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2018 events

Thursday 25 January 2018, 5pm to 7pm - Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture with speaker Henri Obsfelt, Holocaust Survivor - booking essential, please follow the link to the event page for more information.

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2014 events

  • First World War Research Group Saturday 8November 2014, ‘Soldiers and Sisters: British Medicine on the Western Front’ Room MC401, Fourth Floor, MC Building, University of  Wolverhampton, Wulfruna St, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY.
  • CfP Beyond Camps.pdf (PDF 195K, Downloads file)  (opens a pdf file)
  • This conference is planned as a follow-up to the four successful conferences, which took place at Imperial War Museum London in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012. It will continue to build on areas previously investigated, and also open up new fields of academic enquiry.
  • CHORD Workshop: Retailing, Commerce and the Human Body: Historical Approaches, 14 May 2014, University of Wolverhampton.
  • CHORD Workshop: Textile Fragments: Incomplete Textiles and Dress in Museums and Historic Houses, 12 June 2014, University of Wolverhampton
  • History of the First World War Masterclass: 'Command in War' 1914-18, Friday 11 to Sunday 13 July 2014.
  • CHORD Conference and Call for Papers: Retail Work - Historical Perspectives, 11 September 2014, University of Wolverhampton
  • Why People Riot? Causes, Realities, Ways Forward: A 5-day workshop in Athens, Greece, 5-9
  • May 2014. The University of Wolverhampton has been awarded an EU grant for a new project on Why People Riot.  Dr George Kassimeris, Reader in Terrorism and Political Violence, will lead a workshop-based visit to Athens for professionals involved in training on different aspects of street violence and public disorder. Dr Kassimeris, together with Dr Eamonn O’Kane, Senior Lecturer in Politics and War Studies, plans to link with Greece to take advantage of the country’s long standing experience in dealing with riots and public disorder.
  • International Conference Highway to the Reich: Operation Market Garden and the Battle for the Low Countries 1944: Seventy Years On, will be held at the University of Wolverhampton, September 10th -11th 2014. Call for papers to follow
  • School applicant open days 2014 although all of our school applicant open days have already taken place, you can still discover and explore the University of Wolverhampton at one of our University Undergraduate or Postgraduate Open Days.
  • Wolverhampton MPs visiting the University on Friday 11 April 2014,1.00pm - 1.45pm. Room MC401, two of Wolverhampton’s MPs, Pat McFadden and Emma Reynolds, will be visiting the University to speak to undergraduate students.  Whilst being organised by Social Policy, the event is open to all undergraduate students and everyone is welcome to attend.  Specifically, Pat and Emma will be talking about the challenges currently facing Wolverhampton and identify what will be key political themes leading up to next year’s general election.  There will be an opportunity to ask the two MPs some questions. Find out more and read the biographies for Pat and Emma
  • Study day - 'Controversies and reassessments', 26th April 2014, 10.00-5.15pm, at Millennium City (MC) Building, University of Wolverhampton, Room MC001.  The third instalment of the popular study days from the First World War research group will be held on Saturday 26 April and will cover the theme of 'controversies and reassessments'.
  • A talk by the Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford University, Prof. Margaret MacMillan Thursday, 13 February 2014, MC001, City Campus, 1-2pm. In 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment—so why did it happen? And could the immense tragedy of the First World War in which 65m men fought and about 9 million were killed, have been avoided? Margaret MacMillan, the warden of St Antony’s College and professor of international history at the University of Oxford will be arguing, in her lecture entitled  ‘How Can We Understand the Outbreak of the First World War?’ that 100 years after the event there is still no agreement on how or why the war started. About the speaker: The great-granddaughter of wartime British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, Margaret MacMillan became the fifth Warden of St Antony’s College in July 2007. Prior to taking on the Wardenship, Professor MacMillan was Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Peacemakers: the Paris Conference of 1919which won the Duff Cooper Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction and the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History. For more info please contact: Dr George Kassimeris.
  • Groin Wounds: David Foster Wallace’s John McCain and Wounded White Masculinity by Edward Jackson, Thursday, 20th February, 1.00-2.00 in MC226 Though widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, an encyclopaedic satire of contemporary American culture and its various addictions, David Foster Wallace was also a prolific essayist, much sought after for his witty, irreverent and at times profound journalistic writing. Constant throughout however was his attempt to resuscitate expressions of unironic sentiment in a hyper-mediated, postmodern landscape. His account of John McCain’s 2000 campaign to become the Republican presidential nominee offers a fascinating insight into this pursuit of sincerity at its most politically contentious.  Wallace’s invocation of McCain’s wounded white masculinity - specifically in relation to his five years as a POW in Vietnam - both underpins and complicates his attempt to cast the politician as an avatar of genuineness in American political discourse. In this talk I will examine the gender politics at play in Wallace’s conflicted estimation of McCain’s much publicized ‘Straight Talk’. I argue that his cautious promotion of McCain’s wounded masculinity provides the rhetorical grounds upon which Wallace explores sincerity as a possible counterforce to a neoliberal emphasis on kneejerk cynicism and irony.