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Gordon Pentland made member of RSE Young Academy of Scotland
School is overjoyed that our Dr. Gordon Pentland, Senior Lecturer
in History, has been made a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's
Young Academy of Scotland, the United Kingdom's first body for
innovative young academics.
on Young Academy of Scotland: Royal
Society of Edinburgh Site
Timothy Barnes elected Fellow of the British Academy
School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted that
our Professor Timothy D. Barnes, Honorary Professorial Fellow
in Divinity and HCA, has been elected a Fellow of the British
Academy, the United Kingdom 's national body for the Humanities
and Social Sciences. An Emeritus Professor of Classics at the
University of Toronto , Timothy Barnes is a prolific and iconoclastic
historian of the Roman Empire , on which he has published eleven
books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters. Since his
arrival in Edinburgh in 2008, he has published Early Christian
Hagiography and Roman History and Constantine: Dynasty,
Religion and Power in the Later Roman Empire .
the Nation: 'Turkey Red' and Other Decorative Textiles in Scotland's
Culture and Global Impact, 1800 to Present
the Nation' is a three-year collaborative research project directed
by Dr Stana Nenadic of the University of Edinburgh in collaboration
with Dr David Caldwell of the National Museum of Scotland, with
Dr Sally Tuckett as Postdoctoral Research, which investigates
the cultural and global impact of the Scottish textile industry
since the nineteenth century. Funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh
and Scottish Government Major Award in the Arts and Humanities
of £170,000, the three-year project investigates the design
and manufacturing processes that lay behind the production of
decorative textiles in Scotland and will establish the global
reach of these fabrics. The project is based on nearly 200 pattern
books (comprising textile samples and paper designs, many protected
by patent) housed in the collections of the National Museum of
Scotland and will generate an NMS-hosted annotated catalogue and
free-to-access online exhibition. Academic publications and outreach
workshops are being developed in conjunction with this project.
event connected with this project.
Printed Textiles, Past and Present: Research, Collaboration and
Outreach', one day workshop on the 2nd December 2011 at the National
Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
Further Information contact:
School announces AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards
The Graduate School
is pleased to confirm that two members of School staff will offer
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards for September 2011 entry.
In partnership with
the National Museum Scotland, Dr. James E. Fraser will supervise
a project on "The beginnings of reading and writing in Scotland".
This is the School's third collaboration with NMS in recent years.
Dr. Nuala Zahedieh will supervise a project entitled "Empire
and useful knowledge: mapping and charting the British Atlantic
world, 1660-1720", in partnership with the National Maritime
Museum at Greenwich, London.
Applications will be
invited in the near future. Informal enquiries may be made
to Dr. Fraser (James.E.Fraser@ed.ac.uk)
or Dr. Zahedieh (Nuala.Zahedieh@ed.ac.uk).
McEwen galvanises campaign for Wartime Nursing Memorial
Yvonne McEwen, Honorary
Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, was
recently featured on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and interviewed
in Edinburgh Evening News regarding her research on Wartime Nursing.
A follow-up article will appear soon in the Edinburgh Evening
The Royal College of
Nursing has launched a campaign and noted
the Today programme on their website and have also hosted
of the segment from the Today programme .
Jim McMillan (1948-2010)
Our friend and colleague, Jim McMillan, Richard Pares Professor of
History since 1999, and the founding Head of the (then) School of
History and Classics at Edinburgh, died on 22 February 2010 after
a long and valiant struggle with illness. At Jim's funeral mass at
St Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley, on 27 February Professor Tom Devine
delivered the following tribute:
It is a great honour for me to be asked by Donatella and his family
to say a few words today about my dear friend and colleague, Jim
As everyone knows, Jim
had a glittering academic career from his boyhood years to his untimely
death: dux medalist at St Mirin's Academy, here in Paisley; first
class honours degree in Modern History at the University of Glasgow
in 1969; and then to Balliol College,Oxford, where he took his DPhil.
From this platform of achievement, Jim started to climb the academic
ladder with apparently effortless ease. He returned briefly to teach
in his alma mater in Glasgow before several happy and productive
years as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at York before moving
to his first professorial appointment at Strathclyde as Professor
of European History where we became colleagues for the first time.
