History at Leicester


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

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

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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!

Past events

Festival of Oral History

Date: Wednesday 30 November 2022
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm
Location: Belvoir City Lounge, Charles Wilson Building, University of Leicester

The Festival features:

  • the Nottingham Cattle Market project
  • 2FunkyArts on the Leicester's Hidden Nightlife project
  • the railway heritage of Nottinghamshire with the Steaming Back to Kirkby project
  • Serendipity Institute for black arts and heritage on their Young Archivists training programme
  • the University of Leicester's recent Covid Stories initiative
  • oral histories of protest
  • plus updates from the East Midlands Oral History Archive and it's new Sounds for the Future project. 

'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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