Bi-monthly Round Up: September and October

Photo attr. Bethany Weeks, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo attr. Bethany Weeks, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


On 21st October, Professor Carole Hillenbrand received the 2015 BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies) Award for Services to Middle Eastern Studies. The award recognizes individuals ‘who have made a consistent contribution to Middle East studies in Britain over a period of years’.

Dr Rory Cox has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace. The fellowship will take place between 1st-30th June 2016.

Staff Activity

On 2nd September Dr Ahab Bdaiwi gave a paper entitled Œ’Mystical Philosophy in late Medieval Iran: from Tusi (d. 1274) to Dashtaki (d. 1542)’ at the Shi’ah Islam and Philosophy Symposium held in the Warburg Institute, London.

Dr Riccardo Bavaj co-organized a panel discussion on Œ’Germany and the West: Historiographical challenges and political implications’ at the German History Society Annual Conference at Queen Mary University of London from 3rd to 5th September. The panel discussion was based on the book Dr Bavaj recently co-edited, ‘Germany and Œthe West: The History of a Modern Concept’.

On 11th September, Dr James Nott gave a paper entitled Œ’London’s Dance Craze and Racist Stereotyping during the 1920s’ at the Royal Musical Association annual conference, held at the University of Birmingham.

On 12th September, Dr Tomasz Kamusella delivered a talk on ‘Mapping Roma and Romani in Europe: Approaches and Challenges’ at the Gypsy Lore Society Conference held in the Moldavian Academy of Sciences, Chișinău, Moldova.

Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith spoke at the University of Tuebingen on 16th September and at the University Heidelberg on 18th September as part of a conference called Œ’Rethinking Early Modern Europe in a Global Perspective’. Her topic was Œ’Knowledge Networks and the Structure of Early Modern Science’.

On 25th September, Dr James Palmer presented in Vienna on ‘Apocalypse and Heresy in Early Medieval Iberia’ at the conference ‘Making Ends Meet: Cross- Cultural Perspectives on the End Times in Medieval Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism’.

On 28th September, a book launch event was held in the School of History, to accompany the recent publication of ‘Militant Around the Clock? Left-Wing Youth Politics, Leisure, and Sexuality in Post-Dictatorship Greece, 1974-1981’ (Berghan, 2015) by  Dr Nikolaos Papadogiannis.  Introductory remarks on the book by Dr Papadogiannis and Dr Bernhard Struck were followed by questions and a discussion-session.

Prof Steve Murdoch gave a public lecture at the UHI Centre for History, Dornoch, on 29th September on ‘British Privateering and Swedish Neutrality; the Seizure of Prizes 1651-1713.’ Prof Murdoch also gave a guest lecture at the UHI Centre for History on the naval policies and practices of Scotland c.1530-1568 on 30th September.

Prof Richard Whatmore gave a keynote lecture, ‘Interdisciplinarity and Intellectual History’, at the conference, ‘Interdisciplinarity and Pluralism: The Practice of Intellectual History and Conceptual History’, held in St Andrews from 4th-5th September. On 22nd October, he gave a paper on ‘Scotland and Europe after Enlightenment’ at ‘After Enlightenment I: That Noble Science of Politics Thirty-Two Years On’, hosted by the St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History.

Recent Publications

Going to the PalaisJames Nott, Going to the Palais: A Social and Cultural History of Dancing and Dance Halls in Britain 1918-60 (Oxford University Press, 2015).

A.C.S. Peacock and D.G. Tor (eds), Medieval Central Asia and the Persianate World: Iranian Tradition and Islamic Civilisation, (IB Tauris 2015).

Frank Müller and Heidi Mehrkens (eds.), Sons and Heirs. Succession and the Political Culture of Nineteenth-Century Europe (Palgrave, 2015).

Andrew Pettegree, Brand Luther. 1517, Printing and the Making of the Reformation (Penguin Press, 2015).

Richard Whatmore, What is Intellectual History? (Polity Press, 2015).

Aileen Fyfe, ‘Journals, Learned Societies and Money: Philosophical Transactions, ca. 1750­-1900’, Notes & Records, 69:3 (2015).

Noah Moxham, ‘Fit for Print: Developing an Institutional Model of Scientific Periodical Publishing in England, 1665-ca1714’, Notes & Records 69:3 (2015).

Colin Kidd, ‘Enlightenment and Anti-Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Scotland: an Ayrshire-Renfrewshire microclimate’, in J.-F. Dunyach and A. Thomson (eds.), The Enlightenment in Scotland: National and International Perspectives (Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, 2015).

Iemima Ploscariu, ‘Between Exclusion and Inclusion: Romanian Germans in Postwar Romania’, Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, 28 (2014).

Rab Houston, ‘Church Briefs in England and Wales from Elizabethan Times to 1828’, Huntington Library Quarterly 78, 3 (Fall 2015), 493-520.

Tomasz Kamusella, ‘A Temporary Cessation of Hostilities’, Raritan vol. 35, no. 1.

Richard Whatmore, ‘Rousseau and Revolutions’, in Revolutionary Moments. Reading Revolutionary Texts, ed. Rachel Hammersley (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), 55-63.

About standrewshistory
With over forty full time 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 S cotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials 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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