Hoodoo History: case-studies in culturally competent histories (cancelled)
This course aims to show students how important it is to revisit the historical narratives that we think we know, and to look again in order to find a wider, fuller, alternative history. Through a series of case studies, this course will show how Black cultural knowledge can contribute to a more truthful, more inclusive, and often more challenging awareness of past events. With Mara Livermore
‘Crisis, What Crisis?’: Rethinking the 1970s in the UK (Course Cancelled)
Rat-infested cities, factory stoppages, interruptions in healthcare due to industrial action—the 1970s in the UK had its fair share of problems. But is the media focus on political, economic and social decline a little unfair? What if we looked at the 1970s from a different angle? This course aims to shift the focus and look at history from the grass-roots up. With a fresh perspective, we’ll re-discover the 70s in the UK as a period of progressive ideas at both local and national levels. With Kerrie McGiveron, 5 sessions from Thursday 7 October, 6-8pm
A Global History of the 1930s, Part 1 Optimism and Crash, 1929-35
This course adopts an international history approach to the “devil’s decade” of the 1930s. Part 1 considers the aftermath of war through to depression in the early 1930s. Topics will include a look at the hopes for achieving world peace through the League of Nations, the onset of global economic crisis, the Soviet experiment and its influences, the coming of Fascism in Europe and Asia, anti-colonial nationalist movements, cultural modernism, democratic institutions and challenges to them. We will consider ways of exploring the events and processes adopted by many modern historians who contest the familiar Western-centric narrative. By taking the themes of gender, class and race as categories of analysis we consider the role of women’s struggles, the emergence of political and cultural internationalism and the interconnectedness of historical developments in Asia, Africa and Latin America. With Dr. Alan Sennett, 10 sessions from Thursday 7 October, 2-4pm
Dada and Surrealism: Anarchy and the Alchemy of Desire
Dada was launched in 1916 in Zurich, and in 1924 the first Manifesto of Surrealism was published in Paris. A century later their legacies are still significant. In this module we take an inter-disciplinary look at Dada in the context of the First World War, and then Surrealism in its heyday between the world wars, as it transcended Dada and sought to unify poetry, art, cinema, psychology and politics into an international revolutionary movement. With David Rice, 10 sessions from Thursday 7 October, 7-9pm.