All graduate students in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are invited to participate in the Memory Group. Memory studies has been a rapidly developing field that has brought together scholars in History, Literature, Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies and a wide range of other disciplines over the last 20 years. It is an empirically rich and theoretically challenging field that has implications for methodology and the way in which sources and data are understood across the board in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The Memory Group is an interdisciplinary group of graduate students and faculty with research interests in memory, memorialisation, and related issues of trauma and nostalgia. The group aims to meet termly with meetings involving discussion of published (both recent and older) and unpublished work and formal presentations from experts in the field.
|Memory Group Activities 2020-21
To the Barricades
To the Barricades is a collaborative research project on contesting power across Europe 1815-1850
This project will examine emerging and re-emerging strategies of organization, contestation and resistance, and associated political thinking, from revolutionaries to reactionaries, across Europe in the wake of the restoration of European monarchies following the Napoleonic wars and the Congress of Vienna.
The aim is to construct a network of contributors to contribute to a web-site (like the 100 days project <100days.eu>) exploring restoration, resistance and rebellion in Europe between 1815 and c.1850. Contributors will identify events and associated objects and write short entries – potentially on particular days, or events, or incidents – and others might contribute background pieces and pieces reflecting on changing terms, practices, aspirations etc. The websitehas national timelines and key events and occasions, worked up with objects, pictures, manuscripts etc., to represent the (re-)emergence of protest and contestation in the UK and the restored states of Europe.
In November 2018 we had a workshop followed by a performance of songs of protest in Europe 1815-1850 linked to the Warwick Words Festival.
In November 2019 we had a workshop on women and politics in Europe 1815-1850 followed by a performance of the Trial of Queen Caroline, which is now available as a recording on the barricades.ac.uk website.
See also: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/hrc/confs/pos/ for the 'Politics of Sedition' Conference on 10th Novemmber 2018.
What do the next generation think about their futures in the light of Britain's Brexit vote?
What should they think about it? And how can they make their voice heard in the unfolding process?
How do different political cultures and societies conceive of the nature of public office. How far are public and political office differentiated. And what impact do the particular histories of states have on the construction and understanding of public office. Many disciplines and international orgnisation assume that public office and its responsibiliies are common to political systems. This AHRC funded Research Networking Project questions that assumption and explores constructions of public office in Kenya, Mexico and the UK.
Napoleon's 100 Days marked the period between Emperor Napoleon of France's return from exile on Elba to Paris on 20 March 1815 and the second restoration of King Louis XVIII on 8 July 1815. This rich period of history saw the last conflict in the Napoleonic Wars, the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, the restoration of the French monarchy for the second time, and the permanent exile of Napoleon to the distant island of Saint Helena where he died in May 1821.
For 100 Days on-line exhibition see: www.100days.eu
A project exploring different techniques for examining late eighteenth and early nineteenth century social networks and interaction, with the aim of deepening or understanding of the character of norms and conventions of sociability and interaction in different groups in society.
The project, involving two of the Department's undergraduates Aysuda Aykan and Curtis Leung, is transcribing and editing the diary of William Upcott (1779-1845), an antiquarian and librarian who lived most of his adult life in London. The material includes extensive reporting of his activvities between 1806 and 1810; a tour of the Midlands and Peak District in 1823, and some autobiographical reflections in letters to others.
This project transcribed, edited and introduced the diary, or memoir of Sharon Turner of his life in London in the 1790s. Turner was a lawyer who subsequently became an expert on Anglo-Saxon history. It offers a distintive, indeed unusual perspective on political events of the period, through a very personal perspective.
Please see the European History Centre Archive for details of previous events.