Monthly Round Up: April


The Royal Society of London, Philosophical Transactions, Vol. 1. London, 1665-1666, photo attr. Eve of Discovery,  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Royal Society of London, Philosophical Transactions, Vol. 1. London, 1665-1666, photo attr. Eve of Discovery,

News from the Philosophical Transactions Project

Dr Aileen FyfeDr Noah Moxham, and Dr Julie McDougall-Waters organized a conference, as part of the Philosophical Transactions Project, called ‘Publish or Perish: The Future of Scientific Publishing’ from 19th to 21st March at the Royal Society in London. The conference marked the 350th anniversary of the Philosophical Transactions. Following the conference, Dr Fyfe published an article in Times Higher Education, and her PhD student, Ms Anna Gielaswrote a piece for the Guardian, both of which discussed the past, present, and future of scientific publishing.

MLitt student’s documentary appears on BBC Radio

Mr Ryan Mallon, an MLitt student in Scottish History, had a documentary on BBC Radio Ulster about the one-armed Irish footballer Jimmy Hasty, who was later killed in the Troubles. The podcast can be found here. Such has been the media interest surrounding Ryan’s documentary that it will be repeated on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Staff Activity

From 23rd to 26th March Dr Bernhard Struck and Dr Emma Hart gave papers at the College of William & Mary/St Andrews Second Biannual Faculty Colloquium. Dr Hart talked about the Global Cities project that begins in May and Dr Struck talked about his research into German maps. They thoroughly enjoyed their visit and hearing about the research of colleagues in other departments on both sides of the Atlantic. Additionally, Dr Hart gave a paper at the Economic History Society at the University of Wolverhampton, titled, ‘On the Waterfront: Wharves, Commerce, and Economic Culture in the Eighteenth Century Atlantic World.’ She has also completed an Erasmus Teaching Mobility visit (from 7th to 21st April) at the Anglo-American Department of the Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, lecturing on American history.

Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker and Dr Dirk Schoenaers held the third in a series of three conferences on The Age of Revolt: Comparative Perspectives as part of Dr Firnhaber-Baker’s AHRC-funded project on medieval rebellion. The papers from the conferences will be published by Routledge next year in a volume that Dr Firnhaber-Baker and Dr Schoenaers are co-editing.

On 20th and 21st March, an international conference, ‘Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History,’ was held at the University of St Andrews as part of the ‘The Islamisation of Anatolia’ project co-ordinated by Dr Andrew Peacock. Among the speakers at the conference were Dr Peacock and Dr Zeynep Oktay.

Dr Jan AlessandriniDr Flavia Bruni, and Miss Saskia Limbach joined Prof Andrew Pettegree at the 61st annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. With about 4,000 participants, the meeting in Berlin, which took place from 26th to 28th March, was the largest gathering in the Society’s history. On 27th March, Dr Alessandrini and Dr Bruni, joined by their colleague Dr Tomasz Nastulczyk from the Jagiellonian University, presented papers comparing the damage caused during WWII to the library heritage in Germany, Italy, and the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth respectively, at a panel entitled ‘Lost Books: Transnational Perspectives on (Modern) Losses of Early Printed Books’.

On 11th April, the School of History and the School of International Relations hosted a joint conference to mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of A.J.P. Taylor’s The Struggle for Mastery in Europe and to welcome Professor Sir Hew Strachan to the University.

Dr Guy Rowlands spoke to the seminar of the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen on 18th March on the subject ‘The Sinews of War, the Sun King, and the Financial Burdens and Perils of being a Superpower’.

Recent Publications from the School

Riccardo Bavaj and Martina Steber, eds., Germany and ‘the West’: The History of a Modern Concept (Berghahn, 2015)

‘The West’ is a central idea in German public discourse, yet historians know surprisingly little about the evolution of the concept. Contrary to common assumptions, this volume argues that the German concept of the West was not born in the twentieth century, but can be traced from a much earlier time. In the nineteenth century, ‘the West’ became associated with notions of progress, liberty, civilization, and modernity. It signified the future through the opposition to antonyms such as ‘Russia’ and ‘the East,’ and was deployed as a tool for forging German identities. Examining the shifting meanings, political uses, and transnational circulations of the idea of ‘the West’ sheds new light on German intellectual history from the post-Napoleonic era to the Cold War. Includes chapters by Riccardo BavajFrank Müller, and Bernhard Struck

Emma Hart, ‘“Naturally cut out…for unlawful trade”: Colonial Economic Culture and the Enforcement  of the Navigation Acts in the Mainland Colonies, 1690-1725’ in Carole Shammas and

Peter Mancall, eds.,Governing the Sea in the Early Modern Era: Essays in Honor of Robert C. Ritchie (Huntington Library Press, 2015).

Roger Mason, ‘Debating Britain in 17th Century Scotland: Multiple Monarchy and Scottish Sovereignty’,Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 35 (2015), 1-24.

A.C.S. Peacock, Bruno De Nicola, and Sara Nur Yıldız, eds.,Islam and Christianity in Medieval Anatolia (Ashgate, 2015).

The essays in this volume examine the interaction between Christianity and Islam in medieval Anatolia through three distinct angles, opening with a substantial introduction by the editors to explain both the research background and the historical problem, making the work accessible to scholars from other fields. The first group of essays examines the Christian experience of living under Muslim rule, comparing their experiences in several of the major Islamic states of Anatolia between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries, especially the Seljuks and the Ottomans. The second set of essays examines encounters between Christianity and Islam in art and intellectual life. They highlight the ways in which some traditions were shared across confessional divides, suggesting the existence of a common artistic and hence cultural vocabulary. The final section focusses on the process of Islamisation, above all as seen from the Arabic, Persian and Turkish textual evidence with special attention to the role of Sufism

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