Public lecture

Public lecture: Martin D. Brown “James Bond: Cold Warrior or Global Brand?”

On 17 October 2018 at 16:15 in room M-648, the British historian Dr Martin D. Brown will give a presentation in the research seminar of the School of Humanities. Dr. Brown is working as a lead researcher at the TLU Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies in this fall semester and his presentation is titled “James Bond: Cold Warrior or Global Brand?”.

10/17/2018 - 16:15 - 17:45

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 James Bond (007) is a global brand: since his ‘birth’ in 1953, he has evolved into an ubiquitous cultural icon. While Bond appears to be a quintessentially British creation, his Cold War adventures unfolded across the international stage and garnered massive audiences. The Cold War is increasingly being projected into popular memory through this very prism of spy fiction, but what exactly was the Bondian Cold War?

The discussant of the presentation is Dr Piret Peiker, postdoc researcher at the School of Humanities, Tallinn University.

Martin D. Brown holds a Ph.D. in International History from the University of Surrey, and a M. A. in central and eastern European studies from the School Of Slavonic and East European Studies (S.S.E.E.S.) at the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (F.R.Hist.S.), and a member of the New Diplomatic History Network.

His research has focused on Anglo-Czechoslovak relations, the historiography of forcible population removals and Cold War diplomacy, resulting in publications in English, Czech, German and Polish. These include Dealing with Democrats: The British Foreign Office’s Relations with the Czechoslovak Émigrés in Great Britain, 1939–1945 (Peter Lang, 2006), Slovakia in History (Cambridge University Press, 2013, co-edited with Professors M. Teich and D. Kovác), and ‘The Czechoslovak Government in Exile and the Legacy of Population Transfers: An Analysis of an English Language Discourse’, in V. Smetana and K. Geaney (eds), Exile in London: The Experience of Czechoslovakia and the Other Occupied Nations, 1938–45 (The University of Chicago Press, 2018).

Everyone is welcome!

The seminar is organized in cooperation with the Tallinn University Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies and is supported by the (European Union) European Regional Development Fund (Tallinn University’s ASTRA project, TU TEE).