The School publishes a newsletter each month to inform our members, the university and wider community of recent developments and achievements by members of the School research and teaching community.
See below for recent editions or go to Newsletter Archive for previous years:
Funding Opportunities for Postgraduate courses in History and Anthropology to start in October 2014 (PhD, MA and MRes) are now available on the School Webpages at:
The closing date for most competitions will be Monday 17th February 2014.
The AHRC has announced the outcomes of Doctoral Training Partnerships (BGP2) competition for 2014-19:
Queen's will participate as a member of the successful Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership bid, along with our partners in Newcastle and Durham Universities.
Northern Bridge will secure access to QUB students to compete for prestigious AHRC PhD studentships over the next years in all our Arts and Humanities disciplines, and provide enhanced doctoral training opportunities to both AHRC and non-AHRC funded students. We are looking foward to working closely and constructively with our new partners in the North-East of England.
Click here for the AHRC announcement, including the aims and objectives of the scheme and list of all funded DTPs.
Click here Click here for the joint press release on Northern Bridge DTP from Newcastle, Durham and QUB.
Many congratulations to Simon Gallaher (BA History 2013), who has won the 2013 Undergraduate Awards prize for Historical Studies, for his essay on 'Why was Klan violence effective as a means of conservative opposition to Reconstruction?'
Congratulations also to Jonathan Hayes, who was Highly Commended in the same category.
For more details, see: http://www.undergraduateawards.com/winners/winners-2013
Both disciplines in the School have been given very strong approval ratings by our final year undergraduates in NSS 2013:
Congratulations to Hastings Donnan, Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen's, on his election as a Fellow of the British Academy in July 2013. More information on this year's elections from the British Academy website.
The Wiles Lecturer for 2014 will be Prof Rana Mitter (Oxford) on modern Chinese history.
Click here for details.
Postgraduate Poster Presentations 2013
See a sample of our 2013 PhD Research Poster Presentations here:
The programme is aimed primarily at people interested in undertaking a major research project in a local history topic relating to Ulster or the island of Ireland more generally. People wishing to return to study and/or wishing to undertake the programme part-time (over 31 months) are particularly welcome, although the programme is also available full-time over 12 months.
If you have a serious interest in local history, the MRes is designed to offer you personalised training, guidance and support to help you turn your local history topic into an academic project, ideally with a view to future publication.
For more information, visit the MRes webpage.
Robert Gildea's 2013 Wiles Lectures on 'Remembering and Repetition in France: Defeat, Colonialism and Resistance since 1940' are now available as Podcasts, via the Wiles Lectures webpages.
We are delighted to be able to announce agreements for 2 new Undergraduate Student Exchanges with US Universities starting in 2013-14, open to students registered in the School. We are also in a position to offer bursaries to support these exchanges to 4 QUB students accepted for the exchange programme in 2013-14.
Our Exchanges are with:
(1) University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) – Fall Semester (16 Aug – 14 Dec) – 2 students. See: http://www.uis.edu/
(2) College of Charleston (CoC), Charleston, S. Carolina – Spring Semester (6 Jan – 2 May) – 2 students. See: http://www.cofc.edu/international-landing/
2013-14 Exchange Bursaries
An information meeting with members of staff involved in establishing the exchanges will take place on Wednesday 24 April at 2pm in 16 University Square, G01. Please attend this meeting if interested, or contact Dr Brian Kelly (CoC), Dr Olwen Purdue (UIS) or Prof. Catherine Clinton (either).
As part of the ‘Queen’s in the Community’ initiative, members of the School of History are holding an event at Crumlin Road Gaol where we will discuss the poor, criminal and sick of Belfast in the past.
ALL WELCOME - free event.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field may be the stars of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln film, but a member of Queen’s staff had her own role to play in bringing the film to the big screen.
Professor Catherine Clinton, Chair of American History in the School of History and Anthropology, was a consultant on the film which has received 12 Academy Award nominations. Ahead of this month’s Oscar ceremony, Queen’s Now spoke to Catherine to find out more.
If you make Queen's your firm choice and enrol on an Undergraduate course in September 2013, you could receive a merit based scholarship which reduces your tuition fees each year.
Eligible students who achieve AAB at A-level, or the equivalent in other qualifications (as determined by the Admissions and Access Service), will qualify for a scholarship of £2,500, those who achieve ABB at A-level or the equivalent in other qualifications will qualify for £1,750, and those who satisfy the conditions of their offer (if lower) will qualify for £1,250.
Fore more details - click here.
Crawford Gribben joins the School as Professor of Early Modern British History in January 2013.
