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June 2015

Friday 19th to Saturday 20th Queen Mary University of London

July 2015

Wednesday 1st ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, ArtsTwo Building, QMUL

September 2015

Latest news

Dr Robert Henderson in the Guardian

Tuesday May 5th

Dr Robert Henderson has uncovered the first confirmed image of Apollinariya Yakubova, considered by many to be the true love of Vladimir Lenin. Dr Henderson discovered the photograph in the State Archive of the Russian Federation, while researching for his forthcoming book on the Russian revolutionary V. L. Burtsev. The full article appears in the Guardian.

School of History joins the world's top 50 history departments

Wednesday April 29th

The fifth edition of QS World University Rankings by Subject - published today - found that 19 subject areas at QMUL rank among the world’s best. History has joined the top 50 this year. The QS World University Rankings by Subject is considered to be among the most trusted of league tables. Rankings are based on academic and employer reputations and research citations per faculty (the number of times the research is credited in the work of other academics).

Professor Miri Rubin, Head of the School of History, said: I am delighted that the 2015 QS ranking - based on the survey of 3400 universities worldwide - has placed the School of History among the top 50 Departments in the world, at 46. Such recognition reflects the excellence of research and teaching in our School, for which we have a great deal of local evidence and widespread recognition. It is most satisfying to have this important badge too, alongside our colleagues in English and Law.

Professor Tilli Tansey awarded an Honorary Doctorate

Friday April 24th

Professor Tilli Tansey OBE has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine by the University of Sheffield, for her ‘outstanding achievements and distinguished career in the field of medical history’.  The degree will be conferred at a ceremony in January 2016. Prof Tansey heads the  History of Modern Biomedicine Research group. 

Professor Sir Christopher Bayly

Monday April 20th

The School of History is deeply saddened by the death of Professor Sir Christopher Bayly in Chicago yesterday.  Our thoughts and sympathy go to his wife, Susan Bayly, and other members of his family. Chris was a superb historian and a very generous person. He joined Queen Mary in September 2014, and fast became an admired teacher, esteemed colleague and friend to many. We had far too short a time to learn from him and enjoy his presence among us. We will miss him very much.

Professor Miri Rubin, Head of the School of History


Call for Papers: Rethinking Contemporary British Political History - A Research Symposium 7th-8th September 2015

Monday April 20th

How is the political history of the recent past being written in Britain today, and how will it be written in the future? This symposium aims to map new directions in the historical study of British politics and government since c.1945, with a focus on new research being carried out by scholars at an early stage of their careers (defined as within 10 years of PhD).

Hosted by the Mile End Institute, Queen Mary’s centre for the study of politics, policy and public life, and the School of History, around 25 early career researchers will be joined by a group of more established scholars for two days of debate and dialogue over questions of conceptualisation, methodology, interdisciplinarity and the shifting historiographical landscape of contemporary British political history. Confirmed participants include Pat Thane (ICBH/KCL), Jon Lawrence (Cambridge), Lucy Robinson (Sussex), Nicholas Crowson (Birmingham), Lucy Delap (Cambridge) and James Ellison (QMUL).

This is the first in a series of four events organised by Dr Helen McCarthy on the theme of Rethinking Contemporary British Political History generously funded by the British Academy under its Rising Star Engagement Award scheme. The other events, to be held between September 2015 and March 2016, will include an oral history workshop co-hosted with the British Library, a roundtable on the archive of the future co-hosted with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Historians, and a one-day event on public engagement beyond the academy. 

Further details-Rethinking Contemporary British Political History.pdf

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