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PONS AELIUS 13: Call for Papers

The 13th Edition of PONS AELIUS: Newcastle History, Classics and Archaeology Postgraduate E-Journal is now accepting submissions for papers.

Following a successful conference in May, the theme of this issue is:

Individuals and Communities

Humans are often considered ‘social animals’, existing only within larger groups, though still maintaining a unique identity. 

Communities and individuals often construct carefully curated identities, which can be mutual or distinct. What role can we, as historians, classicists and archaeologists, play in reviving and bringing back the individual from a historical period, ancient or more modern? How important is the individual experience in society? How are communities organised?

For more information, see the full CfP.

Abstracts should be 250-300 words, sent to this year’s journal editor, Chris Mowat (c.j.mowat@ncl.ac.uk) by the 15th August. The paper should be around 4000 words, and, if selected, will have a deadline of 26th September.

PGF Conference Programme

It’s that time of year again: the sun is out, the birds are singing… and the PGF Conference is  soon!

The theme for this year’s conference, if you didn’t know it yet, is Individuals and Communities. We have a great day lined up for you, some interesting papers from across the disciplines and across the country (and beyond!), so come along to the Research Beehive on campus on 20th May. There will also be posters on postgraduate research.

You can find the programme here.

UPDATE: The research beehive can be found at number 25 on the campus map.

You can follow us @NewcastlePGF for information and live tweeting. Use the hashtag #PGFConference to join the discussion.

PGF Lunchtime Seminar

The next lunchtime seminar is Wednesday 20th, at 1pm, in Armstrong 1.04.

John Bagnall (History) will be talking to us about :

The New Official History: Charles Moore, Margaret Thatcher and the Falklands Crisis

‘Earlier this year, Charles Moore released the second of his three volume official biography of Margaret Thatcher. Moore was given unrivalled access to, not only Thatcher herself, but her wealth of private papers concerning her time as British Prime Minister. His first volume, published in 2013, ended with the Falklands Affair of 1982 and the second volume, picks up from this point and continues until the end of her time in office. The Falklands Affair was a dispute between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. The dispute garnered international tension when a nine week conflict was fought between the two nations in 1982. Moore’s work uses Thatcher’s own papers and memory of the affair to give a new account of the conflict. As this work was undertaken before the source material was released for public research purposes, it is at the forefront of study of 1980s British Political history.

This paper aims to examine what Moore adds to the existing knowledge of the Falklands Affair in the context of Lawrence Freedman’s two volume Official History of the Falklands Campaign published in 2005. Freedman too was given access to source material from government departments before it was released to the public and produced, at the time, the most comprehensive study of the Falklands Campaign that had been done. This paper compares the work done by Moore to the work of Freedman to highlight what new insights Moore has offered on the Falklands Affair. This paper scrutinises the source material used by each author as well as their methodologies and conclusion to produce an analysis of how much has been added by Moore to our understanding of one of the most crucial aspects of Thatcher’s Britain, the Falklands Affair.’

Come along for discussion, tea, coffee and biscuits!