Monday, May 31, 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

Le fromage à la Pentecôte

 It's Whit weekend. Here is one of the stranger local traditions in Gloucestershire : cheese rolling.


M2 seminaire 1970s évaluation

J'ai bien reçu les dossiers des étudiant e s suivant e s:

Coquatrix (Women's sexuality, lesbianism, and the use of humour in Spare Rib )

Roudot (Women's Voice newspaper)

Longin (Gay News and the Gay Liberation movement)

Pontes (How  International Socialism Dealt with the British Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s)

Gerringa  (Black Power in the magazine Smash Hits)

Ferras (Marxists and the common market)

Ai-je oublié quelqu'un?

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Epreuve admission agrégation anglais option civilisation James Cook

 Je peux confirmer (sur information venue du président du jury de l'agrégation externe) que pour les épreuves orales, si le sujet "tombe" sur Cook, les candidats auront à leur disposition pendant le temps de préparation, un exemplaire de l'édition Penguin des Journaux.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

First Black members of parliament in the UK

 The first Black MP (1832)


The second Black MP (1841)


James Cook and the history of science, part two

 Here is video chapter 16    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvHJOQYMha4 

Agrégation anglais BBC civilisation britannique post 52: a documentary about trans-sexuals.

 Back in the 20th century, people talked very little about transgender people, and if they did, they generally used the term "trans-sexual". It would be vain to look for much TV and Radio content showing support for transgender people in our period. Nevertheless, a BBC documentary in the 1970s (a student in one of my lectures was kind enough to point out)  played a pioneering role, even if there are elements of it which we would find rather backward today.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the 1979 documentary "A Change of Sex"


You can find episode two on YouTube


And here is BBC news on the death of Julia a few years ago:


Monday, May 17, 2021

Congrès de la Société des Anglicistes de l'enseignement supérieur

 Chaque année la SAES fait son congrès dans une ville différente, et des centaines de chercheurs et chercheuses s'y rassemblent. Il y a un programme extrêmement riche de présentations des recherches en cours. Puisque cela coûte de l'argent, il faut payer l'hébergement etc, on y trouve en général uniquement des personnes qui ont déjà un poste ou qui n'en sont pas loin.

Mais cette année le congrès a lieu en ligne et l'inscription est gratuite. Il faut créer un compte gratuit sur Sciencesconf mais c'est tout. N'hésitez donc pas!


Tuto: the first Reform Act

 As you know I am a great fan of YouTube for learning history. Some of you have just passed a distance learning exam concerning the Reform Bill of the early 1830s, which would eventually give rise to the Reform Act. Here are three videos you might like:

The 1832 Reform Act



What did it mean for the working class


 What do historians say about it today ?


and here is an article in French:


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Cook's writing and Hawkesworth's book

Here is an MP3 recording of my class on the subject of Cook's journal as writing. It deals firstly with how Cook's writing changed, over the eleven years or so that he wrote his expedition journals, and secondly with what John Hawkesworth did with the journal of the first voyage, in the 1770s, to transform it into a successful book. Much of it is based on the research of Jean-Stéphane Massiani.


Tuesday, May 11, 2021


James Cook and the history of science , part one

 You will find here the fifteenth video talk on James Cook, which begins reflections on Cook and science


Monday, May 10, 2021

Breaking news: Cook dies in Haiti

You will find here video chapter 14, about the end of Cook's participation in the third expedition.

There will shortly be more videos, abotu Cook and science.

Monday, May 03, 2021

Séminaire M2 les années 1970 - assignments

 I have received several assignments. If I have not yet received yours, please send me an email immediately and urgently, and we can fix a precise date.

Les voyages de James Cook: video chapitre 13

 You will find here events processes and questions from the Third Expedition.