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Reviewing for the Brighton Salon Culture Wars




I've been waiting for an excuse to get the blog together and have found one at last.

I've been involved with the Brighton Salon for the last couple of years.  Its a group of people, interested in challenging ideas, who meet regularly around Brighton, listen to visiting speakers and get stuck into important issues.  One of the best things, for me, about the Salon, is that I get to talk and think about all the things that made me interested in being an academic in the first place, but without it being 'work'.  Discussions are jargon free, focussed on current events and devoid of having to think about careers, deadlines or evaluation and assessment.  You never know quite where the discussion will take you, with a healthy mixture of people getting involved; 6th form and uni students, academics and people from the real world out there.

When Dan Travis, who co-ordinates the Salon, asked me to get involved with reviewing for the Culture Wars section of their website I saw an opportunity to put my money where my mouth is.  Dan thought the idea of historians using their skills to review contemporary cultural events was a good one.  I wanted to take this one step further.  I always talk about teaching as a collaboration between students and faculty, and that's certainly what I aspire to, if not always deliver.  On the whole I've done pretty well out of that collaboration, my research is constantly reformed and shaped by the interests and input of students.    So when facebook told me that one of my students, Ash Arcadian, and I were going to the same gig I jumped at the chance to rope him into some co-reviewing.   The review is here

I'm really interested in developing this sort of project further, and the Salon are too. So am looking for students who want to do some reviewing, music, art, theatre etc etc, that will use their academic interests to shed an interesting light on current events.  Hows that for transferable skills?




More reviews and launching the Sussex Trauma Group




I thought I'd share a couple more reviews that I've done for the Culture Wars website.  I'm particularly pleased that I have been able to persuade another of my students, Emily, to co-review Gethsamane with me.  I think there's a really nice tension between our responses. 

There's also a review of Peter Doherty's recent performance  which I wrote all by myself!

This term I'm going to be working with Sarah King (neuroscience), and Jill Kirby (History) to explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary work around trauma.  Sarah and I won a 'Christmas Stocking' prize to kick start our research project on Combat Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The Christmas Stockinig event involved some festive themed academic speed dating and true to form I found my perfect match, Sarah, as we fought over the last bottle of free wine.  Since then we've been working up a joint research project and liaising with a number of museums, medical professionals and veterans organisations as well as invidividual ex-combatants.

We became increasingly aware of  how much interesting research on this topic is being done across campus by postgrads and faculty so we're organising an exploratory networking afternoon to bring together people working on Trauma (however broadly defined) in any discipline, in the hope of sharing interests and ideas, so far we've got a good mix of post grads and faculty, from English, Media, History, Life History as well as psychology and neuroscience.  If any one else is interested get in touch.  

The meeting will be Wednesday 29th April (Week 2) RB01 2pm.


We envisage an afternoon made up of a  series of short very informal presentations and discussions, exploring a particular piece of evidence, (this could be an image, audio visual source, object etc) academic debate or summarising a research project, followed by a more general discussion on Stein, Seedat, Iversen and Wessely's article 'Post-traumatic stress disorder: medicine and politics' from The Lancet 2007, 369, 139-44 .


If you would like to get involved, if you have any ideas for topics for discussion, or articles to be read please get in touch or forward to anyone you think my be interested


Black History Month History Lunch




I just chaired the first Black History Lunch and can't imagine a better way to start.  Students from a variety of departments and from first year undergraduates to recently completed Dphil students joined faculty to hear Zoe Hyman (American Studies) and Ian Macqueen (History), both 3rd year Dphil students, present their research.  Ian talked about his research on Black Conciousness, Radical Christianity and the New Left in South Africa from 1967-1976.  Laying out a complex set of interactions and oppositions for us, Ian provided some very useful insights on the role of universities and students in supporting and challenging the black conciousness and liberation movements.  Ian's research was complimented by Zoe's paper on 'A Partnership of Supremacy: White Resistance to Racial Reform in the American South and South Africa'.  Zoe set up a dialogue between the contexts of white supremecy in the American South and South Africa in a cold war context where fear of black liberation and the fear of the rise of socialism encouraged alliances to be forged. 

