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Durham History Department 'Research Celebration'

On 20 October 2021, Helen presented a brief overview of her recently-published second monograph, The Third Reich’s Elite Schools: A History of the Napolas (OUP, 2021) to members of the History Department at Durham University.Read more...

Appointment as Secretary of the German History Society

Helen has recently been appointed to the position of Secretary of the German History Society, with responsibilities for communication, administration, and conference organisation.Read more...

Promotion to Associate Professor

Helen has now been promoted to the position of Associate Professor in Modern European Cultural History at Durham University, in recognition of her contributions to research, teaching, and departmental citizenship.Read more...

Keynote presentation at the European Classical Reception Studies Network

On 29 May 2021, Helen was invited to give a presentation on 'Getting Ahead in Classical Reception Studies' to attendees at the launch conference of the European Classical Reception Research Network, hosted by the University of St. Andrews.Read more...

Appointment to 'History in Politics' editorial board

Helen has recently been appointed to the editorial board of Durham University's History in Politics journal.Read more...

Praise for Praise for 'Classics and Education in the Third Reich'

One of Helen's articles, entitled 'Classics and Education in the Third Reich: "Die Alten Sprachen" and the Nazification of Latin- and Greek-teaching in secondary schools', has recently been praised in Susan A. Curry's review of Brill's Companion to the Classics, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany (2018), which was published online in The Classical Journal:

Curry contends that "Every teacher of Classics should read Roche’s article. Posthaste."Read more...

Further Praise for Further Praise for 'Brill Companion'

Helen’s most recent edited volume, the Brill Companion to the Classics, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany (2018) has just received another extremely favourable review in The Classical Journal.

"As white supremacist groups and authoritarian governments continue to coopt a particular vision of antiquity to lend authority to their own ideologies, this Companion serves as an important reminder of just how destructive these uses of history can become..."Read more...

Finalist for BBC 'New Generation Thinkers' 2021

Helen has been selected as a finalist for the BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinkers Scheme 2021.
The scheme showcases early-career academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through the media and public engagement.Read more...

'Monuments and Memory'

On 7 December 2020, Helen took part in a zoom panel discussion on 'Monuments and Memory', as part of the Gala Theatre's 'History Now' lecture series.Read more...

'Memory and Populism'

On 3 December 2020, Helen acted as a discussant for a postgraduate workshop organised by the Memory Studies Association's 'Memory and Populism' working group.Read more...