23rd September, 2021 / 14:00 - 17:00
10th November, 2015
Professor Helen Graham
Department of History
I came to explore the wreck.
The words are purposes.
The words are maps.
I came to see the damage
that was done
and the treasures that prevail
(Adrienne Rich, 1973)
Helen Graham discusses her forthcoming book Lives at the Limit. Its subject is Europe’s dark 20th century, explored through a set of signal lives which pass through the war in Spain (1936-39) and are transformed by it. The book’s themes of displacement and difference allow a reflection on how history can be other than a homogenising discourse or instrument of state or nation. By excavating real lives to reveal their own – and the century’s – complexity and multiplicity, history counters retrospective ideological tellings which shut down the past.
David Vilaseca Memorial Lecture
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The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Picture Gallery.
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