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For further details about any of these event, please contact hypir@leicester.ac.uk.

East Midlands Oral History Archive - Festival of Oral History

Date and time: Wednesday 29 March 2023 10:00 - 16:00

Location: University of Leicester School of Business, Brookfield, 266 London Road, Leicester, LE2 IRQ

The East Midlands Oral History Archive is delighted to announce its annual Festival of Oral History is returning to showcase oral history work going on across the region. This year we'll be meeting in person at the University of Leicester. (This event is rescheduled from November 2022). We do hope you can join us for this free event.

The Festival features:

  • 2FunkyArts on the Leicester's Hidden Nightlife project
  • Serendipity Institute for black arts and heritage on their Young Archivists training programme
  • Windrush Decision which has been collecting stories about why people chose to make the life-changing decision to move to England
  • Oral histories of protest
  • Rebuilding Lives, marking fifty years of the Ugandan Asian journey in Leicester, 1972-2022
  • plus updates from the East Midlands Oral History Archive and it's new Sounds for the Future project.

Tickets are free but places are limited. View the full programme and book your free ticket here

Past events 

Stanley Burton Centre and Centre for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA, Berlin) 

Date and time: 14 December 2022, 1.00pm – 2.30pm
LocationAttenborough building, lecture theatre 3 

The SBC, together with the Centre for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA, Berlin), will hold a hybrid event for and with PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from the SBC and the ZfA presenting their exciting research:

  • Julie Hurst-Whitehouse (University of Leicester, SBC): 'Mapping humanitarian and human rights agendas through oral testimonial collections of the Rwandan genocide.'
  • Josh Cohen (University of Leicester, SBC): 'What did "Never Again" really mean?: British antifascism against the National Front in the 1970s'.

There will be an SBC social following the event, so please come along to listen, have a tea, coffee some biscuits and a chat (and potentially some mulled wine), we look forward to seeing you and hope that many of you will join us!

'State-sponsored Holocaust distortion and Holocaust denial in today’s Poland' by Professor Jan Grabowski

Date: Monday 24 October 2022
Time: 5.30pm BST
Location: Online 

History of the Holocaust is one of the rare fields of historical interest which attracts worldwide attention, both in and outside the academia. Not surprisingly, scholars of the Holocaust find themselves confronted with the hostile reactions of various states pursuing the policies of Holocaust distortion. Unlike Holocaust denial, Holocaust distortion does not deny the factuality of the Jewish catastrophe – it simply denies the involvement of one’s own national group in the event. In Poland, the authorities introduced a series measures intended to freeze academic debate, hinder independent research and to intimidate scholars whose writings are perceived as opposed to the official, state-approved historical narrative. In addition to facing the threat of criminal investigations, campaigns of hate in state-controlled media, scholars now have to contend with the possibility of time consuming and potentially ruinous civil litigation initiated by the institutions of the state or by its proxies.

Jan Grabowski is Professor of History at the University of Ottawa and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His research focuses on the extermination of the Polish Jews as well as the history of the Jewish-Polish relations during the 1939-1945.

Stanley Burton Centre Annual Aubrey Newman Lecture

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