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Cambridge PhD student wins Duncan Tanner Essay Prize

last modified Jan 15, 2018 12:34 PM
The 'Progress of a Slogan': Youth, Culture, and the Shaping of Everyday Political Languages in late 1940s Britain.
Cambridge PhD student wins Duncan Tanner Essay Prize

David Cowan

David Cowan (Wolfson, 2015) has won the Duncan Tanner Essay Prize for 2017, with an article titled 'The 'Progress of a Slogan': Youth, Culture, and the Shaping of Everyday Political Languages in late 1940s Britain.' This piece, described by reviewers as 'a dazzling, suggestive piece,' will be published in Twentieth Century British History in 2018. Many congratulations to David, who is completing a PhD titled 'Social Change in Everyday Language in Britain, 1939-1990'.

Prof Eugenio Biagini is awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship

last modified Jan 12, 2018 12:47 PM
Religious minorities and the construction of democracy in twentieth-century Ireland.

We are delighted to announce that Prof Biagini will be taking up a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship in 2018, on religious minorities and the construction of democracy in twentieth-century Ireland. He reflects on his recent research and future plans here.

New video about James Stirling and the Faculty of History

last modified Dec 15, 2017 01:06 PM
Completed in 1967 and opened in 1968, the History Faculty building by Sir James Stirling was one of the most controversial buildings in Cambridge

Stirling Qualities: Sir James Stirling and the History Faculty

Completed in 1967 and opened in 1968, the History Faculty building by Sir James Stirling was one of the most controversial buildings in Cambridge and one that was nearly razed to the ground in the 1980s. Fifty years since its completion, the building is now Grade 2 listed and seen by many as a masterpiece of post-war architecture by one of Britains leading architects; Sir James Stirling. This video looks at the moment leading up to the building of the History Faculty and the work of Sir James Stirling. Lord Richard Rogers talks about Stirling’s work at Cambridge and the influence it had on his generation of architects.

Dr Andrew Arsan wins a 2017 Philip Leverhulme Prize.

last modified Dec 12, 2017 01:08 PM

£3 million in prizes awarded to 30 exceptional researchers

The Leverhulme Trust has announced the winners of the 2017 Philip Leverhulme Prizes. Dr Arsan is one of five Cambridge researchers among this year's winners

Philip Leverhulme Prizes have been awarded annually since 2001 in commemoration of the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of the Trust. The prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. 

In 2017 the Trust offered five prizes in each of the following subject areas: Biological Sciences; History; Law; Mathematics and Statistics; Philosophy and Theology; Sociology and Social Policy.

Each of the 30 Prize Winners receives £100,000 which can be used over two or three years to advance their research.

In 2018 the Trust will invite nominations for prizes in: Classics; Earth Sciences; Physics; Politics and International Relations; Psychology; Visual and Performing Arts.

Further information regarding the nomination process is available here and our online grant application system will open to nominations for the 2018 subject areas from 3 January 2018.

The British Academy awards a Fellowship to Dr Yuliya Hilevych for project on social history of infertility in Britain

last modified Dec 11, 2017 04:54 PM

The British Academy has awarded a two-year Newton International Fellowship to Dr Yuliya Hilevych to undertake a project on social history of infertility in Britain


In January 2018, Yuliya Hilevych is starting as a Newton International Fellow of the British Academy at the Faculty of History on a project to study the social history of infertility in Britain. She will work with Prof Simon Szreter.


Yuliya Hilevych holds a PhD (2016) from Wageningen University, a joint degree with Radboud University, in the Netherlands. Previously, she held research positions at Radboud University and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), and participated in research projects for the United Nations and the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security.



About the project:

The ART of Conception Before Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Infertility Identities in Britain, c.1945-1980


Infertility experiences such as those of adoptive parents, impotent husbands and childless wives have rarely found their place in history. The invention of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) in 1978 placed infertility at the core of social studies and with it increased the public visibility of a range of modern reproductive identities: from cross-border reproductive tourists and surrogate mothers, to same-sex parents and desperate childless women. But are these identities as new as they seem? What has been the role of pre-IVF experiences of infertility in shaping contemporary reproductive identities and views on reproduction and parenthood overall?

