Professor Dominic Alessio

Richmond’s Prof Dom Alessio publishes new work in National Identities journal

Dom Alessio, Dean of International Programmes and Professor of History, publishes new work on the extreme right in the UK for the Taylor & Francis journal National Identities

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2014.987658

“The dragon is not always red: the extreme right and ultra-nationalism in Wales”

By focusing on the ultra-nationalism of the recently defunct Welsh Defence League (WDL), which in turn had a direct influence on the formation of its more infamous relation the English Defence League, this paper re-examines the long-entrenched discourses of competing nationalisms in Wales. By doing so, it highlights a tendency to emphasise only left-leaning cultural and linguistic nationalist types in that country’s historiography, as opposed to the more violent, albeit minority, racist/new racist varieties to be found amongst recent extreme right groupings. Such extreme right antipathy in Wales is not Anglophobic but is directed rather at the ‘substantial numbers of immigrants and minorities … [who] have arrived as a result of empire and its postcolonial aftermath’, particularly those who are Islamic. By taking this new perspective on a heretofore generally ignored, but by no means insignificant Welsh subaltern group, this work further underlines the theoretical difficulties in understanding nationalism(s) generally. More importantly, the paper concludes by tracking the newer and smaller far right groups to have emerged in Wales in the wake of the WDL’s collapse. It argues that these derivative groups and the far right ideology which they represent are likely to remain marginalised but still need to be monitored closely.

Professor Sabine Spangenberg

Richmond’s Prof Sabine Spangenberg publishes article in Global Journal of Human-Social Science

Sabine Spangenberg publishes article “Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch: The Cooperative Idea in German Liberal Thought” in Global Journal of Human-Social Science: E Economics, Volume 15, Issue 1

Abstract- The paper analyses Hermann Schulze-Delitsch’s contribution to the cooperative idea and economic thought of the second half of the 19th century. Schulze-Delitsch has recently been described as a leftish liberal at the exhibition about the German Labour Movement in Mannheim’s Technomuseum (2013), but was placed more centre with publications under the hospice of the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung. During his life (1808-1883) he became the founder of cooperatives in Germany and various forms of associations. Schulze-Delitsch placed the main emphasis on self-help to deflect the danger that the industrialisation posed to small and medium sized companies. It is shown that liberal ideas were the main Leitmotifs for Schulze-Delitsch’s cooperatives. The paper illustrates Schulze-Delitzsch’s position with regards to trade unions, wage funds and political economy.

GJHSS-E Classification: FOR Code: 340301

Murray Woodfield and Petros Silvestros receiving the Crystal Bear

Richmond’s Murray Woodfield wins Best Short Film – Berlin Film Festival 2015

Congratulations to Richmond faculty member, Murray Woodfield who has just won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival 2015.

The Performance and Theatre Arts Adjunct Professor won Best Short Film with ‘A Confession’.

This is the second consecutive Berlinale win for Director, Petros Silvestros and Producer/Writer, Murray Woodfield who also won the Crystal Bear last year with the short film ‘Mike’.  According to the Berlin Film Festival this is a unique result as no-one in the 65 years of the festival has managed to achieve it.

Peter Grant

Prof Peter Grant delivers inaugural lecture on gender inequality and machismo culture

On Wednesday 11th February a group of students and faculty attended a lecture by Professor Peter Grant (Richmond’s Visiting Professor in International Economics and Development) to hear him deliver a talk with the title “The impact on wellbeing of gender inequality and machismo culture”. Peter is the Founding Co-Director of Restored (www.restoredrelationships.org) which works towards ending violence against women around the world. Peter is also a senior fellow with Agulhas Applied Knowledge for whom he undertakes consultancy on areas of economic development. In the recent past  Peter enjoyed senior positions with both DFID and Tearfund.

