University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (founded in 1866) and University College (founded in 1883), two educational institutions based in Cardiff, merged and became the University of Wales in 1988.
Online and Distance Learning Course
UWTSD has a long history of offering programmes through distance learning.
UWTSD recognises that attending lectures on-campus is not suitable for everyone, which is why we offer a wide range of programmes that can be studied from the comfort of your own home - or wherever else you choose!
As an online/distance learner at UWTSD, you will be joining a vibrant, international community of learners who come to us from all walks of life.
- Wide range of research expertise.
- An innovative PhD Training Programme to help you achieve your research potential, and to prepare you for what comes next.
- An exciting, stimulating and supportive learning environment that actively seeks to develop its research and postgraduate culture.
- We are central to a number of research centres and study groups that operate within the University, including the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, and the Central and East European Research Group.
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We offer a breadth of chronological, geographical and historiographic expertise. The research interests of our historians, and the strengths of our department, are in: British and Welsh history, medieval to contemporary North American history modern European and Eurasian history, from France to Russia and Central Asia modern Asian history, including India, China, and Japan African history environmental history the medical humanities digital history and theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of history and the humanities.
Our MPhil and PhD provides training and a high level of support both to enable successful completion of your degree, and to prepare you for your next career stage. You will benefit from a series of College and University postgraduate training programmes. We also provide an innovative History PhD Training Seminar that will help integrate you into our department&rsquos thriving research culture.
As befits the capital city of Wales, the Department provides a thriving programme of research and postgraduate supervision in the Social, Cultural and Political History of Wales. Research in this area covers
- the social, urban and political history of Wales in the early modern and modern period
- nineteenth and early twentieth century Welsh emigration and Welsh communities outside Wales
- the construction of Welsh identities in the modern period
- the impact of industrialization on Wales
- unemployment, social policy, social and political movements particularly during the economic depression of the 1930s
- marriage, family and identity in modern Wales
- Wales and the British Empire political and social interests of the Welsh gentry
- Wales and the Civil War and the Interregnum
- Wales within the Early Modern British state.
UK government postgraduate doctoral loans
Candidates for the Professional Doctorate programme may be eligible to apply for a UK government postgraduate doctoral loan.
The original location
The University was originally based in an old coaching inn called the Penrhyn Arms. In 1903, the city of Bangor donated a 10-acre site overlooking the city at Penrallt for a new building, and substantial sums of money were raised by local people to help meet the cost.
The foundation stone was laid in 1907, and four years later in 1911 the main building was opened, together with some arts and social science buildings and part of the Library.
The Science Departments remained in the Penrhyn Arms for another fifteen years. In 1926 they moved to new purpose-built accommodation which had been constructed with the assistance of funds raised by the North Wales Heroes Memorial.
Take Part in Cutting Edge Research
As members of a top-ranking research-intensive university, you’ll be invited to participate in original and cutting edge work. Our vibrant research environment is showcased by two events running each year on the topic of Imperial, Colonial and Transnational histories, attended by distinguished speakers from Europe and North America
Develop your own specific area of interest and conduct advanced research with honours and postgraduate research degrees.
The University was incorporated by Act of the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney in 1949, but its character and idea can be traced back to the formation of the Sydney Mechanics Institute in 1843, leading to the formation of the Sydney Technical College in 1878. The Institute sought ‘the diffusion of scientific and special knowledge’, the College sought to apply and teach it.
Commenced as The New South Wales University of Technology, the University’s international context is that of the Australian recognition of that scientific and technological impulse in tertiary education that produced the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Berlin University of Technology. It acknowledged at university level that profound development in human knowledge and concern that had impelled the nineteenth century industrial and scientific revolution.
The new University’s focus was on this new knowledge, this new way of encountering, explaining and improving the material world. Australia needed to keep abreast of the diversity of challenges associated with the Second World War, a demand recognised by the NSW Government in establishing the University. Its core concerns were teaching and research in science and technology, but its courses included humanities and commerce components in recognition of the need to educate the full human being.
Initially, in 1949, operating from the inner city campus of Sydney Technical College, it immediately began to expand on its present eastern suburb site at Kensington, where a major and continuing building program was pursued. Central to the University’s first 20 years was the dynamic authoritarian management of the first Vice-Chancellor, Sir Philip Baxter (1955-1969, and previously, Director, 1953-1955). His visionary but at times controversial energies built the university from nothing to 15,000 students in 1968, pioneering both established and new scientific and technological disciplines against an external background of traditionalist criticism. A growing staff, recruited both locally and overseas, conducted research which established a wide international reputation.
The new University soon had Colleges at Newcastle (1951) and Wollongong (1961) which eventually became independent universities. In 1981, the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra became, and remains, a University College.
