Monthly Round Up: November




Photo attrib. Alasdair, CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0


Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith has been awarded a Research Incentive Grant from the Carnegie Trust to support her new project ‘Making knowledge, forging empire?  The French in India, c. 1750-1793’. This will enable her to spend 3 months this summer in a variety of French archives.

Anna Gielas, a 2nd-year PhD student supervised by Dr Aileen Fyfe, has just won a prestigious scholarship awarded by the German Historical Institute in London. It will allow her to conduct a two-month archival research trip to Germany. During the trip, Anna will focus on the role of editors in the genesis and consolidation of commercial scientific journals in the German lands, 1770s-1830s. This is part of her bigger PhD project, which looks at scientific journals in Britain and the German lands.

Staff Activity

Dr Emma Hart gave a keynote paper at the conference ‘Port Cities in the Early Modern World’ in Philadelphia, USA, 5-7th November.

On 10th November, Dr Alex Woolf spoke at the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies on ‘Ecclesia Scoticana: The Irish and Scottish Church in the Tenth to Twelfth Centuries.’

On 11th November, Dr Konrad Lawson presented a paper, entitled ‘An Old Warlord’s Guide to World Peace and Love: Yan Xishan’s Confucian Cosmopolitan International’, for the Modern and Contemporary History Seminar at the University of Birmingham.

On 12th November, Dr Dimitri Kastritsis spoke at King’s College, Cambridge, as part of the ‘Kings in the Middle East’ series, on the topic ‘In Alexander’s Image: A Byzantine Illustrated Manuscript and its Turkish Interpretation.’

On 12th November, Dr Tim Greenwood spoke at the workshop ‘Language and Community from the Armenian to Iranian plateaux: Armenian, Kurdish and Iranian Identities Before Modernity’ held at the Ioannou Centre at Hertford College, Oxford.

Dr Alex Woolf’s interview on King Macbethad, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was broadcast on Open Country on BBC Radio 4 on Friday, 13th November and is also available on iPlayer.

Dr Tomasz Kamusella spent the second half of November 2015 in Albania and Kosovo where he lectured and gave several interviews for both the press and television.

Prof Guy Rowlands has given two papers during November. The first – entitled “France: a second-rate fiscal-military state?” – was presented at the annual conference of the Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung. The second paper was on the subject ‘The Failure of Bourbon Empire in Europe: the Logistics of French Defeat and Survival in the War of the Spanish Succession’

Dr Noah Moxham delivered a paper entitled ‘Knowledge Bound and Unbound: Circulating the scientific periodical in the 18th century’ at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society, held on the 19th to 22nd November

On 22nd November, Professor Rab Houston delivered a public lecture at Scotland’s History Festival in Edinburgh, entitled ‘Who are the Scots like?’

On 26th November, Dr Konrad Lawson gave a talk, ‘To Kill or Convert? Between the Traitor Elimination and Enemy Work of the Chinese Communist Party in the War Against Japan 1937-1947’, as part of the evening lecture series of the Open Association.

Dr Aileen Fyfe was one of the participants at a Royal Society workshop on 27thNovember, which brought together scientists, historians, editors, and publishers to discuss ‘The End of the Scientific Journal’.

On 27th November, Dr Ahab Bdaiwi presented a paper entitled ‘The Problem of Evil in Medieval Islam’at the Centre National de la Recherché Scientique in Paris.

Prof Colin KiddProf David AllanDr Kelsey Jackson WilliamsDr Emma HartDr Aileen FyfeDr Jacqueline Rose and Dr Alex Woolf representing the Institute of Scottish Historical Research have given lectures at the St Andrews Day celebrations.

Recent Publicationsgraduates

Tim Greenwood, ‘Oversight, Influence and Mesopotamian connections
to Armenia across the Sasanian and early Islamic periods’, in Mesopotamia in the Ancient World: Impact, Continuities, Parallels Proceedings of the Seventh
Symposium of the Melammu Project Held in Obergurgl, Austria 4–8 November 2013
, Melammu Symposia 7, ed. R. Rollinger and E. van Dongen (Münster, 2015), pp. 509-523.

Tomasz Kamusella, Catherine Gibson, and Motoki Tomachi, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Akhila Yechury, ‘Imagining India, Decolonizing L’Inde Francaise, c. 1947–1954,’ The Historical Journal, 58 (2015): pp. 1141-1165.


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