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The Transnational Far-Right in Twentieth-Century Europe

Research Conversation, held as part of the Transnational History Research Cluster seminar series, Department of History, Durham University, 10 November 2021.Read more...

'Eine Vergangenheit, die lieber vergessen wird? Scholarly Habitus-Forming, Professional Amnesia, and Postwar Engagement with Nazi Classical Scholarship'

History of Humanities 5 (1), 2020 (special issue on "Forgetting in the History of the Humanities", ed. Han Lamers, Toon Van Hal), pp. 165-77.

This case study takes Volker Losemann’s recently published collection of essays, Clio und die Nationalsozialisten, and the (often far from complimentary) reception of his groundbreaking work on classics in the Third Reich since the 1970s, as a starting point to reflect on wider discourses that have led to academic “forgetting” of this period in German classical scholarship.Read more...

'Inhumane propaganda, humanely analysed?'

Review of David B. Dennis' Inhumanities. Nazi Interpretations of Western Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), in Reviews in History. For the past few years, David B. Dennis has had the unenviable task of steeping himself in the (turgid, yet strangely compelling) prose of the Völkischer Beobachter, the Nazi party’s major propaganda organ, and the Third Reich’s daily paper of choice. The result is a synoptic compendium of National Socialist thought on major cultural and artistic figures, which is both chilling in the delusion it reveals, and startling in its originality.Read more...

From Humboldt to Hitler? The Third ReichFrom Humboldt to Hitler? The Third Reich's Education Ministry Revealed

Review of Anne C. Nagel's Hitlers Bildungsreformer. Das Reichsministerium für Wissenschaft, Erziehung und Volksbildung 1934-1945 (Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch, 2012), in Reviews in History.

What's in a name? Often, particularly with books marketed at a more popular audience, all too much seems to be at stake - the controversy caused by Paul Preston's The Spanish Holocaust being a recent case in point. Thus far, criticism of Anne C. Nagel's 2012 volume, Hitlers Bildungsreformer, has followed similar lines.Read more...

Khameleon Classics PodcastKhameleon Classics Podcast

Helen recently contributed a podcast on ‘Classics in Nazi Germany’ to a series of podcasts on Classics and decolonisation hosted by Khameleon Productions.

The series, entitled ‘Interrogating Classics’, forms part of Khameleon’s commitment to exploring new narratives, platforming untold stories, and discovering fresh outlooks through interdisciplinary forms.Read more...

Outreach in 2019-2020Outreach in 2019-2020

During 2019-2020, the world moved from some semblance of 'normality' to a totally online world, with workshops, public lectures and seminars all being held in virtual form. Engagements with the general public during the year included contributing a lecture in German on Nazi elite-school exchange programmes with British public schools to the 11th public-facing scholarly symposium at the Wewelsburg, alongside historians Mary Fulbrook, Caroline Pearce and Helen Boak.Read more...

Exploring Transnational Fascism

Research Introduction, presented virtually at the NETWoRC seminar, Northumbria University, 3 November 2020.Read more...

The Third Reich's Elite Schools

Presented at the History Department Research Seminar, Durham University, 20 October 2021.Read more...

Getting Ahead in Classical Reception Studies

Keynote presentation, presented virtually at the launch conference of the European Classical Reception Research Network, St. Andrews, 29 May 2021.Read more...

Nazi Elite-School Exchange Programmes with British Public Schools during the 1930s

Public lecture, given on zoom as part of the Gala Theatre's 'History Now' lecture series, Durham, 23 November 2020.Read more...