This project seeks to trace historical continuities surrounding previously marginalised experiences of infertility and the reproductive identities that emerged from these experiences in the period from c.1945 to 1980, before reproduction began to be commercialised through assisted reproductive technologies (ART). By taking Britain, a leader in medical research on reproductive medicine and the birthplace of IVF, as a social laboratory, it will primarily focus on infertility counselling and grassroots activism. It draws on various sources, such as counselling material for couples, general practitioners and doctors, magazines for men and women, as well as archives of the Family Planning Association, National Marriage Guidance Council, the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relations, Cambridge Women’s Liberation Group Archive, Women’s Information, Referral and Enquiry Service; Achilles Heel collective, and personal archives of doctors held at the Wellcome Library.


Women's suffrage poster collection to go on display at the University Library

last modified Dec 11, 2017 01:37 PM

With over 15 posters, from A3 to giant publicity posters, the collection, which has recently been rediscovered, includes some of the most important artwork of the women’s suffrage movement.

800px Handicapped! Women's suffrage poster, 1910sIn 2016, Emily Dourish, Deputy Head of Rare Books, opened the private world of the Cambridge University Library stacks to historians Lucy Delap and Ben Griffin, to see a women’s suffrage poster collection that has been recently rediscovered after being filed away in the tower for over a century. With over 15 posters, from A3 to giant publicity posters, the collection includes some of the most important artwork of the women’s suffrage movement. It includes works produced by the Suffrage Atelier, founded in 1909 as ‘an arts and crafts society working for the enfranchisement of women’, and others from the Artists’ Suffrage League, which worked to support the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies from 1907. Some of the posters were hand-tinted in colour, and this may have been done locally by student supporters of women’s suffrage. Some posters were for national use; others must have been taken from the Cambridge campaign, and invited local law-abiding women and men to ‘come and sign the voters’ petition’, at St Luke’s School, Victoria Road. The posters will be amongst the topics at a conference to celebrate the centenary of the partial enfranchisement of women in 1918, to be held 3 Feb 2018 at Murray Edwards College.

Why did the University Library hold these posters? When bringing them up for a first look, the discovery of the postal wrapper which had been used for at least some of the posters was crucial evidence. They had been sent by Dr Marion Phillips, secretary of the Women’s Labour League – the women’s section of the early Labour Party. Marion Phillips was also a prominent suffrage supporter within the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, and went on to become MP for Sunderland in 1929. Why she sent the posters to the University Library remains a mystery – they were simply addressed to ‘The Librarian’, and no covering letter has survived. But their presence allows us to understand better the kind of rich visual resources that were so important to the women’s suffrage campaign, and to see some previously unknown designs.

The posters will be on display at the University Library from Feb 3rd 2018. Suffrage scholar Elizabeth Crawford will give a public lecture on posters and suffrage at 6.30pm on the opening night of the exhibition, to which all are warmly invited:

A YouTube channel for Faculty of History

last modified Dec 08, 2017 12:07 PM

The latest addition to the Faculty's windows to the world is a YouTube Channel  established by Graham Copekoga from the History and Policy group

Find it here

Included so far are videos on

James Stirling and the Faculty of History building

The People of India: Anthropology and Visual Culture, 1800-1947

Men and Machines: The Industrial Revolution at Sea

America's youth recruit Elvis in the fight against Polio

Kepler's Trial: An Opera

Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

Kepler 's Trial

Art Looting in the Nazi Era

A Young Man's Progress - The First Book of Fashion

Peter Spufford, FSA, FRHistS, FBA (1934 - 2017)

last modified Nov 22, 2017 10:46 AM


It with sadness that I write with the news of the passing of Professor Peter Spufford, FSA, FBA, Professor Emeritus of European History, on Sunday 19 November.  Peter came to Cambridge and to Queens’ College in 1979 from the University of Keele.  During his years in the Faculty, he developed pioneering research on merchants, finance and exchange in late medieval Europe, upon which he drew for his enthusiastic supervision teaching and popular undergraduate papers on medieval and early renaissance Florence and other themes.  This culminated in a major study, Power and Profit: The Merchant in Medieval Europe (2002), since translated into a number of European languages.  After his retirement in 2001, he continued to write and to publish.  He was honoured earlier this year by the Royal Numismatic Society in the publication of a collection of essays to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of his ground-breaking Money and its Use in Medieval Europe (1988).  This is a reflection of breadth of his impact as a scholar and teacher, and a colleague who will be greatly missed.

Details of the funeral are given below at the request of Peter's family.


Tim Harper

Chair, Faculty of History


Dear Family & Friends,

Peter was very clear that he wanted to be buried in Whittlesford Parish
Church and that he wanted it to happen quickly, so his funeral is only
in four days time.

