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The Legacy of the 1917 February in Contemporary Russia and the wider world

January 4, 2017

USW is hosting a lecture by Dr Matthew Rendle (University of Exeter) to mark the centenary of the February Revolution of 1917 in Russia.

Venue: The Old Debating Chamber of the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay

Time: 6.30pm, on 7 February 2017

Between Scylla and Charybdis

December 9, 2016

USW historian Norry LaPorte has recently published ‘Between Scylla and Charybdis: END and its Attempt to Overcome the Bipolar World Order in the 1980s’ in the Australian journal Labour History (issue 111, 2016).

Praying and Campaigning

December 9, 2016

Maria Nita, a research assistant with History at USW, has published her first book. Praying and Campaigning with Environmental Christians: Green Religion and the Climate Movement.

An ethnographic study of environmental Christian networks involved in the climate and transition towns movements, the book examines the ways in which green Christians engage with their communities and networks, as well as other activist networks in the broader green movement.

Psychological Trauma and the Legacies of the First World War

December 8, 2016

USW historian Fiona Reid features in a new collection of essays on Psychological Trauma and the Legacies of the First World War, edited by Jason Crouthammel and Peter Leese.

Nantucket Quakers

September 8, 2016

New work by USW historian Richard Allen appears in the just published The Atlantic World of Anthony Benezet (1713-1784): From French Reformation to North American Quaker Antislavery Activism.

More prize-winning History from USW

June 27, 2016

USW historian Chris Evans has been awarded the 2016 Douglass Adair Memorial Award of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture for his article ‘The plantation hoe: the rise and fall of an Atlantic commodity’, which appeared in The William & Mary Quarterly in 2012.

The Douglass Adair Memorial Award is given biennially to the best article to have been published in The William & Mary Quarterly over a six-year period.

Twentieth Century Communism: new issue

April 7, 2016

USW Historian Norry LaPorte is the editor of the new issue of Twentieth Century Communism.

'Admiring the pugilistic art?’

February 23, 2016

Congratulations to USW History postgraduate Chris Gardiner, whose paper ‘Admiring the pugilistic art?’ Newspaper reports on boxing in nineteenth-century South Wales has been accepted for the next conference of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH).

First publication for History doctoral candidate

February 5, 2016

Congratulations to USW historian Adam Godfrey, currently completing his PhD on labour in the Swansea copper industry in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, for his first published scholarly article: '“We would rather starve idle than starve while working hard”: The Swansea Copperworkers’ Strike of 1843’.

”My Friends Looked at Me in Horror”

January 30, 2016

USW historian Fiona Reid has just published ‘”My Friends Looked at Me in Horror”: Idealizations of Wounded Men in the First World War’, Peace and Change, 41: 1 (2016) 64-77.

The Red Inheritance from the Front

November 19, 2015

USW historian Norry LaPorte will be speaking next week on the World War One experience of Ernst Thälmann, the leader of German communism in the 1930s, in a seminar at the March bloch Centre in Berlin: The Red Inheritance from the Front: the First World War as Front Experience for Communists.

Friends' Historical Society chooses USW Historian

October 21, 2015

USW historian Richard C. Allen has been chosen as president of the Friends’ Historical Society for 2016.

New work on Quakerism and abolitionism

September 7, 2015

USW historian Richard Allen has just published 'Samuel Meredith (1741–1817): American Patriot and Welsh Philanthropist’, in Maurice Jackson and Susan Kozel (eds), Quakers and their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754–1808 (London, 2015).

Twentieth Century Communism: new issue

August 10, 2015

The 2015 issue of Twentieth Century Communism: A Journal of International History, which is co-edited by USW historian Norry LaPorte, is now out.

Material Religion in Modern Britain

August 10, 2015

USW historian Tim Jones is co-editor of a new collection of essays Material Religion in Modern Britain: The Spirit of Things.

USW historian awarded Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library

March 26, 2015

USW historian Chris Evans has won a visiting fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library. The JCB Library at Brown University is one of the USA’s leading centres for the study of the early modern New World.

