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Former undergraduate student wins 2019 Hakluyt Society Essay Prize

last modified Jul 23, 2019 04:42 PM

James Taylor has been awarded the Hakluyt Society Essay Prize 2019 for his essay, 'Gift-giving, Reciprocity and the Negotiation of Power in European Encounters with Southeast Asia, c.1500-1824'. The Society awards the Prize annually for the best entry by a graduate student of an essay based on original research in any discipline in the humanities or social sciences and on an aspect of the history of travel, exploration and cultural encounter and their effects.

James's essay, based on his 2016 Part II dissertation, explores the role of gift-giving as a diplomatic tool in the building of working relationships between European explorers and Southeast Asian rulers. He will present his research in more detail at the Society's Annual Symposium in Leiden this September.'

Professor James Raven elected Fellow of the British Academy

last modified Jul 23, 2019 04:06 PM

James Raven, Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty and Senior Research Fellow of Magdalene, is a pioneer of the history of the book, a subject which he has shaped over thirty years by his research and publications, and by the founding of the Cambridge Project for the Book Trust in 1990.

He has worked across disciplines to combine cultural, social and economic history with bibliography and literary communication studies to produce internationally renowned books on the history of printing, publishing, libraries and reading. His bibliography of the eighteenth-century English novel (2000) transformed the understanding of the production and reception of fiction in Britain and remains foundational for modern historical study of novels.

Since then he has produced ground-breaking studies of the economics of publishing, propaganda and unsolicited print, and the transatlantic book trade, delivered numerous named lectures around the worlds (including the Panizzi Lectures in 2010 which became an important book, Bookscape), and his work has become increasingly global, moving the History of the Book to greater conceptual ambition. His What is the History of the Book?, published last year and translated into several languages, is the first short global survey to challenge our thinking about how we define a book and what it has done since ancient times. His college-based Book Trust continues to hold major conferences and seminars to encourage and support new work, especially from younger scholars (http://www.cpbooktrust.org/)

 

Next year, James becomes President of the Bibliographical Society (only the second historian to do so since 1890) and sees the publication of his major Oxford Illustrated History of the Book, a mammoth global survey of the transformation of our reading materials from ancient cuneiform tablets of 3,000 BC to the digital tablets we all hold in our hands. Among the many reasons for his election to the Academy’s Fellowship is the sheer breadth and influence of his scholarship, enabling the development of media, communication, literary and historical studies in new and engaging ways – including influencing public understanding of what a book is in a world where technology is rapidly changing our ways of reading and keeping ourselves informed and entertained by the written, printed and digitized word and image (a BBC2 television series on the Novel appears this autumn).

 

James is one of seventy-six academics who have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy today, in recognition of their achievements in the humanities and social sciences.  These new Fellows of the British Academy join a community of over 1400 of the leading minds that make up the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. Current Fellows include the classicist Professor Dame Mary Beard, the historian Professor Sir Simon Schama and philosopher Professor Baroness Onora O’Neill, while previous Fellows include Dame Frances Yates, Sir Winston Churchill, Baroness Mary Warnock, C.S Lewis, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb.

As well as a fellowship, the British Academy is a funding body for research, nationally and internationally, and a forum for debate and engagement.

Professor Sir David Cannadine, President of the British Academy, said:

“The British Academy has always recognised pioneering research in the humanities and social sciences, and 2019 is no exception. This year we have elected a particularly multi-skilled and versatile cohort of Fellows whose research crosses conventional academic boundaries.

“Whether it is climate conservation or the ageing society, the rise of artificial intelligence or social cohesion, our new Fellows’ wealth of expertise means the Academy is exceptionally well-placed to provide new knowledge and insights on the challenges of today. Their work has opened rich new seams of understanding and discovery, offering new perspectives on long-standing and emerging challenges alike.

“I extend my warmest welcome and heartiest congratulations to all our new Fellows, Corresponding Fellows and Honorary Fellows. I look forward to working with these outstanding scholars to build on the Academy’s excellent and ever-expanding record of achievement.”

 

Trio of family members announced as joint winners of one of the biggest cash prizes in world economics

last modified Jul 10, 2019 01:05 PM
A ‘radical’ plan by three members of the same family to boost UK growth has been named as one of the first winners of the £100,000 Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Economics Prize. The inaugural IPPR prize was introduced to reward innovative ideas to reinvigorate the UK economy that force a ‘step change in the quality and quantity of the UK’s economic growth’.

