Events

Please join us for the launch of Architectures of Violence, chaired by Adam Lupel in conversation with Kate Ferguson and Emily Winterbotham, with questions from the audience. Dr Kate Ferguson’s Architectures of Violence: The Command Structures of Modern Mass Atrocities analyses the underexplored dynamics of paramilitary or irregular units and their involvement in identity-based massaaa

11 Mar 2021 – 19:00 GMT
BBC History Magazine Live (online)
African Europeans: An Untold History with Olivette Otele

Olivette Otele traces a long African European heritage through the lives of individuals both ordinary and extraordinary. She uncovers a forgotten past, from Emperor Septimius Severus, to enslaved Africans living in Europe during the Renaissance, and all the way to present-day migrants moving to Europe’s cities. By exploring a history that has been long overlooked,aaa

13 Mar 2021 – 9:00 GMT
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival (online)
Margaret MacMillan and Mike Martin: Why Do We Fight?

What is it about humans that makes us take up arms against each other, when we know the risks it can bring? Join a fascinating exploration of humanity’s complex relationship with war and conflict, and the factors that drive us to participate in it. Margaret MacMillan is one of the most acclaimed modern historians inaaa

15 Mar 2021 – 18:45 GMT
The Japan Society (Online)
Interrogators and Codebreakers in Britain’s War with Japan w/ Peter Kornicki

How did Elizabeth Anderson learn Japanese in 1943? Wartime language courses & the race against time In spite of all the warnings, the outbreak of war with Japan in December 1941 caught the War Office napping. Australia and the United States had already instituted crash training courses in Japanese to prepare for the likelihood ofaaa

15 Mar 2021 – 16:00 - 17:00 GMT
V&A Museum (online)
Stealing from the Saracens with Diana Darke

Explore the influence of Islamic architecture on some of Europe’s most well-known and culturally significant buildings with author Diana Darke. Europe’s cultural debt to the Islamic world can be seen in some of the continent’s most recognisable buildings, from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament. Delve into the history of this medieval and Renaissanceaaa

17 Mar 2021 – 17:00 - 19:00 GMT
SOAS South Asia Institute (Online)
Hooghly: The Global History of a River with Robert Ivermee

The Hooghly, a tributary of the Ganges flowing south to the Bay of Bengal, is now little known outside of India. Yet for centuries it was a river of truly global significance, attracting merchants, missionaries, mercenaries, statesmen, labourers and others from Europe, Asia and beyond. Hooghly seeks to restore the waterway to the heart ofaaa

29 Mar 2021 – 16:00 - 17:00 BST
V&A Museum (online)
Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire w/ Priya Atwal

In late-eighteenth-century India, the glory of the Mughal emperors was fading, and ambitious newcomers seized power, changing the political map forever. Enter the legendary Maharajah Ranjit Singh, whose Sikh Empire stretched throughout northwestern India into Afghanistan and Tibet. Priya Atwal shines fresh light on this long-lost kingdom, looking beyond its founding father to restore the queens and princes toaaa

12 Apr 2021 – 18:30 - 19:30 BST
The Open University Business School (online)
Sarah Jaffe: Work Won’t Love You Back

As we are approaching international workers’ day, come and join Sarah Jaffe as she talks about why Work Won’t Love You Back – a book in which she examines the prevalence of the ‘labour of love’ myth: the idea that certain work is not really work, and should be done for the sake of passion rather thanaaa

28 Apr 2021 – 19:00 - 20:30 BST
Housmans Bookshop (online)
Ciao Ousmane: The Hidden Exploitation of Italy’s Migrant Workers w/ Hsiao-Hung Pai

Italy’s migrant workers are the dehumanised Other—the people hidden behind foods and goods branded ‘Made in Italy’. Ciao Ousmane is the story of this subordinated class. In 2013 Ousmane Diallo, a 26-year-old Senegalese olive harvester, lost his life when a gas canister exploded in a Sicilian field. Neither the events of Ousmane’s life nor his tragic deathaaa