It will be held at 11am on Friday 24th November in St Mary & St Andrew's
Church, Church Lane, Whittlesford CB22 4NX.  Please do come if you can
and please come back to the Guildhall afterwards for refreshments.  The
funeral arrangements are in the hands of Peasgood and Skeates of 45
Moorfield Road, Duxford, CB22 4PP and flowers can be sent, c/o them, by
Thursday at 5pm. There will be a collection during the service in
support of the church, as he wished, or it is possible to donate online
at the funeral directors website.

Also in accordance with his wishes, his body will be returned from the
undertakers to the Guildhall late on Thursday morning.  If you would
like to come and pay your last respects to him, in his scarlet
waistcoat, or say a prayer, or just sit quietly, the house will be open
all that day.

There will also be a memorial service in Queens' College in due course. 
Academic friends, who cannot easily make it to England at such short
notice, might want to come to that instead.

We hope to see as many as possible of you on Friday, when we will be
singing Peter's deliberately cheerful choice of hymns.

Best wishes,
Francis Spufford

Maitland PhD Studentship in Legal History available, commencing October 2018

last modified Nov 21, 2017 11:56 AM

The Managers of the F.W. Maitland Memorial Fund are able to offer one Studentship for Home/EU, or Overseas/Islands students applying to undertake doctoral research in legal history at the University of Cambridge, starting in October 2018. Studentships are tenable in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of History, or the Faculty of English.

For further details, visit:

Secondary Education and Social Change project launches its new website

last modified Nov 21, 2017 09:56 AM

The website for a major new ESRC research project based in the History Faculty, 'Secondary Education and Social Change in the United Kingdom since 1945', has now launched. The site includes a blog with up to date news relating to the project, an interactive timeline, and downloadable resources. You can browse the site here:

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Internal Competition 2018 now open

last modified Nov 17, 2017 11:56 AM
The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Internal Competition 2018 is now open.

For full information for applicants please see the Research funding webpage.

The Fellowship is a highly prestigious, fiercely competitive, post-doctoral award for researchers who are near the start of their career and is tenable for three years on a full-time basis.

We look forward to receiving your 1st stage applications by Tuesday 2 January 2018 to . The Faculty then arranges a preliminary competition to select a small number of applications and put forward for Isaac Newton Trust 50% match-funding before the selected candidates apply to the Leverhulme Trust by 1st March 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact Research Grants Administrator Ina Grebliunaite-Reddy on if you have any questions about applying for this award.

Professor Gareth Austin featured in Ghanaian business magazine

last modified Nov 16, 2017 12:54 PM

Professor Austin gave a lecture to the Institute of Economic Affairs in Ghana entitled Ghana’s Economic History, 60 Years after Independence.

More on this talk can be found on the IEA website.

As a result of this talk Gareth was featured in an article in the magazine

Ghana Business and Finance

PhD student Pedro Feitoza wins first World Christianities Essay Prize

last modified Nov 16, 2017 12:17 PM

The Journal of Ecclesiastical History this year created the World Christianities Essay Prize, which awards articles on the history of Christianity outside Europe and North America since the year 700.

Pedro's article, titled ‘Experiments in missionary writing: Protestant missions and the Imprensa Evangelica (Evangelical Press) in Brazil, 1864-1892’, won the inaugural prize.

It examines the production and circulation of Brazil’s first evangelical periodical, the Imprensa Evangelica, created by American Presbyterian missionaries and administered by Brazilian converts.

Dr John Guy biography of Mary, Queen of the Scots adapted as a feature film

last modified Nov 08, 2017 10:23 AM

Dr John Guy's biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots is being adapted as a feature film with Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth.

More information here

PhD student Stephanie Mawson wins Robert F. Heizer award

last modified Nov 06, 2017 10:59 AM

Stephanie Mawson, PhD student in the Faculty, has won the 2016 Robert F. Heizer Article Award for a paper published in Ethnohistory. The Heizer Prize was established in 1980 to honor Dr. Robert F. Heizer, ethnohistorian and archaeologist, noted for his research in California and Mesoamerica and is awarded in recognition of the best article in the field of ethnohistory. It is awarded by the American Society for Ethnohistory.


The article is: 'Philippine Indios in the Service of Empire: Indigenous Soldiers and Contingent Loyalty,' Ethnohistory, Vol. 63, No. 2 (2016), 381-413.