In 1958, the University name was changed to the University of New South Wales, and in 1960 it broadened its scholarly, student base and character with the establishment of a Faculty of Arts, soon to be followed, in 1960, by Medicine then in 1971 by Law.
By Baxter’s retirement in 1969, the University had made a unique and enterprising Australian mark. The new Vice-Chancellor, Sir Rupert Myers, (1969-1981) brought consolidation and an urbane management style to a period of expanding student numbers, demand for change in University style, and challenges of student unrest. Easy with, and accessible to students, Myers’ management ensured academic business as usual through tumultuous University times.
The 1980s saw the University in the top group of Australian universities. Its Vice-Chancellor of the period, Professor Michael Birt (1981-1992), applied his liberal cultivation to the task of coping with increasing inroads, into the whole Australian university system, of Federal bureaucracy and unsympathetic and increasingly parsimonious governments. His task mixed strategies for financial survival with meeting the demands of a student influx which took the University into being one of the largest in Australia, as well as being, in many fields, the most innovative and diverse.
From 1951, the University had welcomed international students, and by 2000, of a student population of 31,000, about 6000 were international students, most from Asia. Annual graduation ceremonies are held in Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
The stabilising techniques of the 1980s provided a firm base for the energetic corporatism and campus enhancements pursued by the previous Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Niland (1992-2002). The 1990s saw the addition of a Fine Arts dimension to the University and further development of the public and community outreach which had characterised the University from its beginnings. At present, private sources contribute 45% of its annual funding.
After 50 years of dynamic growth, the University tradition is one of sustained innovation, a blend of scholarship and practical realism. Its tone is lively and informal, its atmosphere exciting and happy. It offers the widest range of Faculties, its initial emphasis on science and technology now sharing excellence with disciplines as various as Arts, Fine Arts, the Built Environment, Commerce, Law, Life Sciences, Medicine, Management – that whole world of knowledge whose investigation and communication was its initial stimulus.
UNSW A Portrait, by Professor Patrick O'Farrell, covers the first 50 years of UNSW's history and is the basis for this web site entry. Professor O'Farrell's history is available in hardcover from the UNSW Press.
More information and resources including historical images and archives can be found at the UNSW Records and Archives site.
Cardiff University in Wales
Our departmental exchange program with Cardiff University is a wonderful opportunity for students to study side-by-side with UK students in the Welsh capitol! Established in 1883, Cardiff University offers UW students a wide variety of courses (called "modules") in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The Department of History application for this program opens in late January each year and on alternating years (next is 2019-2020), a nomination from the Department of History carries with it a scholarship to be used toward study and living expenses. Competitive applicants should have completed 90 credits and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A letter of recommendation will be required as well. Please make an appointment with an advisor for more information!
The application period for study abroad in Cardiff Autumn 2019-Spring 2020 is now available by clicking here. Please note that you must have a UW NetID in order to log in. Applications are due January 15, 2019.
For general questions about Study Abroad credit, please contact the History Undergraduate Advising Office.
Department of History
University of Washington
318 Smith Box 353560
Seattle, WA 98195-3560
The History Department, one of the largest and most dynamic in Australia, has developed long-standing expertise in teaching and research across a wide range of geographical areas, including Australia and the Pacific, Asia, Europe and the United States. The Department also possesses a number of research strengths across burgeoning thematic and comparative fields such as global and Indigenous history, the history of race, science, medicine and public health and the history of ideas, as well as social, cultural, political, economic, labour and urban history. With over 50 postgraduate students currently enrolled and a large number of external grants awarded to members of the Department, History is a research powerhouse.
Some quarter of a century ago, the Department of History decided to build American history into one of its strengths. As a result, it has one of the world’s stronger and largest concentrations of historians with expertise in American history outside of the United States.
It includes Thomas Adams (urban, labour, African American history), Frances Clarke (Civil War and Reconstruction), James Curran (US foreign relations), Stephen Garton (Harlem, African American), Chin Jou (medicine, African American, political economy of food), Michael McDonnell (revolution and Indigenous history), Shane White (African American, New York). As well, the department’s two recent Laureates Glenda Sluga and Warwick Anderson are advocates of an international and global history that often involves developments in the United States.
Our books have won prizes in Australia including the NSW Premier’s General History Prize, the Queensland Premier’s History Prize and the AHA’s Hancock Prize for best first book, as well as significant prizes in America. We have also won prizes for articles published in various American journals and, as well, prizes, including one from the American Historical Association, for best innovative digital web site.
While many of our students have gone to the US for their graduate work, the Department has a very strong record in supervision in this field. In the last five years eleven students supervised by us have been awarded their PhD. Many of these students have books accepted for publication based on their work.
