Monthly Round Up: June


Smart History in action!

Smart History in action!

Smart History News

Historians, archaeologists, and computer scientists from St Andrews have come together to form a limited company, Smart History, which researches, digitally recreates and explains the past in mobile technologies, including mobile apps, 3D immersive installations, virtual reality glasses and virtual museums. Smart History builds on the outstanding collaborative work already achieved, including the award-winning Mediaeval St Andrews App that was launched in November 2014. Further successes continue for Smart History: their director Dr Katie Stevenson, has recently won a place as a Top 30 Finalist in the Converge Challenge 2015, the premier company creation competition for university spin outs and start-ups

Mediaeval St Andrews App

The Mediaeval St Andrews App, as part of a submission called MIST (mobile immersive smart tourism), has won the Impact Award for Best Engagement Project in the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account St Andrews Showcase on 10th June.

Róisín Watson awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship

Ms Róisín Watson, a 4th-year PhD student supervised by Dr Bridget Heal, has been awarded the Society for Renaissance Studies postdoctoral fellowship for the next academic year. She will be working on the relationship between early modern charity and Lutheran material and visual culture in Germany. She is currently finishing her thesis entitled ‘Lutheran piety and visual culture in the Duchy of Württemberg, 1534-c.1700’.


Professor Colin Kidd delivered the Prothero Lecture for the Royal Historical Society on 1st July. Prof Kidd’s lecture was entitled, ‘The Grail of Original Meaning: Uses of the Past in American Constitutional Theory.’

On 17th June, Dr Gillian Mitchell presented a paper entitled ‘Exploring the Relationship between Popular Music and Comedy in Britain, c.1955-1965’ at the Modern British History Network Conference held at the University of Strathclyde.

Dr Aileen Fyfe was one of the invited participants at the Royal Society’s ‘Future of Scientific Scholarly Communication’ discussion meetings, in April and May. Amidst the debates about the future of peer review and possible business models for future academic publishing, she reminded participants that the current modes of academic publishing and reviewing are far less long-standing than they thought. Dr Fyfe has written an article on the history of peer review for Times Higher Education, and spoke on the same subject in her plenary address to the Robert Boyle Summer School, in Co. Waterford, Republic of Ireland (25-28 June, 2015). Dr Fyfe has also been busy helping local nursery and school children learn about the Victorians, and the technologies of everyday life.

Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker presented ‘Unspeakable Words: Rebel Speech and Silence in the Jacquerie of 1358’ at a conference on ‘Langages politiques populaires à la fin du Moyen Âge: Reprise, réappropriation, création’ held at the École française de Rome on 27th May.

Dr Ahab Bdaiwi delivered a talk at the Chalke Valley History Festival – the largest history festival in the country – entitled ‘The Caliphate: Once and Future Empire?’ on 25th June.

Dr Guy Rowlands gave a paper and chaired another session at the conference ‘Penser l’après Louis XIV: histoire, mémoire, representations (1715-2015)’ held in Paris from 3rd to 5th June at the Institut Historique Allemand, the Archives Diplomatiques of the French Government, and the Université Paris Diderot Paris 7. His paper was on ‘Life after Death in Foreign Lands: Louis XIV and Anglo-Saxon Historians from Thackeray to the Present Day.’ Dr Rowlands also appeared on BBC4’s ‘Shadow of the Sun King’ (3rd and 10th June), a program to mark the approaching 300th anniversary of the death of Louis XIV.


‘Religious Identities and Material Landscapes in Early Modern Europe’, Victoria and Albert Museum

The GRAINES network and the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History, in collaboration with the Institute of Intellectual History and Global Cities (AHRC Project), hosted the 3rd GRAINES Summer School,‘Interconnect – Actions, Objects, and Ideas on the Move’, in St Andrews, from 7th to 10th June.

The 29th Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of French Historywas held from 28th to 30th June in St Andrews. The Conference was hosted by the Centre for French History and Culture and the theme was Turning Points in French History.

Ms Róisín Watson ran a workshop entitled‘Religious Identities and Material Landscapes in Early Modern Europe’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 5thJune. This was funded by the Institute of Historical Research, the Royal Historical Society, and the German History Society. A special issue of the V&A journal is planned based on the day’s papers


Nikolaos Papadogiannis,Militant Around the Clock? Left-Wing Youth Politics, Leisure, and Sexuality in Post-Dictatorship Greece, 1974-1981(Berghahn Books, 2015)

During the 1970s, left-wing youth militancy in Greece intensified, especially after the collapse of the military dictatorship in 1974. This is the first study of the impact of that political activism on the leisure pursuits and sexual behavior of Greek youth, analyzing the cultural politics of left-wing organizations alongside the actual practices of their members. Through an examination of Maoists, Socialists, Euro-Communists, and pro-Soviet groups, it demonstrates that left-wing youth in Greece collaborated closely with comrades from both Western and Eastern European countries in developing their political stances. Moreover, young left-wingers in Greece appropriated American cultural products while simultaneously modeling some of their leisure and sexual practices on Soviet society. Still, despite being heavily influenced by cultures outside Greece, left-wing youth played a major role in the reinvention of a Greek “popular tradition.” This book critically interrogates the notion of “sexual revolution” by shedding light on the contradictory sexual transformations in Greece to which young left-wingers contributed.

Alex Woolf, ‘Sutton Hoo and Sweden revisited,’ in The Long Seventh Century: Continuity and Discontinuity in an Age of Transition (Peter Lang Publishing, 2015). Also see this write-up of Dr Woolf’s article from Medieval Histories

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