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Dr Ben Griffin lectures on hegemonic masculinity in Helsinki

last modified Feb 21, 2019 01:04 PM
Ben Griffin will be discussing the methodological implications of theories of hegemonic masculinity

Dr Ben Griffin, Fellow of Girton College and University Lecturer in History, will be discussing the methodological implications of theories of hegemonic masculinity at a public lecture plus doctoral training at the end of February at the University of Helsinki.

This builds on his recent publication in Gender and History, ‘Hegemonic Masculinity as a Historical Problem’

Ulinka Rublack awarded a Reimar Lüst Award

last modified Jan 10, 2019 10:00 AM
Professor Rublack received the award in recognition of her contributions to the history of the Reformation and the cultural and gender history of the Early Modern Period in Germany.

Prof Ulinka Rublack has been awarded a 2018 Reimar Lüst Award, in recognition of her contributions to the history of the Reformation and the cultural and gender history of the Early Modern Period in Germany. This prestigious award is granted to humanities scholars and social scientists working outside Germany who, through their research, have shaped academic and cultural relations between Germany and their own countries.

Professor Rublack on the radio

last modified Dec 14, 2018 04:46 PM

Professor Ulinka Rublack was recently on Radio 4's Listener's Choice In our Time talking about the 30 Years War

The programme can be heard here

Dr William O'Reilly appointed to Leibniz Chair in History

last modified Jan 14, 2019 04:09 PM

Our warmest congratulations to Dr William O’Reilly who has been appointed by Berlin's Leibniz Association to an honorary Leibniz Chair in History "... in recognition of [his] extraordinary contribution to the German Institute for Maritime History”.

Dr Guarneri wins Jane Jacobs Book Award

last modified Dec 07, 2018 09:15 AM

Congratulations to Dr Julia Guarneri whose first book Newsprint Metropolis has been awarded the Jane Jacobs Book Award from the Urban Communication Foundation.

 guarneri bookThe judges wrote:

"In concise, lively prose, Newsprint Metropolis examines the historical development of American newspapers between 1880 and 1930, exploring in detail the major dailies published in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Milwaukee. With a particular focus on features—always the most popular sections of the paper—author Julia Guarneri offers a fascinating look into the deeply intertwined relationships between these news institutions and the rapidly growing and changing cities they served.

As Guarneri recounts, urban readers “used their daily papers as maps that could help them navigate the modern city and the modern world” (p. 7). Advice and etiquette columns offered tips on negotiating the bustle of city life, while features and advertisements spun visions of a distinctly modern self, one constructed from commodities, consumption, and mass culture. In doing so, the daily paper encouraged readers to imagine themselves as part of a newsprint metropolis, as “New Yorkers” or “Chicagoans” bound symbolically to their neighbors through the daily flow of stories about life in the modern city.

In an era in which the American press is under attack—both figuratively and literally—Guarneri’s Newsprint Metropolis reminds us that, despite their flaws and limits, local media institutions have long played a crucial role in city life by facilitating public conversations and nurturing collective identities. We lose these institutions at our great peril. "

American Society for Legal History awards prize to Dr Tom Lambert

last modified Nov 13, 2018 09:40 AM

The American Society for Legal History's  Sutherland Prize,  is named in honor of the late Donald W. Sutherland, a distinguished historian of the law of medieval England, and is awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Sutherland Prize Committee, to the person or persons who wrote the best article on English legal history published in the previous year.

This year's winner is our Dr Tom Lambert, for his article

“Jurisdiction as Property in England, 900-1100.”


Pacific History Association Conference in Cambridge

last modified Nov 12, 2018 11:44 AM

The 23rd Biennial Conference of the Pacific History Association will be held this December in Cambridge; it travels outside the Pacific for the first time, reflecting a significant moment in the field of Pacific studies. The local, Islander and postcolonial perspectives that the PHA has nurtured since the 1970s will be enabled to ‘speak back’ to the European academic context, enabling fresh a dialogue between northern hemisphere and Indigenous scholarship.

The programme builds upon distinguished expertise in the history and culture of Oceania across several faculties and departments (History; Archaeology; Geography; the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) but which for the first time gives Cambridge’s strength in this region a high international profile. Details of the programme and the conference are here:

Dr Clare Jackson on Radio 4 on November 5th

last modified Nov 05, 2018 11:06 AM

Dr Clare Jackson is a contributor to the Radio 4 History programme, 'When Greeks Flew Kites', presented by Sarah Dunant.

