Hayes Robinson Lecture
Each year in March a distinguished international historian is invited to give the Hayes Robinson lecture, in celebration of History at Royal Holloway. The lecture series was re-launched in 1992/3, under a benefaction from the estate of Margaret Hayes Robinson. She was a congenial and inclusive Head of Royal Holloway's History Department (1899-1911) in the days when higher education for women was still being pioneered; and it is appropriate that, one hundred years later, her legacy is being used to bring people together to enjoy the latest historical research, presented in accessible style.
In 1996, it was decided that the success of the lectures merited publication, and Natalie Zemon Davis launched the pamphlet series with a characteristically zestful study of impostors. As Prof. Penelope Corfield, former Hayes Robinson organiser, has commented: 'The series is intellectually diverse, lively, and wide-ranging - in a true reflection of the interests of Royal Holloway's History Department. We are delighted that the entire published series are now available on-line'.
N.B.: Most of the lecture files before 2007 are in pdf format and are quite large (3-6 Mb), so they may download quite slowly if you have a slow internet connection.
- 2015, Bruce Lincoln, "The Werewolf, the Shaman, and the Historian: Rethinking the Case of “Old Thiess” after Carlo Ginzburg" podcast
- 2014, Lyndal Roper, "Marthin Luther, Aggression, and Masculinity" podcast
- 2013, Richard Kagan, "The Plaza and the Square: Perspectives on the Cities in the Early Modern Atlantic World" podcast
- 2012, Catherine Hall, "Displaced Histories: Memories of the Slave Trade and Slavery" podcast
- 2011, Keith Thomas, "Heritage or History? Conflicting Views of the Past" podcast
- 2010, Stefan Collini, "History in English Literary Criticism" podcast
- 2009, Peter Linebaugh, "The Magna Carta Manifesto" Listen to the lecture here
- 2008, David Sorkin, "Enlightenment and Faith: Debates among Protestants, Catholics and Jews in Eighteenth-Century Europe"
- 2007, Nell Irvin Painter, "America through French Eyes: Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont"
- 2006, Roger Chartier, "Jack Cade, The Skin of a Dead Lamb, and Hatred of the Written Word"
- 2005, Benjamin Kedar, "Holy Men in a Holy Land: Christian, Muslim and Jewish Religiosity in the Near East at the Time of the Crusades"
- 2004, Barbara Metcalf, "India, Islam and Everyday Jihad"
- 2003, Robert Darnton, "Mademoiselle Bonafon and the Private Life of Louis XV: What the Butler Saw and What the Public Read in Eighteenth-Century France"
- 2002, Judith Bennett, "Queens, Whores and Maidens: Women in Chaucer's England"
- 2001, Saul Friedländer, "Mass Murder and German Society in the Third Reich: Interpretations and Dilemmas"
- 2000, Robert Fogel, "Long Life in the Modern World: Changes in the Process of Ageing"
- 1999, Olwen Hufton, "Whatever Happened to the History of the Nun?"
- 1998, Linda Colley, "Shakespeare & the Limits of National Culture"
- 1997, Peter Brown, "Visions of the After-Life"
- 1996, Simon Schama "Rembrandt's Eye"
- 1995, Natalie Zemon Davis, "Remaking Impostors: From Martin Guerre to Sommersby"
- 1994, David Cannadine "The Changing Role of the National Trust"
- 1993, Lawrence Stone: "Eighteenth-Century Sexualities"