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Durham University

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Lectures and Webinars

Enjoy a series of varied lectures, seminars and webinars from a great range of speakers to support your studies and challenge your thinking.

Department of History: Podcasts

Listen to our podcast, series one on 'Narratives of Resilience', designed as reflections on the current pandemic and the circumstances it creates. Curated by Prof. Giles E. M. Gasper and Department Filmmaker in Residence Alan Fentiman, the series features research from the department on human responses to crisis and disaster, from the Middle Ages to the present day, from North America, to Britain, Europe, and East Asia.

Chronicling Crisis

Chronicling Crisis features Tom Hamilton, Durham University, talking about diary-writing and crisis.

Love and Collecting in a Time of War

Love and Collecting in a Time of War features Ludmilla Jordanova, Durham University, talking about the creation of extra-illustrated book during the First World of War; a labour of love and reflection on the importance of immersive activities during a time of crisis.

World War Two Newsreels

World War Two Newsreels featuring Grace Stephenson, an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award-holder with Tyneside Cinema talking with Alan Fentiman about how news in the war was framed and cast.

Resilience or reticence? Holocaust memory in the United Kingdom

Resilience or reticence? features Daniel Adamson, Durham University, on responses to the Holocaust in Britain, during and after World War Two.

Two Centuries of Misunderstanding Wuhan: Part 1

Two Centuries of Misunderstanding Wuhan, Part 1, features Chris Courtney, Durham University, speaking on cultural misunderstandings relating to the city of Wuhan, prominent in the media within the current pandemic. Part 1 explores mis-representation of food culture and the nature of Covid-19.

Two Centuries of Misunderstanding Wuhan: Part 2

Two Centuries of Misunderstanding Wuhan: Part 2 features Chris Courtney and Alan Fentiman on the longer connections between Britain and Wuhan, and the deeper roots of cultural mis-representation that characterised these connections.

Iron Curtain Twitchers: A Romanian German Family During The Cold War

Iron Curtain Twitchers features James Koranyi, Durham University, talking with Alan Fentiman, on touching biographies of a family separated by the Cold War, torn between West Germany and Romania. The podcast draws on research that James has recently published in Romanian, ‘Priviri secrete peste Cortina de Fier: O familie de germani din România în perioada Războiului Rece’ (‘Iron Curtain Twitchers: A Romanian German Family during the Cold War’) in Mathias Beer, Sorin Radu and Florian Kührer-Wielach, Germanii din România. MigraÈ›ie È™i patrimoniu cultural după 1945 (Germans in Romania: Migration and Cultural Heritage since 1945) (Bucharest: Editura Academiei Româna, 2020), pp. 73-94.

Durham Leadership Academy Speaker Series

Developing leadership with insights from neuroscience

Developing leadership with insights from neuroscience features Catherine Cuffley who is a leadership development professional who will be sharing her own leadership journey, and key lessons learnt on the way. Catherine will outline some of the ways in which she has found applying insights from neuroscience can enhance key aspects of leadership, including building relationships, developing resilience and nurturing a positive mindset.