Monthly Round Up: April

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Professor Guy Rowlands has presented his inaugural lecture ‘Glamping with Guns. Louis XIV, the Camp of Compiègne, and the Origins of the Modern Military Exercise’.

Professor John Hudson has received the 2017 St Andrews Students’ Association Teaching Award in the ‘Excellence as a Dissertation/Project Supervisor’ category.

Dr Nina Lamal has received a three-month Rome Award from the British School in Rome. She will be at the BSR from January to March 2018 working on collections of seventeenth-century Italian newspapers.

Staff Activity

Dr Chandrika Kaul delivered a public lecture on ‘The BBC and India’ at the FCSH/Nova, Lisbon, on 6th April.

Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith gave a public talk  on 11th April, entitled ‘Science at Sea: Eighteenth-century botanical collecting,’ to the Dollar History Society.

On 15th April, Professor Michael Brown gave the plenary lecture entitled ‘Brexit and “the New British History”: A Late Medieval Perspective’ at the conference Borderlines XXI: Authority in the Medieval and Early Modern World, held at University College Cork.

On 19 April 2017 Dr Tomasz Kamusella delivered a talk on ‘Imagining Nations: Ontological and Epistemic Objectivity’ in the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia.

Two days later Dr Tomasz Kamusella provided a Summing-up Commentary for the international conference on ‘Identities, Categories of Identification, and Identifications between the Danube, the Alps, and the Adriatic,’ held in the National Museum of Contemporary History, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

On 27 April, Dr Ian Bradley and Dr Douglas Galbraith gave the talk ‘Singing the Protestant Faith: the Musical Legacy of the Reformation’ as part of the St Andrews Reformation Institute seminar series.

New Publications

Josh Arthurs, Michael Ebner, and Kate Ferris eds. The Politics of Everyday Life in Fascist Italy. Outside the State? (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Bridget Heal and Joseph Koerner, eds. Special Issue: ‘Art and Religious Reform in Early Modern Europe’, Art History, Vol 40, No 2 (2017)

Monthly Round Up: December and January


The Heirs to the Throne project has launched a podcast series: a selection of the finest ‘Heir of the Month’ essays will be made available as mini-lectures.

A Companion to Intellectual History, edited by Professor Richard Whatmore and Dr Brian Young, has been selected as an ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ by Choice Magazine and has been included in the magazine’s annual list in its  January 2017 issue. Dr John Clark also contributed a chapter to this volume.

Dr James Nott has been awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh grant for a series of research workshops on how historians can best collaborate with artists, museums and others working in Scottish cultural institutions. The workshops will be held in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee.

Arthur der Weduwen has won the Elsevier/Johan de Witt Thesis Prize for his master thesis, titled ‘The development of the Dutch press in the seventeenth century, 1618 – 1700’. A two volume bibliography, Dutch and Flemish Newspapers of the Seventeenth Century, based on this same thesis will be published in May.

Anne Rutten was awarded the 2016 Dorothy Dunnett Academic History Prize for her essay ‘And There Was Proof: James II, the Black Douglases and the Fifteenth-Century Power of Documents’.

Staff Activity. 

On 2nd December Dr Nina Lamal gave a talk at the IHR Low Countries Seminar in London. The talk was entitled ‘The Low Countries in the news: Italian information networks on the Dutch Revolt’.

On 5th and 6th December Dr Shanti Graheli gave two guest lectures at the University of Udine, entitled, ‘Il mondo del libro antico in un guscio di noce: introduzione all’USTC’ and ‘Dove i libri sono tutti monadi. Benvenuti a The World’s Rarest Books.’

On 9th January, Dr Tomasz Kamusella talked on ‘The Normative Isomorphism of Language, Nation and State’ in the Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte at the Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria. On 10th January, Dr Kamusella spoke on ‘The National Silesian Movement in Postcommunist Poland: Between Democracy and Nationalism’ in the Institut für Slawistik at the Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria. He also spoke on the same topic onn 13th January for the Ústav politických vied SAV (Institute of Political Sciences) and the Ústav etnológie SAV (Institute of Ethnography) in the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Dr James Palmer contributed to the Radio 3 Sunday Feature ‘Apocalypse How’ on 15th January.

Dr Nathan Alexander gave a talk, entitled ‘Debating Nonreligious Identity: A Historical Perspective’ to the Dundee branch of the Humanist Society of Scotland on 16th January.