USW Historian wins Huntington Fellowship

March 13, 2015

USW historian Chris Evans has been awarded a research fellowship at The Huntington Library in Los Angeles. The award of a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship will allow Evans to spend a month at The Huntington, conducting research on slavery and emancipation in Civil War Kentucky.

A World of Copper: Globalizing the Industrial Revolution 1830-1870

February 19, 2015

USW historians Chris Evans and Olivia Saunders have just published the main report on A World of Copper: Globalizing the Industrial Revolution, 1830-1870, the international research network they organised with the support of the Leverhulme Trust. Their paper appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Global History.

Speaking with Tim Jones on child sexual abuse

February 6, 2015

USW historian Tim Jones, currently on secondment at La Trobe University on an Australian Research Council Fellowship, researches religion and sexuality. He has recently spoken to The Conversation about Australia’s Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. You can listen to his interview here.

New work on Shellshock in Britain and Belgium

January 15, 2015

USW historian Fiona Reid and Christine Van Everbroeck (Director of the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces in Brussels) have just published ‘Shell Shock and the Kloppe: war neuroses amongst British and Belgian troops during and after the First World War’ in Medicine Conflict and Survival, 30/4 (December 2014).

REF success for USW History

December 18, 2014

With two-thirds of the publications submitted to REF 2014 rated as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*), historians at USW have shown themselves to be players on an international stage.

USW PhD student wins Gerald Hodgett Award for Quaker Studies

December 7, 2014

Erica Canela, a PhD candidate at USW, has won the Gerald Hodgett Award for 2014. The Hodgett Award is open to students of Quaker Studies for the dissemination of research findings for the benefit of Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM). Erica’s project will involve indexing the back catalogue (1996-2014) of the peer-reviewed journal, Quaker Studies.

Love and Romance in Britain, 1918 - 1970

November 25, 2014

USW historian Tim Jones is one of the editors of a new collection on Love and Romance in Britain, 1918 – 1970.

Lives of the Left

November 22, 2014

USW historian Norry LaPorte contributes two articles to the new issue of the journal Moving the Social.

‘My friends looked at me in horror...': wounds and wounded men in the First World War’

October 26, 2014

USW historian Fiona Reid recently spoke at ‘World War One: Dissent, Activism and Transformation’, an international conference held at Georgian Court University, New Jersey.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in History

October 8, 2014

USW historian Fiona Reid offers a historical perspective on PTSD in an essay in the recently published collection edited by Gordon Martel,
Twentieth-Century War and Conflict: A Concise Encyclopedia (Wiley Blackwell, 2014).

Funding from Friends

August 5, 2014

USW doctoral student Erica Canela has been awarded a grant from the Friends’ Historical Society for her project ‘“A worthy Souldier and Follower of the Lamb”: Humphry Smith (c.1624-1663), the civil wars, his missionary activity and publications’.

Prize-winning History at USW

July 29, 2014

USW historian Chris Evans has been awarded the 2014 Abbot Payson Usher Prize by the Society for the History of Technology.

The award was made for his article (co-authored with Alun Withey of the University of Exeter) ‘An Enlightenment in steel? Innovation in the steel trades of eighteenth-century Britain’, Technology & Culture, 53: 3 (2012), 533-60

Book prize nomination for Tim Jones

June 29, 2014

USW historian Tim Jones has been shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association's WK Hancock Prize.

The Hancock Prize is awarded biennially for a first book by a historian who is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia for work primarily produced in Australia. Tim has been nominated for Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957 (Oxford University Press, 2013).

"Friendly Enemies" goes into paperback

May 18, 2014

Friendly Enemies: Britain and the GDR, 1949-1990, the ground-breaking study of relations between Britain and the former East Germany by USW historian Norry LaPorte and ex-USW professor Stefan Berger is to be issued in a paperback edition by Berghahn Press.

Copper Ore: An Unlikely Global Commodity

May 5, 2014

USW historians Chris Evans and Olivia Saunders have published a preliminary report on A World of Copper: Globalising the Industrial Revolution, 1830-1870, the project funded by the Leverhulme Trust in 2012-2013, which they led.