Tonight's episode at 11.00pm addresses the theme of broken promises in history.

further details can be found at

Mary Queen of Scots biography now a Hollywood film

last modified Oct 19, 2018 03:37 PM

Dr John Guy's 2004 biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart has been turned into a film, Mary Queen of the Scots  starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, with David Tennant and Guy Pearce.

The new trailer for the film can be found here.

The film opens in the UK on January 18th next year

Race Ethnicity and Equality in UK History report published

last modified Oct 22, 2018 09:03 AM

Today, 18th October 2018, the Royal Historical Society has published 'Race, Ethnicity and Equality in UK History: A Report and Resource for Change.' The report can be downloaded here:

Building on contextual statistical research and analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data from a survey which generated 737 responses from historians across the UK, this report documents the underrepresentation of 'Black and Minority Ethnic' (BME) students and staff in university History programmes, the substantial levels of race-based bias and discrimination experienced by BME historians in UK universities, and the negative impact of narrow school and university curriculums on diversity and inclusion. It offers advice and guidance for academic historians on effecting change in order to create a profession, historiography and curriculum which is more diverse and inclusive.

This report, co-authored by Dr Sujit Sivasundaram of the History Faculty in Cambridge, will be discussed within the Faculty in the coming weeks with the aim of building on work already underway to widen the curriculum, reform the Tripos and attract as diverse a range of historians as possible to study, research and teach in Cambridge.'

The report has been widely covered in the press, see:

The Times, THES, Independent, The Telegraph, Wonke, Daily Mail

Drs Betty Wood and Julia Guarneri receive awards from American Historical Association

last modified Oct 12, 2018 03:29 PM

Congratulations to Betty Wood and Julia Guarneri.

Dr Wood has been made the 2018 Honorary Foreign Member, for a foreign scholar who is distinguished in his or her field and who has “notably aided the work of American historians.”

Dr Guarneri’s book, Newsprint Metropolis: City Papers and the Making of Modern Americans (Chicago, 2017), has won the 2018 Eugenia M. Palmegiano Prize in the history of journalism.

History Faculty Trust Fund applications 2018/19

last modified Sep 13, 2018 04:37 PM

To all postgraduate students and academic staff in History


Various Trust Funds hosted by the Faculty exist to offer financial support to postgraduate students in the form of annual studentships and ad-hoc grants-in-aid for research expenses. Some of these funds also offer small travel and conference organisation grants to academic staff. The application deadlines have been revised for academic year 2018/19 and these, along with guidance on how to apply, are available to view on the Faculty website via this link:

RIP Professor Mikuláš Teich (1918 - 2018)

last modified Sep 06, 2018 09:53 AM

Professor Mikuláš Teich of Robinson College has died aged 100. Born in Slovakia he was twice a refugee, first from the Nazis in 1939 and later, in 1968, from the Soviets during the crushing of the Prague Spring.

Initially a chemist he became a historian of science and in the early 1980s discovering that Cambridge history students were taught nothing of the Enlightenment in Austria he co-created a series of seminars on the Enlightenment in different European countries.

Intellectually active until the  end, he published his last book The Scientific Revolution Revisited in 2015

A full obituary can be found here.

Professor Chris Clark awarded the European Prize for Political Culture 2018

last modified Sep 05, 2018 04:06 PM

Congratulations to Regius Professor Sir Christopher Clark for winning the European Prize for Political Culture, awarded by the Hans Ringier Foundation. This was presented to him on Saturday, 4th of  August in Ascona, Switzerland.

Wolfgang Schäuble, President of the German Bundestag, paid tribute to the prize winner with the following words:

"For Christopher Clark, history is like the Oracle of Delphi: it offers mysterious, enigmatic stories. It is only by attempting to understand and explain these stories that we deepen our understanding of today’s problems. If history is an oracle, then Christopher Clark is its seasoned attendant, almost a high priest of profound interpretation of sources, clever analysis, stringent reasoning and rousing descriptions. A European perspective is central to his historical work. He thereby contributes to an understanding of European history and to a European consciousness – something we need more urgently than ever."

