Friday, November 30, 2018

M1 recherche/ MEEF First world war revising/extending etc

As you know, we have one last seminar, on Wednesday the 19th December 15h A202. Then your exam is in January.

For revision, naturally you can listen to some of the classes again - just scroll back through the blog.  There are also two articles here on the historiography.

My article in French here


And a completely different view of the same historiography here :

For the question of commemoration my article in English here, on which the first few classes were based:


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thème agrégation: où en sommes-nous?

If anyone besides myself is confused...

I will be marking the DST and giving you back your scripts in the fullness of time.

On 5th December we will be working in class on the passage from Victor Hugo.
On12th December, the passage from Vargas.
On 19th December, there is no class - this is the week of the mock exam, which I then intend to mark over the holidays.

On the 9th of January, we will work on the passage from Beckett, the last passage in the booklet.

On Christmas Day I will post here another booklet, including passages for the remaining classes we have together.

M1 LEA multiculturalism

If you liked "Back in time for Brixton", episode two is available on Youtube here


M1 LEA reminder

Let me repeat then: contrary to what I told you a month ago, there will be an ordinary class on the 4th December. The exam, which is worth 100% of your semester mark, will be on the 18th December.

Thème agrégation; about Victor Hugo

Je sais que vous êtes occupé ( e ) s , conseils de classe etc. J'accepterai jusqu'à samedi soir minuit vos traductions du texte de Victor Hugo.

Brexit today

The Brexit situation changes every day and can be hard to follow, not least because spreading panic is part of the strategy of some forced. This articles helps to clarify what is likely to happen in parliament.


Monday, November 26, 2018

M1 LEA pas de cours mardi 27

Je suis souffrant et je ne ferai pas le cours M1 LEA  Ce mardi de 11h à 13h . Faites circuler le message svp.

Thème reminder

We will be looking at the passage from Ben Jelloun in class this week. Marking of the DST will be a little longer.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Journée d'etude 25 janvier Home Rule Rouen

My colleague has managed to put together a team of star speakers on the issue for this day conference, and we want a lot of people in the audience to listen to them. The date, of course, was fixed long before the dates of the agrégation interne were announced. Still, tell everyone you know - the conference is open to anyone interested.

Symposium on The Home Rule Issue, 1870-1914

Friday 25 January 2019 (9 am- 5.30 pm)

 Salle des conférences, Maison de l’Université, University of Rouen Normandie

9h00                  Welcome Note

9h10-9h30       Introduction by Dr Anne-Catherine de Bouvier (Eribia, Université Caen Normandie)
Chair: Dr Geraldine Vaughan (GRhis, IUF, University of Rouen)

9h30-10h30     Professor Alvin Jackson (Sir Richard Lodge Professor of History, University of Edinburgh)
                           “Understanding Home Rule and Its Opponents: Ireland and Britain, 1870-1914”

10h30-11h00 Pause

Chair: Dr Marie Ruiz (Corpus, University Picardie Jules Verne)

11h00-11h45  Dr Catriona McDonald (Reader, University of Glasgow)
                            “The Scottish Home Rule movement from 1870 to 1914”

12h00-12h45  Professor Paul B. O’Leary (Aberystwyth University)
                            “The Home Rule Issue in Wales, 1870-1914”

12h45-14h15 Déjeuner

Chair: Professor John Mullen (ERIAC, University of Rouen)

14h15-15h00 Dr Colin Reid   (University of Sheffield)
                            “Isaac Butt’s conception of Home Rule during the 1870s”

15h15-15h30 Pause

15h30-16h15 Dr Conor Mulvagh (University College Dublin)
                            “The Irish Parliamentary Party and Partition”

16h30-17h15 Dr Pauline Collombier-Lakeman (Search, University of Strasburg)
                            “Butt and Redmond: a Comparison”

17h30                Concluding Remarks – End of Symposium

Thème agrégation

There will be a short delay in putting the latest suggested translation online, because I seem to have mislaid it. With a bit of luck, it is on my office computer, and I will find it there on Tuesday.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

M1 LEA Recordings -Multiculturalism

You will find here two more recordings of classes on multiculturalism - the slides will follow.

Class two part one

Class two part two

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Comment la chanson populaire communique-t-elle?

Video de mon intervention dans le colloque.


Music is one important vector of multiculturalism. Here is an article I wrote, in French, about the Notting Hill festival.