More details on Stephanie’s research:

History undergraduates win History of Parliament and Gladstone Prizes

last modified Nov 03, 2017 12:24 PM

Congratulations to Jilna Shah and Fiona Garrrahan, who have won prizes with their Part II dissertations.

Jilna's dissertation, 'The Conservative Party and British Indians, 1975-90', has won the History of Parliament's annual Undergraduate Dissertation competition for the best undergraduate dissertation presented in 2017 on a subject relating to British or Irish parliamentary or political history before 1997.

It was judged by the History's Editorial Board and Editors, all distinguished historians, to have been a very impressive entry submitted in another competitive year for our award. They stated that the dissertation was a complex and sophisticated discussion of the issue and a genuinely original contribution to the field.

Fiona's dissertation 'The Making and Breaking of Trust during the British Savings Banks Scandals, 1848–1860' won the Gladstone Memorial Prize, awarded each year by the Gladstone Memorial Trust for the most meritorious Part II dissertation submitted by a candidate in the Faculty of Economics, Faculty of History and Department of Politics and International Studies.

Professor Gary Gerstle radio series starts Weds 25th October

last modified Oct 24, 2017 03:58 PM

Gary Gerstle's four part radio series, America: Laboratory of Democracy, produced by the BBC World Service,  begins airing on Wednesday 25th October. 

It is based on his recent book, Liberty and Coercion, and on interviews he did on a trip across America in June 2017.

The four episodes and dates are as follows:

I.   25 October: Drowning Government in a Bathtub

II.  1 November: Money: The Lifeblood of American Democracy

III. 8 November: Little Leviathans

IV.  15 November: Insurgent Nation

Here's a link to the relevant BBC World Service webpage, The Compass:

Each episode will be made available to stream on this webpage shortly after it first airs.

Dr Amy Erickson on Women's Hour

last modified Oct 17, 2017 10:34 AM

Dr Amy Erickson can be heard on Women's Hour discussing the origins of the titles 'Ms' and 'Mrs' and 'Miss'

Dr Renaud Morieux awarded the American Historical Association’s Leo Gershoy Award

last modified Oct 11, 2017 12:04 PM
Congratulations to Dr Renaud Morieux, who has been awarded the American Historical Association’s Leo Gershoy Award for his book, The Channel: England, France, and the Construction of a Maritime Border in the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2016).  
This prize is awarded annually to the author of the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of the fields of 17th- and 18th-century western European history.

The British Academy has awarded a two-year International Newton Fellowship to Dr. Marie de Rugy

last modified Oct 09, 2017 09:36 AM

burmese mapThe British Academy has awarded a two-year International Newton Fellowship to Dr. Marie de Rugy. Dr de Rugy completed her PhD in Modern History at Université Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne and has published on the history of geography and cartography. She will be working with Dr. Sujit Sivasundaram at the Faculty of History on a project utilising an unique set of Asian maps held in Cambridge and beyond.



Project description:

If the history of cartography has long been focused on European traditions and mapping, my postdoctoral project concentrates on Asian maps used by Europeans during the colonial period.

Drawn on paper or silk, with a pencil or in colour as hastily scribbled sketches or elaborated maps, the cartographic documents that were made in the modern history of Southeast Asia show a high diversity of forms and formats.

A priori, it seems difficult to compare Vietnamese royal geographies, itineraries drawn by Chinese merchants engaged in commerce with Siam (today's Thailand) or local maps drawn by Burmese foresters for the British. The challenge is to understand what these numerous manuscript maps are, who produced them, in which context, with which objectives, and what they revealed to Europeans – or hid from them, without prioritizing simple ‘hybridity.’

Vietnamese maps as well as Burmese maps recently rediscovered in British archives – at the Cambridge University Library and British Library – are waiting for deeper understanding. This project will begin by taking these cartographic documents seriously as historical sources and products of science rather than indigenizing them too easily; it will localise them without isolating them from histories of mapping. It begins also with a commitment to placing these objects of material culture next to each other and cross-contextualising their paths of production and collection. 

Relocating World Christianity. New book by David Maxwell, Joel Cabrita and Emma Wild-Wood

last modified Oct 02, 2017 02:38 PM

Relocating World Christianity.

Cambridge historian and Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical history David Maxwell has published, with Joel Cabrita and Emma Wild-Wood, a new collection on World Christianity. The volume includes a contribution by the History Faculty’s Prof Andrew Preston on the United States and World Christianity.

