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Durham University

Department of History

Department Podcast

History Department Podcasts via Podbean

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.

Contested Pasts and Radical Futures - Anne Heffernan and Jake Richards

Contested Pasts and Radical Futures: Statues and the Politics of Commemoration in the BLM Era features Anne Heffernan and Jake Richards in conversation with Alan Fentiman. For more on Jake's research see Anti-Slave-Trade Law, ‘Liberated Africans’ and the State in the South Atlantic World, c.1839–1852 and for Anne Student/teachers from Turfloop: the propagation of Black Consciousness in South African schools, 1972–76. 

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

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. Migrație și patrimoniu cultural după 1945 (Germans in Romania: Migration and Cultural Heritage since 1945) (Bucharest: Editura Academiei Româna, 2020), pp. 73-94.

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Two Centuries of Misunderstanding Wuhan: Part 2 - Chris Courtney

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.

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Two Centuries of Misunderstanding Wuhan: Part 1 - Chris Courtney

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.

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Resilience or reticence? Holocaust memory in the United Kingdom - Daniel Adamson

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

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World War Two Newsreels - Grace Stephenson

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.

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Love and Collecting in a Time of War - Ludmilla Jordanova

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.

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Chronicling Crisis - Tom Hamilton

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

Further reading: J. S. Amelang (ed.), A Journal of the Plague Year: The Diary of the Barcelona Tanner Miquel Parets, 1651(1991); J. Pollmann, ‘Archiving the Present and Chronicling for the Future in Early Modern Europe’, Past & Present, 230 (2016), 231–52

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