PIMIC opening workshop in St Andrews
October 31, 2013 Leave a comment
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.