PIMIC opening workshop in St Andrews

pimic parliament hall

In the last days of October St Andrews hosted the opening workshop of the European funded project Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom. Scholars and postgraduate students from Europe, Israel, and North America met for a training course on Sources in Context, held in the University’s Parliament Hall. The 3.3 million Euro project combines academic research with training in wider dissemination, based on collaboration between universities and private sector companies. It provides funding for 10 PhD researchers at universities in Spain, Britain, Italy, France, and Israel, and two postdoctoral positions, one based at a Dutch publisher and one at a Spanish television and film production company. At the present workshop, sessions were held on Record Sources (led by Tim Greenwood and John Hudson); Narrative Sources (Rob Bartlett and Eduardo Manzano); Archaeology (Hugh Kennedy and Alessandra Molinari); Lawbooks (Magnus Ryan and Bernard Stolte); and Literary Sources (Gadi Algazi and Steve White). The project’s postgraduate students (from New Zealand, Argentina, Russia, Finland, the US, UK, Germany, and Italy) also presented outlines of their PhDs and introduced a discussion of notions of institutionalisation. Collaborative working methods were developed amongst the participants in the project.

A further workshop on radio, podcasting, web-presence, and writing in the press will take place in St Andrews in June 2014, in which St Andrews History staff will participate. The project concludes with a conference on ‘Consequences in the Contemporary World’, planned to be held at the British Academy in June 2016.


The Research Lead of the PIMIC project is Prof. John Hudson.

About standrewshistory
With over forty fulltime members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to South Asia. Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching, allowing for in-depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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