Research Seminars


Swansea CRAM – Cardiff Workshop, Wednesday 18th May 2016

Location: Room B02/03 James Callaghan Building, Swansea University

12pm – Lunch (served in the Callaghan basement foyer)


Panel One – Ruination and Photography: Bodies, Minds and Buildings in Post-War Europe

This panel will examine the intersections between photography and history in the construction of European narratives of the Second World War in the late 1940s. The panel will investigate three ‘case studies’ that illuminate the role of photography as a visual medium mobilised to tell stories of the traumatic ‘ruins’ of war in these years. These photographic ruins all relate to legacies of war that touch on suffering and loss: the bodies of women who had their heads shaved at the liberation of France; the minds of child Holocaust victims cared for in post-war Britain and the buildings of post-war Germany. All three case studies approach photography as a key vector for understanding the context and debates that informed European intercultural relations and dialogue in the immediate post-war period. From ruination to reconstruction, such photographic images played their part in shaping the early visual landscape of the Second World War in European cultural memory.

Speakers: Dr. Tom Allbeson (Swansea); Dr. Rebecca Clifford (Swansea); Prof. Claire Gorrara (Cardiff).

Chair: Prof. Hanna Diamond (Cardiff)

2pm-2.15pm Break


Panel Two – Military Culture and the Militarization of Society and Culture

This panel will explore possibilities for a collaborative research project on military culture and the militarization of society and culture (whether from the top or at lower levels) in the second half of the 20th century and the early 21st century. The papers each examine particular aspects of military culture and/or processes of militarization relating to politics, culture, institutions and/or everyday life, against their broader historical contexts, covering four countries (Argentina, Britain, Italy and Russia).  Focusing on hitherto relatively unexplored aspects of this topic and new types of research materials, the papers place importance on the analysis of cultural mechanisms and strategies employed within the above processes, as evident, for example, in choice of language and styles, the adoption of rituals, and the use of cultural products.

Speakers: Dr Tilmann Altenberg (Cardiff); Dr Jonathan Dunnage (Swansea); Dr Christoph Laucht (Swansea); Dr Eugene Miakinkov (Swansea).

Chair: Dr Caroline Campbell (North Dakota)

4pm-4.45pm – Discussion



2pm, 12 February 2015:

Dr Christoph Laucht (Swansea): ‘Transnational Medical Activism against Nuclear Weapons in Cold-War Britain’, organized in conjunction with the Research Group for Health, History and Culture and CRAM.

VENUE: Swansea University, James Callaghan Building B02/03 (Basement Conference Room)


2pm, 21 May 2015:

Prof. Laurence Cole (Salzburg, Austria): ‘The Outbreak of War in 1914 in the Habsburg Monarchy: Reactions in the Western Austrian Provinces’, organized in conjunction with CRAM.

VENUE: Swansea University, James Callaghan Building B02/03 (Basement Conference Room)



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