Both of these papers really demonstrated  the international nature of the dominant power structures alongside the interconnectness of the black power and black rights groups that rose to challenge them.  I really enjoyed the event and am looking forward to the next History Lunch on October 20th in D640 from 1-2 when Jim Livesey will be talking about the Black Atlantic and Vinita Damodaran will talk about 'Gender, race and science - the life of E.K. Janakiammal" 

The Many Faces of the Malvinas War






‘The Many Meanings of the Malvinas War’



ARTS A room 155

2.30 – 4.00pm

Led by historian Federico Guillermo Lorenz of the Argentine Education Ministry, whose main research fields are oral history and recent Argentine history focusing on political violence, State Terrorism as well as the Malvinas War.  Recent publications include Malvinas. Una guerra argentina (2009),Fantasmas de Malvinas. Un libro de viajes (2008), Las guerras por Malvinas (2006), Los zapatos de Carlito. Una historia de los trabajadores navales de Tigre en la década del 70 (2007) and Combates por la memoria. Huellas de la dictadura en la Historia (2007).


The Translate Trauma network at Sussex University is a multi-disciplinary

network bringing together those whose work relates to trauma and stress.

We deliberately do not define trauma, in order to enable a wide range of

researchers looking at trauma within different disciplines, to come

together with the aim of provoking new ideas, inter-disciplinary

connections, and debate.


RSVP: Jill Kirby (

School of History of Art, History and Philosophy

The Falklands Conflict and Post-traumatic Stress




In conjunction with MARS (Morality and the Representation of Suffering)


WEDNESDAY 8 December 2010

ARTS A room 155

3.00 – 4.00pm


'The Falklands Conflict and Post-traumatic Stress;

the Ipsative Journey'



This talk will be led by Tracey Currall, former Royal Marines Commando and Falklands veteran, poet, playwright and lecturer, whose latest collection of poetry, entitled This Panopticon Life, examines issues surrounding Post-traumatic Stress.  Other recent work includes his play Letters Home, based on his experiences in the Falklands, performed at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  The forthcoming play I am Soldier B, is also based on historical events centred around the killing of 15 year old Daniel Hegarty in Operation Motorman.  Trace teaches Sociology at Edge Hill University.


The Translate Trauma network at Sussex University is a multi-disciplinary network bringing together those whose work relates to trauma and stress.  We deliberately do not define trauma, in order to enable a wide range of researchers looking at trauma within different disciplines, to come together with the aim of provoking new ideas, inter-disciplinary connections, and debate.


 Trace's book This Panopticon Life is available in electronic form through the university of sussex library.



RSVP: Jill Kirby (

School of History of Art, History and Philosophy

Hey you Rocku steady Crew! musicDOC11




Myself and fellow Sussex historian Chris Warne,  have been working for the last year to set up a new collaborative research project on popular music documentary (Rockumentary: history and practice).  musicDOC11 will be organising a one day documentary festival this summer (more info to follow) - with top film makers, musicians, broadcasters and historians exploring history through music documentary and vice versa.

You can get a taste of our project at our first outing will be at next month's See Festival in Brighton, Komedia, 26 Feb, 10 am.  Come along if you love music, film, history - or fancy looking at some nice documentaries and having a think



February 1976: Launch of University Radio Falmer



Various URF logos

This Valentine's Day, Monday February 14th, University Radio Falmer celebrates its 35th birthday.  The campus radio station was the brainchild of successive elected Union officers, including Lindsay Thomas and Keith Yaxley, who persuaded the Union to provide funding for Sussex to join the select few unions with a campus radio station.  The proposal was put to a General Meeting of the Students' Union a year earlier, giving the officers a mandate to release funds to build the studio, purchase transmitting equipment, and apply for a licence from the Home Office.

Minutes of UGM 1974/75

Unionews report of URF 2nd birthdayFor the first few years the station broadcast on low power medium wave only to the Park Houses, by means of an induction loop laid around the residences.  And by URF's 2nd birthday, Unionews could publish the news that Park Village residents could join URF's listeners!

Initially URF transmitted on 312 metres (945 kHz) but later moved to 999kHz and more recently new technology was introduced along with a third frequency: 1431 kHz. 

URF studioURF and its presenters have regularly won media awards, see, for example this Bulletin article from 1997 and another from 2009.  In 1999 Sussex hosted the conference of the Student Radio Association. 


The 25th anniversary — ten years ago this month — was marked with the grant of a short-term FM licence and a new logo for the station.  Now the student-run station is searching for another logo to take URF forward. 

