Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


University Professor to be interviewed on BBC radio

University Professor to be interviewed on BBC radio

The University of Auckland’s Associate Professor Simon Kitson will be interviewed on BBC radio for the 70thAnniversary of D-Day.

He has travelled to the UK to discuss his knowledge of D-Day as a studio guest on the programme Making History podcast on their website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qxrc/broadcasts/2014/01

This is just one event in a busy calendar for the professor from the School of European Languages and Literatures, which also includes publishing his fourth book of French history and speaking at a seminar of world French experts being held in Australia next month.

Associate Professor Kitson has already done several BBC interviews. He first got involved in Making History in 2010 when he interviewed a French pilot who served in the Royal Air Force.

He also featured in a 2009 episode of the BBC TV Primetime celebrity genealogy programme 'Who do you think you are?' which was devoted to retracing the family history of television presenter Davina MacCall, whose great grandfather was head of the French police.

Associate Professor Kitson first developed an interest in French history when he had to take class trips to France as a school boy in his native UK. He went on to study West European Studies including Occupied France at the University of Ulster at Coleraine in Northern Ireland.

“The idea of a foreign occupation of a country interested me because I could see armed British soldiers on the streets of Northern Ireland and I started to see parallels with France under occupation.”

He then continued a PHD study at the University of Sussex.

Now he’s published four volumes of French History, his latest Police and Politics in Marseille, 1936-1945 (Brill, Amsterdam, 2014) explores how ordinary Marseille police officers experienced the period ranging from the Popular Front to the Liberation of France after the Second World War.

Next month he will attend the 19th George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation where he will present a paper France on Berlin Time, Comparing two occupations of France.

The 2014 Seminar is organised with the collaboration of three Melbourne universities: the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and Latrobe University, and hosted by the Alfred Deakin Research Institute at the Geelong Waterfront Campus between 10 and 12 July 2014.

Established in 1978 to honour George Rudé's contributions to the study of French history in Australasia, the George Rudé Seminar is a biennial conference that brings together specialists in French history and culture from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news