A new article has been published by our colleague David Anderson on on Kenya's FGM crisis of the inter-war years. Please see the link below. David M. Anderson, 'Women missionaries and colonial silences in Kenya's female "circumcision" controversy', The English Historical Review 133, no.565 (2018)
On the 25th of October, Jonathan Schroeder, assistant professor in English at Warwick and one of the new members of the Global History and Culture Centre, published an article with the title 'What Was Black Nostalgia?'. It has appeared as an advance publication in the journal American Literary History. The piece deals with the formation of the medical concept of nostalgia and its transformation (ca. 1790-1860) in slavery in the Americas (esp. in non-Anglophone societies). Please take a look!
In 2018-2019 the Classics and Ancient History department will host the Classical Connections Seminar Series, dedicated to explore connections between Greek and Latin antiquity and different geographical and temporal contexts, both ancient and modern. The series especially welcomes lectures that help rethink the role of Greek and Latin Classics in our culture, education and academic practices by comparison and interaction with other disciplines. Thanks to the generous funding of the IATL, the HRC and the IAS, a number of lectures in 2018-2019 will be dedicated to the role of Africa in the making of the Western Classics, especially to the reception of Greek and Latin literature in authors of African descent and to the complicity of classical scholarship in the production and reproduction of colonial and postcolonial configurations of race.
For a listing of the events, see https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/news/events/
The NEH will be funding the establishment of 'World History Commons', an Open Educational Resource (OER) that will provide high quality, peer-reviewed resources for teaching and research in world and global history. World History Commons will introduce new humanities scholarship and pedagogy while preserving and enhancing widely-used resources from World History Matters and the Global History Reader, a collaboration between scholars at Monash University and from our own GHCC.
Lynn Hunt, one of the leading thinkers in the disipline of history, has recently published a small book about the importance of studying history 'in a time when politicians lie brazenly about historical facts'. It is gratifying to see that she noted the Warwick Department of History's interest in global concerns: ‘at the University of Warwick, almost two-thirds of the academic staff indicated some interest in global questions…’. Lynn Hunt, History: Why it Matters (Oxford: Polity Press, 2018), p. 81.