As individual scholars we have extensive links with colleagues in the US. This includes co-authoring articles and other work with US scholars (Clarke, McDonnell). And this in turn highlights the strong collaborative turn obvious in our published work.
Asian and Pacific history
Since the 1930s, the Department of History has conducted research in Pacific history, and from after World War II in Asian history, reflecting its exceptionally cosmopolitan scholarly commitments.
Currently, Pacific-oriented research is thriving, focussing on regional Indigenous histories (Lui-Chivizhe Johnson) imperialism (Aldrich Anderson, McCreery) and science and medicine, especially in Hawaii and Papua-New Guinea (Anderson). The Department also supports research in Southeast Asian histories, particularly in the Philippines (Anderson), Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos (Aldrich), Burma (Rodriguez), West Papua (Chao Kluge), and Indonesian history (Melvin). There are special strengths in Chinese and central Asian history (Brophy Rodriguez), and in Chinese-Australian relations (Loy-Wilson Curran).
We retain an interest in South Asian history, including India and Sri Lanka (Masselos Aldrich). Jess Melvin (ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Fellow) has research interests across Southeast Asian history and politics, particularly Indonesian military history, political violence and comparative genocide studies. Postgraduate research in Pacific History is supported by the G. C. Henderson Scholarship.
Since the appointment of George Arnold Wood as the History Department’s first Challis Professor in 1890, Australian history has been one of the Department’s strongest and most consistent areas of research strength. Research in Australian history is characterised both by its transnational and global reach and its close, situated readings of people, places and institutions. Researchers in Australian History in the department connect their work with Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Russia, India, China, Europe, South Africa and the USA, and forge interdisciplinary links with other departments in SOPHI and across the University and beyond, including museum studies, education, art and literature, architecture and legal studies. The field has particular strength in postgraduate research, and has been recognised by SUPRA and VC awards for excellence in postgraduate supervision. From 2015 to present, more than 20 PhD students have graduated in various areas of Australian history and there are 15 enrolled today. Many of our graduates have gone on to academic positions in Australia (including UNSW, ACU, Melbourne, UTS) and beyond (including SOAS at UCL) others occupy positions of influence in government, cultural institutions and schools. Many of our postgraduates have obtained publishing contracts and gone on to produce prizewinning books. Members of the Department, fellows, affiliates and graduates their have won prizes and appeared on shortlists for numerous awards including the Prime Minister’s Prize, the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History, Ernest Scott Prize, and various literary prizes awarded by the NSW, Victorian and Queensland, and South Australian governments. The field is supported by a funded chair, the Bicentennial Chair of Australian History, and a number of well-endowed bequests, such as the Col. George Johnson fellowship, Australasian Pioneers Club Travel Grant and a generous anonymous travel fund.
Particular areas of strength and thematic focus include: Australian settler colonial history and the British imperial context in both its social/cultural (Russell, Loy-Wilson, Dunk, McKenzie) and political/legal aspects (McKenzie, McKenna, Curran, Johnson, and related work on monarchy by Aldrich and McCreery) frontier encounters and frontier violence (McKenna, Johnson) politics and international relations, particularly Australia and the USA (Curran) race, science, medicine and public health (Anderson) place and environmental history (McKenna, Dunk) histories of migration, displacement and ex-patriate communities (Fitzpatrick, Loy-Wilson) history of knowledge and higher education (Horne) and Pacific world history (Johnson), including Indigenous history of Oceania and the Torres Strait, and the decolonization of museum collections of Pacific art and artefacts (Lui-Chivizhe).
Premodern: The department’s research strengths in premodern Europe include medieval France and Spain, towards the cross-cultural history of the Mediterranean (Sirantoine) and a concentration of expertise on Renaissance Italy that is unmatched in Australia (Eckstein, Gagné). Both Eckstein and Gagné are urban historians, a research strength across a number of geographical and temporal fields represented in the department (e.g. by Adams and White in American history).
Modern: The department has research strengths in nineteenth-century Britain and France (Aldrich, Fitzmaurice, Hilliard, McCreery) and European imperialism and decolonization (Aldrich, McCreery), and colleagues whose work is discussed under the heading of Australian history such as McKenzie and Russell). Twentieth-century Europe is represented by Duranti (France, Italy, Germany, Britain), Fitzpatrick (Russia), and Hilliard (Britain and now France too). The history of international institutions, human rights, and genocide, is an area of particular strength (Duranti, Moses, Sluga). Legal history is an emerging research strength in European history (Duranti, Hilliard) and other geographical fields (for instance, Clarke in U.S. history, McKenzie, Johnson and Russell in colonial histories). Other areas of research strength include the history of ideas (Fitzmaurice, Moses, Hilliard, Sluga) colonial legacies in Europe, including museum collections and contemporary debates about the colonial past (Aldrich) theory and practice of monarchy (McCreery) naval history (McCreery) remaining territories attached to European states, from Gibraltar to French Guiana to Greenland (as well as Australia, New Zealand and US overseas territories) (Aldrich, with John Connell of the School of Geosciences).