More information here

PhD student Marcus Colla wins RHS' Alexander Prize

last modified Sep 05, 2018 03:55 PM

Congratulations to PhD student Marcus Colla) for winning the Royal History Society's prestigious Alexander Prize for 2018, for his article 'Prussian Palimpsests: Historic Architecture & Urban Spaces in East Germany, 1945-1961' published in Central European History.

The judges commented:

”This was an exceptional piece of work, on an arresting topic in contemporary history, deftly and elegantly handled and showing considerable analytic subtlety. The author examines the complex interaction of architecture, history and ideology in the political culture of the emerging German Democratic Republic, and considers the ways in which the past and its physical traces proceeded in inherent union with reflections about a future socialist Germany as the new state sought self-legitimation.

The treatment of historic architecture was an inherently divisive issue, even within the ruling Socialist Unity Party (SED), as not even a self-professed revolutionary regime could avoid the need to deal with the symbolic urban landscape it had inherited: through a number of case studies the author shows how the treatment of sites of memory considered in any way ‘Prussian’ (and therefore regressive) in fact varied substantially over time, and just how tenuous and contingent was the reciprocity of old and new in generating political legitimacy.

This article was a distinctive and distinguished piece of historical analysis, elegantly expressed and argued throughout."


Dr Charles Read awarded prize by International Economic History Association

last modified Aug 20, 2018 10:50 AM

Congratulations to Dr Charles Read who has been awarded a prize by the International Economic History Association (IEHA) for the best dissertation in nineteenth-century economic history completed in 2015, 2016 or 2017 at any university in the world, which was awarded at the 18th World Economic History Congress hosted last week at MIT in Boston.


The research for his PhD has previously also won the Thirsk-Feinstein PhD Dissertation Prize, the T.S. Ashton Prize and the New Researcher Prize of the Economic History Society (EHS). No one scholar has ever before won all three EHS prizes, never mind an IEHA prize as well.




Dr Read presenting his research at the 18th World Economic History Congress

Cambridge is the best place to study History

last modified Aug 08, 2018 02:38 PM

Cambridge is the best UK university at which to study history, according to the Telegraph.

Dr Emily Jones wins Longman-History Today prize

last modified Jul 30, 2018 11:53 AM

Jones Burke


Congratulations to Dr Emily Jones who has won the Longman-History Today Book Prize 2018 for her book Edmund Burke & The Invention of Modern Conservatism, 1830–1914, published by Oxford University Press.

More information here

Professors Chatterji and Bourke elected to British Academy

last modified Jul 25, 2018 11:35 AM

Congratulations to Professors Joya Chatterji and Richard Bourke who have both been elected to the British Academy.

More information on the new BA fellows can be found here.

Durham University awards honorary degree to Professor John Morrill

last modified Jul 02, 2018 11:00 AM

Congratulations to Professor John Morrill, who has been awarded an honorary D.Litt (Doctor of Letters) by Durham University.

More information can be found here


Alan Packwood and David Reynolds at GW Bush Centre in Dallas discussing Churchill's leadership - a video

last modified Jun 28, 2018 02:27 PM

The Art & Leadership of Winston Churchill


On the 26th June, the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre, Allen Packwood, and Professor of International History, David Reynolds took part along with Professor David Woolner, Senior Fellow and resident historian of the Roosevelt Institute,  in a panel discussion at the George W Bush Presidential Center on Churchill's leadership. 

A video recording of the event can be found here.

Dr Stefan Hanß going to Senior Lectureship in Manchester.

last modified Jun 25, 2018 04:38 PM

Dr. Stefan Hanß, of St John's College, currently a Research Associate in Early Modern European Object History, is moving to the University of Manchester in September where he will be taking the position of Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History.

Academic promotions for Drs Berend, Webber and Watkins.

last modified Jun 14, 2018 12:48 PM

The History Faculty is delighted to congratulate Dr Nora Berend and Dr Tessa Webber on their promotion to Professor, and Dr Carl Watkins on his promotion to Reader.

Cambridge postdocs on History Today book prize shortlist

last modified May 15, 2018 05:03 PM

Emily Jones (JRF-Pembroke) and Tom Lambert (CTO-Sidney Sussex) have both been shortlisted for the Longmans/History Today 2018 Book Prize.


