Dr Andrew Arsan wins a 2017 Philip Leverhulme Prize.

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.

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

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.

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2018 IJBS Regional Day Conference

REMEMBRANCE AND RE-APPROPRIATION: SHAPING DISSENTING IDENTITIES

A Regional Day Conference of the International John Bunyan Society, organized in association with the University of Bedfordshire, Keele University, and Northumbria University.

Keele University, Staffordshire, Friday 13 April 2018
CALL FOR PAPERS

The purpose of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore seventeenth- and long-eighteenth-century practices of memorialisation and re-appropriation and the ways in which these might be put to work in shaping various dissenting identities. Papers may focus on, for example, the remembrance or re-appropriation of rituals or practices, experiences of persecution, anniversaries, memories, and events (personal or public); conservative vs subversive practices of memorialisation/re-appropriation; the collection and/or re-appropriation of particular texts, authors, or genres (devotional writing, history, biography); the contexts and/or methods for memorialisation/re-appropriation; the use of memorialisation/re-appropriation in the formation and survival of particular dissenting communities. Please send a title and brief (200-word) summary of a 20-minute paper – no later than 1 February 2018 – to: Rachel Adcock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Bob Owens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and David Walker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

PLENARY SPEAKERS
Professor John Coffey (University of Leicester) – ‘Rewriting the History of Dissent’
Dr Johanna Harris (University of Exeter) – Title tba

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

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:

http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/plan-your-visit/whats/pictures-and-politics-art-suffrage-propaganda

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

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. [insert link https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/research/conferences/women2019s-suffrage-and-political-activism]

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: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/plan-your-visit/whats/pictures-and-politics-art-suffrage-propaganda

Fashioning the Early Modern Courtier

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A YouTube channel for Faculty of History

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

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

Men and Machines: The Industrial Revolution at Sea

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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

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James Stirling and the Faculty of History building

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

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Romanticism in the Dissecting Room

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For centuries the need for the surgeon to learn more of the anatomy of the human body and to practice his art has required students of medicine to examine and dissect the bodies of the dead – obtained legally or otherwise – in private schools or, from the mid-eighteenth century, public hospitals. The work of Andreas Vesalius in Padua in the sixteenth century left a legacy of wonderful educational texts, beautifully illustrated.

For some, however, the horrors of the dissecting room disgusted and intrigued in equal measure, and the experience even now tests young stomachs.

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when methods of preserving cadavers were basic and bodies often decomposing before they reached the dissecting room, it took great mental fortitude (and much dark humour) to sustain a man until the initial horror wore off and the identification of a body part with a living person ceased to terrify him. For many, however, that loss of a natural response to death was one that awakened in them the sense that they were about to lose something precious, which they resisted, and which persuaded them medicine was not for them.

Death Disease & Dissection: The life of a surgeon-apothecary 1750-1850 (published by Pen & Sword and available in a bundle with Maladies & Medicine) was inspired by knowledge that a number of doctors in training during this period were very creative young men and indeed this was seen as the age of ‘Romantic’ medicine in the same way that it is synonymous with the ‘Romantic’ arts. How did they cope and what did the men (and it was only men who were allowed to pursue this career path in this period) take from their training as inspiration for use in other fields?

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“The Winter’s Tale” at the Lir, Dublin

Performances at the Lir on Pearse Street, Dublin, from Friday 1st December until Thursday 7th December, at 7.30pm. Matinee: Monday 4th December, 1pm.
Tickets: €15 and €10 concession

The dark dramas of violent jealousy, sexual slander and death at the court of Sicilia, lead to a small baby girl being abandoned in the wild reaches of rural Bohemia. There, sixteen years later, the hot midsummer festivities are the background for delight, disguise and denunciation, which in turn carry the tale, replete with runaway lovers, a scalliwag, an old shepherd and his clown son back to Sicilia. The icy mourning of King Leontes begins to thaw as these two contrasting worlds meld, and in a magical finale full of revelations,  Shakespeare shows us his delight in such a vivid, motley collection of characters and his ultimate belief in forgiveness and redemption.

For more information on the production and to book tickets, see the Lir website here.

 

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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.298  Monday, 27 November 2017

 

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Deutschland hat Platz für Wisente

WWF-Studie untersucht Gebiete für Wiederansiedlung des Wisents

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Deutschland hat ausreichend Platz für wildlebende Wisente. Das ist das Ergebnis einer vom WWF in Auftrag gegebenen Studie der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, die die Naturschutzorganisation am Freitag veröffentlicht hat. Prof. Dr. Tobias Kümmerle und Benjamin Bleyhl vom Institut für Geographie haben darin zehn potentielle Gebiete für eine Wiederansiedelung des Wisents in Deutschland identifiziert. Besonders vielversprechend sind demnach der Müritz-Nationalpark mit der Mecklenburgischen Seenplatte, die Region Cottbus-Spreewald-Guben, der Harz und der Pfälzer Wald. Der Europäische Wisent ist der größte überlebende Pflanzenfresser in Europa und ein naher Verwandter des Amerikanischen Bisons.

„Unter ökologischen Gesichtspunkten gibt es in Deutschland genügend Platz für den Wisent“, sagt Dr. Diana Pretzell, die Leiterin des WWF-Naturschutzes für Deutschland. „Jetzt kommt es darauf an, ob die Bevölkerung in den potentiellen Wisent-Regionen sowie die Politik eine Rückkehr der einst ausgerotteten Wildrinder wollen. Dass eine Ansiedelung gelingen kann, zeigen andere Projekte in Mittel- und Osteuropa.“

Spreewald, Müritz, Harz oder Pfälzer Wald

Für Wiederansiedlungen kommen in Deutschland vor allem Lebensräume infrage, die dem Wisent genügend natürliche Rückzugsorte bieten. Faktoren wie die Entfernung des Gebietes zu Siedlungen und Straßen und die Beschaffenheit der Umgebung spielen dabei eine Rolle. Neben den vier bereits genannten Regionen finden sich laut WWF im gesamten Bundesgebiet noch weitere gut geeignete Wisent-Habitate. Dazu zählen die Mittelgebirge Schwarzwald, Spessart, Bayerischer und Thüringer Wald, sowie die deutschen Alpen und die Region rund um Celle/Hermannsburg.

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CFP: Borderlines XXII: Sickness, Strife, and Suffering at Queen’s University Belfast 2018

Call for papers for Borderlines XXII: Sickness, Strife, and Suffering. This conference will be held from 13-15th April 2018 at Queen’s University Belfast.

Proposals for both papers and panels are welcomed from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of both Medieval and Early Modern studies.

Sickness, strife and suffering punctuate many medieval and early-modern narratives. When viewed by the modern eye, however, these experiences can be difficult to comprehend and empathise with, without resorting to anachronisms. Indeed, in her landmark treatise on pain, Elaine Scarry contests that ‘[p]hysical pain does not simply resist language but actively destroys it’ (Scarry, 1985: 4), thus rendering any description or explanation of pain practically impossible, regardless of era.

In the light of Scarry’s work, the specific difficulties posed by the expression and understanding of pain in the Middle Ages have been expounded upon and theorised by numerous scholars. Esther Cohen’s work on the various symbolisms of medieval pain (Cohen, 2010), in addition to Robert Mills’ adumbration of translative pain theories, mapping the medieval experience of pain onto that of the current day and vice versa (Mills, 2005), are just two examples of scholarship exploring this fascinating area of research connecting the human experience of the present with that of the past.

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

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.

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