Emerging Research Clusters
Medieval and Early Modern Centre (MEMC)
MEMC is a cross-disciplinary FASS research centre housed in SLAM. We foster collaboration, training, and research across disciplines. We host multiple regular seminar series, student reading groups, workshops, and special events. Our affiliates belong to a wide range of departments and faculties across the university. We are one of only three such centres in Australia.
In addition to our activities as a research hub, we also support postgraduate students and early career researchers in a community that encourages intellectual range and exploration. Currently, its community of postgraduate and emergent researchers includes members from Art History, English, History, Music, History & Philosophy of Science, Archaeology, Italian, Religion, Philosophy, and others. MEMC’s executive committee represent diverse disciplines. Currently: John Gagné (Director, History) Francesco Borghesi (Associate Director, Italian) Dan Anlezark (English) Jan Shaw (English) and Hélène Sirantoine (History).
MEMC is a crucial research environment for the humanities at our university. It provides multidisciplinary lifeblood for dozens of academic staff and hundreds of affiliated researchers and students. From 2011-2018 it housed the Sydney node of the ARC Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions now it also houses the Global Middle Ages project. The breadth and depth of its activities consolidate the strength of medieval and early modern teaching and research at our university. MEMC’s members have a track record of success with ARC grants, and a history of using that success to enrich our intellectual community through events and publications. MEMC also raises the University of Sydney’s global profile in premodern studies in 2019, it hosted the biannual international ANZAMEMS conference.
Some of its current projects include:
- : A regular seminar series that explores the medieval from a non-Eurocentric perspective, led by Hélène Sirantoine
- Pico della Mirandola’s Virtual Library Project: A digital humanities project to recreate the now-lost library of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-94), led by Francesco Borghesi : An international project to edit the corpus of medieval Norse-Icelandic skaldic poetry, convened by Margaret Clunies-Ross. : The website of the Better Strangers project, developing fresh approaches to the teaching and learning of Shakespeare and Literary Studies at school and university, led by Liam Semler.
- Sydney Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscript Project: A number of manuscripts of Spanish liturgical chant are currently being studied by an international group of scholars led by Jane Morlet Hardie.
- ARC Centre for the History of Emotions: Using historical knowledge from Europe, 1100-1800, to understand the long history of emotional behaviours. The funded activities of the Centre have ended, but a lively group of scholars continue as “Sydney Emotions Scholars,” led by Alan Maddox.
- Rare Books & Special Collections: Ongoing collaborations to investigate, valorise, and publicise the exceptional holdings of the University of Sydney’s libraries and museums.
Global Middle Ages (GMA)
GMA offers a non-Eurocentric view of the medieval world. It began in 2015 as a fixed-term project funded by SSSHARC, during which time it hosted an international conference and convened several seminars to rethink the boundaries of the Middle Ages with colleagues from across Sydney and beyond. It forged particularly strong links with Macquarie University. In recent years, Hélène Sirantoine (History) has regularly convened the seminar, hosting a number of guests from Australia and overseas, most recently François-Xavier Fauvelle, the archaeologist and historian of medieval Africa and newly-appointed professor at the Collège de France.
GMA’s SSSHARC funding has now ended, but its activities continue. It now runs as a seminar series under the aegis of MEMC, with a reduced budget. One of the GMA’s published outcomes is a special issue of Parergon, the journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS): “Translating Medieval Cultures across Time and Place: A Global Perspective,” (35:2, 2018).
More broadly, GMA has helped to lead the emergent national discussion on premodern global history and the decolonisation of medieval studies. Its activities have broadened the scope of what Australian scholars consider the “medieval,” and GMA has stimulated the expansion of MEMC’s scholarly remit.
The Department of History houses a cluster of premodernist historians with particular expertise in Mediterranean cultures from the 11 th to the 17 th centuries. Nick Eckstein, John Gagné, and Hélène Sirantoine mostly study southern Europe (Italy, France, and Spain), and Andrew Fitzmaurice works on the intellectual history of the early modern Atlantic, as well as longue durée problems in global legal history (sovereignty, corporations). They overlap in certain key areas, including urban history, sovereignty, and the history of empire. Their work as a cluster is also complementary in modelling a wide variety of research areas and methodologies, distinguished by a commitment to new archival research, fresh approaches to the study of documents, and critical visions of premodern space, materiality, and ideology. There are currently 6 postgraduate students (16% of the departmental total) pursuing degrees in premodern topics in History.
