Monthly Round Up: May


Photo attr. Simon Varwell, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo attr. Simon Varwell, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Job News

Congratulations to Mr Caleb Karges, a fourth-year PhD student preparing a dissertation on Anglo-Austrian military cooperation in the War of the Spanish Succession under the direction of Dr Guy Rowlands, who has secured a position of Teaching Fellow in the History and Political Thought Department at Concordia University Irvine (California) from August for the Academic Year 2015-16.

‘Between Federalism, Autonomy and Centralism’ Conference

The 24th Annual Conference of the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies, co-hosted with the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History, was held on 29th May. The conference, entitled, ‘Between Federalism, Autonomy and Centralism: Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries,’ was organized by Dr Tomasz Kamusella and Dr Frances Nethercott. It featured nine speakers, including Prof Elena Marushiakova-Popova, from universities and research centres across Europe, as well as commentary from Prof Colin Kidd and Mr Neil Ascherson 

Dr Kaul on BBC Radio

Dr Chandrika Kaul appeared on a recent BBC Radio 4 episode of ‘In Our Time’ to discuss the life and legacy of Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore,  photo attr. Eugene Kim, CC BY 2.0

Rabindranath Tagore, photo attr. Eugene Kim, CC BY 2.0

Staff Activity

Dr Ahab Bdaiwi presented ‘A Preliminary Survey of Intellectual Trends in Najaf, Iraq, in the late Medieval Period’ at a workshop entitled ’Shiʿism in the Arab World,’ held from 1st to 2nd June at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

On 5th May, Dr Jan Alessandrini delivered a lecture entitled ‘Bombs on Books: Germany’s Lost Libraries of World War Two’ to the History of Libraries Seminar Series, at the Warburg Institute in London. The public seminars are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, and the Library & Information History Group of CILIP. Dr Alessandrini has also published a blog post about the ‘Bombs on Books’ project.

Recent Publications

Richard Whatmore (ed.), Intellectual History, Critical Concepts in Historical Studies Series, 4 volumes (Taylor and Francis, 2015)

Recent decades have seen a remarkable growth of interest in intellectual history. Intellectual history has become a popular branch of historical studies at the same time as it has a growing audience among students reading politics, philosophy, international relations, English, and other academic areas across the arts and social sciences. This new landmark collection from Routledge provides a comprehensive survey of the subdiscipline, and assembles the very best research undertaken by scholars in Britain, Europe, North America, and the wider world from ancient times to the present. The collection offers an essential synthesis of past and current work but pays special attention to prevailing controversies in order to provide readers with an up-to-date sense of the area

James T. Palmer, ‘The Otherness of Non-Christians in the Early Middle Ages’ in C. Methuen, A. Spicer and J. Wolffe (eds.), Christianity and Religious Plurality Vol. 51 (2015) (Studies in Church History).

Frank L. Muller, ‘The German Monarchies’ in M. Jeffries (ed), The Ashgate Research Companion to Imperial Germany (Ashgate, 2015).

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