On 16h January, Dr James Nott delivered a talk on ‘The Dance Hall and Women’s Emancipation in Britain 1918-60’ at Shoreditch House, London.

From 18 to 20 January Professor Elena Marushiakova and Professor Veselin Popov took part in the MigRom Final Conference as invited key note speakers with an opening presentation entitled “Migration vs. Inclusion: Roma Mobility from East to West”.

On 22nd January, Dr Emily Michelson published an article in the Times Higher Education blog, entitled ‘Historians make the best healthcare workers.’

On 27 January Sarah Easterby-Smith gave a paper entitled ‘Picturing Banks’s networks: patrons, scholars and botanical merchants’ at an AHRC workshop at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on ‘Science, Self-fashioning and Representation in Joseph Banks’s Circles’.

On 28th January Dr Konrad Lawson gave the talk “From the Regional to the Global: Pan-Asianism to World Federalism in the Aftermath of Japanese Empire” at a Leiden University symposium on Global Regionalism as part of the Contemporary History and International Relations Research Seminar.

Recent Publications

David Allan, ‘“Winged Horses, Fiery Dragons and Monstrous Giants”: Historiography and Imaginative Literature in the Scottish Enlightenment’ in R. McLean, R. Young and K. Simpson (eds.), The Scottish Enlightenment and Literary Culture (Bucknell University Press, 2016).

Colin Kidd, The World of Mr Casaubon: Britain’s Wars of Mythography, 1700-1870 (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Julia Prest and Guy Rowlands (eds.), The Third Reign of Louis XIV, c. 1682-1715 (Routledge, 2016).

Monthly Round Up: November

Staff Activity

Dr Rory Cox gave a paper, ‘Waterboarding: “torture-lite” or “getting medieval on your ass”?’, at the University of Glasgow, School of Social and Political Sciences, Politics Seminar, 17th November.

Dr Emily Michelson gave a talk to the Parkes Institute, University of Southampton, on 22nd November. The talk was entitled, ‘Jewish Conversion and Catholic Networks in Early Modern Italy.’

Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith gave a public talk entitled ‘Boxes of Delight: Botanical Collecting in the Age of Sail’ to a packed audience at the D’Arcy Thompson Zoological Museum, Dundee, on 29th November.

On 30th November, Dr Alex Woolf spoke about ‘Harald Gille and Eysteinn Haraldsson: The Irish contexts’ at the Norse-Gaelic Interactions seminar, held at the University of Nottingham.

Recent Publications

Sarah Easterby-Smith, ‘On Diplomacy and Botanical Gifts. France, Mysore and Mauritius in 1788’, in Yota Batsaki, Sarah Burke Cahalan and Anatole Tchikine (eds.), The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century (Washington, D.C., 2016).

Tomasz Kamusella, ‘The Idea of a Kosovan Language in Yugoslavia’s Language Politics’, International Journal of the Sociology of Language (Nov 2016), pp. 217-37.

Chandrika Kaul, ‘Need Fulfilment: Society and Community in the Age of Digital Communication, The Indian example’, in R.G. Picard (ed.), What Society Needs from Media in the Age of Digital Communication, Iberia XXI, Lisbon, 2016, Chapter 7.

Frank Müller and Heidi Mehrkens (eds.), Royal Heirs and the Uses of Soft Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).

  • Frank Müller, ‘“Winning their Trust and Affection”: Royal Heirs and the Uses of Soft Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe’, pp. 1-19.
  • Maria-Christina Marchi, ‘The Royal Shop Window: Royal Heirs and the Monarchy in Post-Risorgimento Italy, 1860–1878’, pp. 23-4.
  • Richard Meyer Forsting, ‘The Importance of Looking the Part: Heirs and Male Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Spain’, pp. 181-200.
  • Miriam Schneider, ‘A “Sporting Hermes”: Crown Prince Constantine and the Ancient Heritage of Modern Greece’, pp. 243-261.

James Palmer
, ‘Martyrdom and the Rise of Missionary Hagiography in the Late Merovingian World,’ in R. Flechner & M. Ní Mhaonaigh (eds.), The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), pp. 157-80.

