Peter Burke at the University of St Andrews

Peter Burke

On the 13 March, Peter Burke, Emeritus Professor of Cultural History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, presented a paper on ‘Diglossia in Early Modern Europe to the Modern History Seminar and the Reformation & Early Modern Seminar.

Prof. Burke was introduced by Dr Bridget Heal, Director of the Reformation Studies Institute. With Prof. Burke’s permission this talk was recorded and is now available to listen to below and also on the School of History’s SoundCloud page.

The School of History hosts a variety of seminar programmes representing the active research interests of staff and students. Throughout each semester presentations, workshops, and reading groups take place, led by the School’s research centres. To find out more about our research seminars, please visit our seminars webpages.

Robert Vinson of William & Mary College in St Andrews

vinson_contactDr Robert Vinson, University Associate Professor for Teaching Excellence and historian at the College of William & Mary, recently visited St Andrews as part of the collaboration between St Andrews and William & Mary. Dr Vinson writes:

“I had a wonderful time during my recent visit (March 30-April 7) to the University of St Andrews, as part of the faculty exchange program between it and the College of William and Mary. There was a bit of everything in the trip: stimulating lunch conversations with colleagues Emma Hart and Frances Nethercott, and informal chats with a number of other faculty members and post-graduate students.  My guest lecture offered an initial opportunity to make some sense of ongoing research for my next book and, as part of St Andrews’ Open Minds Week I attended a lecture delivered by a psychology professor on the neuroscience of drug addiction. A fascinating talk indeed.

Robert Vinson

There were also memorable dinners and good conversation with Frank Muller, Bernhard Struck and Tomasz Kamusella, and some good Champions League football viewing with Bernhard, Frank, and Nick Blackbourn. Of course, I toured the castles, cathedrals, museums and golf courses in St Andrews and had an incredibly thrilling day in lovely Edinburgh. Last, but certainly not least, I also had two fabulous evenings playing and talking tennis with staff in the School of History.”

History and Twitter: Prof. Steve Murdoch and his Document of the Day

Danish Rigsarkiv, TKUA, England, AIII. Copy of a Journal of the English Parliament, 7 November 1640 - 24 July 1641

Danish Rigsarkiv, TKUA, England, AIII. Copy of a Journal of the English Parliament, 7 November 1640 – 24 July 1641

Prof. Steve Murdoch regularly uses twitter to engage with the public and to discuss interesting documents he has found in archives throughout Europe. Today, Wednesday 17 April, Prof. Murdoch posted an image of a particularly exciting document which immediately attracted considerable attention from across the world. Steve Murdoch writes:

“For my daily exercise to engage the historical brain, I post a ‘Document of the Day’ on Twitter. These are drawn from a substantial archive of digital images that I collected over a number of years (and from where no usage restriction exists). Today’s post was an extract from the Danish Rigsarkiv in Copenhagen. It is extracted from a daily journal of the events of the English Parliament in 1641. It appears to be a previously unknown document and has generated interest from a wide variety of scholars working in the field of English constitutional history and the British Civil Wars. The most exciting part for me is that it is indicative of what gems remain to be found in overseas archives, even for those working on well-worn British subjects.”

Steve Murdoch researches relations between early modern Britain and Northern Europe and heads up the Scotland and the Wider World Project based in the Institute of Scottish Historical Research. He can be found on Twitter @Prof_Murdoch