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EU referendum: the view of a UCL clinician-scientist

John Martin, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at UCL, argues that scientific advance relies on creativity, cooperation, and financing. To leave the EU would diminish all three, dimming the light of British science in the world and threatening the UK’s future economy. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. For more on this topic, join the UCL European Institute for its high-level panel discussion EU Membership and UK Science on 12 May.
10 May 2016
John Martin

Starts: May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

‘Eurofog’ of claim and counterclaim on EU membership and UK science

Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy at UCL, recently advised a House of Lords inquiry on the impact of EU membership on UK  science and research. In this post, he discusses the inquiry’s main findings, both expected and unexpected. He also joins a high-level panel to discuss the topic at the UCL European Institute on 12 May 2016.
10 May 2016
Graeme Reid

Starts: May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Something rotten in the state of Czechia?

The Czech Republic has been in the news recently because of its politicians' somewhat quick Celtic campaign to rebrand the country to the world as ‘Czechia’. But among political scientists and businesspeople the country's name has long suffered worst damage than this.
5 May 2016
Dr Sean Hanley

Starts: May 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Only Doing My Duty. Defining Perpetrators in Relation to State Sanctioned Violence

Publication date: Aug 13, 2014 06:13 PM

Start: Oct 10, 2014 12:00 AM

9-10 October 2014
A workshop hosted by the UCL research group Reverberations of the Second World War in Germany and Europe and the German Historical Institute in London.

9-10 October 2014

Registration deadline:
26 September 2014

Details below.

German Historical Institute London
17 Bloomsbury Square

Please note: only the last session, and a preceding film screening on 9 October, are open to the public. For all details, please see the programme.

The past two decades have seen a notable shift from focusing primarily on the experiences and the suffering of victims of Nazi violence towards a new interest in perpetrators. While most of the academic literature is primarily concerned with motives and circumstances in which violent acts were committed, this workshop comes to the complex subject of perpetration and its aftermath by addressing several distinct dimensions: 1) questions of ethics, morality and terminology, 2) Individual agency and social mobilization, 3) strategies/patterns of (self-) representation in literature, historiography, autobiography and the media and 4) intergenerational transmission.

The first session of this academic workshop questions our understanding of the term “perpetrator” and our interpretation of the circumstances and conditions of acts of extreme violence as they emerge in debates in various disciplines. Session two looks at the representation of perpetrators in historical studies, journalistic pieces, novels, films, as well as selfnarratives of individuals who were widely considered to be Nazi perpetrators. It also deals with the ways in which the legacy of perpetrators impacts on and is reflected by subsequent generations.

The final session brings together Jens-Jürgen Ventzki and Naomi Tadmor. They will speak about their family histories and about ways of coping with the past for members of the second generation of victims and perpetrators alike.

This workshop is organized by the “Reverberations of the Second World War in Germany and Europe” research group at University College London (directed by Professor Mary Fulbrook and Dr Stephanie Bird) in co-operation with the German Historical Institute London.


Thursday, 9 October; venue: Garwood Lecture Theatre at UCL

19:00: Public Film Viewing
Public evening film viewing of Garage Olimpo (Olympic Garage; Argentina 1999), followed by joint discussion

The film is introduced by Claire Lindsay (UCL)

Friday, 10 October; venue: German Historical Institute London

09:30 Opening and welcome

Mary Fulbrook, UCL

Session 1: What is a perpetrator? Interpretations and self-understandings

Tim Beasley-Murray (UCL): “‘Tout comprendre, c’est tout pardonner’: Reflections on the ethics of the representation of and research into perpetrators”

Nicolas Berg (Leipzig): “‘Bureaucratic Imagination’ – Raul Hilberg's key concept in the historical discourse after 1945”

12:00 tea break

Iris Wachsmuth (Berlin): “Gender relations as crime alliances and their moral implications in narratives of female perpetrators”

Imke Hansen (Uppsala): “‘And he was one of us’ – Perceptions of local collaboration and complicity in Belarus and Ukraine”

1:152:15 lunch

Session 2: Representations and Transmissions

Felix Römer (German Historical Institute London): “Perpetrators among themselves: Perceptions of violence in conversations between German POWs, 1944-45”

Stephanie Bird (UCL): “Calling the Mass Murderer to account: Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones and the fantasy of justice”

Ismee Tames (Amsterdam): “Dutch Nazi-collaborators and their families after the war”

Katharina von Kellenbach (Maryland): “The father’s house: Prodigal sons, obedient sons, lost sons”

5:00–5:30 tea break

Session 3: Family Histories

5:30- 7:30
Jens-Jürgen Ventzki (Zell am See): “We called it Litzmannstadt” – A German family story”

Naomi Tadmor (Lancaster): “Family memorialisation: 1939-2014”

Registration and further information:

Scholars working in the field are welcome to attend the workshop after registration with Dr Christiane Wienand or Dr Julia Wagner.

Please note that the registration closes on Friday, 26th of September 2014.

The film viewing (9th of October, 19:00 at UCL) and the final session (10th of October,17:30 at the German Historical Institute) are also open to the public. Due to limited number of seats, registration is also necessary for these public events under the email addresses named above. Registration for the public events closes on Friday, 3rd of October 2014.

This workshop is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the UCL European Institute, the UCL School of European Languages and Cultures and the German Historical Institute London.