers: David Hopkin (Oxford) Paper Title: Cinderella of the Breton Polders: The Stories of a Teenage Farm Servant Chair: Iain Stewart (UCL) Click HERE to listen to an mp3 recording of the paper (right click to save). Virginie Desgranges was born in …

Feature Archive

Feature Archive: Médiathèque Abdelmalek Sayad, Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, Paris

  The Médiathèque Abdelmalek Sayad is a little known, under-utilised resource. It is housed in the Palais de la Porte Dorée, the former Musée des Colonies, built for the 1931 Colonial exhibition. This building is now home to the Musée Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, opened in 2012. I used the médiathèque most recently to …