British Archaeological Awards for Coastal Heritage Project

The St Andrews School of History is delighted to hear that SCAPE (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion) has won two of five awards at the biennial British Archaeological Awards 2014. The Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project won the category of Best Community Archaeology Project, and the ShoreUPDATE app was rewarded with the category of Best Innovation. The ShoreDig project at Wemyss Caves was also Highly Commended in the Best Presentation of Archaeology Category.

A sample of the SCAPE map of sites at risk.

A sample of the SCAPE map of sites at risk.

SCAPE works towards researching and conserving the archaeology of the Scottish coast, with a special interest in areas threatened by coastal erosion. Its projects seek to take advantage of local knowledge and community involvement by providing members of the public with the means and opportunities to become involved in cataloguing sites of archaeological and conservational significance. The new ShoreUPDATE app allows anyone with a smart phone or other mobile device to access an interactive map of at-risk sites and to submit reports on their current condition, and even to suggest new sites for consideration.

The University of St Andrews has contributed funding towards the Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project, and Tom Dawson, a Research Fellow in the St Andrews School of History, manages the activities of SCAPE. Tom attended the British Archaeological Awards ceremony, hosted in the British Museum, to accept the awards on behalf of the SCAPE team.

More information on the awards, and how to get involved with the community projects, can be found on the Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk website.

Mediaeval St Andrews App Wins Further Funding

Mediaeval AppThe Mediaeval St Andrews App project team, led by Computer Scientist Dr Alan Miller, has been awarded a University Teaching Development Award to help fund a key development phase.

Smart phones and tablets are becoming ubiquitous and have the functionality to add a new dimension to learning. They typically contain GPS, a high resolution screen and connect to the Internet. The Mediaeval St Andrews App will enable the synthesis of scene and discourse to provide a new tool for teaching and learning. It will enable learners to concurrently explore the physicality of St Andrews and access location specific research.

For each point of interest on the trail text, images, audio and video will combine with the physicality of the location to provide an engaging learning experience. There will also be links to online digital resources, which index relevant scholarly research.

This project will draw upon research being undertaken in the schools of HistoryArt Historyand Classics. It will also make accessible early work by the project team on images and video of reconstructions of St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews Castle and St Salvator’s Chapel. The National Library of Scotland has kindly granted permission to make use of the Geddy map of St Andrews, the earliest holistic depiction of town.

The App will be freely available to students and to the general public.

Re-posted with generous permission from the Mediaeval St Andrews blog.

The St Andrews Historian – Issue 2

The School of History are pleased to announce the publication of the 2013-2014 issue of The St Andrews Historian, a magazine for history graduates of the University of St Andrews. This year’s issue includes articles on the Publishing the Philosophical Transactions project currently underway at St Andrews, a discussion of the future of history teaching from the point of view of an alumnus, and an introduction to the Institute for Iranian Studies by Professor Ali Ansari.

The latest issue can be read below or downloaded at this link. The first issue of The St Andrews Historian can be found here.

New Palgrave Series Co-edited by St Andrews historians

Modern Monarchy Series - call for proposals (2)-page-001The School of History is pleased to announce a new monograph series which has grown out of the AHRC-funded Heirs to the Throne project based in St Andrews. The series, “Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy”, will be co-edited by Professor Frank Müller (head of the Heirs project) and Dr Heidi Mehrkens, both of St Andrews, alongside Dr Heather Jones (LSE) and Professor Axel Körner (UCL). The series seeks to explicate a Long Nineteenth Century in which monarchy, far from declining after the execution of Louis XVI, continued to play a significant role in political and constitutional concerns across Europe. “Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy” will bring together monographs and edited collections exploring the state of monarchy after the end of the ancien régime. The series seeks to achieve a wide geographical and thematic coverage, and looks forward to welcoming studies examining a broad range of aspects of the modern monarchical world.

The formal series announcement and invitation for proposals can be found here.

Apply Now: School of History Emeritus Fellowship

The School of History at the University of St Andrews is initiating an annual ‘Emeritus Fellowship’ for retired academic staff formerly employed by any University or equivalent institution, with the first Fellowship being held in Academic Year 2014-15. The Fellow will be expected to spend 3-6 months of the academic year in St Andrews and to participate in the research activities of the School, including giving a paper to the appropriate Research Seminar and having contact with postgraduate students in the appointee’s field.