He served Strathclyde with distinction, not only as a leading scholar,
but as Head of the Department of History and Vice Dean(Planning
and Resources) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Finally, came his move to Edinburgh on his appointment to the prestigious
Richard Pares Chair in History, followed in due course by his last
academic appointment, the Directorship of the Centre for the Study
of the Two World Wars.
Some years before this,
Jim had already achieved an enviable international reputation in
the field of Modern French History, which was confirmed when he
was elected to the Fellowship of Scotland's National Academy, the
Royal Society of Edinburgh, in 1996. Further accolades followed,
including a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford and,
in 2007, the award of a highly competitive Leverhulme Major Research
But Jim McMillan was
much more than a gifted research historian, though he was certainly
that. He was one of those rare talents in academia,a brilliant all-rounder.
Over the past week the School has received a stream of messages
from Jim's former students, praising his inspirational teaching
and the enormous support he gave all his postgraduates.
Arguably, however, his
apotheosis came when, in 2002, he took on the role of Head of the
new School of History and Classics (now History,Classics and Archaeology).
It was a formidable challenge for anyone to establish such an enterprise
from scratch. Even universities are not free from pockets of vested
interest, inertia and conservatism! Jim succeeded by bold leadership,
good powers of judgement, dedication and sheer force of personality.
One key attribute was his fairness in the allocation of resources
which not only developed the Histories but also led to the powerful
reinforcement and expansion of Classics. By such means, Jim not
only shaped a new order but took his colleagues with him in the
process. The distinguished School we have today bears the McMillan
stamp and will do so for many years to come.
Professor McMillan excelled,
therefore as a scholar, teacher and academic manager, but what of
Jim the man? Few of his friends and colleagues would disagree with
the view that he was the very opposite of the stereotypical introspective
scholarly recluse. Jim loved life and enjoyed it to the full. He
enjoyed conviviality and good craic where his talent for wit,humour
and repartee were on display for all to see. He was a man of great
culture and breadth of interest, with a passion for music and the
theatre and a taste for good food and wine.He loved to travel, especially
in France and Italy, where he and Donatella married in 1989 and
where, more recently, they bought a small house. Soon the locals
had affectionately christened Jim'Il Professore Scozzese '.
It was during his final
illness that Jim McMillan revealed other qualities. He and his beloved
wife, Donatella, displayed extraordinary courage and dignity in
the face of terrible adversity. They were on an agonising rollercoaster
as hopes raised over Jim's health were dashed time after time. Never
once did he complain as he fought every inch of the way against
the torment of his illness. In addition, despite his sociable nature
and deep capacity for friendship, Jim was also an intensely private
man who often had to struggle within himself with the unimaginable
worry and anxiety as the deadly disease which afflicted him took
a grip. Yet, even in the final days of his life, he would always
greet visitors to his bedside with his customary courtesy.
Only yesterday, I was
told by the family that for many years, Jim has been known to them
as ' Big Jim' to distinguish him from his brother-in-law of the
same name. I like that - Big Jim McMillan, how apt for a man of
such stature,intellect, personality and character! We will
miss him but we will not forget him.
Can I finally report that
today in the City of Edinburgh, the flag of the University flies
at half mast in memory of Professor James Francis McMillan 1948-2010.
Forrest, Academic Liaison Librarian - Certificate of Honorary Membership
Margaret Forrest, the School's Academic Liaison Librarian was
presented with her Certificate of Honorary Membership of CILIPS
(Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
in Scotland) on the 27th of October 2010, at an event at the Carnegie
Conference Centre in Dunfermline. This was in recognition of distinguished
service to librarianship and the library profession.
Forrest receiving her Certificate of Honorary Membership of CILIPS
from the 2010 President of CILIPS (who is also the Director of
Learning Information Services and Napier University), Chris Pinder.
Tom Devine has been invited by the University of Wales to give the
2009-10 O'Donnell Lectures
Professor Tom Devine
has been invited by the University of Wales to give the 2009-10
O'Donnell Lectures. The series will be presented consecutively
at the constituent Colleges of the University, Aberystwyth, Bangor,
Cardiff, Lampeter, and Swansea in spring 2011. Previous O'Donnell
Lecturers include Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe FBA, Professor
Wendy Davies FBA, Professor Patrick Sims-Williams FBA and Lord
Kenneth Morgan FBA.
