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Next Generation: Arts (Series)

26th April 2023 to 24th May 2023

The Open University invites you to a new series of free online talks showcasing the ground-breaking research being carried out by PhD students in the School of Arts and Humanities as part of the Next Generation series by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.    

OpenTALKS: Stuart Mitchell ‘Reflections on the History of the British Conservative Party’

21st January 2020

“The Bottom Line is Winning Elections” : Reflections on the History of the British Conservative Party.

Inaugural Lecture: What’s the Point of Criminal Justice History?

15th October 2019

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Paul Lawrence, Professor of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, will deliver his inaugural lecture how a historical approach to criminal justice contributes to contemporary understandings of crime and justice.

Prisons, Courts & Police Stations - The Architecture of the State in Historical Perspective

17th May 2019

The Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice at The Open University will be hosting the next in its regular seminar series on Prisons: Courts & Police Stations in Historical Perspective. Eight papers will be presented.

Royal Historical Society Symposium: Reflections on the Centenary of the First World War

17th May 2019

Contested Commemorations: Reflections on the centenary of the First World War, 2013-2019.

OpenTALKS: Anna Plassart ‘Reimagining Democracy: Lessons from The French Revolution’

15th May 2019

Lecture 5 imageFor many people looking on, France’s descent into violence illustrated the dangers of democratic and populist politics.

OpenTALKS: John Slight ‘British Imperialist Visions of Islamic States’

3rd April 2019

Lecture 4 imageThis talk will explain how Britain’s imperial attempts to manipulate Islam in the nineteenth century ultimately failed.

OpenTALKS: Richard Marsden ‘National Histories and National Identities; British Devolution Past and Future’

12th March 2019

Lecture 3 imageIn this talk, Dr Richard Marsden will explore how changing ideas about the past have contributed to the unprecedented existential challenges now facing the British state.

OpenTALKS: Neil Younger ‘Making This Realm of England an Empire: The Tudors, Europe and The Reformation’

6th February 2019

Lecture 2 imageThis talk will consider whether relations between Tudor England and Europe in the sixteenth century can offer any lessons for remaking our relationship with Europe in the twenty-first.

OpenTALKS: Luc-Andre Brunet 'With Europe, But Not of It? Why Britain Joined The European Community'

15th January 2019

Lecture 1 imageWhen the European Community was set up in 1958, Britain declined to join. By 1961, however, the British Government had completely reversed that position.

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