The History & Work of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission With Rebecca Smith, Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

A Historical Association & University of Plymouth History department talk.

In this fascinating talk Rebecca Smith, will give us an insight into the work and history of the commission since its inception in 1917.

The Commission honours the 1.7 million men and women of the armed forces of the British Empire who died during the First and Second World Wars.

It has a large public archive and aims to connect with local people and places, particularly reconnecting neighbourhoods with the First World War and Second World War stories held within their local cemeteries...

Child Online Safety or a Safeguarding Dystopia?

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The dangers posed to children using the Internet are a constant source of stores in the media and concern for parents. But is our rush to keep children safe online is resulting in an erosion of their fundamental rights?

Professor Andy Phippen of Plymouth University is coming to talk to Plymouth Humanists to explore recent policy and practice around child online safety. He will be...

First speaker announced for University’s TEDx talks

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‘Can we cure prejudice?’ is the first topic confirmed for an evening of inspiration at the University of Plymouth.

Dr Sylvia Terbeck, Lecturer in the University’s School of Psychology, will take to the stage to explore the question at TEDxPlymouthUniversity on 9 March, drawing on her research into the effects that heart disease drug propranolol has on attitudes to race.


Intimacy, Love and Loneliness: Coping with Seperation during the Napoleonic Wars, the Fremantle Papers, c.1801-14

Elaine Chalus, Professor of British History, Bath Spa University

Elaine Chalus’ research expertise lies in English social and political history during the long 18th century. Her current research project is on ‘The Admiral’s Wife: An Intimate History of Family, Navy and Empire’, which draws upon the largely unknown diaries of Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle (1778-1857), and the letters and correspondence of the larger Fremantle (Barons Cottesloe) family. Her lecture is drawn from this project, and examines the separation of husband and wife during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Conquerors, Brides, Concubines: Interfaith sex and the construction of power in Medieval Iberia

Simon Barton, Professor of History, University of Exeter

Simon Barton works primarily on the political, social and cultural history of the Iberian Peninsula during the medieval period. He has published extensively on the aristocracy, chronicles and chroniclers, and Christian-Muslim relations, especially with regard to the peninsula crusading movement and the activities of Christian mercenaries in Muslim Iberia and North Africa. The topic of this evening’s lecture is based on his recent book, Conquerors, Brides, and Concubines: Interfaith Relations and Social Power in Medieval...

India, Empire and First World War Culture: Words, Image, Music

Dr Santanu Das, Reader in the Department of English, King’s College London

India joined WW1 as part of the British empire, contributing nearly one and half million men, including 900,000 combatants and 600,000 non-combatants, who served in places as far-flung as France, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, East Africa, Egypt and the Far East.

Drawing from archives in Europe and India – letters, diaries, original sound-recordings from German POW camps, photographs, paintings, and literary representations by both British and Indian writers – this lecture will investigate the Indian war...

Engaging Women

Professor Mary Joannou, Emerita Professor of Literary History and Women's Writing at Anglia Ruskin University

'Engaging women' will examine the cultural heritage of women's struggle for the vote and how the suffrage movement inspired women's creativity using examples drawn from literature, poetry, dance, music, theatre, painting, ceramics and banner making.

Mary Joannou is an authority on late Victorian and early 20th-century women’s writing. She is the author of nine books, guest editor of special issues of 'Literature and History, Critical...

The Peace Ship 1916: Henry Ford's Bid to End the Great War

Dr Kristofer Allerfeldt, Lecturer in American History, University of Exeter

Dr Kristofer Allerfeldt is an expert on modern American history from the end of the Civil War to the bombing of Pearl Harbour, and specialises in deviancy and bigotry, working on all aspects of crime and racism, nativism and prejudice. He has published works on anti-immigrant sentiment, visions of Americanism, the Ku Klux Klan and crime in general. His lecture looks at the Henry Ford Peace Expedition which carried a delegation of Americans to Norway, Sweden, and Holland to meet with fellow European...

Forgotten or Misremembered? The First World War in Africa and its Cultural Legacy

Dr Daniel Steinbach, King's College London

In this lecture Dr Steinbach will explore the campaigns in Africa where German and Allied troops fought for the entire duration of WW1. This conflict not only challenged the colonial balance of power, but had severe economic, political, and social effects on the local population – colonised Africans and colonising Europeans alike. However, while the war in Africa is not entirely forgotten, the selective way in which this complex conflict is remembered highlights the challenges to integrate the non-European aspects of the First World...

Subversion in Switzerland: International Art and Politics in Exile 1914-1918

Subversion in Switzerland: International Art and Politics in Exile 1914-1918 by Deborah Lewer, Senior Lecturer in the History of Art, University of Glasgow

Dr Deborah Lewer’s research interests lie in the field of the German-speaking avant-garde of the period 1910-1933. In particular, she works on many aspects of Zurich Dada, Dada in Germany, Expressionism, ‘Neue Sachlichkeit’ and the wider literary and visual culture of the Weimar Republic.

During the war of 1914-1918, neutral Switzerland became an extraordinary place of action, international encounter and dissent for...


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