Jacqueline Rose (ed.), The Politics of Counsel in England and Scotland, 1286-1707, Proceedings of the British Academy, 204 (Oxford University Press, 2016):

  • Michael Brown, ‘“Lele consail for the comoun profite”: Kings, Guardians and Councils in the Scottish Kingdom, c.1250-1450’
  • Claire Hawes (former St Andrews PhD student), ‘“Perverst counsale”? Rebellion, Satire and the Politics of Advice in Fifteenth-Century Scotland’
  • Roger Mason, ‘Counsel and Covenant: Aristocratic Conciliarism and the Scottish Revolution’
  • Jacqueline Rose, ‘The Problem of Political Counsel in Medieval and Early Modern England and Scotland’; ‘Sir Edward Hyde and the Problem of Counsel in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Royalist Thought’; ‘Councils, Counsel and the Seventeenth-Century Composite State’

Alex Woolf, ‘Plebs: Concepts of Community among Late Antique Britons,’ in R. Flechner & M. Ní Mhaonaigh (eds.), The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), pp. 225-36.

Monthly Round Up: October


Congratulations to Professor Carole Hillenbrand, who has been awarded the prestigious Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding for her book, Islam: A New Historical Introduction (Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2015). The prize, worth £25,000, is awarded annually for outstanding scholarly contribution to transcultural understanding. The award is designed to illustrate the interconnected nature of cultures and civilizations, and was founded by the International Relations scholar, Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan.

Staff Activity

On 7 and 8 October, Dr Aileen Fyfe and Dr Noah Moxham participated in an international conference in Paris on ‘Copyright and the Circulation of Knowledge: Industry Practices and Public Interests in Great Britain from the 18th Century to the Present’. They spoke about the Royal Society’s involvement in the publication of scientific knowledge, and explained how it was only in the late 20th century that the Society began to see ‘copyright’ as an appropriate tool for its scholarly mission to circulate knowledge

Dr Chandrika Kaul was the featured guest on BBC World Service Weekend Review, 16th October, where she also spoke about her research on the British press, the BBC and India.

On 19 and 20 October 2016, in Belgrade, Serbia, Dr Tomasz Kamusella delivered two talks on the same subject, namely, ‘The Forgotten 1989 Expulsion of Turks from Communist Bulgaria.’ The first talk was hosted by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju) at the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, and the other by the Institute for Balkan Studies (Balkanološki institut) in the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

On 27th October, Dr Aileen Fyfe appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’ to discuss the scientist John Dalton.

gypsiesOn 29th October, Dr Alex Woolf gave a short talk ‘Pefferham Revived’at the Aberlady Anglo-Saxon Feast.

Recent Publications

Nathan Alexander, ‘E.D. Morel (1873-1924), the Congo Reform Association, and the History of Human Rights’, Britain and the World, Vol. 9, No. 2, (September 2016): pp. 213-235.

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, Gypsies in Central Asia and the Caucasus, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Monthly Round Up: September


Congratulations to Dr Emily Michelson, who has won an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship (2017-2019) and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2016-2017) for activities relating to her research on Jews, Catholics, and religious minorities in early modern Rome.

Staff Activity

On 12th September, Dr Tomasz Kamusella delivered a keynote talk on ‘Between National Teleology and Self-Identification’ at the conference on Identities In-Between: East-Central Europe, c. 1900-present in Wolfson College, Oxford University.

On 17th September, Dr Alex Woolf gave the plenary speech ‘From the Outside In: Agency and Attraction in Antique Maritime Networks’ at the Emerging Governance: Political Landscape in Early Mediaeval Atlantic Europe Conference at University College Dublin.

Dr Riccardo Bavaj organised a conference on Nation, Culture and Civilisation: Talking about and beyond ‘the West’ (1860-1940). While the first part of the workshop, held at the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich, focused on Germany, Britain, France, Russia and the US, the second part, held at the University of St Andrews and co-organised by Dr Konrad M. Lawson, shifted the geographical focus to Japan, Korea, China and the Ottoman Empire.

Dr Riccardo Bavaj, Dr Bernhard Struck, and Dr Konrad M. Lawson organised a workshop on Spatial History and Its Sources, which engaged with analytical approaches, themes, and sources in the emerging field of spatial history.

Recent Publications

Dr Riccardo Bavaj, Der Nationalsozialismus. Entstehung, Aufstieg und Herrschaft (be.bra, 2016).

Dr Riccardo Bavaj, ‘Pluralizing Democracy in Weimar Germany: Historiographical Perspectives and Transatlantic Vistas’, in Paul Nolte, ed., Transatlantic Democracy in the Twentieth Century: Transfer and Transformation (R. Oldenbourg, 2016), 53-73.

Professor Colin Kidd, ‘The Fergusson affair: Calvinism and dissimulation in the Scottish Enlightenment’, Intellectual History Review, 26.3 (2016), 339-354.