'Copper Ore: An Unlikely Global Commodity’ appears in the online forum Commodity Histories.

Funding success for Norry LaPorte with the Amiel Melburn Trust

April 8, 2014

USW historian Norry LaPorte has been awarded a grant of £5,800 by The Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust, which supports research into the history of socialism and the working-class movement.

The grant is to support the publication of Weimar Communism as Mass Movement, a book that will showcase a new generation of researchers working on interwar communism in Germany whose work has yet to appear in English.

Quaker grant success for History doctoral student

February 3, 2014

Congratulations to Erica Canela, a year-two PhD candidate at USW, who has won the David Adshead Award for 2014. The Adshead Award enables a postgraduate to enjoy a period of residence at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, which holds one of the world’s major collections of early Quaker printed material.

Book of the Year nomination for Tim Jones

January 22, 2014

Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church in the University of Oxford, has named Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957 by USW historian Tim Jones as his book of the year for 2013.

A first publication for USW postgraduate

January 17, 2014

Erica Canela, a History PhD candidate at USW, will publish 'In the Name of God, Amen: Breconshire Wills from 1528-1571’ in a forthcoming issue of Brycheiniog, the journal of the Brecknock Society.

USW historian advises Australian Royal Commission investigating Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse

November 11, 2013

USW historian Tim Jones, currently on secondment at La Trobe University in Melbourne, has been contracted to write a report on how canon law has been used to discipline clergy in cases of child sex abuse. The contract comes from the Royal Commission investigating Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse in Australia (

More prize-winning history

November 2, 2013

USW historian Chris Evans has won the Jack Temple Kirby Award for 2013. The Kirby Award is made by the Southern Historical Association ( for the best work in agricultural or environmental history published in 2011 or 2012.

New publication on C18 Sweden

August 6, 2013

Just published: Sweden in the Eighteenth-Century World – Provincial Cosmopolitans, edited by Göran Rydén.

Local Communisms

June 18, 2013

The 2013 issue of Twentieth Century Communism, the journal edited by USW’s Norry LaPorte, has just been published. It’s devoted to the theme of local communisms, with authors exploring the tensions that arose between a global movement with universal aspirations and the very varied local conditions in which its representatives found themselves. The case studies range far and wide, from Germany and France to Uzbekistan and Canada

History Research Wales: funding success

June 4, 2013

USW historian Chris Evans has won funding from History Research Wales to support an investigation of the archive of the École des Mines in Paris. He’ll visit the École next month together with colleagues from the universities of Aberystwyth and Swansea.

Dr Andy Croll publishes book on Gwent History

May 31, 2013

Gwent County History Research

Congratulations to USW historian Andy Croll, who’s celebrating the publication of volume 5 of The Gwent County History, which he has co-edited with Professor Chris Williams (Cardiff University).

Fellowship Success

May 14, 2013

University of South Wales historian Chris Evans has been awarded a visiting fellowship by the Filson Historical Society, Kentucky. Evans will visit the Society’s Louisville headquarters later this year to work on his project ?Escaping from Slavery in the Nineteenth Century: George St Leger Grenfell in Civil War Kentucky?.

Prize-winning research

May 8, 2013

University of South Wales historian Chris Evans is the joint winner of the 2012 Lester J. Cappon Prize awarded by the The William & Mary Quarterly, the leading journal in early American and Atlantic history. The Cappon Prize is awarded to the best article to appear in the Quarterly over a calendar year.

New publications from History in 2013

March 22, 2013

Glamorgan historians have been busy publishing the the first months of 2013.

Andy Croll has led the way with 'Strikers and the Right to Poor Relief in Late Victorian Britain: The Making of the Merthyr Tydfil Judgment of 1900’ in the Journal of British Studies, 52: 1 (2013), 128-52.

New publication: Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957

January 2, 2013

Congratulations to Glamorgan historian Tim Jones, whose first book Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957 has just been published by Oxford University Press.

