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Beyond the Viking homestead, the example of Aud the Deep-minded

Posted on: 9 March 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Women Viking mod

Two major roles have been discussed for women in the Viking Age, the conforming housewife who took care of the homestead, and her polar opposite the fierce shieldmaiden. However, my research focuses outside these categories, on women who went abroad with Viking fighting forces who were not warriors. Often these women are nameless in literary sources, but one stands out from the Icelandic Sagas, Aud the Deep-minded.

Mapping Fascism Across Europe

Posted on: 9 March 2022 | Category: 2021 posts

A group of members of the SF in Gipuzkoa rendering the Roman salute

Image credit: Pascual Marín, A group of members of the SF in Gipuzkoa rendering the Roman salute (1937). Kutxa Fototeka, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Mala Zimetbaum- An Auschwitz Heroine

Posted on: 9 March 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Auschwitz - Mala Zimetbaum

Mala Zimetbaum was a 22-year-old woman of Polish Jewish descent who was living in Belgium when the Second World War began. Mala’s life, along with millions of others, was turned upside down by the Nazi invasion of the country in May 1940. In September 1942, at the age of 24, Mala was deported to Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

Why Asexual Representation Matters

Posted on: 9 February 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Pride flags

31st October 2021, I entered News From Nowhere, an independent bookstore on Bold Street. As I placed 3 items on the counter to purchase, I felt free. I bought a pin badge, a 5x3ft flag and a mini-handheld flag, all displaying a black stripe, a grey stripe, a white stripe and a purple stripe from top to bottom. These colours represent the asexual, or ace for short, flag, although I’m sure many of you may already be familiar with that flag. And although I’d long ago discovered my own asexuality, it was the first time I’d openly and proudly admitted to myself and another person that I am asexual.

Books to read for the celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month

Posted on: 8 February 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

If you are like me and love celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month by reading stories that include queer identities, I have a list of fiction stories to recommend. However, it’s important to also read non-fiction and own voices stories and I highly recommend doing that too.

Semester 1 Summaries: Bethan Asher

Posted on: 16 December 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Crosby beach banner image

The first semester of my second year studying history at Liverpool has been a blast. Having lived in student accommodation at the on-campus Crown Place Halls of Residence last year, I was worried that living slightly further out of the city would be difficult. Quite the opposite- living in a house with five of my friends has been so much fun. Living in halls last year was exciting and a great way to make new friends with people doing a broad range of courses and all from different places. The university made such an effort to make halls feel like home with weekly activities to do with flatmates and events in the social areas. There are so many options here in terms of accommodation and the best thing is that most of them are pretty good value!

Visiting the Liverpool Conservation Centre of National Museums Liverpool

Posted on: 10 December 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Students at the conservation centre with Dr Chrissy Partheni.

In the centre of Liverpool, there is a very unassuming building that looks like a piece of history on the outside, holding a literal treasure of well-kept knowledge. This is rather reminiscent of the purpose we were there for, to examine pieces of art worn with history and pick apart their deeper meaning. The place I’m talking about is the Liverpool Conservation Centre of National Museums Liverpool, home of over 1500-year-old diptychs that I and a few lucky others have come to see.

Professor Charles Forsdick reflects on the importance of decolonising the curriculum

Posted on: 22 October 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Decolonising the Curriculum.

As part of BHM Professor Charles Forsdick reflects on the importance of decolonising the curriculum within the University of Liverpool’s relaunched MA in International Slavery.

We (won't) remember them

Posted on: 13 October 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

The statue of Edward Colston

You may have noticed that part of the title is in brackets. In this article, I intend to decipher whether the removal of Imperialist statues diminishes our remembrance of history.

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    Beyond the Viking homestead, the example of Aud the Deep-minded

    Posted on: 9 March 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

    Women Viking mod

    Two major roles have been discussed for women in the Viking Age, the conforming housewife who took care of the homestead, and her polar opposite the fierce shieldmaiden. However, my research focuses outside these categories, on women who went abroad with Viking fighting forces who were not warriors. Often these women are nameless in literary sources, but one stands out from the Icelandic Sagas, Aud the Deep-minded.

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