The Szreter family
Professor Simon Szreter, Ben Szreter and Hilary Cooper. Photo © Graham CopeCoga

Simon Szreter, Professor of History and Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John’s College, Hilary Cooper, economics consultant, who is married to Professor Szreter, and their son Ben Szreter, chief executive of Cambridge United Community Trust, worked together on a detailed plan to enable faster UK growth by investing in generous and universal welfare provision.

Professor Szreter said: “The key proposal, emanating directly from history, is that generous and inclusive universal welfare provision should be reconceptualised as an absolutely crucial economic growth promoter, not as merely a ‘tax burden’ on the productive economy.

“It has been proven to perform this function twice before in our history and its abandonment has twice led to faltering and then disastrous declines in national productivity, as is being currently experienced with the much-vaunted ‘productivity puzzle’.”

The trio shared the first prize with the other joint winner - seven co-workers at the London Economics consultancy who argued that a ‘big push’ towards decentralisation would unlock prosperity around the UK.

Stephanie Flanders, head of Bloomberg Economics, chaired the panel of judges as they looked for the best answers to the question, “What would be your radical plan to force a step change in the quality and quantity of the UK’s economic growth?” Following the financial crisis, the UK economy experienced the slowest recovery in the post-war era. In common with other advanced economies, the UK has had sluggish economic growth over the past decade. In the period since the crash, the UK growth rate has averaged 1.1 per cent compared to the long-run world average of 3.5 per cent: even if the growth rate doubled, it would still be nearly 40 per cent behind the world average.

The judges praised Szreter, Cooper and Szreter’s ‘radical’ historical, economic and community led policy solutions to the economic challenges faced by the UK. They said: “The authors draw on a historical analysis of the economy, looking at previous periods of British economic history to identify the enabling conditions for our most successful episodes of economic growth. Prescriptions include a new, equitable social contract alongside an intergenerational contract, incentivised and funded through tax changes, to re-establish the ethical principles on which the economic success of the Golden Age was built. “They each brought their different perspectives to bear on their core idea, that economic growth has been historically highest when collective welfare security is greatest – and their radical plan to incentivise altruistic economic behaviour today.” The IPPR prize is now one of the largest prizes in the economics profession after the 9m Swedish krona (£760,455) Nobel award from the Swedish central bank and the £250,000 Wolfson prize, which was launched in 2011 by the Tory peer and Next chief executive Simon Wolfson. 

The proposals had to ensure fair and sustainable outcomes, including protecting the environment and reducing inequalities. The judges wanted creative thinking on whether the downward trend in the rate of UK economic growth could be reversed, whether it was realistic, desirable and achievable for the UK economy to grow at 3 or 4 per cent in the 2020s.

The family said: "We’re really pleased that, in a world where economics seems to have increasingly veered towards models and mathematical abstractions, this prize has recognised the value of a different approach. Ours looks at history and how it can be applied to today’s practical challenges and brings the insights of political economy to propose a solution to the problems we face, especially the inequalities that threaten our productivity, our well-being and our democracy.” 

Professor Ulinka Rublack wins the Preis des Historischen Kollegs

last modified Jul 09, 2019 11:50 AM

Congratulations to Professor Ulinka Rublack, who has won the Preis des Historischen Kollegs - also known as the German Historikerpreis, for both her book The Astronomer and the Witch, and her achievements as an historian.

The prize has been awarded every three years since 1983, the winner being chosen by an international jury including members of the Historical College in Munich. It is Germany´s most prestigious prize for an historian, and has previously awarded to Reinhard Koselleck, Jan Assmann and Christopher Clark.

For more information see here.

Jake Richards, Phd student in World History wins Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Prize

last modified Jul 08, 2019 05:01 PM

Many congratulations to Jake Richards, Phd student in World History who has won this year's Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Prize, awarded by the Legal History and Rare Books Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Information about Jake's essay can be found on the Gonville and Caius website.

More information about the prize can be found here

Recent PhD graduate, Dr Adam Storring, receives international military history prize.

last modified Jun 10, 2019 04:32 PM

Congratulations to Dr Adam Storring whose thesis 'Frederick the Great and the Meanings of War, 1730-1755', which was supervised by Professor Sir Christopher Clark, has been awarded the André Corvisier Prize from the International Commission of Military History (ICMH).  The Corvisier Prize is awarded for the best doctoral thesis on military history defended at any university anywhere in the world during the past calendar year.

