Field Trip: Imperial War Museum – Thursday 19 January

RPE and History students have a joint event in January.. Visit the online store HERE to book a place.

On Thursday 19 January, History & RPE students have the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum in London.  Situated in Lambeth and a short walk away from London’s Southbank, the museum tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day.  It allows us to reflect on the place and legacy of military conflict in our history, religion and culture.

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You will have the opportunity to see a number of permanent exhibitions, including the First World War Galleries which contain materials from the Battle of the Somme, the Holocaust Exhibition, and Edmund Clark’s ‘War of Terror’, which focuses on “the hidden experiences of state control during the ‘Global War on Terror.’”

Field Trip Competition: Your opportunity to win a Kindle Fire HD!

‘Write a blog post of 500-750 words reviewing one or more of the IWM’s exhibitions’

We are looking for interesting academic commentaries, interpretations and evaluations, not descriptions!  The winning entry will be posted on the History Blog. Any students who go on this trip are eligible to enter the competition.

The Islamic Gardens of Andalusia: A talk by Roy Jackson

On November 14th, at 7.30pm, at Park Campus (Teaching Centre) RPE tutor, Dr Roy Jackson will give a talk entitled The Islamic Gardens of Andalusia.

This event is open to all, and Roy has substantial experience visiting the region, as well as research expertise in Islam.

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RPE Students in Spain, for the HM5050 Field Trip.
An existential encounter with the gardens of Andalusia this talk will tap into Roy’s philosophical background as well as his study of Islam as he walks us through aspects of these beautiful gardens to explore their place in the Islamic world and what they have to reveal to us about the wider world and ourselves.
We take students to this region (including gardens) as part of our hm5050 Field Trip. Pics of these visits (and other trips) can be seen over on our photo-site.

Diwali 2016 in Leicester.. 

Writing this as our coach powers through the darkness of the nighttime M5, back to Cheltenham from a trip to Leicester.

We were there with students for the, huge, Diwali celebrations. We ate food, bought sweets, watched fireworks, and one colleague bought a Lakshmi statue, in the hope of future prosperity..  there are some images below.. we will be back in 2017..

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize: A Historian’s Guide

From a colleague in our English Literature team..

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This post comes from John Hughes, Professor of Nineteenth Century Literature at the University of Gloucestershire, and author of Invisble Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s (2013).

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Any admirer of Bob Dylan’s work soon becomes aware of all the tiresome and uncomprehending clichés that are endlessly trotted out as reportage, usually by identifying him with the all topsy-turvy ferment of the 1960s – historical as well as musical. So, in the fall-out from his recent Nobel prize, Dylan’s significance has been depicted in terms of the usual quarter-truths, as if there must be some way to explain and contextualize the significance or value of his work. So (again) (and again) we hear that he was the spokesman of his generation; that he was the writer of the great anthems of the Civil Rights movement; that he was the person who inspired the counter-culture from the mid-60s onwards; and…

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Are Pornographers Anti-Sex? RPE Professor on Radio 4.

RPE’s Professor Melissa Raphael was on Radio Four last night – and you can listen again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07qbcbs  

Melissa Raphael argues that if people are shocked by contemporary pornography it’s not because they are prudes but because, on the contrary, they actually enjoy sex. Pornography, she says, gets its thrill not from sex itself, which it finds monotonous, even disgusting, but from its own acts of transgression. Ironically, she argues, “while pornography has intensified its onslaught against sex, religious attitudes to sex have got ever more celebratory”.

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