Humanities Research Institute

Humanities Research InstituteFounded in 2008, the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute exists to bring together internationally distinguished scholars working in the field of the humanities, to support their research, and to engage them in the life of the University. The Institute’s Fellows and Visiting Professors are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, but have notable concentrations in the areas of military history and security studies, political history, the history of art and connoisseurship, and nineteenth-century literature and social history.

The Institute also fosters the development of innovatory graduate-student research programmes within the humanities. Since 2009, the Institute has promoted the launch of a series of London-based research programmes, which now include Military History, Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History, and Art History; and in October 2013, the Institute saw the launch of its latest programme, in History of Art: Renaissance to Modernism. The Institute actively promotes academic and inter-disciplinary collaboration with other leading institutions, and over recent years has worked in association with the Wallace Collection, London, in the development of teaching and research in the study of the decorative arts and curatorship; with the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in the development of the University’s new research programme in Modern War Studies; and with the Royal United Services Institute in the production of a major policy paper examining the lessons of history for the formulation of contemporary British strategy.

Full list of Fellows

The Institute is composed of some thirty Fellows in various categories, and supports a series of Visiting Professorships, with a particular focus in history, history of art, modern war studies and international relations. CLICK HERE for the full listing, which also provides short biographies and details of major and recent publications.

News

Latest findings from Stonehenge excavations

Stonehenge5Carbon dating from an archaeological dig by the University of Buckingham shows that the parish of Amesbury, which includes Stonehenge, has been continually occupied for every millennium since 8820BC. The origins of Amesbury have been discovered as a result of carbon dating bones of aurochs, wild boar and red deer following a dig at Vespasian’s Camp, Blick Mead, a mile and a half from Stonehenge last year.  Read full news article.

HRI and Compton Verney Symposium: Capability Brown and the Georgian Landscape (24 June 2014)

Compton-VerneyIn the run-up to Lancelot Brown’s tercentenary in 2016, and following on from the Gallery’s recent exhibition on Brown’s work in the Midlands, Compton Verney will be hosting a one-day symposium on Brown’s achievements in shaping the eighteenth century landscape. The day will begin with coffee at 10:00 and end at 18:00. The speakers are: Dr Laura Mayer on Brown’s methodology and practice; Dr Kate Felus on the social use of Brown’s landscapes; Steffie Shields on water management in Brown’s parks. Head Gardener, Gary Webb, will take delegates on a guided walk around the Brownian landscape at Compton Verney, after which the day will end with a tour of the Gallery led by the Director, Dr Steven Parissien.

Numbers are limited to 60 delegates. The cost is £40 (no concessions) to include coffee, tea and lunch. To apply for a place on the day please send a cheque for £40 made payable to Professor Timothy Mowl at 15 Chesterfield Road, Bristol BS6 5DN. Confirmation of a place will be by email, so please include your email address with the cheque.

Tom-HollandPublication: Tom Holland (tr.), Herodotus: The Histories

This new translation of the work of the “Father of History” by Tom Holland, Senior Research Fellow in Ancient History, has been published by Penguin Classics.  Completed in the second half of the 5th century BC, The Histories is generally regarded as the first work of history and the first great masterpiece of non-fiction writing.  It includes accounts of the Persian invasions of Greece, and information about subjects ranging from the pyramids of Egypt to the cannabis habit of the Scythians.  Read more.

The New Discoveries at Blick Mead: the Key to the Stonehenge Landscape

A flint tool from Blick MeadAn archaeological team from the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute has been uncovering very large amounts of Mesolithic material from a site immediately adjacent to Stonehenge. At a point called Blick Mead (a part of the Stonehenge landscape known as ‘Vespasian’s Camp’ on the mistaken assumption that it was the remains of a former Roman settlement) around 12,000 pieces of worked flint and burnt flint have been unearthed, as well as over 500 pieces of bone dating from over 8,000 years ago. Virtually all the tools are in pristine condition – indeed, some of the team have had their fingers cut by them as they are still so sharp.  The most significant consequence of the excavation is that we have now discovered where the communities who built the first monuments at Stonehenge once lived – something that has eluded archaeologists for the best part of two centuries.   Read more and watch an interview with David Jacques.