Swiss scholarship for Diaspora Centre research student
David Hesse, a second-year PhD student at the School of History,
Classics, and Archaeology and a research student at the Scottish
Centre for Diaspora Studies, has won a prestigious scholarship
in his native Switzerland. David was awarded one of the Swiss
National Science Foundation's competitive Prospective Researchers
Scholarships in July 2010. The Swiss National Science Foundation
(SNSF) is the most important Swiss agency promoting scientific
research. It is mandated
by the Swiss Federal government.
Bowd awarded BARDA for Renaissance project
Dr Stephen Bowd, Senior
Lecturer in European History, has been awarded a year-long British
Academy Research Development Award (BARDA) beginning in September
2011. This award is made as a result of a competition among scholars
proposing projects with innovative and significant research outputs.
The BARDA (amounting to £96, 672) will provide Dr Bowd with
funding for full research leave and will cover the cost of research
in London, Venice, Florence, and Rome. His successful proposal,
entitled 'A Survey of Italian Humanist Texts on Jews and Judaism',
will examine the published works of Italian humanists to understand
the ways in which Christians interacted with Jews and understood
Jewish culture. Although some of this evidence has been used in
isolation by historians of the Renaissance and Judaism there has
been no systematic survey of the whole body of literature. This
project will provide a finding-list of Italian humanist texts
about Jews with texual summaries and an accompanying analysis
which will stimulate and guide future research and provide a fuller
and more accurate picture of Christian-Jewish relations during
Tom Devine to become next Chair of the Advisory Board of the USA
based British Scholar Society
Professor Tom Devine
will become the next Chair for a five year period of the US-based
British Scholar Society, publishers of the journal, British Scholar,
and organisers of the annual British Scholar Conference. He succeeds
Professor W Roger Louis CBE FBA, the renowned historian of empire,
of the University of Texas at Austin.
Jeremy Crang - US Lecture Invitation
Dr Jeremy Crang has been invited to
deliver the 2010 Charles W. Johnson lecture on War and Society
at the University of Tennessee.
Thomas Ahnert elected to a membership in the Institute for Advanced
Study in Princeton
Dr Thomas Ahnert, Senior Lecturer in
History, has been elected to a membership in the School of Historical
Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for the
academic year 2010 – 2011. The Institute for Advanced Study
is one of the world’s leading centres for theoretical research
and intellectual inquiry. During his stay at the Institute Dr
Ahnert will work on a book about ‘Newtonianism’ in
the German Enlightenment, from c. 1690 – c. 1810.
McEwen appointed Visiting Professor at Drexel
Yvonne McEwen, Honorary Fellow, The
Centre for the Study of The Two World Wars, has been appointed
Visiting Professor of Women in Warfare at Drexel University College
of Medicine's Legacy Centre, Philadelphia. In addition to her
three year tenure as Visiting Professor, the Legacy Centre's Institute
for Women's Health and Leadership have appointed her as International
Ambassador to the Innovative Vision 2020 Project which seeks to
make changes to the 19th Amendment of the American Constitution.
Furthermore, The American College of Physicians(Philadelphia Chapter)has
appointed her as the Kate Hurd-Mead Lecturer in Medical History
Hilfrich's EUSA Teaching Award Success
Fabian Hilfrich, Lecturer in American History, won the 2009-2010
EUSA Teaching Award in the category 'best feedback'. The award,
which Dr Hilfrich received at a special award ceremony on 24 March
2010, is one of a handful of extremely competitive, university-wide
teaching prizes given out by EUSA each year on the basis of student
underscores Dr. Hilfrich's exceptional achievement as a teacher,
and it also highlights the School's commitment to the pursuit of
excellence in its teaching and feedback provision.
Peltenburg elected FRSE
Professor Edgar Peltenburg has been
elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's
national academy. Professor Peltenburg is Emeritus Professor of
Archaeology in the School. Fellows are elected after a rigorous
four-stage selection process culminating in a ballot of the entire
Fellowship. Each new Fellow of the RSE is recognised within his
or her peer group as having achieved excellence within their discipline
Enda Delaney awarded prestigious ESRC Mid-Career Development Fellowship
Dr Enda Delaney, Senior Lecturer in History, has been awarded
an Economic and Social Research Council Mid-Career Development
Fellowship. This scheme is designed to enable outstanding social
science researchers to take a new direction in their research.
These highly competitive awards (c. 10 awards annually across
the whole range of UK social science disciplines) are made on
the basis of a track record of excellence in research and the
ability to demonstrate exceptional all round scholarly ability.
The fellowships provide award holders with a mixed package of
support, including research leave and funding for organising seminars
and workshops. Dr Delaney will use his two-year award (valued
at over £250K) to complete a monograph on ‘Ireland
and Modernity’ for Oxford UP, as well as organising specialist
workshops and an international research network on ‘‘Modernity,
History and the Social Theory’. This award confirms the
School’s reputation as one of the leading centres for social
science history in the UK.
historians win prestigious visiting fellowships at Oxford and
Jeremy Crang has been elected to a By-Fellowship at Churchill
College, Cambridge, for the Lent term 2010. This is the second
time he has been elected to a visiting fellowship at Churchill.
Jenny Wormald has been elected to a Visiting Fellowship at
Corpus Christi College, Oxford, for Trinity term 2010.
receives Roll of Honour
School to give 2009 Scotland Europa St Andrew's Day Lecture in
Professor Tom Devine has been invited
to give this year's St Andrew's Day Lecture at the European Community's
Headquarters in Brussels before an invited audience of MEPs, diplomats,
civil servants and other distinguished guests. Previous speakers
have included the late Donald Dewar, Lord Robertson former Secretary
General of NATO, and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.
for the work of Professor Donald Bloxham
Professor Donald Bloxham has been invited
to the Branigin Lectureship at the Institute for Advanced Studies
at Indiana University. According to the invitation, 'The hallmark
of Branigin Lecturers is not only the distinction they have in
their chosen field of study, but also that their work spans various
disciplines and sparks dialogue between and among a variety of
departments and schools on campus.' Bloxham will be in residence
at Indiana from 18-25 October. His public lecture, on the subject
of his most recent book, The Final Solution: a Genocide, doubles
as the keynote lecture for the major international conference
'Beyond the Racial State: Rethinking Nazi Germany'. In addition
to the lecture, he will participate in a number of more informal
seminars and gatherings.
A list of previous Branigin lecturers can be found at:
Professor Bloxham's new book is also the subject of a special
panel discussion at a forthcoming conference at the University
of California, Berkeley. The conference is entitled 'From Empire
to Nation: The Ottoman Case in Comparative Perspective', and runs
from 4-7 March 2010. It is co-organised by the University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor) based Workshop for Armenian-Turkish Scholarship.
historians make impact in China Lecture series
Professor Paul Bailey and Dr Felix Boecking
are both delivering public lectures in a series entitled “The
People’s Republic of China at 60”, organized by Dr
Boecking in cooperation with the Confucius Institute for Scotland.
This lecture series, which is designed to present recent scholarly
approaches to China to the general public in an accessible manner
forms part of the Confucius Institute for Scotland's series of
events to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the
People's Republic of China. Professor Bailey will deliver a lecture
on “The 1950s in China: New Wine in Old Bottles" on
14th October, in which he will explore the nature of the early
People's Republic, and the Chinese Communist Party's attempt to
remake Chinese society. Dr Boecking will deliver a lecture on
"Understanding China's Economic Transformation" on 11th
November, in which he will trace some of the key features of China's
economic development since 1978, and consider the question of
China's economic future. Both events are already fully booked.
More information can be found at: www.confuciusinstitute.ac.uk/talks
Paul Bailey to give keynote address at unique conference
Professor Paul Bailey has been invited
to be one of four keynote speakers at the first-ever international
conference on the experience of Chinese contract workers in France
during the Great War which will be held in May 2010 at the University
of the Littoral in Boulogne-sur-mer. Prof Bailey will also become
a member of the 'scientific committee' (organising group) for
Gordon Pentland wins RHS David Berry Prize
Dr Gordon Pentland has been awarded
the Royal Historicals Society's David Berry Prize for 2008. The
prize is given for the 'best published scholarly journal article
or essay dealing with Scottish History' and Gordon recieved it
for his article, "Betrayed by Infamous Spies - The Commemoration
of Scotland's 'Radical War' of 1820", which appeared in Past
& Present, 201 (November 2008)
Academic Liaison Librarian elected as CILIPS President
Forrest, the School's Academic Liaison Librarian, has been
elected as this year's President of the Chartered Institute of
Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS). Margaret
graduated from Edinburgh with an honours degree in History in
1983 and then trained to become a librarian at University of Strathclyde.
She returned to Edinburgh to study for an MSc in German Medieval
History while working at the Medical Library of the Western General
Hospital. The following years were spent working mainly for the
Health Education Board for Scotland (now NHS Health Scotland)
and latterly the University of Dundee. Last year Margaret was
delighted to return to Edinburgh to take up her current appointment
with the School of HCA.
The Chartered Institute
of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS)
is the professional body for librarians and information managers
and represents personal members from all sectors, including academic
libraries. For further information about the role of CILIPS, see:
Venice 4MA undergraduate class spent part of the Easter break in
Venice exploring the history and culture of the city under the direction
of their tutor Dr Stephen Bowd.
light shed on Ireland's war dead by the Centre for the Study of
the Two World Wars
honour plays tribute to Ireland's Second World War dead.
3,600 men and women from the south of Ireland died on active service
during the Second World War, despite the country's policy of neutrality,
according to a new study. Their names will join those of almost
3,900 men and women from Northern Ireland in a new Roll of Honour
to be unveiled in Dublin tomorrow (Friday).
of Honour, compiled by a historian at the University of Edinburgh,
lists the names of 7,507 men and women from Ireland- both north
and south - who died while serving in the British, Commonwealth
and Dominion Forces. The Roll of Honour - 3,617 from the south
and 3,890 from the north, shows the men and women served across
a range of nearly 200 branches of the British Armed Services.
The Roll of Honour will be officially unveiled in a ceremony at
Trinity College and will be permanently housed in Trinity College
carried out by the University of Edinburgh's Centre for the Study
of Two World Wars, is the first to assess the contribution of
men and women from the island of Ireland to the Allied war effort.
It is estimated that, in the British Army alone, there may have
been as many as 100,000 men and women from the north and south
of Ireland serving.
from a variety of sources show that, between 1941 and 1943, the
Royal Air Force attracted over 12,000 recruits from Ireland with
8,500 coming from the neutral south.
McEwen, from the University of Edinburgh's Centre
for the Study of The Two World Wars, said the research is
a major step in portraying the full picture of Ireland's contribution
to the Second World War. She added: "This is a historical
enquiry which needed to be undertaken to help tell the story of
the significant role of the Irish volunteers which, to date, has
largely been untold. She said: "There is a moral imperative
to record the major contribution of those Irish men and women
who served and died."
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historians in discussions with the President of China's premier
Zhou, recently installed as the new President of Peking University
(PKU), the premier university in China, played a flying visit
to the University of Edinburgh on 29-30 April 2009. Because of
the pressure on his time he could only spend a morning discussing
potential collaboration between the two universities and having
lunch with the Principal before flying back to Beijing. Professor
Stephen Hillier, Vice Principal (international relations) chaired
the morning discussions at Abden House. Representatives were there
from all the Colleges in the University. The College of Humanities
and Social Science was represented by the Assistant Director of
IASH and two representatives from the School of History, Classics
Emeritus Professor Harry Dickinson spoke of the thirty years of
links between historians at Edinburgh with historians in China,
including decades long links and friendship with two historians
who are now leading professors of History at PKU. Dr Felix Boecking
explained the present plans of the School to improve links with
PKU, including the offer to waive bench fees for staff and graduate
students from PKU who were able to come to Edinburgh for a few
months to gather resource material and engage in fruitful discussions
with historians here. Although a scientist, Professor Zhou explicitly
expressed an interest in furthering links between the humanities
schools in both universities. Professor Dickinson attended the
lunch hosted by the Principal.
best Subject Area in the EUSA Teaching Awards
Classics have been voted the top Subject
Area in the University in the recent EUSA Teaching Awards. Classics
were voted top out of 60 nominated Subject Areas across the University.
