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Death and Memorial Landscapes: A Photographic Journey

For centuries, portraying and later photographing the living and the dead has been both common practice and the object of constant superstition and fear. For a long time, people widely believed that a pictorial act – painting and later photography – could imprison the soul. The industrial revolution profoundly changed...

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Let’s Get Physical: Objects and History

Popular works of history have often employed material objects as a lens through which to analyse the past. By attaching significance to objects, artefacts and buildings, historians are able to elicit greater public engagement with the past. The history of people is inextricably bound up with the history of the...

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Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis: A UCL Workshop

Earlier this month I attended a history workshop at UCL on memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis. For thirteen precarious days in October 1962 the world was a hair’s breadth away from nuclear war, and subsequent memories of the event have shaped the way in which nuclear issues are discussed...

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Fomenting Political Violence: Phantasy, Language, Media, Action

During an intensive two-day conference, speakers and audience delved into the deep layers of what lies at the heart of political violence. This interactive event was organised by Steffen Krueger (lecturer at the Department of Media and Communication at Oslo University), Karl Figlio (Prof. Emeritus at the Centre for Psychoanalytic...

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Can Civilization teach us about history?

As a scientist, my interest in history came through video games. Having played the Civilization game series for almost fifteen years, the game was a useful tool for me as a school student. Sid Meier’s Civilization (Civ) is a series of games in which you play as a historical society...

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Proposal: Male control? Definitely not!

This summer in Rio, during the medal ceremony for female 3-metre diving, the Olympic athlete Qin Kai proposed to his teammate and girlfriend He Zi. Watching this, I felt I finally understood the meaning of the word “romance”. Almost the whole world got excited about the romantic proposal, as seen...

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Memories of the SS in Hitler Youth Memoirs

During the summer months I have been working on two thesis chapters on World War Two and how the Hitler Youth generation remember that period. Since I’m looking at an age group born between 1925 and 1933, there are a number of differences in what people experienced. One interesting difference...