The Fellowship will be worth £3000 for use towards accommodation, travel, and research.  The Fellow will also receive full Library and IT access and secretarial support. It is hoped but cannot be guaranteed that the Fellow will receive office accommodation.

Applications should consist of a CV (maximum 4 pages), a statement of research to be undertaken during the Fellowship (maximum 1 page), and the name of two referees who may be contacted. These should be emailed to the Head of History (currently Professor John Hudson) at by 15 June 2014.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded to Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams

The School of History is delighted to announce that Kelsey Jackson Williams has been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, to be held at the University of St Andrews from 2014 until 2017.

Dr Jackson Williams works on antiquarianism, the early modern study of artefacts, manuscripts, ruins, and other fragments of the past. His project, Writing Scotland: Antiquarianism, Confessionalism, and National Identity in Early Modern Europe, looks at a series of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Scottish antiquaries whose efforts to recover Scotland’s textual heritage – whether in the form of medieval chronicles, Neo-Latin poems, or humanist treatises – were central to the formation of a national literary canon.  They were not, however, entirely disinterested: the project will recover their confessional, political, and regional allegiances and investigate the pressures those placed on their scholarship.  This builds on Dr Jackson Williams’ previous study of the intersection of antiquarianism and canon formation and he hopes that it will significantly advance understandings of both.

Dr Jackson Williams’ first book, soon to be forthcoming, examines the writings of the antiquary, scientist, and biographer John Aubrey (1626-1697).  After completing his doctorate at Balliol College, Oxford, he taught at Jesus College, Oxford. He will be joining the School of History in September 2014 and will also be a member of the Institute of Scottish Historical Research.

Dr Emma Hart wins AHRC International Research Network Grant

EmmaHartThe School of History is delighted to announce that Dr Emma Hart has won an AHRC International Research Network Grant for a project on ‘The Global City: Past and Present’.

The project will consider the rise of the contemporary global city in its historical context. The global city – which both enables and embodies today’s inter-connected and globalized world – has become the focus of significant research and policy-making. However, the historical processes that produced many of the foundational practices of the global city have hitherto been overlooked. Whilst the immediate historical context of such spaces is commonly addressed, what is missing is a solid understanding of the historical precedents of the global city. This omission has grown out of a lack of interaction between global studies scholars and urban historians, as well as among urban historians working in different regions, who rarely have the opportunity to share their research or collaborate with one another. ‘The Global City: Past and Present’ will seek to address this lack by creating new opportunities for international and interdisciplinary networking.

The modern global city. Photo by Daniel Scwen (By Daniel Schwen (CC-BY-SA-2.5) via Wikimedia Commons.

New York – the modern global city. Photo by Daniel Scwen (By Daniel Schwen (CC-BY-SA-2.5) via Wikimedia Commons.

The project will be centred around four workshops, each discussing different aspects of ‘The Global City’. These events will bring together an international network of scholars to explore the connections between today’s global cities and their early modern colonial precursors from three angles; space, political economy and populations. The workshops will include geographers, urban planners, anthropologists, art historians, sociologists, and policy makers and will take place in St Andrews, Rio de Janeiro, and London at the Centre for Metropolitan History (part of the Institute of Historical Research).  There will also be a public lecture at the IHR. It is hoped that these events will both serve to improve our understanding of the global city as a historical phenomenon and provide the means by which this knowledge can be exchanged with academics and policy-makers at work in today’s global cities.

The AHRC Research Network Scheme is designed to promote wide-ranging discussion and intellectual exchange upon specific thematic areas, issues, or questions. As such, the ‘Global City’ project spans multiple continents and encompasses multiple research groups; Dr Hart’s Co-Investigator, Professor Mariana Dantas (a historian of colonial Brazil) is based at  Ohio University, and the St Andrews Centre for Transnational History will be involved with the project. Dr Jaap Jacobs, an Honorary Lecturer at the St Andrews School of History, was also a founding member of the network.