Welcome to my blog.  This is where I ponder all things European, while the world changes around us.


I am a Lecturer in European and Global Studies, currently working at Nottingham Trent University.


The Nottingham International Brigades memorial – corrections and memories

It’s a very long time since I’ve posted here, but in advance of another visit to the International Brigades memorial at Nottinghamshire County Hall, I thought I’d add a few more thoughts and clarifications. When I made the original post, I claimed that when the memorial was first installed in 1993, it ‘did not immediately …

Contested historical memory in Nottingham

In the previous post, I highlighted the importance of memorial plaques – often taken for granted and passed by – in reclaiming suppressed histories and reasserting identity.  As an afterthought, I want to highlight one small way in which these struggles are still being reflected closer to home, in Nottingham – showing that the contentious …


Contact: heather.watkins@ntu.ac.uk