New publication: Women?s Writing and Muslim Societies

December 4, 2012

Glamorgan historian Sharif Gemie has just published Women?s Writing and Muslim Societies, 1920-the present: The Search for Dialogue (University of Wales Press, 2012).

New publication: Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft

November 5, 2012

Glamorgan historian Jonathan Durrant has just published the second edition of Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft (Scarecrow Press, 2012).

Most witchcraft scholarship focuses on Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but this volume, as well as covering the classic age of witch persecution in Europe, ranges across the continents and has a time-span extending back to earliest law code that punished sorcery, the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi (1792-1750 B.C.E.), and forward to the last witchcraft cases in England, those of Helen Duncan and Jane Yorke, tried in 1944.

Swedish Collaboration brings Major Funding Success for Glamorgan History

October 26, 2012

Glamorgan historian Chris Evans has won funding worth £330,000 in partnership with Professor Göran Rydén of Uppsala University in Sweden. Their project, Places for Making, Places for Taking: Metals in the Global Eighteenth Century, has been awarded a coveted grant by the Swedish funder Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

History gears up for the REF

August 1, 2012

Glamorgan historians have laid the foundations for a strong REF showing in 2014 with a wave of publications over the last twelve months. There have been innovative books and articles in world-leading journals. Here’s some of the highlights of 2011-2012.

Fellowship award for Glamorgan Historian

February 2, 2012

Glamorgan historian Olivia Saunders has been awarded a ?Diversity and International Outreach Fellowship? by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. The award will allow her to attend SHAFR’s upcoming conference in Hartford, Connecticut, on Revolutionary Aftermaths where she’ll present a paper on ?Britain, the United States, and the Bolivian National Revolution? as part of a panel on ?Foreign Influences and Interventions in the Bolivian Revolution of 1952?.

Wales and the British Empire

January 25, 2012

Now published: Wales and the British overseas empire: interactions and influences, 1650-1830, edited by Huw Bowen. This volume carries an essay by Glamorgan historian Chris Evans on 'Wales, Munster and the English South West: contrasting articulations with the Atlantic world’.

Cold War Wales

November 28, 2011

Just out – a special issue of Llafur: The Journal of Welsh People’s History devoted to the theme of Cold War Wales. Three Glamorgan historians are guest editors: Norry LaPorte, Fiona Reid and Gareth Williams.

Oz Fellowship success for Glamorgan Historian

November 22, 2011

Dr Tim Jones has been awarded a three-year visiting fellowship at La Trobe University in Melbourne by the Australian Research Council.

The Royal Historical Society comes to Glamorgan

November 15, 2011

Glamorgan hosted the Royal Historical Society's regional symposium for 2011 on 3 November.

Visualising the Past: History, Heritage and Technology featured papers by historians from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Glamorgan and Swansea as well as a plenary lecture by Richard Suggett of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales.

Postsecular sex: grant success for Glamorgan historian

October 11, 2011

Glamorgan historian Timothy Jones has been awarded a Lynn E. May Jr. Study Grant at the Southern Baptist Historical Library in Nashville, Tennessee.

Fellowship success in the US for Glamorgan History

July 27, 2011

Glamorgan historian Chris Evans has been awarded a H.B. du Pont Fellowship at the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society of the Hagley Museum & Library, Delaware.

A World of Copper: Leverhulme Trust grant success

July 7, 2011

Glamorgan historian Chris Evans is to lead a major international research project supported by the Leverhulme Trust. A World of Copper: Globalising the Industrial Revolution has been awarded a £122,000 International Network Grant by the Trust.

Conference Report: ?Local Communisms?

July 3, 2011

The conference Local Communisms, held at Glamorgan on 30 June – 1 July 2011, attracted 29 papers on various local features of a global movement ? ranging from communism in the ?Celtic nations? of the British Isles to Moscow?s relations with the Islamic world. The unifying theme was how the universalism of a global movement interacted with local conditions from Soviet Central Asia to North America, turning the singular aspirations of Bolshevism into a plurality of communisms.