'Remembering the Reformation’ digital exhibition now open

last modified Sep 22, 2017 10:25 AM

A major new digital exhibition launched on 7 September to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Featuring more than 130 items, it brings together a fascinating array of manuscripts, books and artefacts – from defaced missals and unique incunables to clocks, tobacco boxes, and finger bones – to illustrate how the events that ruptured Western Christendom in the sixteenth century have been remembered, forgotten, contested and re-invented. It offers fresh insight into how the memory of the multiple and competing Reformations – Protestant, radical and Catholic – emerged and evolved in their immediate aftermath and illuminates the complex and divisive cultural legacies that this process has bequeathed to subsequent generations.

The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between Cambridge University Library, Lambeth Palace Library, and York Minster Library. It is the work of a team of historians (Alexandra Walsham and Ceri Law) and literary scholars (Brian Cummings and Bronwyn Wallace) involved in the Arts and Humanities Research Council project ‘Remembering the Reformation’. Based jointly at the Universities of Cambridge and York, this runs for three years from 2016 to 2019. The result of many months of research and visits to a range of museums, libraries, and archives, the exhibition’s themes reflect the four central strands of the AHRC project: (1) Lives and Afterlives; (2) Events and Temporalities; (3) Places, Objects, and Spaces; and (4) Ritual, Liturgy, and the Body. For more information, see the project website:

The exhibition has facilitated new links between academic and library staff in all three partner institutions and fostered many mutually enriching conversations.  We hope that it will stimulate wide interest, contribute to the lively debates that are taking place in this Reformation year, and prove a resource of lasting value in the future.

The exhibition can be viewed at 

and a selection of fully digitised items will be published on the Cambridge Digital Library over the coming months. The exhibition accompanies an international conference at Murray Edwards College, and James Simpson Professor of English at Harvard University will give a public lecture at Great St Mary’s Church ay 6pm on Thursday 7 September, entitled “Stilled Lives, Still Lives: Reformation Memorial Focus”.

The header image depicts the ‘wounded’ Stainton Missal, a volume slashed multiple times by iconoclasts at the pages including the most sacred part of the Catholic mass. The book nevertheless survived in the hands of reformers during the centuries following the Reformation. From York Minster Library, reproduced by kind permission of the parish of Stainton.

V&A museum hosted Kepler's Trial: An Opera

last modified Nov 22, 2017 09:48 AM

Kepler’s Trial, the opera, will be performed in the The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London on Thursday, 9 November 2017.

Organised with V&A Membership in conjunction with upcoming exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics'. The project was conceived by historian Professor Ulinka Rublack whose recent research shines new light on a 400-year-old scandal. The ambitious opera, telling the story of an infamous witch trial, first premiered in October 2016 at St John's College, Cambridge.

A film of Kepler's Trial: An Opera is available online at

Further details on the on the performance at the V&A and booking details can be found at:

Early Modern British History PhD student, Stephen Tong, awarded 2017 Neale Prize

last modified Aug 09, 2017 04:49 PM

Stephen Tong has been awarded the 2017 Neale Prize for his essay ‘The Doctrine of the Sabbath in the Edwardian Reformation.

Sir John Neale Prize in Early Modern British History is awarded annually by the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study University of London to a historian in the early stages of his or her career.

World History PhD student, Jake Richards, wins 2017 DC Watt Prize

last modified Aug 08, 2017 04:09 PM

Jake Richards, PhD student in World History, has won the DC Watt Prize 2017.

The prize is awarded by the Transatlantic Studies Association for the best paper presented at its annual conference by an early career scholar (including graduate students and those in established posts). Previous recipients include Dr. Bronwen Everill.


Jake’s paper arose from his doctoral work on the legal history of ‘liberated Africans’ in the south Atlantic. He is interested in how ‘liberated Africans’ contributed to, and were shaped by, the transition from slavery to freedom in Cape Town (South Africa), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Rio de Janeiro and Salvador (Brazil). Jake was formally a visiting student in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University when he delivered the paper at the conference.


More details on Jake’s work:


More details on the prize:

World History PhD student, Steph Mawson, wins 2017 Alexander Prize

last modified Aug 08, 2017 04:07 PM

Steph Mawson picSteph Mawson, PhD student in World History, has won the prestigious Alexander Prize 2017. The Royal Historical Society awards the prize for an essay or article based on original historical research, by a doctoral candidate or those recently awarded their doctorate, published in a journal or an edited collection of essays.