Home Rule

For the case of Ireland, the question of Home Rule brings up the whole issue of sovereignty on the island of Ireland, an issue which cannot be said to have been solved even today, as debates about the border in the context of Brexit show us.

This is a talk given on the hundredth anniversary of the passing of Home Rule in the UK parliament. The view one most hears about 1914 to 1916 is that the revolt in Dublin 1916 was carried out by national heroes, who laid the groundwork for the independence of  Southern Ireland, and for the future reunification of the island. This speaker, a conservative historian and previously Taoiseach gives a minority view which says that 1916 was a mistake.


M1 LEA exam important

I gave you this information in class two days ago, but I am putting it on the blog since some people may have been absent.

The exam is not on the 4th December, it is on the 18th December.
I said there would also be a marked piece of homework: there will not be.

Monday, November 19, 2018

M1 LEA Multiculturalism in the UK

Our new theme is multiculturalism in the UK. In the first class I went through some definitions and statistics, and began on short histories of some of the most important immigrant groups - Jewish, Irish, West Indian and South East Asian.

The first part, in Mp3, is here.

The second part is here.

Keywords: UK, multiculturalism, podcast, introduction

Sunday, November 18, 2018

M1 LEA INDIA Powerpoint

As promised, here is the slide show we used in class.

mémoire héritage rupture and the Rosetta Stone

Important debates here:


History on television

Many of my classes speak of how we produce history.  Then there is the question of how to communicate history, in a world where not everyone loves reading history books. Museums, novels, TV series all attempt, with strong points and weak points. Reality television has given it a try too, especially in the UK. Have a look at this:

M1 LEA multiculturalism in the UK

The national BBC radio network runs two radio stations which might to be considered to be a reflection of multicultural policy. One is BBC Radion one xtra, which you can listen to here https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_1xtra

The other  is BBC Asian Network, which is here 

World war one commemoration

Historians, social psychologists, and other researchers, have tried to understand precisely, and analyze thoroughly, remembrance activities. This has given rise to a series of different understandings. 

You can find here one feminist analysis, from a Welsh researcher. http://orca.cf.ac.uk/90329/1/CGPC-2014-0076%20R2%20Basham%20FINAL.pdf

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Mémoire/ héritage/ Première Guerre

Voici un très intéressant travail fait sur la mémoire de la Première Guerre:


What happens next for Brexit?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Just to be clear

You can send me your translations of Ben Jelloun until next Wednesday, the 21st.
If you don't have a linguistics class next Wednesday, or if you find time at another moment, the "secret" passage I have given to Diane is to be done in 90 minutes, without dictionaries or internet. When it is ready, hand it in to the secrétariat d'anglais. This will take me a little longer to mark, because I may not be in Rouen immediately.

PS if you have nothing else to do, I should be on France 24 on the news bulletin, at 22h tonight in French and at 22h30 in English, talking about the Brexit kind of deal.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Brexit - the agreement

The EU said that the last possible moment for an agreement which would allow the organizing of a summit this year was Wednesday night. An agreement was announced two hours ago.

Now Theresa May has to persuade her own ministers to support it, and then put it to the House of Commons for a vote. It is not clear that the Democratic Unionist Party leaders have seen it yet, and their support would no doubt be necessary for Theresa May to get a majority in the commons. If she does not get a majority in the commons, there could well be a general election, and it is very unclear who would win.

Follow live here

Brexit - an important article


Monday, November 12, 2018

Translation class

Everything is a bit later this week,  because of tourism. I hope to send you back your work on Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Commemorating the 11th November

... is causing political debate in both France and Britain.



Thème mail problems

The two students who did not previously receive their work back. I checked, and I had indeed sent it. I have just sent the two pieces of work again - one to an address at ac.rouen and the other to an address at gmail. If you don't get them, send me a mail from another email address.

Women in India

You can find here a lecture on women's issues in India, a rather personal view and occasionally surprising. Also a chance to improve your understanding of Indian English.


Sunday, November 04, 2018

M1 LEA exam

Note that your exam will be in class, on the 4th December.
There will  be a short translation into English, and an essay on one of the three subjects we will have looked at.

- Brexit
- India
- Multiculturalism in the UK.

There will  also be a written homework, which I will give you soon, and which you will have to hand in by the 18th December.

New book published

Including a chapter by myself about antiracist songs in Britain

Identity, memory, heritage, symbols...

An opinion article from the Guardian


More Irish history

The Fenians

Saturday, November 03, 2018