September 2015

Dr Christoph Laucht will be speaking at the prestigious Berliner Colloquien zur Zeitgeschichte, held on 25 and 26 September.  The subject of the event is ‘Winston Churchill as Historian’:

‘He was one of the foremost figures of the 20th century, as a politician, statesman, author and historian. Winston Churchill made, wrote and commented on history, used language as a means of persuasion and, with his rhetoric, created politically conceptual worlds that themselves became political matters. In this sense his six-volume history of the Second World War went far beyond the genre of historiography. It gives readers an insight into how Churchill regarded the end of Britain’s status as a global power and how he wished to see the empire transition into a different political category. This colloquium will provide an opportunity to discuss the Second World War from perspectives including this one. The year 2015, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and 50 years since the death of Churchill, provides a fitting occasion to re-examine these contexts.’   

For more information:


Swansea University, Research Institute for Arts and Humanities

Languages,Translation and Communication Research Seminar 

 ‘Representing /Appropriating History: Emotional Memory Activation in the Historical Event Film Generation War (Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter, 2013)’

Dr Christoph Laucht

Tuesday 24 March 2015, 4pm Glyndwr K, Glyndwr Building


The last decade or so has seen the release of a large number of historical ‘event films’ made in Germany about crucial moments in recent German history. As Germany’s leading production company of such films, UFA Fiction was responsible for such productions as Dresden (2006), Die Flucht / The Exodus (2007), Mogadischu (2008), Hindenburg (2011) and Generation War (orig. title: Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter). This paper addresses Generation War, which was broadcast as a three-part mini-series in Germany in 2013 and subsequently in countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. The film received mixed reviews from critics and historians at home and abroad—its depiction of Polish resistance fighters as anti-Semitic caused a major uproar in Poland, one of the nations that suffered tremendously under the National Socialist regime. This talk uses Generation War as a case study to explore the production strategies of UFA Fiction. It goes beyond existing studies of historical event films that have limited themselves by and large to examining representations of history or aesthetics. By contrast, this paper includes appropriation processes into the analysis of historical event films and explores the ways in which such films can contribute to emotional memory activation in viewers. It argues that the appropriation of history in such films is a reciprocal process that is characterized by several factors, including contributions by historical advisors to the film script and production process, the adaptation of dramatic elements, accompanying documentaries about the respective historical subject matter, web sites and talk shows as well as reviews in the press. Through its interdisciplinary approach that combines methodologies from history and media studies, this paper attempts to offer a novel approach to the study of historical event films.

This seminar is open to all, and everyone is welcome – undergraduate and postgraduate students, University staff, visitors, guests…

Please contact Julian Preece at, if you have any queries.




The Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory (CRAM) research group will hold its launch event from 4pm on Wednesday 25 February 2015.  The event will take place in the Callaghan Lecture Theatre, James Callaghan Building, Swansea University.
There will be two keynote addresses:
‘History, Memory and Photography: The Case of the Liberation of Paris 70 Years On’
Professor Hanna Diamond, Cardiff University
‘Words, Bodies, and Practices: How to Study the History of Emotions’
Dr Joachim Häberlen, University of Warwick
Bydd y Grŵp Ymchwil Gwrthdaro, Ailadeiladu a Chof (CRAM) yn cynnal ei ddigwyddiad lansio am 4pm brynhawn Mercher 25 Chwefror 2015.  Cynhelir y digwyddiad yn Narlithfa Callaghan, Adeilad James Callaghan, Prifysgol Abertawe.  Cyflwynir dau anerchiad allweddol:
‘Hanes, Cof a Ffotograffiaeth: Rhyddhau Paris, 70 mlynedd yn ddiweddarach’
Yr Athro Hanna Diamond, Prifysgol Caerdydd
‘Geiriau, Cyrff ac Arferion:  Sut i astudio Hanes Emosiynau’
Dr Joachim Häberlen, Prifysgol Warwick



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