A Hard Day’s Knight: Matt Hefferan’s new monograph

It was common in medieval Europe for kings to retain a number of household knights in their personal service. Doing so provided them with a small group of loyal servants who could perform a variety of valuable functions at the king’s command. In my recent book, I focus on the household knights of one of …

Dr. Kate Law examines women and nation-building in Zimbabwe

Questions of belonging, particularly in relation to the process of decolonisation in Southern Africa, remain an enduring research interest of mine. Yet scholars of the end of the empire have been remarkably slow in embracing gender as a serious category of analysis. Challenging this orthodoxy, my 2020 open-access article, ‘“We wanted to be free as …

Jörg Arnold’s new article on miners and masculinity in 1970s and 80s Britain

Even after the final demise of the Britain’s coal industry some seven years ago, the figure of the miner continues to exert a special hold on the cultural imagination. Miners are depicted as both admirable and pitiful. They represent the lost world of industrial Britain that was swept aside by the de-industrial revolution of the …

New book on Penguin Books from Dr. Dean Blackburn

The author writes: Penguin Books and Political Change traces the social and political thought of those intellectuals and policy-makers who helped to shape post-war. In doing so, it tells a story about the rise and fall of what we might call Britain’s ‘meritocratic moment’. From the 1930s, I argue, thinkers from across the political spectrum began …

New book by Anna Greenwood and Richard Bates

Florence Nightingale at Home by Paul Crawford, Anna Greenwood, Richard Bates & Jonathan Memel This co-authored monograph, released in the year of Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary, proposes a new understanding of Nightingale’s life, work, and ideas by considering them through the prism of the concept of ‘home’. This was a key notion in the nineteenth century, …

Dr. Arun Kumar’s new article in Past & Present

This article examines the emergence of mass letter-writing in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century colonial north India, a region marked by the growth of an unprecedented labour mobility, postal expansion, vernacular print, and workers’ literacy. It narrates how workers’ and their family members’ abilities and failures to read and write letters shaped their experiences …

Dr. Sascha Auerbach’s new project awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship

Dr. Sascha Auerbach has been awarded a one-year Leverhulme research fellowship to pursue his third book project on race, labour and migration in the 19th c. British Empire.  The project was featured this month in the Leverhulme’s “Grants in Focus” newsletter.  

Dr. Anna Toropova’s new book on Stalin-era cinema and emotion

  Feeling Revolution: Cinema, Genre, and the Politics of Affect under Stalin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020) explores cinema’s vital role in cultivating the distinctive emotional values and norms of the Stalin era, ranging from happiness and victorious laughter to hatred for enemies. Reading Stalin-era cinema as a ‘laboratory’ of emotional revolution, the book explores how the …

Dr. Arun Kumar publishes article on Dalit identity and education in India

This article investigates Dalits’ dreams and desires for education in the United Provinces by examining hitherto unexplored records of the American Methodist Church missionaries and the Arya Samaj from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Focussed on the schools opened for Dalits and Dalit Christian converts by these two religious organisations, it explores the …

Dr. Anna Greenwood helps lead new project under the UNZA Nottingham collaboration agreement

Colleagues Murray Lark (Bio Science), Anna Greenwood (History) and Alison Mohr (Sociology) at the University of Nottingham in collaboration with University of Zambia have initiated an innovative research project “Towards transdisciplinary understanding of inherited soil surveys: an exploratory case study in Zambia”.  The project was recently approved for funding by the Arts and Research Humanities …