Sydney’s premodernist historians have a record of success with research income, including recent ARC grants ‘City Space and Urban Experience at the End of the Italian Renaissance’ (Eckstein DP, 2017) ‘Corporations as Sovereigns’ (Fitzmaurice DP, 2017) ‘Paper World: Document Loss in Premodern Europe’ (Gagné DP, 2017) and ‘Cultures of Modernities in the Global Medieval and Pre-Modern World’ (Sirantoine, FASS/SSSHARC, 2015).
Members of the premodernist cluster are also Faculty-level leaders in the field: Gagné is director of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre Sirantoine is convenor of the Global Middle Ages seminar. Individually, they sustain collaborations with a number of leading researchers around the world, including current projects with colleagues at the universities of Melbourne, Toronto, St. Andrew’s, Edinburgh, Villanova, and Stanford. They also maintain close associations with institutions, including the Casa de Velázquez (Madrid) the Spanish National Research Council (or “CSIC,” Madrid) and the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Florence).
Settler Colonial Cultures
The History Department has a significant research strength and concentration in the field of imperialism and settler colonialism in the long 19 th century, with particular emphasis on critical studies of the British empire. This research concentration exists in dynamic relation with the ‘Decolonising/Indigenous/Oceanic Histories’ cluster. It encompasses work on colonialism, sexuality and scandal (Aldrich, Russell, McKenzie) family and white settler domesticity (Russell) legal cultures (McKenzie, Russell) urban histories (McKenzie, Russell, McKenna) place and environment (McKenna) monarchy and republicanism (McCreery, Aldrich, McKenna) classical heritage in Sydney (Caine, Russell, Horne, in collaboration with classicists) colonial universities and education (Hilliard, Horne) honour, status and manners (Russell) biography and life stories in colonial worlds (McKenzie, McKenna, Russell) labour and commerce (Loy-Wilson) Chinese in Australia (Loy-Wilson) South Africa and the Indian Ocean (McKenzie, Russell).
This is an expanding and dynamic field which has attracted numerous ARC grants, past and present, some in collaborations with teams at UNSW and elsewhere. Much depth of postgraduate research, book publications and prizes, honours seminars, workshops and collaborative projects in formation.
Race, Science, Medicine and Public Health
The Department of History leads the world in the critical transnational study of racial thought, especially in relation to science and medicine. Our success in this field was crystallized in Warwick Anderson’s ARC Laureate Fellowship (2012-17) research program in ‘racial conceptions’ across the Global South, which supported five post-doctoral research associates and five post-graduate students. The research program was the subject of plenary panels at annual meetings of the Australian Historical Association and the American Historical Association. It has resulted in publication of six monographs, five edited collections, and more than 80 articles and chapters. It prompted the appointment of Anderson to the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University (2018-19). Supported by further ARC Discovery Project grants, Anderson continues to conduct and supervise research in histories of biological and medical ideas of human difference, and studies of perceptions of inter-species ecological relations - along with two post-doctoral fellows, Sophie Chao and James Dunk, and two current Ph.D. students. Collaborations with Miranda Johnson and Leah Lui-Chivizhe in the Department, with the Charles Perkins Centre, and with leading scholars from Harvard, continue to promote pioneering (and often prize winning) critical inquiries into racial thought and race relations in Australia and the world.
The Department of History is committed to promoting Indigenous and Oceanic or Pacific histories, as well as exploring more generally modes of decolonizing history. A strong cohort of historians, including Leah Lui-Chivizhe, Miranda Johnson, Sophie Chao, Michael McDonnell, Mark McKenna and Warwick Anderson, have conducted extensive research in Indigenous histories and cultures, mostly in collaboration with Indigenous peoples. Our research in this area is distinctively transnational, with a focus on deep Oceanic connections. Anderson and Johnson were awarded an ARC Discovery Grant to examine the history of research practices in Aboriginal communities and Anderson has applied for an ARC Special Research Initiative grant to study, in collaboration with Anindilyakwa and Yolngu people, the development of Indigenous genomics.
Lui-Chivizhe is a collaborator on two international research groups. The 100 Histories of 100 Worlds in One Object (German Historical Institute London and University College London) is with early career indigenous and BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) scholars working on producing new methods, approaches and formats for object histories of the British Museum’s collections from the Global South. While Reclaiming Turtles All the Way Down (Max Planck Institute, Berlin) concerns histories of science and other knowledges related to the centrality of turtles and tortoises in native/indigenous cosmologies.
