Helen Graham – Border Crossings: Thinking about the International Brigaders before and after Spain

3 December 2009 – The International Brigaders fought for the democratic Republic during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), later forming the core of early World War II Resistance movements. This lecture explores their origins in the broader history of the 20th century European diaspora; their significance as the antithesis of Hitler’s New Order; and their lives of perpetual border-crossing as a definition of dynamic social change.

Nick Holder – History and Archaeology: Finding some Common Ground

10 November 2009 – Nick Holder looks at the types of evidence and data created by archaeologists and consider ways that historians can make use of that body of evidence, as well as at some case studies of fruitful co-operation between archaeologists and historians.

Humayun Ansari – Place-making, Identity and Islam: the Struggle to Create ‘a mosque in London worthy of the tradition of Islam and worthy of the capital of the British Empire 1910-1944

27 October 2009 – By exploring historically the dynamic interplay between Muslim experience and the institutions of British society with regard to the efforts for establishing a mosque in London, this paper attempts to deepen our understanding of how Muslims have sought to establish themselves as an integral part of British society, through a specific kind of place-making.

Peregrine Horden – What’s Wrong with Medieval Medicine?

Royal Holloway History Department Research Seminar Series Date: 20 October 2009 Peregrine Horden – What’s Wrong with Medieval Medicine? As the late great Roy Porter observed, we in the developed world have never have it so good. By any measure we have never been healthier. And yet we have also never been so anxious about our health, or so critical …


Teaching History in Deep Time

29 April 2009 – Teaching History in Deep Time – Two historians – Professor Peregrine Horden and Professor Penelope Corfield – and one geographer – Professor Clive Gamble – explore the relationship between ‘time’ and ‘History’ and how the study of History over long periods of time, or ‘Deep History’, can further an understanding the past. While present research clearly points to a shift in periodisation and classification, teaching History in ‘Deep Time’ is clearly something that has not yet entered the syllabus of undergraduate teaching. The discussion here proposes some practical models.

Nelida Fuccaro – Middle Eastern Urban Frontiers, Migrants and States

17 February 2009 – Dr. Nelida Fuccaro traces the development of the urban settlements of Bahrain and Kuwait and their (predominantly Iranian) migrant communities, as well as the rapid economic change from pearl fishing and merchants to the modern petroleum industry.