Cultural Capital, Cultural Afterlives: A Conversation with Historian Simon Ball

Prof Simon Ball, Chair of International History and Politics at Leeds

Prof Simon Ball, Chair of International History and Politics at Leeds

My interview with Simon Ball, Professor of International History and Politics at Leeds, is now available. I was keen to speak to Simon because one of his current projects is a study of the cultural afterlife of the WWII battle of El Alamein for OUP. Simon suggests that a battle can rarely have been more mythologised than El Alamein.

On the face of it, Simon’s project has a lot in common with the kind of work we do in Modern Languages and I wondered in what ways Simon’s approach might be similar or different to ours. Naturally, I was particularly interested in his treatment of cinema but we also discussed how the project fitted into his career and into his discipline. How does a hard-core international historian come to write a cultural history?

Read the interview here: Cultural Capital, Cultural Afterlives: A Conversation with Historian Simon Ball