Peter’s talk was wide-ranging and delivered as part of the School of Business & Economics’ activities supporting its Wellbeing Research Cluster. Amongst other issues Peter discussed the economic and financial aspects of his message on the damaging implications of the machismo culture he has seen in various part of the globe. He also spoke fondly of his visit the week before his talk at Richmond to Madagascar and the economic and social hardships he had witnessed there.

Undoubtedly, Peter’s talk will offer the assembled juniors and seniors much food for thought for research papers in this area as the presentation reminded the audience of the importance of applied research to some of the core issues students are exposed to in the classroom at Richmond.

An anecdote Peter shared after his talk was that there are only two countries with populations over 50 million that he has not yet visited: Turkey and Iran, but he’s working on this …

You can read more about Professor Peter Grant’s work in this area by looking at the following link: http://www.restoredrelationships.org/get-involved/individual/first-man-standing/

Professor Sabine Spangenberg

Richmond’s Prof Sabine Spangenberg publishes paper entitled “The Euro: A German Tale”

Richmond’s Sabine Spangenberg publishes paper entitled “The Euro: A German Tale” in WiST Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Studium

The paper aims to identify a German economic policy position in origin and direction since World War II.

Fundamental features are the Waehrungsreform, the independence of the Deutsche Bundesbank and the Stability Law. The Eurocrisis must be placed within its historical context and within the institutional framework to allow an assessment of functional versus structural deficiencies. It is here argued that the focus on price stability singularly cannot maintain fiscal stability without fiscal redistribution, but to prevent fiscal redistribution, policy harmonisation is vital. Neither European macroeconomic policy nor the functional conditions of the monetary union were sufficiently addressed in the Euro zone creation. The structural criteria of a currency union must be supplemented by political consolidation in the form of a concerted European action.

Dr Robert J. Wallis

MA Visual Arts Programmes – Meet the Associate Dean in New York

 

Dr Robert J. Wallis, Associate Dean of MA programmes and Convenor of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture invites prospective students to meet him in New York next week, to learn more about the MA Art History and Visual Culture and the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating.  Dr Wallis will be attending the College Art Association Conference, Feb 11th-15th.  He will host an alumni reunion and reception for prospective students on Fri 13th Feb. Please email Dr Wallis for details: wallis@richmond.ac.uk.

Professor George Xinsheng Zhang

Richmond’s Prof George Zhang spoke on language learning and teaching in Britian

Richmond Professor George Zhang gave a talk recently at Gresham College on “Why Should and Can British Learn Foreign Languages?” The talk was the first of the Master’s Seminar 2015 organised by the Worshipful Company of Educators, of which Peter Williams, one of the Trustees of the Richmond University London is the Master. In addition to the demands and needs in the UK for language skills in today’s globalised world, George also used his experience of the teaching of Chinese language, a language often mysteriously perceived to be very difficult to learn here, especially his work at Richmond to illustrate how language learning and teaching could be done in an enjoyable and fruitful manner.

Amanda Queiroz

Richmond History, Politics and International Students Attend Holocaust Memorial Event

January 27 was Holocaust Memorial Event and this year Richmond students in Prof Dom Alessio’s class “The Rise of the Right: A History of Fascisms” visited Teesside University in the north of England to participate in a conference on genocide. Teesside has a Centre for Fascist and Anti-Fascist Studies and Dom, who writes on this area, is also a research fellow here.

Richmond student Amanda Querioz talks about her experience at the event:

“I had the great honour to be part of the Holocaust Memorial at Teesside University, and I just can say that it was absolutely inspiring. One of the most impressive things was the work done by students with Holocaust survivors who, despite the age, had energy and commitment to share their fantastic victory over such dark times in our history. It was also a great opportunity to have enlightening discussions with academics exploring the many (and horrific) faces of the Holocaust, also discussing its portrayal by global film industry and its impact in popular perception. Overall, I wish we had never to had a memorial day for the victims of the World War II, for I wish it had never happened. But this conference and this day can teach our generation that acceptance and understanding towards others is not only desirable but needed if we do not want a new period of hatred and lack of humanity ever again.”