Dr Kate Ferris, Imagining ‘America’ in Late Nineteenth Century Spain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Dr Aileen Fyfe and Noah Moxham, ‘Making public ahead of print: meetings and publications at the Royal Society, 1752–1892’, Notes & Records of the Royal Society 70 (2016).

Professor Richard Whatmore, “A lover of peace more than liberty.’ The Genevan response to Rousseau’s politics’ in Avi Lifshitz, ed., Engaging with Rousseau: Reception and Interpretation from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2016), 1-16.

Professor Richard Whatmore, ‘Introduction‘, J.G.A. Pocock, The Machiavellian Moment:
Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2016), xii-xxii.

Professor Richard Whatmore, ‘Calvinism and Enlightenment: an Introduction’, Intellectual History Review, 26.3 (2016), 319-322.

Professor Richard Whatmore, ‘Geneva and Scotland: the Calvinist Legacy and After’, Intellectual History Review, 26.3 (2016), 391-410.


Monthly Round Up: July and August


Professor John Hudson of the School of History and Professor Lorna Hutson of the School of English have been elected Fellows of the British Academy

Staff Activity

Professor Rab Houston has launched the podcast series The History of Psychiatry in Britain since the Renaissance.

Dr James Palmer has written ‘Crossing the Continent’ for History Today, about pro-European historiography and political exiles after the Second World War

Members of the Universal Short Title Catalogue attended the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing annual conference, this year held at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. They presented their current research connected with a new initiative entitled ‘Preserving the World’s Rarest Books’. Supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, this new programme seeks to help libraries identify and conserve their rarest items. Professor Andrew Pettegree discussed ‘Survival and Loss in the Early Modern Book World’, Dr Graeme Kemp spoke on ‘Jacques Charles Brunet’s Manuel du libraire et de l’amateur des livres and the World’s Rarest Books’, while Dr Shanti Graheli discussed ‘Italian Books in French Libraries: Bibliophilie, Rarity and Survival’.

Recent Publications

Dr Tomasz Kamusella, ‘Nations in the Bubble of Social Reality: Language and all That’, Sprawy Narodowościowe, (2016), 48, pp. 1-21.

Several of Dr Tomasz Kamusella’s former undergraduate students also published articles in the same journal:

Maria Isabella Reinhard, ‘“An isolated case”: the Slovene Carinthians and the 1920 Plebiscite’

Hana Srebotnjak, ‘Tracing the decline of Yugoslav identity: a case for ‘invisible’ ethnic cleansing’

Michael Julian Emanuel Volkmer, ‘No Austrians in South Tyrol? Why the German-speaking community in Italy’s South Tyrol (Alto Adige) province is not usually called an Austrian minority’

Monthly Round Up: April


Dr Rory Cox has been appointed to a Caltech-Huntington Library Humanities Collaborations Fellowship for the academic year 2017-18.

Dr Katie Stevenson has recently been appointed as the new Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland.

Staff Activity

Dr Bess Rhodes and Dr Will Eves consulted on the BBC article ‘Patrick Hamilton: Recreating the Trial of the First Scottish Martyr’ about the execution of Patrick Hamilton in St Andrews.

Dr Chandrika Kaul discussed the rise of the Sikh Empire under Ranjit Singh on a recent episode of BBC Radio’s ‘In Our Time‘.

Professor Carole Hillenbrand was the organiser of the conference, ‘The History of Syria 1099-1250: Conflict and Co-existence’, held on 31st March to 2nd April at University of St Andrews.

On 19 April, a Manuscript Workshop was held to discuss a new book draft just completed by Tomasz KamusellaThe Forgotten 1989 Ethnic Cleansing of Bulgaria’s Turks which was joined by Kelsey Jackson Williams, Nikolaos Papadogiannis, Konrad Lawson, and Tim Wilson.

A discussion workshop on ‘The Politics of Academic Publishing since 1950’ was held at the Royal Society, London on 22 April. It was organised by Camilla Mork Rostvik and Dr Aileen Fyfe, as part of the Philosophical Transactions project.dryislandbuffalojump

On April 25th, Dr James Palmer presented a paper at All Souls College, Oxford, entitled, ‘Climates of Crisis: Apocalypse and Nature in the Early Medieval World’.

The Dry Island Buffalo Jump band performed in a sold-out concert for the University of St Andrews charities campaign on April 26th.

Recent Publications

C. S. Peacock, Sheila R. Canby, Deniz Beyazit, Martina Rugiadi, Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016).