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Fighting for Empire: From Slavery to Military Service in the West India Regiments

Professor David Lambert will be giving the keynote lecture at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine's Commonwealth Cultural Day at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on Thursday 11th October. The title of his lecture is 'Fighting for Empire: From Slavery to Military Service in the West India Regiments'.

RCDM Birmingham 

Thu 11 October 2018, 11:13 | Tags: Impact and Public Engagement Lecture Announcement

New PhD studentships in History for 2019 entry

The Department of History at Warwick invites applications for doctoral study commencing in September 2019.

History at Warwick was ranked first in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the proportion of world-leading research activity (4*) in the Department. We have an outstanding reputation as practitioners of social and cultural history and expertise covering all regions of the world.

The following financial support will be available on a competitive basis for exceptional candidates and projects:

                          • AHRC studentships, as part of the Midlands4Cities (M4C) Doctoral Training Partnership for Home and EU applicants, covering maintenance and full tuition fees over 3.5 years;
                          • Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships for Home/EU applicants, covering maintenance and full tuition fees over 3 years;
                          • Chancellor’s International Scholarships, for Overseas (non-EU) applicants, covering maintenance and full tuition fees over 3.5 years;
                          • EU Chancellor’s Scholarships, for EU applicants, covering maintenance and full tuition fees over 3.5 years;
                          • Department of History Doctoral Scholarships, for Home/EU and Overseas (non-EU) applicants, covering maintenance and tuituion fees (up to the level of a Home/EU student) over 3.5 years;

                          The History Department will select outstanding candidates to nominate for these award competitions. To allow sufficient time for us to consider your application and to work with you to develop it prior to the final closing dates for submission of written materials (early in 2019) we ask that you make contact with us as soon as you can and before 1st December 2018.

                          For more details on these and other Warwick University funding schemes see here.

                          Applicants for AHRC awards whom we intend to nominate for the M4C Doctoral Training Partnership competition will be required to attend a Skype interview in early January 2019. Please note that although, formally, M4C awards to non-UK EU candidates will only cover fees, internal consortium arrangements are expected to enable full fees & maintenance to be awarded to non-UK candidates from the EU.

                          To search for a potential supervisor in the Department by their specialism, click here.

                          Individual staff and their specialisms can be viewed here.

                          Applicants who may be interested in doctoral study are advised to contact the Director of Postgraduate Research in the Department.

                          Please include a brief outline of your proposed research project and a CV or short description of your academic qualifications and experience, including your degree classification or overall result at BA and MA level, or equivalent. If we think we can offer appropriate supervision for your project we shall provide further information about the application process for the relevant scholarship(s) at that point.

                          While we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, we particularly those from with backgrounds that are currently under-represented within the postgraduate community at Warwick and in academic posts in the UK.


                          Fri 05 October 2018, 17:50 | Tags: Postgraduate Funding Announcement

                          British Commission for Maritime History: Undergraduate Dissertation Prizes 2018


                          The British Commission for Maritime History awards a small number of £75 prizes each year for undergraduate dissertations in the broad field of maritime history. The Commission’s aims are to encourage students to pursue maritime questions in their final year research, and to reward the best of that work.

                          Subjects eligible for consideration reflect the Commission’s view of maritime history as a wide-ranging discipline. It includes topics such as shipping, seafaring, ports, seapower, maritime labour, coastal communities, trade, exploration, shipbuilding, navigation, and fishing, and embraces a wide range of political, economic, social, technological and cultural approaches.

                          Josephine O’Dowd, undergraduate student of the University of Warwick History Department is one of the 2018 award winners for her dissertation, Nutmeg: ‘The Headiest and Most Blood Soaked of the Spices’. What Were the Implications of the Nutmeg Trade between 1599 and 1621?

                          Please see the website of the British Commission for Maritime History for details of all the 2018 winners.


                          Fri 14 September 2018, 08:48 | Tags: Award, Undergraduate

                          Professor Rebecca Earle in conversation with Ruby Tandoh

                          Ruby TandohEat Up

                          Ruby Tandoh is an author and journalist who’s written for the Observer, Vice and Elle. She’s currently a columnist for the Guardian’s Feast supplement and was a finalist on the 2013 Great British Bake Off. She has published two cookery books, Crumb and Flavour.

                          Ruby will be at the Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth, at 8pm on the 20th September 2018 (details available online) to talk about her latest book, Eat Up! – a ‘joyous manifesto for flavour and sanity’, which explores everything from gluttons and gourmets in the movies, to the symbolism of food and sex.  which was published in February 2018 and was a Sunday Times best-seller.

                          Ruby will be speaking in conversation with acclaimed food historian Professor Rebecca Earle of the Warwick University History Department.


                          Wed 12 September 2018, 11:55 | Tags: Media, Impact and Public Engagement

                          The Emotional Politics of the Alternative Left: West Germany, 1968-1984

                          The Emotional Politics of the Alternative Left 
                          The Emotional Politics of the Alternative Left: West Germany, 1968-1984
                          is a new book by Dr Joachim Häberlen of the Warwick University History Department, published by Cambridge University Press.

