The 2AD Memorial Library’s Spring 2019 Lecture Series spotlights the multifaceted nature of studying the United States and World War II. The series features a range of scholars from different disciplines as they discuss the changing face of American culture and our understanding of our own history.
All talks will take place at the Millennium Library on Thursday evenings at 7PM. To book tickets email email@example.com, find us on Eventbrite, or phone us on 01603 774747.
“The current period of Nazi frightfulness”: Cinemagoing in the Blitz (25 April)
A night at the pictures often offers the prospect of escape, but was that possible under the threat of enemy bombers? This talk will discuss what happened to British cinemas and British cinemagoers during the Blitz.
Richard Farmer is a Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of East Anglia.
Jazz and Disability (2 May)
This talk explores how early jazz reception thought of the new music and dance as disabled and even disabling. It also considers the musical careers of key jazz musicians with disabilities, inviting us to think of jazz as an enabling musical practice.
George McKay is a Professor Media Studies at the University of East Anglia and Humanities Research Council Fellow for its Connected Communities programme.
Of Mice and Krazy Kats: The History and Art of American Comics (9 May)
This talk will provide an in-depth examination of the complex history of American comics from early newspaper strips to contemporary graphic novels, including the birth of superheroes, WWII propaganda comics, controversial 1950s horror comics, and contemporary graphic novels.
Frederik Byrn Køhlert is a Lecturer in American Studies at the University of East Anglia.
Indigenous London and Beyond: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire (16 May)
The stories of Indigenous travellers, willing or otherwise, from territories that became Canada, the US, New Zealand, and Australia show the ways in which London and Britain have for centuries been bound up in the Indigenous experience.
Coll Thrush is a Professor of History and Associate Faculty in Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is also the International Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Beyond the Spectacle: Native North American Presence in Britain.
American Apocalypse: 21st Century Climate Change Fiction (23 May)
This talk considers how the apocalyptic dangers of climate change are being addressed by American fiction. Climate change fiction, or ‘cli-fi’, offers us a way to assess, understand, and address the phenomenon of global warming and the impact of humans on their environment.
Rebecca Tillett is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of East Anglia.
A Heroic Mass Shooter? The Politics of Netflix’s The Punisher (30 May)
Due to his unyielding methods of exacting violent justice, much has been discussed about the Punisher. What is the place of Marvel’s controversial antihero within today’s politics? How has his new Netflix series been received in the Trump era?
Miriam Kent is a Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of East Anglia.