Humanities Research Institute Seminars for Graduate Research Students – London and Buckingham

The Humanities Research Institute’s Seminars for graduate research students in 2013/14 are listed below.  Seminars are open to all research students in the Humanities pursuing courses in the University, subject only to the constraints of space.  Two places at each seminar are available, and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If you are interested in attending a seminar, please email the Humanities Research Secretary, Claire Prendergast (claire.prendergast@buckingham.ac.uk) stating the course, date and seminar topic you would like to attend.  She will advise on availability.

The list can also be downloaded as a PDF file.

MA Course: Military History
Topic: Clausewitz’s “On War”
Date/Time: Monday 3 February 2014 at 18:45
Speaker: Professor Sir Hew Strachan (All Souls’ College, Oxford)
Venue: RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY
MA Course: History of Art
Topic: 19th-Century French Painting
Date/Time: Tuesday 11 February 2014 at 16.45
Speaker: MaryAnne Stevens (Curator and former Director of Academic Affairs at the Royal Academy)
Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET
MA Course International Affairs and Diplomacy
Topic: TBC
Date/Time: Wednesday 12 February 2014 at 18.45
Speaker: Bridget Kendall (Diplomatic Correspondent of the BBC)
Venue: Legatum Institute, 11 Charles St, London W1J 5DW
MA Course: Military History
Topic: Writing the History of the Second World War
Date/Time: Monday 17 February 2014 at 18.45
Speaker: Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter)
Venue: RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY
MA Course: Modern War Studies
Topic: Shaping a Future: Britain and Her Allies
Date/Time: Tuesday 18 February 2014 at 19.00
Speaker: Professor Sir Hew Strachan (All Souls’ College, Oxford)
Venue: RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY
MA Course: History of Art
Topic: Patrons, Collectors and 20th-Century Art
Date/Time: Tuesday 25 February 2014 at 16.45
Speaker: Daniella Luxembourg (founder of Luxembourg & Dayan, art dealers)
Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET
MA Course: Modern War Studies
Date/Time: Wednesday 26 February 2014 at 19.00
Topic: The 21st Century: The Intelligence Age
Speaker: Mr Nigel Inkster (IISS and former British Secret Intelligence Service)
Venue: RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY
MA Course: Military History
Topic: Catastrophe: 1914
Date/Time: Monday 3 March 2014 at 18:45
Speaker: Sir Max Hastings (military historian and author)
Venue: RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY
MA Course: History of Art
Topic: The Portrait from Van Gogh to Freud and Hockney
Date/Time: Tuesday 4 March 2014 at 16.45
Speaker: Martin Gayford (art historian and biographer)
Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET
MA Course: International Affairs and Diplomacy
Topic: Diplomacy after War
Date/Time: Monday 10 March 2014 at 18.45
Speaker: Professor Erik Goldstein (author of “Wars and Peace Treaties”)
Venue: Legatum Institute, 11 Charles St, London W1J 5DW
MA Course: International Affairs and Diplomacy
Topic: Climate Change
Date/Time: Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 18.45
Speaker: Rt Hon. Lord Lawson of Blaby (Nigel Lawson), former Chancellor of the Exchequer
Venue: Legatum Institute, 11 Charles St, London W1J 5DW
MA Course: Modern War Studies
Topic: Developing Strategy: Foreign Policy and the Nation
Date/Time: Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 19.00
Speaker: Sir Rodric Braithwaite (author and diplomat)
Venue: RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY
MA Course: Military History
Topic: Battle of the Bulge, 1944
Date/Time: Monday 17 March 2014 at 18:45
Speaker: Professor Antony Beevor (former army officer and author)
Venue: RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY
MA Course International Affairs and Diplomacy
Topic: Intelligence and Diplomacy
Date/Time: Thursday 22 May 2014 at 18.45
Speaker: Sir Richard Dearlove, Master of Pembroke College Cambridge and former Head of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
Venue: Athenaeum Club, 107 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ER
MA Course: Garden History
Topic: Led by the Land”
Date/Time: Tuesday 27 May 2014 at 18.30
Speaker: Kim Wilkie (Landscape Designer and Author)
Venue: Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

Humanities Research Institute Annual Public Lecture (in association with History Today)
3 December 2014 – 18:00
Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS

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