Sunday, 24 April 2016

Postgraduate Training Workshop 'Tracing Lives Beyond Borders', 13 May 2016

On Friday 13 May, postgraduates from the 'Histories of Activism' research group are organising ‘Tracing Lives Beyond Borders’, a half-day workshop designed to encourage discussion on the ways in which the movement of people facilitates the cross-border exchange of ideas. We will hear from postgraduate students and academics studying individuals whose lives and activism speak to this theme and there will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the methodological and epistemological aspects of their research.  Registration is open to postgraduate students as well as other researchers who may be interested in the theme. The workshop is free to all participants. Participation is free, but please register by 6 May via this link.

The event is kindly supported by the Northumbria University Graduate School and hosted in association with the Labour and Society Research Group. For further information about the event, feel free to contact the organisers via

The workshop is taking place in Boardroom 1 of the Sutherland Building (building no. 31 on the campus map; use the entrance on Northumberland Road).


13h15 – 13h30
Registration and opening

13h30 – 14h15
Northumbria PhD students on activists who crossed borders
  • Lara Green on Sergei Stepniak (1851–1895)
  • Jasmine Calver on Gabrielle Duchêne (1870–1954)
  • Sophie Roberts on Peggy Duff (1910–1981)

14h15 – 15h00
Historians in conversation: the challenges of biography
  • Dr Charlotte Alston (Northumbria University) on her book Russia’s Greatest Enemy? Harold Williams and the Russian Revolutions (London, 2007)
  • Dr Matt Perry (Newcastle University) on his book ‘Red Ellen’ Wilkinson: Her Ideas, Movement and World (Manchester, 2013)

15h00 – 15h30
Coffee break

15h30 – 16h30
Case studies and contexts
  • Dr Niall Whelehan (Edinburgh University): ‘Colonialism, Anarchism and the Transnational Life of an Irish Doctor’
  • Prof. Brian Ward (Northumbria University): ‘White Man in the Black Atlantic: The Transnational Odysseys of Frederick Delius’

16h30 – 16h40
Coffee break

16h40 – 17h15
Small group discussions and networking opportunities, facilitated by Dr André Keil (Durham University), Dr James Koranyi (Durham University) and Dr Tom Stammers (Durham University)

17h15 – 18h15
Keynote lecture
Prof. Christophe Verbruggen (University of Ghent): ‘Digital Humanities and the Effort to Capture Transnational Lives, Causes and Commitments’

Concluding remarks by Dr Daniel Laqua (Northumbria University)

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