Friday, April 09, 2021

James Cook video lectures: chapter 8

 You will find here chapter 8, which takes us up to the end of Cook's first expedition. The two other expeditions, however, will only get three chapters each, and these videos will be followed by more general considerations about Cook, the world that produced him and the world he produced.


Thursday, April 08, 2021

Vous avez dit "décolonial"? 14 avril 17h30-19h

 Deux collègues de l'Université de Lille, Cédric Courtois (LEA / CECILLE EA 4074) et Fiona McCann (LLCE / CECILLE EA 4074) feront une présentation notamment à destination des étudiants sur la thématique suivante : 

"Au-delà des polémiques : qu'est-ce que le post-colonialisme ? Qu'est-ce qu'une approche décoloniale?"

Deux étudiants ayant suivi des cours sur ces thématiques interviendront rapidement. 
Après quoi nous aurons un échange avec les personnes présentes.

Je me permettrai en préambule de rappeler dans quel contexte politique s'inscrivent les polémiques récentes en France, où "post-colonialisme" et "décolonial(isme)" ont souvent été régulièrement entendus. Oliver Esteves

Voici le lien Zoom pour cet événement : https://univ-lille-fr.zoom.us/j/93042790478

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

The miners' strike and elitism

 In our class on the BBC I mentioned a poem which referred to the elite thinking that high culture was  not appropriate for working class people. But I said it might be Auden. In fact the poem is by Sassoon, and here it is :

The Case for the Miners

Something goes wrong with my synthetic brain
When I defend the Strikers and explain
My reasons for not blackguarding the Miners.
" What do you know? " exclaim my fellow-diners
(Peeling their plovers' eggs or lifting glasses
Of mellowed Chateau Rentier from the table),
" What do you know about the working classes?"

I strive to hold my own; but I'm unable
To state the case succinctly. Indistinctly
I mumble about World-Emancipation,
Standards of Living, Nationalization
Of Industry; until they get me tangled
In superficial details; goad me on
To unconvincing vagueness. When we've wrangled
From soup to savoury, my temper's gone.

"Why should a miner earn six pounds a week?
Leisure! They'd only spend it in a bar!
Standard of life! You'll never teach them Greek,
Or make them more contented than they are!"
That's how my port-flushed friends discuss the Strike.
And that's the reason why I shout and splutter.
And that's the reason why I'd almost like
To see them hawking matches in the gutter.

by Siegfried Sassoon

The song: I'm proud of the BBC


Monday, April 05, 2021

The Expeditions of James Cook. Video chapter 7.

 You will find here the seventh chapter in the series. Cook and his crew arrive in New Holland, today known as Australia:


Empires before Cook

You will find here an MP3 recording of my class on the imperial context which preceded Cook's expeditions.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

James Cook , Université de Rouen

 Although of course it will be an oral exam, if any one of you  wants to do, in writing, a practice question ("leçon"), I will happily comment on it. Here is the subject:

Friends and enemies in James Cook's journals and voyages

James cook video chapter six agrégation

 You will find here video chapter six, which covers episodes and questions arising from Cook's  first time in New Zealand.


Breaking news

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Listening to a New Zealand accent


Will a DNA based diet help you fit your jeans? 3 min 23 seconds



Tips for long distance parenting : 3 min 25 secs


100 years of women at the BBC - free online conference

 If  you can make it, I recommend you attend (virtually).

100 Years of Women at the BBC
7 May 2021 1pm – 5.30pm (BST)
Co-sponsored by Critical Studies in Television and Edge Hill University Institute for Social Responsibility
Characterised from early in its life as ‘Auntie’, the BBC itself has been gendered female in the cultural consciousness. But this belies an historically male-dominated institution in which women have often had to fight for their rights to be heard. Recent controversies around equal pay, misogynistic abuse towards BBC personalities and a lack of female representation at the top of the corporation suggest that the institution has far to go in matters of gender equality.
The workshop will present fresh and innovative work-in-progress research on women at the BBC. Our presentations will explore the careers of some pioneering female workers at the BBC. The workshop aims to shed fresh light on influential figures such as Grace Wyndham Goldie and Jill Craigie; to draw attention to careers that are often overlooked – such as gramophone operators or production designers; to re-examine forgotten on-screen personalities; and to consider women’s contributions to prestigious BBC strands such as Play for Today.  We will also think about the tools we use to explore women’s television history, with a panel that focuses on the pros and cons of using interviews as a research method for historical studies.
Registration for the event is free. Please visit the event website: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/isr/100-years-of-women-at-the-bbc/


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Saturday, March 27, 2021

James Cook. Video chapter five

This chapters covers first encounters in New Zealand, and questions arising.


James Cook agrégation post 65: Tupaia exhibition

Information about this recent museum exhibition here 


Friday, March 26, 2021

BBC agrégation orals

 This recording of a class given elsewhere will be useful for my students in Rouen. It is material we have already covered in class, but which needs listening to more than once. 


Monday, March 22, 2021

Video chapter 4 James Cook and his Expeditions

You will find here on YouTube the fourth chapter  on "Les voyages de James Cook" It takes us up to where he leaves Tahiti with Tupaia, en route for New Zealand (unknowingly).


Thursday, March 18, 2021


 If you missed the class on Wednesday at three, or if you need to hear it again, here is a recording

Just click here

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

listening agrégation

Here are the two pieces we listened to as practice for the agrégation interne compréhension orale. Of course we only listened to the first few minutes. I recommend that you listen to the whole programme. If yo understand less than 90%, listen three times.