McKenna was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to research foundational histories of place in Australia, all of which are grounded in local and regional Indigenous communities. McDonnell was awarded an ARC Discovery Grant for his prize-winning work on North American Indigenous history, and is a Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage project with the National Portrait Gallery looking at Indigenous encounters with empire in comparative contexts. McDonnell also regularly collaborates with North American Indigenous communities in teaching and research. Lui-Chivizhe, Johnson and Anderson, along with Indigenous colleagues at Harvard University and across North America and the Pacific, are leading an international research program aimed at decolonizing history in theory and practice, which already has resulted in a special issue of the leading international journal History and Theory, edited by Anderson and Gabriela Soto Laveaga (Harvard). Additionally, we have developed local research collaborations with Jakelin Troy in the Sydney Indigenous Research Portfolio and with Indigenous health scholars at the Charles Perkins Centre.
Monarchy in the modern world – including monarchies and decolonisation
The department is an international leader in the new field of ‘studies of modern monarchy’, especially in the links between European monarchies and colonial empires. Aldrich’s ARC DP grant for studying banished indigenous rulers ($296,000) led to the convening, with McCreery, of three conferences on European monarchies and colonies. Aldrich and McCreery subsequently edited (and both contributed chapters to) three volumes published by Manchester University Press, and a special issue of the Royal Studies Journal, with contributions by McKenna as well. They also organised an international conference in 2020 on ‘Global Royal Families’ hosted and largely funded by the German Historical Institute in London grant with further funding from SOPHI papers developed from that conference will also become an edited collection. This work has allowed the department of an international network of scholars – contributors to the three published volumes and journal issue, and the forthcoming volume include scholars from the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
This emerging cluster covers material and visual culture, the history of modern monarchy, Australian history and the history of the British empire and its legacy, as well as the history of other European and Asian monarchies. Aldrich, McCreery and McKenna have worked jointly on several conferences and publications. All have received ARC funding on individual or joint projects, as well as substantial funding from other sources. They have all participated in academic outreach, in Australian and international conferences, and through public lectures, radio and television interviews, publications in the press and consultancies. They are currently working with the National Museum of Australia on a major exhibition - ‘The Queen and Australia 1952-2022’. In 2020, Aldrich and McCreery designed a taught an Honours seminar on the history of modern monarchy that directly related to the work of the cluster and international colleagues.
Work, Labour and Inequality
In the late-19th Century across the so-called Western world what was known as the labour question--who does what work and under what conditions--became one of the central political and social issues of the day. More recently, since the 1970s, even as the global economy has produced ever more wealth and profit, economic and social inequality have increased at rates unheard of in world history. The History Department at the University of Sydney brings together a broad group of scholars working across time periods and geographical areas with demonstrated strengths connecting issues of work and labour to social and economic inequality. From the colonial North American frontier to the immigrant communities of Sydney to the labour of the household to regimes of slavery and others forms of unfree labour to urban fast food restaurants to Gulf of Mexico ports, Sydney historians are producing some of the world's most influential, sophisticated and deeply researched scholarship that shows how the broadly understood labour question and what we often decontextualize as "economics" have been intimately related to the production of a wide variety of social inequalities across time and space.
History of Knowledge and Education
The department is home to several historians who investigate knowledge and education as social and cultural institutions with broad-ranging local and global influence. Strengths include Hilliard’s research on the politics of reading and literary critical movements, and Horne’s on university life (including students and women) and higher education in the 19 th and 20 th centuries, as well as the histories of old and new knowledge such as science, medicine, anthropology, pedagogy and Indigenous knowledge (Anderson, Chivizhe, Jou, Horne, Macleod, Garton). Much of this research has been supported by ARC grants outlined elsewhere in this document, and has also attracted a number of research postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows. Networks include History of University Life Higher Education Research Seminar which draws research interest from across FASS and the University including Education and Social Work, Political Science and Design and Planning. The Seminar provides a formative and supportive platform for research papers on higher education many of which have been published in leading journals. The Seminar also attracts HDR students from across the Faculty (including a number from History) who attend both as participants and presenters, and sustains a broader informal research network of Australian scholars on the history of higher education who are influential in the field.
Citizenship and Democracy
The question of citizenship lies at the heart of democracy. Who is entitled to democratic rights (and who actually receives them in a meaningful manner), who is not and how these inclusions and exclusions change over time define both the promises and limits of the democratic political ideals many of us hold dear. The History Department at the University of Sydney brings together scholars working across geographical and temporal contexts who grapple with these questions that strike at heart of our political identities. From the exclusion of indigenous and racialized populations across the Antipodes and the Americas to anti-immigrant politics in cities from Sydney to London to Los Angeles to the origins of human rights discourse to the contradictions at the heart of "founding" democratic events like the American revolution to the rights of the incarcerated and convicted to the ways in which racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities have fought for meaningful political inclusion from Europe to China to Australia to the Americas, University of Sydney historians work at the cutting edge of showing how our most important political ideals actually play out beyond the classroom and textbook and in messy, real world historical context.