The Jury approved the following motivation for awarding the prize to Dr Storring.

"Dr. Storring’s dissertation is an ambitious but not reckless effort to re-interpret King Frederick the Great of Prussia as military commander and military thinker, and, from the perspective of his personality to cast new perspectives on the warfare of ‘his time’, which falls within the long eighteenth century (1648-1789), the golden age of the Westphalian system. This new evaluation of the Philosopher King’s personality and endeavours draws not only from an extensive bibliography, including both classical studies and more recent and innovative essays, but also from wide unpublished sources from German archives.

The Author maintains that Frederick’s “personal rule” of his army looked not only backwards toward the age of Louis XIV but also forwards toward the Enlightenment and the public sphere. Dr. Storring’s balanced, well-argued and documented conclusion is that certainly Frederick was an able commander, but military histories overwhelmingly focusing on the King himself must be corrected, since the development of Prussian military ideas was a collective effort, as shown by the Monarch’s unpublished manuscript correspondence with his generals. The early eighteenth century’s personal concept of military knowledge would be slowly replaced by institutional knowledge."

Faculty of History tops University league table.

last modified Jun 07, 2019 03:34 PM

The Faculty of History is top of the Guardian University League Table for the subject. Congratulations to all our hardworking lecturers for their contributions to this achievement.

Cambridge University itself was also top of the main table.

Berlin show curated by Cambridge historian turns into blockbuster exhibition

last modified May 14, 2019 12:24 PM
The exhibition in Berlin’s Nationalgalerie, Emil Nolde – a German Legend. The Artist during the Third Reich – based on the research of Dr. Bernhard Fulda, Chatong So Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Sidney Sussex College and Affiliated Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge – is attracting record crowds: four weeks after its opening, over 35.000 visitors have already seen the show.
Berlin show curated by Cambridge historian turns into blockbuster exhibition

Exhibition poster

Even before the official opening, the project produced front-page news in Germany and in the international press: one of the Nolde paintings in the exhibition (Breaker, 1936) had been on display in the Berlin office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel since her election in 2006; now, in reaction to an official museum request for a return of the loan the Chancellery decided to hand back not just one but both paintings by Nolde from Merkel’s office. Since Merkel is on record as describing Nolde as her favourite artist, the lack of an official explanation for this clean sweep is causing a lot of speculation as well as a lively public debate about what kind of artworks should be on display in such a political setting.

The Expressionist Emil Nolde (1867-1956) is an iconic figure of German modernism and arguably the most famous ‘degenerate artist’. No other artist had as many works confiscated, nor were their works as prominently displayed in the early venues of the Degenerate Art exhibition of 1937/38. How does Nolde’s ostracism and occupational ban fit with our knowledge that he was a Nazi Party member, and that he kept faith with the regime until the end of the war? The art critic Adolf Behne underlined Nolde’s special status on the occasion of the artist’s eightieth birthday in 1947, by pointedly referring to him as a “degenerate ‘degenerate’”. It has long been known that Emil Nolde was a Nazi party member. Yet no previous exhibition has thoroughly examined how this relates to his art, or how the historical circumstances during National Socialism affected his artistic production.

Bernhard Fulda was the first scholar to have been granted permission to analyse the extensive holdings of the Nolde estate in Seebüll, one of Europe’s largest artist’s estates. Funded by two Senior Research Fellowships, by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Gerda Henkel Foundation, he uncovered so much new material that the conventional Nolde narrative – adapted by Siegfried Lenz in his bestselling novel German Lesson of 1968, still widely read in German schools – must be revised comprehensively. Thus, for example, the exhibition will present the famous Unpainted Pictures – the small-format watercolours Nolde was reputed to have secretly painted at Seebüll during his occupational ban – in a completely new light, explaining them as part of a long-standing practice of self-stylisation in which antisemitism played an increasingly central role.