He is a a cultural and literary historian whose work concentrates on the development and dissemination of religious ideas, especially in terms of apocalyptic and millennial thought, in the print cultures of Puritanism and evangelicalism. His current projects in the earlier period include writing John Owen and English Puritanism and editing Dublin: Renaissance City of Literature. He serves as co-editor of a series of monographs and edited collections entitled 'Christianities in the trans-Atlantic world, 1550-1800' (Palgrave Macmillan), and is a general editor of a major new multi-volume and multi-authored project entitled Calvin and Global Calvinism 1509-2009. He also directs the 'Radical Religion in the trans-Atlantic world, 1500-1800' project (funded by the Irish Research Council, 2012-13).
Professor Gribben joins us from TCD, where he held posts in early-modern literature and history. He will be an Institute Fellow of the QUB Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities January-September 2013.
Congratulations to all our students who graduated at the Queen's Winter Graduation Ceremony on 12 December.
In total, the School had four PhDs, 49 MAs and 4 BAs take their degrees on this occasion. We hope everyone enjoyed the occasion.
Queen's historians have published two important books on Belfast history in November:
Edited by Dr Olwen Purdue and published by Irish Academic Press, this book brings together a number of scholars from Queen's and elsewhere to explore the development of the city in its Victorian and Edwardian heyday. By focusing on the people of the city - those who built it, lived in it, visited it, worked in it, and governed it - the book presents a kaleidoscope of snapshots which combine to reveal the rich and varied experiences of life, both temporal and spiritual, in the emerging city. It offers a remarkable picture of the role Belfast played in the urban history of Victorian Britain and Ireland. The book will be launched at the Ulster Museum on 29 November at 6.30pm. QUB contributors include Olwen Purdue, Steve Royle, Sean Connolly, Paul Harron, Glenn Patterson, and Liam Kennedy. More information.
This landmark publication is edited by Prof. Sean Connolly and published by Liverpool University Press. This volume, the outcome of a collaboration with Belfast City Council and the Leverhulme Trust, marks the 400th anniversary of Belfast's first charter of incorporation as a town in 1613. Belfast 400 presents a new history of one of the world’s most fascinating and most misunderstood cities. The misunderstanding, and the fascination, arise from the same contradictions. Belfast was a significant part of the story of Great Britain’s rise to industrial greatness. But it was a city located, not in Great Britain, but in Ireland. It was one of the main theatres in which the conflicts of identity that have created modern Ireland were fought out. Yet both its politics and its industrial character set it wholly apart from other Irish towns. A central part of the history of both societies, it has never fitted neatly into the accepted narrative of either. Against this background Belfast 400 seeks to recapture the true history of Ireland’s second city in all its complexity. The book features contributions from a number of Queen's scholars, including Sean Connolly, Gillian McIntosh, Ruairi Ó Baoill, Steve Royle, Sean O'Connell and Dominic Bryan. The book will be launched at Belfast City Hall on 24 January. More information.
'Africans in Northern Ireland and at Queen's University Belfast'
Wednesday 24 October 2012 at 5pm (Old Staff Common Room, QUB)
Speakers: Elly O. Odhiambo and Eric Morier-Genoud
The 2013 Wiles Lectures will be given by Prof Robert Gildea (Oxford) on 'Remembering and Repetition in France: defeat, colonialism and resistance since 1940'.
More info here.
Two History Postdocs at QUB are available, both on the AHRC-funded 'Welfare and Public Health in Belfast and the North of Ireland c.1800-1973' project, directed by Prof. Peter Gray.
(1) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Ref. 12/102110) for 36 months to lead sub-project 'Poverty and public health in Belfast and its hinterland 1898-1973'.
(2) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Ref: 12/102111) for 30 months as research assistant on sub-project 'Whited sepulchres? Poor relief, public health and the decline of the civic ideal: Belfast c.1840-1939', led by Dr Olwen Purdue.
For more information and application details, go to: http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/QUBJobVacancies/OtherJobs/ResearchJobs/
Closing: 20 July 2012
“We’re delighted that more American students will have the opportunity to experience life at one of the UK’s top universities. The Queen’s University Belfast Summer Institute will offer all that we would hope for in a Fulbright exchange programme: a challenging academic component, a rich and multifaceted cultural experience and an enthusiastic and welcoming host. The Institute will play a key role in deepening the relationship between the US and UK and will add something original and exciting to our 63-year old institution.”
Details regarding the Summer Institute can be found on Fulbright’s website.
For information about applying directly to the Irish Studies summer schoo, please visit the Institute of Irish Studies Summer School Web pages.
Director, Fulbright Awards Programme
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*Top Ten*: Guardian League Table for Anthropology 2014
Recent results show that Anthropology at Queen’s University is in the top ten UK departments according to the Guardian League Table for 2014.
The table further highlights that Anthropology at Queen’s has the highest percentage score of all UK universities for students satisfied with feedback in UK Anthropology degrees.