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In this episode Mark interviews an expert on the history of Crime, Drew Gray, on his research and his teaching.Why should we study the history of crime? What kinds of topics have historians studied and what are the main debates? How have digital technologies changed the way we research the history of crime? What kinds of things will you find on Drew's undergraduate modules on the history of crime?These and other issues form the focus for this fascinating interview.If you want to find out more about Drew's research you can see his most recent book here:
In this episode Mark interviews a colleague from the University of Northampton, the Head of Humanities, Drew Gray. They explore the present controversies around universities as centres of 'indoctrination' and concerns around the so-called 'left wing agendas' of academics. They particularly focus on history, the teaching of history and the place of marxist history in the broader historiography of the subject. The humanities need to be protected because they are so central to the rich cultural life of any society. The future may look slightly different for historians in 'new universities' but either way the study of history and of the humanities must be available to anyone who wishes to study them, whatever their social class.
Our resident expert Paul Jackson discusses the world of fascism with Mark in this episode. What is fascism? What is fascist studies? How might we research political movements like fascism that are often part of political subcultures rather than part of the mainstream. These and other questions form part of this discussion. We also analyse Donald Trump's politics - whilst Trump exhibits some of the ideologies and behaviour we would associate with fascists he lacks some of the key traits, particularly a revolutionary agenda to overturn the existing political system. Only history will be the judge of that of course. Paul also discusses his work with the Searchlight Archive at the University of Northampton, a internationally renowned collection of materials relating to the far right, as well as his forthcoming book - Pride in Prejudice: An Introduction to Britain's Extreme Right, which is forthcoming with Manchester University Press.If you would like to find out more about Paul's work see his research profile here: can find out more about the Searchlight Archive here:
Why are statues seen as symbols of oppression and how might a historical perspective help us understand debates surrounding public memorials? These and a wide range of other issues are the focus of this podcast. Mark Rothery and Paul Jackson discuss the topic with a leading expert in this area, Professor Astrid Swenson of Bath Spa University: The immediate context for this is the toppling of the Edward Colston Statue in Bristol as part of the Black Lives Matter movement and ongoing debates around the Cecil Rhodes statue in Oxford, street names in London and so on. But contested and problematic histories and debates aimed at dealing with those histories date back as far as the Roman period (no doubt even further) and occur regularly throughout history. 
In this episode Mark Rothery and Paul Jackson interview two students, Amelia and Charlotte, about the Black Lives Matter movement. We ask them about their experiences of the movement, what they consider to be the important historical dimensions of the movement and what their aspirations for it are. They provide a valuable insight into the impact the movement is having. These interviews sit alongside the series of blogs that the history students at the University of Northampton have written on BLM.If you would like to read our series of Black Lives Matter blogs written by our students follow this link:
In this episode Mark Rothery and Paul Jackson talk to Dr Rachel Moss, of the department of history at the University of Northampton: Rachel is an expert in medieval history and has written extensively on fatherhood and masculinity in medieval England, particularly through fiction and correspondence. Her research has revealed the central part that fatherhood and patriarchy played in the power structures and ideologies of this period. It has also revealed the nuanced nature of medieval fathers, disrupting the stereotypes of violent and abusive fathers we assume were common in that period. The episode closes with some reflections on the recent representations of fatherhood during the Dominic Cummings scandal and Mark and Paul's reflections on their experiences of fatherhood.To accompany the podcast Rachel has included:1. A list for some further reading: A database of Middle English Texts: A database of immigration to England between 1300-1500:
Emotions are complex elements of human behaviour and interaction and our understanding of them is constantly developing. They vary across cultures and, therefore, time. They have a history. In this episode Dr Mark Rothery: discusses the history of emotions with Dr Paul Jackson. The podcast begins with a review of the history of emotions, then the discussion turns to Mark's present work in the area and closes with the present COVID-19 crisis and the impact this is having on people's emotions.
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Jun 9th, 2020
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Jul 27th, 2020
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