The exhibition presents over 100 originals, some of which have not previously been shown, with references to Nolde’s writings and in the historical context of their creation, in order to reveal the multi-layered relationships between paintings, the artist’s self-presentation, his ostracism, and development of his legend. What impact did the Third Reich have on Emil Nolde's artistic work? To what extent do some of his works, such as his depictions of mythic sacrificial scenes or Nordic people, correspond with his sympathies for the regime? What effects did Nolde’s defamation and occupational ban have on his artistic practice and political outlook? And how did the myths about Nolde develop in the post-war period? The centrepiece of the exhibition is a reconstruction of the ‘painting gallery’ in Nolde’s studio house in Seebüll, a display of paintings and watercolours just as the ageing artist himself arranged them during the wartime winter of 1941/42.

The exhibition – curated by Bernhard Fulda, together with the art historian Aya Soika and the Director of the Nolde Foundation, Christian Ring – is made possible through a close collaboration between the Nationalgalerie Berlin – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Nolde Foundation which provides the majority of loans. Accompanying the exhibition, a richly illustrated volume of essays and pictures (also in an English edition), as well as a separate volume with a timeline and more than 100 documents, has been published by Prestel Verlag. The exhibition will run until 15 September 2019.

More information on content and structure of the exhibition can be found here (in German):

https://www.visual-history.de/2019/04/09/emil-nolde-deutsche-legende

and

https://www.smb.museum/en/exhibitions/detail/emil-nolde-a-german-legend-the-artist-during-the-nazi-regime.html


An online, four-part video documentary of Bernhard Fulda’s research project has been produced by the Gerda Henkel Foundation (also in English): 

https://lisa.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/nolde1_bild_und_kontext

For a taste of the media coverage to date:

New York Times, 10 April 2019: Stripping Away Lies to Expose a Painter’s Nazi Past

Deutsche Welle, 10 April 2019: Why Merkel had an expressionist’s works removed from the Chancellery

Deutschlandfund, 10 April 2019: Ende Legende

Die Zeit, 10 April 2019: Die falsche Deutschstunde

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 11 April 2019: Nolde, der Nazi

Der Spiegel, 12 April 2019: Was tun mit den Bildern eines Judenhassers?

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 15 April 2019: Welche Kunst passt zum Selbstbild der Deutschen?

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 30 April 2019: Wer darf Kulturkritik üben? Emil Nolde und der alltägliche Gesinnungsterror

 

Legacies of slavery research project

last modified May 09, 2019 10:41 AM
The History Faculty welcomes the opening up of a debate on the legacies of slavery for the University of Cambridge.

The commissioning of a two year research-led inquiry into the Atlantic slave trade and other forms of coerced labour will provide an opportunity for us to understand better the economic contributions enforced labour made to the University, along with many other institutions of British society. Clarifying and contextualising the intellectual justifications that were offered at the time for slavery will be an important additional strand to this research. These are topics of urgent interest, that can inform today’s campaigns for acknowledgement, apology and reparation. ‘Decolonising the curriculum’ is a powerful and active demand that our students and staff are actively engaged in https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/alumni/newsletter-sept-2018. We look forward to participating in this conversation which joins many others on this topic already afoot across the university and which will need to be part of a sustained long-term effort.

Read more

https://www.cam.ac.uk/news/cambridge-university-launches-inquiry-into-historical-links-to-slavery

PhD student awarded Urban Studies Prize

last modified Apr 24, 2019 03:16 PM
Chris Morash has been awarded a prize by the British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS).

Chris Morash received his prize from the chair of the British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS), Dr. James Kennedy at Senate House in the University of London. The prize was for the best paper in Urban Studies by a graduate student at the annual BACS conference. The prize was awarded for his work on the Young Ireland generation's role in state-building and nation-builiding in Melbourne and Montreal during the 1850s and 1860s. Part of the research for this paper was funded by a Canada-UK Foundation Travel Award.

Dr Caroline Rusterholz discusses the work of sexual counsellor, Joan Malleson on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour

last modified Apr 23, 2019 04:04 PM
Audio recordings provide an insight into problems women experienced in the 1950s
Dr Caroline Rusterholz discusses the work of sexual counsellor, Joan Malleson on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour

Caroline Rusterholz

Dr Joan Malleson was a family planning doctor, and sexual counsellor in the 1950s.  Rusterholz has studied audio recordings, housed in the Wellcome Foundation archives, of Malleson's counselling sessions. Last week she discussed her findings with Jane Garvey on Woman's Hour,  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00045kp (23 minutes in). You can read more about Rusterholz's work here https://www.cam.ac.uk/fiftiessexualstruggles.