Australia and China
The Department continues to build its expertise in the field of Australia-China relations history, in teaching, research and supervision. Sophie Loy-Wilson has built a new field of Chinese Australian history which proposes a ‘fresh take on the history of white Australia,’ following ‘…the new breed of Chinese Australian historians who take seriously the Chinese point of view.’ (Simic and Balint) Loy-Wilson studies Chinese Australian communities, both in China and Australia, and looks at the relationship between these communities and Australian society. From 2017 onwards, David Brophy has published articles and analyses on Australia’s foreign and domestic policy response to China, and is currently writing a book on this topic for Black Inc/LaTrobe University Press (scheduled for 2021). Titled China Panic, the book will set current anxieties surrounding China’s growing international role and the implications for Australia in their historical context. He is also involved in supervising HDR students working on the history of Australia-China relations. James Curran is likewise writing on the topic of Australia’s contemporary relations with China, with a book to be published by NewSouth in 2021. Curran has also published a number of op-eds and other essays/articles in the Australian and overseas press on the relationship. He is also supervising, along with Brophy, a Phd on the history of Australia-China relations from 1949-2003 by Frank Yuan.
A Little Gay History of Wales
𠆊 Little Gay History is a feat of rediscovery. Daryl Leeworthy has mined an astonishing diversity of sources to bring into the light the underground stories and political struggles of gay men and women in a changing Wales.’
-Dr Peter Wakelin, writer and curator
ryl Leeworthy has undertaken an important task of historical recovery. His book, which is at once deeply personal and profoundly universal, restores a hitherto lost dimension to the Welsh historical narrative. It is essential reading for all who wish to understand modern Wales in its fullest sense.’
-Dr Martin Wright, Senior Lecturer in History, Cardiff University
spite its title, this is a big book – big on ideas, analysis, and empathy, and big on tracing the lived experience of gay people in Wales. An excellent read, it is a major achievement that deserves to be widely circulated and absorbed.’
-Emeritus Professor Jeffrey Weeks, London South Bank University, author of What is Sexual History?
'This book is a small but important attempt to increase the visibility of Welsh gays and lesbians and to begin to tell a distinctive national story'.
- New Welsh Review
A Little Gay History of Wales marks a major advance in the project of documenting and analysing gay lives and the cultural, social, and legal contexts in which they were lived in Wales. It offers a vital corrective to 𠆋ritish’ studies which ignore national, ethnic, cultural and linguistic differences within Britain, and a salutary reminder, if one were needed, that class matters in a study of national history. If the arrival of this book feels a little belated, both in terms of being a long-overdue study of LGBT Welsh history, and in the way in which male homosexual experience remains centre stage, it will no doubt be highly influential within the kaleidoscope of studies—historical, cultural, sociological—which are enriching and complicating our understandings of queer Wales.
- Professor Kirsti Bohata, Reviews in History https://reviews.history.ac.uk/review/2423
'Daryl Leeworthy sets out to question what this story reveals about Wales, the Welsh, and sexual and gender diversity in the past and present – is this story really unique or more typical than we might assume? The result is an ambitious, engaging, short, and accessible study that draws insights from a wide range of evidence to be found in archives, published documents, and oral histories. Throughout, Leeworthy quotes substantially from these materials, allowing the reader to feel that they themselves are sifting through the evidence, as the study reconstructs the histories of those who expressed some form of same-sex desire or campaigned to advance civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.'
- Laura Ramsay, Labour History Review
PART I: COMING OUT
Chapter One: Hidden From View?
Chapter Two: Legal Limitations
PART II: COMING TOGETHER
Chapter Three: Seeking Love, Finding It
Chapter Four: Dancing the Night Away
PART III: CHANGING THE WORLD
Chapter Five: Law Reform and Afterwards
Chapter Six: A Lost World?
University of Wales - History
Andrew Carnegie and the Libraries of Wales
‘A fascinating, authoritative, meticulously researched, accessible and richly illustrated work. In highlighting the significance and legacy of Carnegie’s philanthropy in Wales and the varied responses to it, Griffiths’s valuable and important study brings to life a much-neglected aspect of Wales’s modern social and cultural history and its built heritage.’
- Emeritus Professor Bill Jones, Cardiff University
Voice, Speech and Death in the American Gothic
‘With its fascinating focus on ventriloquism and unintelligible speech, animal noises, and other types of sound, Jimmy Packham’s Gothic Utterance issues a clarion call to attend to the neglected roles of voice and sound in American Gothic and the Gothic more broadly. Researchers into the Gothic will want to listen carefully to what it has to say!’
