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The Writer as Psychological Warrior: Intellectuals, Propaganda, and Modern Conflict

Online conference, hosted by Durham University, 12-16 July 2021. Full details here.

Research Seminar

The Political Warfare Executive and British Culture

Durham University, 27 June 2019 – public event, with contributions from team members Beatriz Lopez, James Smith, and Guy Woodward

Talks and lectures

Jo Fox

‘Psychological warfare in the Second World War’, National Army Museum, 12 April 2019

‘‘Underground propaganda, Rumour and the British Political Warfare Executive, 1941-45’, Staff Seminar, School of History, University of St Andrews, 10 April 2019

Beatriz Lopez

(Accepted – Deferred to 2022 due to Covid-19): ‘Muriel Spark’s Wireless Imagination: Propaganda Broadcasting and the Muddled Voices of Fiction’, 3rd World Congress of Scottish Literatures, Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic), 22-26 June 2022.

(Accepted): ‘Muriel Spark, Propaganda and Textual Forgery: The Anarchic Creativity of Displaced Authorship’, MSA 2021, Chicago (USA), 4-7 November 2021.

‘Muriel Spark and the Scrambler Telephone’, Telepoetics Symposium, 27th May 2020.

‘‘Dangerous Dreamers of the Absolute’: The Terrorist as Psychological Warrior in Muriel Spark’s The Only Problem and Doris Lessing’s The Good Terrorist‘, The Figure of the Terrorist in Literature, Film and Media, University of Zurich (Switzerland), 8-9 November 2019

‘Fabricating Deceptions: Plausibility in WWII British Black Propaganda and the Fiction of Muriel Spark’, BAMS 2019: Troublesome Modernisms, Kings’s College London, 20-22 June 2019

‘Muriel Spark and the Politics of Unsentimentality’, Gen(d)eration: Gender and Construction of Subjectivity Workshop, Durham University, 10 May 2019

Patricia Waugh

‘Catholicism and Muriel Spark’, Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts II: Legacies and Revivals, Durham University, 8-10 July 2019

Guy Woodward

‘An Irregular Intellectual: Elizabeth Wiskemann in Berne, 1940-45’, Propaganda and Neutrality: Alternative Battlegrounds and Active Deflection, Institute of Historical Research, London, 24-25 June 2021

‘Humour, black propaganda and the Second World War’, ‘Keep Smiling Through’: British Humour and the Second World War, University of Kent, 12-13 September 2019

‘The Political Warfare Executive, Covert Propaganda and British Culture’, New directions in Second World War Studies, University of Edinburgh, 11 January 2019

‘“Let me behave like a Serb”: Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon and British wartime propaganda’, Writers and Intellectuals on Britain and Europe, 1918-2018, Northumbria University, 1-2 November 2018