Caroline Rusterholz's recent work has been published in various journals;

Roger Schofield, 1937-2019

last modified Apr 10, 2019 12:16 PM
The Faculty is saddened to learn of the death last night of Dr Roger Schofield, Emeritus Director of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure and Fellow of Clare College.

Dr Alice Reid, acting Director of the Group, writes:

‘Roger was born in 1937 and received both undergraduate and PhD degrees in history from the University of Cambridge. In 1966 he was appointed as Research Assistant at the Group - which was then only two years old itself. He quickly began to play a major role in corresponding with and encouraging 'le secret weapon anglais': the small army of amateur local historians who collected and counted baptisms, burials and marriages from parish registers around the country in an early crowd sourcing exercise. He played a major role in the analyses of these data, offering important and novel interpretations of the course of British population history published in numerous journal articles and books. He was Director of the Cambridge Group from 1974 to 1994, and played a significant role in British and international historical demography: among other roles he was President of the British Society of Population Studies, 1985-87, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1988. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge since 1969.

He was a key member of the Group in all sorts of ways: in its ground-breaking work, its direction, and its collegiate and enabling atmosphere. Those of us who knew him will miss him greatly, and we all have much to thank him for.'

Dr Paul Warde receives the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize

last modified Apr 10, 2019 09:28 AM
Paul Warde has received the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize for the best book in British or Irish rural history of 2018 from the British Agricultural History Society, for his monograph, 'The Invention of Sustainability' (Cambridge University Press).

Prizes for economic historians

last modified Apr 08, 2019 01:53 PM
Dr Judy Stephenson and Mr Cheng Yang have both received awards at the 2019 Economic History Society Annual Conference.

Judy Stephenson (visiting research affiliate, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure) was awarded the T.S. Ashton prize - for the best article accepted for publication in the Economic History Review in the previous two calendar years by an early career researcher.

Yang

 

Cheng Yang (Peterhouse College and Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure) was joint winner of the New Researcher's Prize for his paper: The occupational structure of China 1736-1898 and the Great Divergence.

 

Simone Maghenzani awarded a David Walker Memorial Fellowship

last modified Mar 11, 2019 09:10 AM
Dr Simone Maghenzani (Girton College) has been awarded a David Walker Memorial Fellowship in Early Modern History, Bodleian Library, 2019/20, to work on a project entitled: Converting Venice: English Networks and the Interdict Crisis

Dr Maghenzani will be working on the dynamics of conversion and religious propaganda in Venice in the early seventeenth-century, in particular in the context of the attempted shift of the Republic of Venice to Protestantism in the 1610s. In this context, he will also look at the history of the translation of the Book of Common Prayer into Italian.

This research will contribute to a forthcoming book: Converting Venice: The Crisis of the Reformation and the Catholic World (1590-1620).

Cambridge doctoral student wins award

last modified Mar 07, 2019 04:02 PM
Bethan Johnson wins the Terrorism Research Award 2019 from the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right.

Cambridge doctoral student Bethan Johnson has won an award for her work on 'Tracking German Neo-Nazism Through Music'. Read more here: https://www.radicalrightanalysis.com/2019/01/07/tracking-german-neo-nazism-through-music/

Dr Yuliya Hilevych speaks to BBC Woman’s Hour

last modified Feb 26, 2019 02:45 PM
Dr Yuliya Hilevych speaks to BBC Woman’s Hour about the history of artificial insemination in Britain

Dr Yuliya Hilevych, postdoctoral researcher at the Cambridge History Faculty, speaks to BBC Woman’s Hour about the history of artificial insemination in Britain, and how one man came to father more than 600 children. Listen to the interview, at just after 32 minutes.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0002rjd

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.

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/doctoral-schools-and-programmes/doctoral-school-in-humanities-and-social-sciences/doctoral-programme-in-gender-culture-and-society/courses-and-events

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

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1468-0424.12363

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.

https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/60508076.html

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:

http://pha.maa.cam.ac.uk/pha/index.php/category/programme/

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
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000111w

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:
https://royalhistsoc.org/racereport/

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:

https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/graduate-students/graduate-funding/trust-funds-full-guide.

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.

Individual Fellowship competition is now open. The internal University deadline is 3pm, 10 September 2019. 

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