Monthly Round Up: February



CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0, attrib. The Heirs to the Throne Project

Dr Katie Stevenson has accepted an invitation to Fellowship of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. The RSA aims to deliver twenty-first-century enlightenment by enriching society through ideas and action.

The Heirs to the Throne Project has introduced a Royal Timeline on its website.This is an attractive interactive tool which allows visitors to the website to access the many articles the project team have already published about different royal personalities and places them into the wider chronological context of the long 19th century.

Staff Activity

 Professor Frank Müller discussed the German Empress Victoria in an interview with Bayern2.

Dr Aileen Fyfe wrote about the vexed practice of putting famous scientists on banknotes in an article for The Conversation.

On 8th February, Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith presented ‘Science, Connoisseurship and Enlightenment Culture: Botanical Collecting in the Eighteenth Century’ at the Enlightenment Workshop, University of Oxford. On 11th February, she presented ‘The Emperor’s New Cloves: Tipu Sultan, French Botany and Empire in 1788’ at the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies & Centre for Global History and Culture, University of Warwick. She also presented a paper entitled ‘Botany in Boxes: micro-history and the history of science’ at a workshop organised in Venice by the Universities of Oxford and Warwick called ‘The Space Between: Connecting Micro-History and Global History,’ held on 25th-27th February.

On 17th February, Dr Gillian Mitchell delivered a talk entitled ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll and Family Life in 1950s Britain: An Historical Perspective’ to the Hunterston Branch of the Rotary Club at Seamill Hydro Hotel, Ayrshire.

Dr Konrad Lawson gave a talk for the St Andrews Japan Society sponsored by the Japanese Consulate-General in Edinburgh on 3rd February entitled ‘Uniting the World after Defeat: World Federalism in Early Postwar Japan.’ On 18th February, Dr Lawson gave a talk to the St Andrews Japan Society on the global origins and hybridity of Japanese cuisine at which examples of the food discussed were served. On 24th February, he gave a talk for the St Andrews China Month, ‘A Chinese Warlord’s Utopian Vision of Confucian Internationalism.’

Dr James Palmer presented ‘The use and abuse of the Battle of Poitiers (732/3), c. 1870–c. 1930’ at the Medieval Academy of America annual meeting in Boston on 26th February. On 1st March he gave a paper entitled ‘Climates of crisis: apocalypse and nature in European history c. 500 to c. 900’ at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Recent Publications

Emily Michelson, ‘How to Write a Conversionary Sermons: Rhetorical Influences and Religious Identity’ in Religious Orders and Religious Identity Formation ca. 1420-1620: Discourses and Strategies of Observance and Pastoral Engagement, eds. Bert Roest and Johanneke Uphoff (Brill, 2016), pp. 235‑351.


CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0, attrib. Türkiye Bankasi Kültür Yayinlari

Tim Greenwood, ‘A Corpus of Early Medieval Armenian Silver’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers 69 (2015): 115-146

R. A. Houston, ‘People, Space, and Law in Late Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Ireland’, Past & Present 2016 230 (1): 47-89.

Subtil, F.; Santos, A.; Kaul, C. & Garcia, J. L. (eds.) (2016) Dossier ‘Império Português e Comunicações’, Revista Brasileira de História da Mídia, vol. 5, n.1, Jan. 2016/ Jun. 2016: 11-94.

Heidi Mehrkens, ‘Immer an der richtigen Tür stehen: Die welfisch-preußische Hochzeit 1913 aus britischer Perspektive’, in Ute Daniel and Christian K. Frey (eds.), Die preußisch-welfische Hochzeit 1913: Das dynastische Europa in seinem letzten Friedensjahr (Braunschweig: Appelhans, 2016): 81-91.

Andrew Peacock’s Early Seljuq History (2010) just appeared in Turkish translation as Selçuklu Devleti’nin Kuruluşu: Yeni Bir Yorum, Istanbul: İs Bankası Kültür Yayınları, 2016.

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