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Report of Kings College’s Conference ‘War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective’, 5 June 2017

Roel van der Velde (@RoelVelde) of the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth, explores how the outcomes of this event can be of benefit to students of Francophone history. He is presently in the final stages of his doctoral thesis on ‘French-South African arms trade as a community of practice, 1955-1979’. On 5 June 2017, a heavy congregation of military historians convened at Kings College for the ‘War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective’ conference. The conference aims were to make an inventory of developments and innovations within the discipline in a dynamic new century. This piece contends that researchers of French-Francophone relations can benefit from these discussions. War Studies, with its roots in military history, is in need of a robust research agenda in support of interdisciplinarity, an issue it has in common with Area Studies. At a similarly introspective conference it was observed that Area Studies ‘cannot be grounded in the significance of specific geographical areas. All ‘areas’ are historically contingent, with fluid and often contested boundaries; their very coherence as areas – whether geopolitical, socio-economic, or cultural-historical – shifts over time, often depending upon the perspective of who is viewing, from where, and for what purpose.’.[i] Furthermore, both disciplines […]

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INVITATION to rehearsed reading of theatrical adaptation of ‘Hidden’ 15 June 2017

HIDDEN by Vickie Donoghue. A stage adaptation of Miriam Halahmy’s novel. When & Where? 2.30pm, Thursday 15 June 2017, The Harlequin, Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2AB You are invited to attend a reading of playwright Vicki Donoghue’s adaptation of Miriam Halahmy’s book, Hidden (2010), nominated for a Carnegie Medal and a Sunday Times book of the week. Hidden tells the story of two fourteen year olds Alix and Samir, who both live on Hayling Island near Portsmouth, she native to the island, he a refugee from the 2007 Iraq war, having lived in Baghdad until the age of 9. Vickie Donoghue, recently included in the BBC’s talents of 2017, is under commission with Nabakov and is an Associate Artist at the Mercury Theatre. The High Tide Festival at The Bush produced her first play, Mudlarks, to critical acclaim. Funded by the House Theatre initiative and Arts Council England, director Stuart Mullins and producer Rebecca Laughton, working with Iraqi Young Producer Temor Alkaisi, aim to reach a young audience and offer a space to discuss the refugee crisis and immigration in general, by creating a viscerally challenging 60 minute play, that excites, engages and inspires. By adapting the […]

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