The prize was awarded for her article, ‘Convicts or Conquistadores?: Spanish Soldiers in the Seventeenth-Century Pacific,’ Past and Present, Vol. 232, No. 1 (2016), 87-125.


Further details on Steph’s research is available here:

The prize citation is as follows:


This ambitious and important article examines the ragtag army which colonized the Spanish East Indies during the seventeenth century. Its deep archival research reveals ordinary soldiers to have been quite unlike their stereotypical depiction as conquistadores. They were a motley collection of criminals, vagrants and fugitives, many conscripted and mostly from New Spain, who seldom shared the spoils of conquest with their commanding officers.

The author at once restores agency to these historical figures and displays its narrow limits. Mutiny and desertion were among the few pathways open to the conscripted and the mistreated. Such a small, impoverished and volatile force could not be relied upon to achieve Spain’s imperial ambitions, resulting in the recruitment of increasing numbers of indigenous troops.

The article offers a compelling portrait of the early modern Philippines. Its intertwining of social and military history makes it distinctive among submissions dominated by intellectual history. Its success in ‘[h]umanising and complicating the face of imperialism’ invites historians of empire to take account of the conflicting interests and motives of the colonisers and their correspondingly diverse relationships to the colonised.”

Dr John Slight wins the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize

last modified Aug 02, 2017 05:14 PM

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) has awarded Dr John Slight the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for his publication 'The British Empire and the Hajj', which explores the interactions between imperialism and Islamic practice.

Originally Dr Slight's PhD dissertation, the book was published when he was a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College

Past Cambridge winners are:  John Iliffe, Chris Bayly, John Lonsdale and David Fieldhouse.

University Library display curated by history fellow, James Poskett

last modified Aug 02, 2017 04:58 PM

Dr James Poskett, a Darwin College research fellow, together with two World History MPhil students, has created the current entrance hall display at the University Library.

The display is part of the India Unboxed series of events.

It is in place until 27th August

The People of India: Anthropology and Visual Culture, 1800–1947

Explore the different visual representations of Indian people produced over the last two hundred years, from the British Raj to Independence. Anthropological theories underwent significant change throughout this period. In the early nineteenth century, anthropologists tended to describe Indian castes and tribes in Romantic terms. But, as the British Empire continued to expand, anthropology was also used to support scientific racism and colonial violence. Despite these troubling legacies, Indians themselves also made extensive use of anthropology. Anthropological theories provided a means to critique the colonial state and bolster a sense of national identity. This display features engravings, lithographs and photographs, following how anthropology was used by both colonial officials and Indians alike.

 You can learn more about the display in this short video, featuring James Poskett and Koyna Tomar: 

Curated by James Poskett, Harry Stockwell and Koyna Tomar drawing on research from the MPhil in World History.

Faculty members elected fellows of the British Academy

last modified Sep 25, 2017 09:08 AM

Congratulations to Professors Alison Bashford, Gary Gerstle and Ulinka Rublack, and Dr Tessa Webber who have been elected fellows of the British Academy.

In all 66 new fellows have been elected. Further information can be found on the British Academy website.

Professor Bashford is leaving the Faculty this autumn for a research professorship at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Dr Caroline Goodson joins Faculty

last modified Jul 14, 2017 02:13 PM
Dr Caroline Goodson has been appointed to join the Faculty as Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval History.

Dr Caroline GoodsonDr Caroline Goodson has been appointed to join the Faculty as Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval History.  Trained at Columbia University, Dr Goodson has been teaching at Birkbeck College, London.  Her work explores the formation of early medieval societies in the post-Roman world, especially Italy and North Africa, and concentrates on the nature of power in these places, looking at how different groups positioned themselves as successors of the Romans' past glories or innovators in a new world order. She is particularly interested how religious beliefs related to day-to-day experiences (and how these have been transmitted to us through the material and textual records) and how cities facilitated new forms of social interaction and political authority. Her work spans the disciplines of history, archaeology and art history. Dr Goodson works as a field archaeologist and, in addition to excavation, uses standing buildings archaeology, archaeological archives, and material culture studies in her research.  She has also published extensively on medieval documentary and historical texts, such as chronicles, hagiography, and more recently charters and diplomata. 

Dr Goodson takes up her post on 1 October 2017, but she will devote her first year, using a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, to work on her project, ‘Urban Gardening in Early Medieval Italy’.  For further information about this project, see: