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Archive of departmental research seminars

2011

Public and private life in the royal bedchamber 1688-1714

12 January

Olivia Fryman (Kingston), ‘The bed's two bodies: public and private life in the royal bedchamber 1688-1714’.

Part of The Body in Bed Seminar series

Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF. Convenors: Sandra Cavallo, Jane Hamlett, Anna Whitelock

Insomnia and mental weakness in medieval medicine

2 February

Bill MacLehose (UCL), 'Insomnia and mental weakness in medieval medicine'

Part of the Body in Bed seminar series

Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF. Convenors: Sandra Cavallo, Jane Hamlett, Anna Whitelock

The material culture of healthy sleep in the early modern Italian interior

23 February

Marta Ajmar-Wollheim (V&A Research Department)

'From scented sheets to canopy beds: the material culture of healthy sleep in the early modern Italian interior

Part of the Body in Bed seminar series

Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF. Convenors: Sandra Cavallo, Jane Hamlett, Anna Whitelock

Sleep Routines and Sociability in the Early Eighteenth Century

16 March

Sasha Handley (Northumbria) – Sleep Routines and Sociability in the Early Eighteenth Century (full title TBC)

Part of The Body in Bed Seminar series

Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF. Convenors: Sandra Cavallo, Jane Hamlett, Anna Whitelock

Beds and bedfellows in early modern London

23 March

Laura Gowing (KCL), ‘Beds and bedfellows in early modern London’

Part of The Body in Bed Seminar series

Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF. Convenors: Sandra Cavallo, Jane Hamlett, Anna Whitelock

Women in Research

14 April

Each Wednesday evening for six weeks the esteemed Edith Hall will be interviewing female academics from the departments of History, Physics, Geography, Classics, English and Management about a pioneering woman in their field who has inspired them: from an unconventional Islamic scholar to a palaeontologist that discovered the link between Cypriot pygmy hippos and climate change.  We hope that you can join us for these entertaining and educational talks to learn more about the work of current female academics who are carrying on the tradition of excellence at the University.  For a complete list of the lectures, click here to visit our website.

On May 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the School of Management Auditorium, the Head of the History Department at Royal Holloway, Dr. Sarah Ansari, will be discussing her inspiration: Professor Annemarie Schimmel (1922 – 2003), the influential German Orientalist and scholar who wrote extensively on Islam and Sufism. Professor Schimmel was a fierce intellectual who fell in love with Muslim poetry, literature and culture, becoming the first woman and non-Muslim to teach theology at the University of Ankara in Turkey. She went on to found the Indo-Muslim studies programme at Harvard where she taught for 25 years, publishing more than 50 books on Islamic literature, mysticism and culture.

2010

History and Extra-Europe: Joint Presentation:

19 Jan.

Markus Daechsel (Royal Holloway)

The Historian and the Pakistan Crisis

podcast

Vanessa Martin (Royal Holloway)

The Historian and the Iraq War

The Vanishing Liberal Subject: Morality in Russian Literature 1860-1910

2 Feb.

Daniel Beer (Royal Holloway)

podcast

‘A person in black, sent to you from afar’: the Evangelical Clergy's Awakening of the Flock in Rural Norfolk 1773-1813

9 Feb. 

Margaret Bird (Royal Holloway)

podcast

The Body in Bed

20 Oct.

Sandra Cavallo, Jane Hamlett and Anna Whitelock organised a seminar on the theme of ‘The Body in Bed.’ The series will explore a set of themes related to sleep and health, sleeping arrangements, sleep and space, and the material culture of sleep and includes contributions by medievalists, early modernists and modern historians. The seminar will be held every three weeks at 11 Bedford Square from October.

List of seminars

Victorian Marriage in Bed

17 Nov.

Jane Hamlett (RHUL), ‘The Bedroom with Dressing Room Attached: Space and Middle-Class Marital Relations in England, 1850-1910.’

Vicky Holmes (Essex), ‘My Side of the Bed’: Victorian Marriage in the Working-Class Bed’

Part of the Body in Bed seminar series

Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF. Convenors: Sandra Cavallo, Jane Hamlett, Anna Whitelock

Twin Beds and the Politics of Co-Sleeping in Britain, 1870-1945

8 December

Hilary Hinds (Lancaster), ‘Twin Beds and the Politics of Co-Sleeping in Britain, 1870-1945’ Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF. Part of the Body in Bed seminar series Convenors: Sandra Cavallo, Jane Hamlett, Anna Whitelock

The Clerical Authority in Shi'ite Islam

14 December

A Project of the British Academy, sponsored by the British Institute of Persian Studies and the British Society of Middle Eastern Studies

The second workshop of the second year on:

The History and Development of the Hawza 

  • 09.45am Opening Remarks (Robert Gleave)
  • 10.00am Alexander Hainy, Mirza Husain Nuri: The last Akhbari?
  • 10.30am Sajad Jiyad, Establishing Najaf as the Shi'a Hawza: Shaykh Tusi's role in the history and development of the seminary
  • 11.30am Fouad Kazem, Shi'i 'ulama and Secular Movements in Iraq between 1950 and 1963
  • 12.00pm Mohamed Misbah and Mohamed Samiei, The breathing period between two dictatorships: 1941 - 1953 Hawza of Qum
  • 1.30pm Ahab Bdaiwi, The Introduction of Philosophy into the Hawza of Najaf in 1955
  • 2.00pm Mohammadjavad Ardelan, The establishment of the universal Shi’ah marja’iyat in Qum: 1943-1947
  • 3.30pm Robert Gleave, Language debates in the Hawza in the 1970s and 80s
  • 4.00pm Bashir Damji, The quest for religious self-sufficiency: the ethnic Hawzas


Autumn 2009

6 Oct.

Rudolf Muhs (Royal Holloway)

Fatherland, Class and Sex. The Transgressions of Wolfgang Gans Edler Herr zu Putlitz

13 Oct. (Postgraduate lunchtime presentations)
20 Oct.

Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway)

What's wrong with medieval medicine?

podcast

27 Oct.

Humayun Ansari (Royal Holloway)

Place-making, Identity and Islam: the Struggle to Create 'a mosque in London worthy of the tradition of Islam and worthy of the capital of the British Empire', 1910-1944

podcast

3 Nov.

United States Round Table: John Kirk (Royal Holloway), Joe Merton,(Oxford University), Sandra Scanlon (London School of Economics), Tim Stanley (Royal Holloway)

The Republican Party and the Rise of the New Right in American Politics since the 1960s

podcast

10 Nov.

Nick Holder (Royal Holloway)

History, Archaeology and Engagement with the Public

podcast

17 Nov.

(Postgraduate lunchtime presentations)

24 Nov.

Russell Wallis (Royal Holloway)

British Responses to Atrocity between 1914 and 1945

podcast

1 Dec.

Tommaso Bobbio (Royal Holloway)

Economic and Social Change and Violence in Ahmadabad 1950-2000

podcast


Spring 2009

13 Jan.

Alexandra Wilson (Department of Music, Oxford Brookes University)

"A New Type of Star: Opera, Recording and Celebrity in 1920s London"

20 Jan.

Kendrick Oliver (Southampton University)

"Religion and the American space programme, 1957-75"

10 Feb.

Ludmilla Jordanova (Kings College, London University)

"Historians' Uses of Visual and Material Evidence"

17 Feb.

Nelida Fuccaro (School of Oriental and African Studies)

"Middle Eastern Urban Frontiers, Migrants and States: the Persian Gulf, 1820-1947"

podcast

24 Feb.

Nikolaos Chrissis (Royal Holloway History Department)

"The Common Cause of Christendom: Crusading Rhetoric in Byzantine Diplomacy towards the West (12th-13th century)"

podcast

10 Mar.

Round table on China Chi-Kwan Mark, Weipin (History Department) and Evelyn Goh (Politics and International Relations)

"A Greater China "

podcast


Autumn 2008

7 Oct.

Daniel Nilsson DeHanas (University of North Carolina)

"Return of Certainties: The Appeal of Culturalised Islam and Christianity among London's Second-Generation Youth"

21 Oct.

Emma Ruckley (The Queen's College, University of Oxford)

"Stud or Dud? Representations of Masculinity in American Popular Culture, 1950-1960"

28 Oct.

Jonathan Harris (Royal Holloway History Department)

"Byzantine Emperor meets English Heretics: Manuel II Palaiologos and the Lollards"

4 Nov .

Neil Gregor (Southampton University)

"In Streicher's Shadow: Nuremberg and the Nazi Past after 1945"

11 Nov.

Robert Iliffe (Sussex University)

"Living in a Coffin: William Stukeley's Enlightenment Arcadias"

25 Nov.

David Gwynn (Royal Holloway History Department)

"Athanasius of Alexandria (bishop 328-373): Saint or Gangster?"

2 Dec.

Paul Betts (Sussex University)

"Personal Property, Noise and Honour: Neighbourhood Conflict in Socialist East Berlin"

9 Dec.

Uriel Heyd (Royal Holloway History Department)

"Newspaper and Collective Memory Formation in the Eighteenth Century"

and, Andy Pearce (Royal Holloway History Department)

"Collective Memory of the Holocaust in 21st Century Britain"


Spring 2008

8 Jan.

David Cesarani (History, Royal Holloway)

"Terror and Counter-Terror in Palestine, 1946-47: Why Britain's War on Terror Failed"

15 Jan.

Kei Nasu (International Christian University, Tokyo)

"Heresiography and After: Cataloguing Religion in Seventeenth Century England"

22 Jan.

Pieter Francois (Ghent University/Royal Holloway)

"Brussels and Paris as Seen through the Eyes of Henry Addison (1830-70). Homes of British Residents and Genteel Poverty"

29 Jan.

Anna Bellavitis (Université Paris10 Nanterre)

"Women, Kinship and Property in Renaissance Venice"

5 Feb.

Eric Foner (Columbia University)

"Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Rights of Black Americans"

12 Feb.

Robert Schneider (Indiana University, Bloomington)

"Writing Reason of State in the Age of Richelieu"

21 Feb.

Will Kaufman (University of Central Lancashire)

"Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travellin'"

26 Feb.

Marie Sandell (History Department)

"'Truly International? International Women's Organisations' Quest for Expansion in the Inter-War Period"

4 Mar.

Emma Ruckley (The Queen's College, University of Oxford)

"Stud or Dud? Representations of Masculinity in American Popular Culture, 1950-1960".

Cancelled
11 Mar.

Anna Moszynska (Sotheby's Institute of Art)

'Unravelling the Tracks of Time: Gerhard Richter's Tante Marianne (1965) - a Surprising Window onto German History and Experience in the Twentieth Century'


Autumn 2007

9 Oct.

Barbara Zipser (University College London)

"Books without Authors: Contextualizing Medical Knowledge"

23 Oct.

Peter Anderson (London School of Economics)

"Denouncing the Defeated: repression and complicity in the Francoist military courts, 1939-1945"

30 Oct.

Amanda Vickery (History, Royal Holloway)

"An Englishman's House is his Castle - Privacies, Boundaries and Thresholds in the Eighteenth Century London House"

6 Nov.

Amit Dey (Calcutta University)

"Translation of the Quran and the Sirat in Colonial Bengal and Bhai Girish Chandra Sen"

6 Nov.

Andrew Scott (Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway)

"Science Meets Art. Geological Investigations in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle"

13 Nov. David Lambert (Geography, Royal Holloway)"Geography, Atlantic Slavery and the Culture of West African Exploration"
20 Nov.

Charalambos Dendrinos (History, Royal Holloway)

"Reflection on the Failure of the Council of Florence (1439)"

27 Nov.

Morteza Nouraei (University of Isfahan)

"Imperialism and Legal Privilege. Advantages and Disadvantages in Nineteenth Century Iran"

4 Dec.

Penelope Corfield (History, Royal Holloway)

"Historians and the Diachronic"


Spring 2007

Jan. 23.

Prof. Dan Stone, Dr. Bruce Baker, Dr. Sarah Ansari (Royal Holloway),

"History and Memory: A Roundtable"

Jan. 30. TBA. Feb. 6. Dr. Matthew Grimley (Royal Holloway), "Sex, Secularisation and the Sixties in Britain"
Feb. 13 Mr. Mihail Raev, (Cambridge University) "Narrative Models of Late Antiquity in Early Russian Historical Works and Chronicles"
Feb. 20. Dr. Chris Wright (Royal Holloway), "The Bonds of the Genoese Commonwealth in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Case of the Gattilusio Lordships" (NB. 5.00 pm start).
Feb. 27. Dr. Andrew Lees (Rutgers University), "German Views of Urban Society in Nineteenth-Century Britain"
Mar. 6. Dr. Emily West (Reading University), "'She is dissatisfied with her present condition': Requests for Voluntary Enslavement in the Antebellum American South."
Mar. 13. Mr. Alex Barber (Royal Holloway), "John Dyer's Newsletters: Scribal and Print Culture during the Sacheverell Trial, 1695-1715."
Mar. 20 Mr. Joel Isaac (Cambridge University), "The Crucible of Relativism: Visions of Theory at Interwar Harvard"
Mar. 27. Ms. Catherine Bowden (Royal Holloway), "Historians, Computers and Texts: Qualitative Data Analysis and the Health of the Cecils Project"

   
 
 
 

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