Various URF logos



Rock n Roll History - musicDOC11 goes live



Music documentary - History and Practice

musicDOC11 is a collaboration between film makers, broadcasters, musicians and historians based at Sussex. Some of you may have been to our trial panel at SEEdoc this year.  We've been working on setting the project up for about a year and in that time we've brought together an amazing group of people. Our planning sessions certainly have the highest rock n roll gossip ratio of any meetings I've ever been to! The festival  line up has turned out to be a dream team.  

Our MusicDOC11 website has gone live - loads of thanks to Tony Hudson and Dunstan Bruce.   Keep an eye on the site because the talented James Smith is going to be working on the interactive element.  Nice Kev Reynolds is providing film and sound footage from our events.

If any Splashers are interested in submitting a short film to our showcase, getting involved or coming along to the event, get in touch

musicDOC11 Rocked!



musicDOC11's first music documentary festival/conference this weekend was a great, if exhausting, success. We are looking forward to editing all the footage niceKev from Verymovingpictures filmed for us and as we hoped the contributors gave us insights into the making, watching and meaning of music documentary for historians, musicians and film makers alike! Our contributors, and their films, provided bridges between industry constraints, the way in which musicians and bands see themselves, and fandom and fan culture in fascinating ways.

We'll be putting together an over view of the event for our website soon but in the meantime I thought I'd just share this feedback from one of our contributors Otmoor Production's John Edginton

"Excellent day. Brilliant to meet all of you and I'm still absorbing everything.Head full of fans! Quo fan in bedroom, Sham fan in Russian kitchen,Stones fans wrestling Mick. Just heard myself singing Lady Jane in the shower! "

One of the things that John has picked up on that came out of the day really strongly for me was the way in which as a genre rockumentaries can document the specifics of a particular locale - the site of the 2012 Olympics (Paul Kelly's , "What have you done today Mervyn Day"), or the last indepdent record shop in Teeside,(Jeanie Finlay's, "Sound it Out")  for example, as well as give us a broad vision of the way in which music and images connect between countries - chinese Sham69 fans (in DandyFilm's "This Band is so Gorgeous" or the Russian annual Dave Gahan parade in Nick Abrahams' "The Posters Came with the Walls".

The day was topped off by Peter Whitehead, whose lists of firsts, stories and reflections, and sense of change over time in the genre made him a perfect choice for our 'Founding Visions' slot. No idea how we could top that - but we're going to give it a try!

Thanks go to Mitch and Claire at The Basement, niceKev, Nils, Grace, Owen, Mikey and Izzy for their hard work on the day and Ruth for showing everyone where the pub was.

nice little write up here

October 1961: The first Sussex students arrive



Today, October 7th, 2011, the University Bulletin is reporting the student population has passed 12,000 for the first time.

Fifty years ago, on October 7th, 1961, the Brighton & Hove Herald marked the end of the first week of the new University of Sussex - the total student population was 52.  The paper featured three of those students in particular: those who came from the local area.

  B H Herald Article October 7 1961

The three Brighton and Hove residents (lower picture above) were Diana Dawes, Adrian Mugridge, and Christine Teague from Lower Bevendean, "the only one of the three to come direct from school".

The upper left picture shows Christine attending Registration: conducted by the registrar himself and with no queue in sight!  The students attended Registration not in Sussex, Falmer or Bramber House, but at St John's Church Hall in Preston Village.  As the Herald had explained the previous week, lectures would be held here, close to the main (actually the only) University building, 235-237 Preston Road.  These would become "home" for the 52 students for the year 1961-62, until the first campus buildings were completed in autumn 1962.  The third picture records a visit by the new students to the building site at Falmer.

Front page news Sept 30th 1961

article headed First Union President ?The Herald also correctly predicted that Mr Mugridge would become the first Union President - a post to which he was re-elected for the 1962-63 year:

2015 honour for 1968 student editor



This week 's Graduation ceremonies saw a few Sussex graduates receive Honorary Degrees.  One of these was Robin Lustig, a Radio 4 broadcast journalist and Sussex politics graduate (1970), who became an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

As I hope you would expect from a Sussex graduate journalist, he wrote for the student newspaper ...


Wine press article bylined Robin Lustig

Then became Editor ...  Wine Press 1968

 And finally, in May 1969, he stood for President (but was not elected.)

Wine Press 1969