More information on the History Today site

Dr Nora Berend given honorary doctorate by University of Stockholm

last modified May 11, 2018 12:42 PM

Congratulations to Dr Norah Berend who has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Unversity of Stockholm

The entry on the University website reads as follows:

Nora Berend is Reader in European History at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of St Catharine’s College. She is best known for her work on medieval religious minorities, and on processes of Christianization. She explained the complex position of religious minorities in society in her prize-winning At the Gate of Christendom: Jews, Muslims and ‘pagans’ in medieval Hungary (c.1000 – c. 1300) (2001). As a visiting professor at Stockholm University she has fostered collaborative research on medieval Scandinavia and stronger ties for medievalist graduate students and scholars between Stockholm and Cambridge.

Memorial Sevice for Professor Peter Spufford, Saturday 5th May

last modified May 02, 2018 04:09 PM

A memorial service for Professor Peter Spufford will be held in the Chapel of Queens’ College on Saturday, 5 May 2018 at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the Long Gallery of the President’s Lodge, after the service.

He was an active member of the History Faculty from 1979 until his retirement in 2001.

Funding opportunities for postgraduate students

last modified May 01, 2018 04:05 PM

To all MPhil and PhD students in the Faculty of History,


The Faculty of History hosts several funds which provide various grants-in-aid (for research travel and subsistence) and/or studentship bursaries for the benefit of postgraduate students. The full details of each trust fund including conditions of eligibility, value of awards and application processes are available on the Faculty of History website: Some trust funds also offer prizes, details of which are in the above link.


Most funds impose a deadline within each term for applications for grants-in-aid, while the deadlines for studentship bursaries (maintenance grants) fall largely within Easter term, to take effect in academic year 2018/19 (with the exception of the Lightfoot Fund for which the deadline has passed). Each fund is endowed for a particular purpose and thus each has its own terms and conditions. Please pay close attention to the details of each fund if you are considering an application. Application forms for grants and studentships are available through the above link.


All relevant information should be on the website. Any queries should be directed to


Cambridge Historians speaking at Hay Festival 2018

last modified Apr 24, 2018 02:21 PM

History Faculty members speaking at the Hay Festival 2018

25th May: Dr. Hugo Drochon, ‘Who believes in conspiracy theories?’

28th May: Dr. Lucy Delap, ‘Men and Feminism’

29th May: Dr Helen Castor, 'Elizabeth I: a study in insecurity'

31st May: Dr. Sujit Sivasundaram, ‘The history of islands and the making of the modern world’

1st June: Dr. Shruti Kapila, ‘India, empire and the invention of terror in the 20th century.’

More details:

Professor David Maxwell to be visiting scholar in New Zealand

last modified Apr 20, 2018 04:32 PM

David Maxwell has been appointed St John’s Visiting Scholar in Religion 2018 at the University of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand where he will lecture on World Christianity.  He will also give a public lecture and take a postgraduate workshop at the University of Otago, Dunedin.

Dr Rachel Leow wins 2018 Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies

last modified Apr 19, 2018 11:34 AM

Congratulations to Rachel Leow.


2018 Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies

Awarded by the Association of Asian Studies

Winner: Rachel Leow, Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Taming Babel present a compelling account of how colonial and postcolonial states in what is now Malaysia have endeavoured to manage their subjects’ polyglot linguistic diversity. Rachel Leow chronicles a range of schemes to standardize language usage, beginning with early attempts by British colonial agents to find and train reliable Chinese interpreters, through to planners’ efforts to promote and purify Melayu as a national language after independence. By doing so, she extends our understanding of the disciplinary state to the regulation of everyday vernacular language and the management of multilingual populations.

In an engrossing analysis that unpacks the broad sweep of language policy over more than a century -- including the cultural politics of that most mundane of texts, the dictionary -- Leow highlights persistent state failures to realize full linguistic control and points to the polyglot creativity which still frames daily life. Drawing on a wide range of sources in multiple languages, Taming Babel is an impressive work of scholarly innovation that will appeal to readers from varied disciplines. It will push forward thinking on the role played by the governance of language in the creation of modern social and political orders in Southeast Asia and beyond.