The awards recognise achievement in teaching and highlight the
importance of excellence in teaching.
Classics also enjoyed success in two of the other nine categories
with Dr Michael Lurje taking runner up in the ‘Teaching
Employable Skills’ category and Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
taking runner up in the ‘’Best Dissertation Supervisor’
American History 2 was also voted runner up in the ‘Best
Course’ category from 191 course nominations.
The full news article can be found on the University web, URL
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Notable Success for the Scottish
Centre for Diaspora Studies
Scotland, the body representing all Scottish HE institutions, is
mounting a photographic display on Innovation as its contribution
to the 2009 Homecoming Scotland Exhibition. The
Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies is one of only two selected
from the University of Edinburgh (of twelve activities submitted)
for this profiling. SCDS is also the only Humanities 'Innovation'
from any of the Scottish universities to be showcased, with almost
all of the others from medical and scientific disciplines.
|AHRC Block Grant Partnership
School of History, Classics and Archaeology was a successful part
of the College's application to the Arts and Humanities Research
Council's Block Grant Partnership. The School has been given 19
awards over the next five years from from across History, Classics
and Archaeology. Of these 17 are Ph.D. awards and 2 are in the Research
Preparation Master?s category. For the 2009/10 session we will make
three Ph.D. awards in History and 1 in Archaeology. The application
deadline is 1 April 2009. For information on the application process
Fellow wins Essay Competition
Daniela Vicherat-Mattar has won an essay competition entitled "Urban
Governance: Innovation, Insecurity and the Power of Religion"
organized by the Irmgard Coninx Foundation and the Social Science
Research Center (WZB) in Berlin. The essay entitled “Urban Development
Flanked by Religion and Politics: Reflections from the Belfast History”
was selected from among 42 contributions short-listed out of over
150 candidates from different countries. The award, the Irmgard Coninx
Research Grant for the best essay, is a three months research grant
in Berlin for the year 2010 at the Social Science Research Center
Major ESRC grant awarded
for study of Scotland and Empire
Esther Breitenbach has been awarded a research grant of £288,917
by the ESRC for a project on ‘Empire and Civil Society in
20th Century Scotland: Imperial Decline and National Identity c.
1970’. The research project is for 2 years, and will employ
a Research Assistant to work alongside Dr Breitenbach. The research
will explore Scotland’s changing role within empire and changing
attitudes to colonialism in the 20th century. It will also investigate
reinterpretations of Scotland’s imperial role and its displacement
as a dominant representation of national identity in the period
between 1918 and 1970
Dudley Edwards elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
School warmly congratulates Owen Dudley Edwards, Honorary Fellow
and formerly Reader in History, on his well-deserved election to
the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh(FRSE). The Royal
Society is Scotland's National Academy of Science and Letters and
Fellows are annually elected to it on a competitive basis for their
academic distinction and outstanding contribution to scholarship.
Owen joins ten colleagues associated with the School who have already
received this enviable accolade from their peers. They are Paul
Addison, Michael Anderson, Robert Anderson, GWS Barrow, TM Devine,
Harry Dickinson, Michael Lynch, James F McMillan, Ian Ralston and
John Richardson. The significant number of Fellows of the Royal
Society in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology is another
confirmation of its high standing in the world of scholarship in
Scotland and beyond.
Michael Lurje elected to prestigious visiting post in Princeton
Michael Lurje has been elected a Member of the Institute for Advanced
Study in Princeton for the academic year 2009-2010. The Institute
for Advanced Study, http://www.ias.edu,
is one of the world's leading centres for theoretical research and
intellectual inquiry and competition for membership is fierce.
Michael will be working on a book that will explore the history
of interpretation of Greek tragedy from 1500 to 1900 as on e of
the central intellectual contests in the cultural history of Europe.
of Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
academic year sees the creation of a Centre for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies in the College for Humanities and Social Sciences. The
founding Director will be Dr Cordelia Beattie (History). This
College-wide endeavour brings together from 7 schools more than
70 staff and some 50 research students whose projects lie within
the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its web pages are currently
under construction and an official launch will be held in the
Spring, but for more details on medieval and renaissance studies
in Edinburgh see http://www.medievalstudies.llc.ed.ac.uk/index.htm.