-Professor Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, Central Michigan University
Fighting for Justice
Common Law and Civil Law Judges: Threats and Challenges
Edited by Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan
‘This collection of essays is a timely analysis of the centrality of an independent judiciary to a democracy. It offers a powerful insight into the pressures as they arise in Canada, Denmark, England, France, Spain and Wales, and a cross-jurisdictional approach to issues such as diversity, political neutrality and training.’
-Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales 2013–17
The Centenary Edition Raymond Williams
Who Speaks for Wales? Nation, Culture, Identity
Edited by Daniel G. Williams
‘Anchored solidly in Welsh history and culture, this collection of essays restores nuance and depth to critical studies of Raymond Williams. A bracing introduction and new afterword cogently parse through problematic terms like “exile” and “marginality” to recover Williams’s Welsh experience as an essential component of his critical practice. The volume provides a definitive account of Williams’s complex engagement with Wales as a template for his understanding of British imperialism, nationalism and class struggle.’
-Professor Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University
Crimes Against Humanity
The Limits of Universal Jurisdiction in the Global South
‘This is an eminently interdisciplinary tome on crimes against humanity, which draws appropriately not just from the usual international law sources but also from a range of other disciplines – especially philosophy and political science. Canefe is to be commended for the refreshing way in which she has systematically applied a Global South perspective (as a way of seeing) to the analysis of such crimes as they relate to Global South (as a geo-political space) an analytical approach that remains uncommon in the field.’
- Professor Obiora Okafor, York University, Toronto ON
Doña Bárbara Unleashed
From Venezuelan Plains to International Screen
‘In this hugely engaging and delightfully written exploration of Doña Bárbara and its popular on-screen afterlife, Jenni Lehtinen presents the eponymous protagonist as a potentially endlessly morphing manifestation of untamed barbarism, glamour, seductiveness and female empowerment. Bárbara becomes a marker of transnational mobility and social and cultural evolution, both in terms of her textual, filmic and televisual incarnations, and in terms of her public reception and re-imagination by audiences and fans. The story of Doña Bárbara becomes the story of shifting conceptions of Latinity and a still unfolding tale of the powerful possibilities of adaptation and transformation.’
- Professor Philip Swanson, University of Sheffield
‘Manuel Pérez-García forcefully demonstrates the role of the extended family groups in Spanish early modern and, by extension, in Western early modern societies. They articulate the relationship of individual with the global context, and their needs for preservation and dominance are the motor of social change, creating the dominant social representations. Unveiling the most intimate structures of Western societies, this book paves the way for global comparisons.’
- Professor Jean-Pierre Dedieu, École normale supérieure de Lyon
Edited by Sandra Becker, Megen de Bruin-Molé and Sara Polak
‘Haunting and timely: a set of meditations in an emergency that reflect not only on the present viral pandemic, but on the various crises that led to this moment, the ways we narrativise real world disaster, and the disastrous ways we have shared information and misinformation in the new millennium.’
- Dr Sarah Juliet Lauro, The University of Tampa
Global TV Horror
Edited by Stacey Abbott and Lorna Jowett
‘This timely new collection, truly global in its scope, gets to grips with the exponential spread of Horror across a wide variety of channels, national television networks and platforms. The recently-held belief in the incompatibility of Horror and television seems hard to imagine now, which is precisely why this collection of essays is so necessary. Abbott and Jowett’s introduction to the book is written with their characteristic clarity, and they have collected here the work of both senior figures from Horror Studies and many of the field’s most exciting new scholars.’
- Professor Helen Wheatley, University of Warwick
Transnationalism and Genre Hybridity in New British Horror Cinema
‘We all thought British horror film perished in the 1990s. So when it returned from the dead in the 2000s, there wasn't a critic who knew what to do with it. Thankfully, we now have Lindsey Decker to illuminate this decade – with sharp, incisive and yet accessible prose, Decker explores how gothic horror, zombie films and hoodie horror embodied a distinctive Britishness that offered a compelling global appeal. This book is going to be a fixture on horror film reading lists for years to come.’
- Dr Alison Peirse, University of Leeds, editor of Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism and Genre
Wales Journal of Education 22.2
With the support of Welsh Government, the Wales Journal of Education has converted to a platinum Open Access journal, free of charge, bilingual and available to read in digital format for anyone, anywhere in the world, with no author-facing charges.
The Wales Journal of Education aims to appeal to researchers, policy-makers and practitioners who share the common goal of achieving excellence in education in Wales. We welcome articles that relate to education in Wales, but also materials of a broader significance, including comparative studies and international contributions and, from 2020, practitioner-led articles.