                          In the 1970s, a multifaceted alternative scene developed in West Germany. At the core of this leftist scene was a struggle for feelings in a capitalist world that seemed to be devoid of any emotions. Joachim C. Häberlen offers here a vivid account of these emotional politics. The book discusses critiques of rationality and celebrations of insanity as an alternative. It explores why capitalism made people feel afraid and modern cities made people feel lonely. Readers are taken to consciousness raising groups, nude swimming at alternative vacation camps, and into the squatted houses of the early 1980s. Häberlen draws on a kaleidoscope of different voices to explore how West Germans became more concerned with their selves, their feelings, and their bodies. By investigating how leftists tried to transform themselves through emotional practices, Häberlen gives us a fresh perspective on a fascinating aspect of West German history.

                          Details of all the monographs and edited collection of the Warwick University History Department's academic staff are available online.


                          Thu 06 September 2018, 15:00 | Tags: Publication

                          The Ghost of Namamugi: Charles Lenox Richardson and the Anglo-Satsuma War

                          The Ghost of Namamugi 
                          The Ghost of Namamugi
                          is a new book by Dr Robert Fletcher, Associate Professor of Britain and Empire at the University of Warwick, to be published later this year by Renaissance Books.

                          In 1862, a young British merchant was killed by samurai, in uncertain circumstances, at Namamugi – a quiet village near Yokohama, Japan. One year later, a British fleet bombarded the port of Kagoshima to extract reparations, reducing much of this south-western city to ash.

                          The Ghost of Namamugi is a captivating re-telling of this story, locating it firmly within the wider context of British imperial expansion in East Asia. Dr Fletcher explains how it was that the death of one man led to the partial destruction of a city, and approaches this murder as a window onto the makings and dynamics of a mid-nineteenth century ‘outrage’. The book explores how competing images of the dead of Namamugi, Charles Lenox Richardson – to some a martyr in the cause of free trade, to others the embodiment of a bullying merchant class – have served to justify and to lament Britain’s bombardment ever since.

                          Making use of newly discovered sources, The Ghost of Namamugi also presents, for the first time and in full, Richardson’s personal correspondence home. Written across ten years spent living and trading at Shanghai, the Richardson letters to give readers a chance to form their own judgement of the man at the centre of an international incident. Together, the book offers new perspectives on the thoughts, experiences and travails of a determined young merchant of the treaty port world, at a critical moment in the history of imperial expansion and conflict in Asia.

                          Details of all the monographs and edited collection of the Warwick University History Department's academic staff are available online.


                          Mon 03 September 2018, 13:49 | Tags: Publication

                          British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2018

                          The Department of History encourages outstanding postdoctoral scholars to apply to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, for Fellowships hosted at Warwick starting in the 2019/20 academic year.

                          Applications are welcomed from candidates who have a strong research profile and meet the following eligibility criteria:

                          • They must be in possession of a doctoral degree by 1st April 2019
                          • They must be either a UK/EEA national, have completed their doctorate at a UK university or have a strong prior association with the UK academic community
                          • They must not yet have held a permanent academic appointment
                          • They must be within three years of the award of their doctorate (measured from the date of their viva voce examination) on 1st April 2019.

                          Appointments at the University of Warwick are dependent on the award of the Fellowship. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during the funded period. For more information on the scheme’s aims and eligibility criteria, please visit

                          Prospective applicants are required to identify an academic mentor from within the Department of History. Applicants should approach their proposed mentor to discuss their project at the earliest opportunity.

                          Applications will require approval from the Department of History before submission to the British Academy. For the Department of History to determine which candidates go forward to the British Academy, candidates will need to send the following information by email to both James Green, Research Strategy and Development Manager for the Faculty of Arts ( and to Professor Giorgio Riello, Department of History Director of Research, ( by 5pm on Friday 21st September 2018:

                          • A short description of their proposed project (maximum 2 A4 pages)
                          • A copy of their CV (maximum 2 A4 pages)
                          • The name of their proposed mentor at the University of Warwick
                          • The name of their referee
                          • How their research plans fit with the profile of the Department/School/Centre they wish to be hosted by (maximum 150 words)

                          If their application is approved, candidates will be invited to submit their proposal through Flexi-Grant, the British Academy’s application portal. The deadline for these submissions is Wednesday 17th October 2018.

                          The University is able to support approved candidates in the development of applications through our Research and Impact Services team. For more information about this and for any other enquiries about the scheme, please contact James Green ( on the above email address.


                          Fri 31 August 2018, 16:04 | Tags: Postdoctoral Funding

                          'The Ties That Bind: Siblings, Family and Society in Early Modern England' by Emeritus Professor Bernard Capp

                          The Ties That Bind

                          The Ties That Bind: Siblings, Family and Society in Early Modern England is a new monograph by Emeritus Professor Bernard Capp, published by OUP Oxford in 2018.

                          The family is a major area of scholarly research and public debate. Many studies have explored the English family in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, focusing on husbands and wives, parents and children. The Ties that Bind explores in depth the other key dimension: the place of brothers and sisters in family life, and in society.

                          Moralists urged mutual love and support between siblings, but recognized that sibling rivalry was a common and potent force. The widespread practice of primogeniture made England distinctive. The eldest son inherited most of the estate and with it, a moral obligation to advance the welfare of his brothers and sisters. The Ties that Bind explores how this operated in practice, and shows how the resentment of younger brothers and sisters made sibling relationships a heated issue in this period, in family life, in print, and also on the stage.

                          Details of all the monographs and edited collection of the Warwick University History Department's academic staff are available online.


                          Thu 23 August 2018, 15:52 | Tags: Publication

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