100 Places that Made Britain

June 7, 2011

Stuck for somewhere to visit this summer? Then get hold of a copy of 100 Places that Made Britain, which has just been published by BBC Books.

It does just what the title suggests. This is a guide to 100 locations that had an important bearing on British history – locations where there’s still something to see. They range from the Roman palace at Fishbourne in Sussex to Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

A New History of Wales

May 29, 2011

The Hay Festival sees the launch of a new collection of essays on Welsh history from History Research Wales, the umbrella organisation representing the historical profession in Welsh HE.

A New History of Wales: Myths and Realities, edited by Huw Bowen, brings together pieces that were first published in the Western Mail's 'Welsh History Month’ last year.

Swedish funding success for History

April 19, 2011

Glamorgan historian Chris Evans has won funding from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Swedish research foundation in the arts and humanities, in partnership with Professor Göran Rydén of the University of Uppsala.

Do the hungry deserve help?

April 8, 2011

Should aid be given to the hungry or is hunger a necessary evil, one that keeps population in check and the feckless at work?

This is a debate that has ebbed and flowed for two centuries or more. It’s one that Glamorgan historian Andy Croll intervenes in with an an article in the prestigious International Review of Social History.

Glamorgan historians of Gwent

March 30, 2011

University of Glamorgan historians feature prominently in the fresh-off-the-press fourth volume of The Gwent County History.

The Royal Historical Society comes to Glamorgan

March 25, 2011

The Royal Historical Society's regional symposium for 2011 is to be hosted by the University of Glamorgan on behalf of History Research Wales, the alliance between the five research-led History Departments in Welsh HE.

Heroes and Villains in Welsh History

March 18, 2011

Watch out for a new series starting in tomorrow’s Western Mail. “Heroes and Villains” is a month-long series presented by History Research Wales, the umbrella group representing historians at Wales’s universities.

Coming soon: Copper Day!

January 25, 2011

Saturday, 5 March 2011 will be Copper Day in Swansea. The city will host a range of events that explain and celebrate Swansea’s role as the centre of the global copper industry in the nineetenth century.

At the edge of reason: the history of shaving

January 25, 2011

February’s issue of the BBC History Magazine carries an article by Glamorgan historians Chris Evans and Alun Withey on razors and shaving in the Georgian period.

Published today: Slave Wales

September 30, 2010

Slave Wales: The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery, 1660–1850 by Glamorgan historian Chris Evans is published today by the University of Wales Press.

A New History of Wales

September 14, 2010

Watch out for next Saturday?s Western Mail, which will see the launch of a new 25-part series on Welsh history. Historians from across Wales will offer some new and hopefully provocative perspectives on the Welsh past. The paper?s ?New History of Wales? will run daily, beginning on September 18, and historians from Glamorgan will be to the fore.

Surgical instruments, steel and Paris

September 7, 2010

Glamorgan historians Chris Evans and Alun Withey spoke at the conference Fitting for Health: The Economy of Medical Technology in Europe and its Colonies, 1600–1850, held at the École normale supérieure in Paris last week. The conference, which brought together a range of international scholars interested in the development of medical technology, ranged across themes such as the spread and marketing of medicines, the development of anatomical models, corrective devices for the body in the eighteenth century, and Victorian technologies for deaf people.

Grant Success in Medical History

July 28, 2010

Congratulations to Glamorgan historian Dr Alun Withey, who has been awarded £1300 by the Wellcome Trust to support the conference Medicine at the margins: ideas, knowledge and practice c.1500–2000, which will be held at the University next year.

Britain and East Germany: a new study of the Cold War era from Glamorgan

May 11, 2010

Congratulations to Glamorgan historian Norry LaPorte whose new book Friendly Enemies: Britain and the GDR 1949–1990 is now avaliable.

MA success for Thelma Lloyd

April 21, 2010

Congratulations to Thelma Lloyd, whose MA by Research in History on ?Slum clearance in Merthyr Tydfil, c. 1950–1980? was passed yesterday.

British Academy conference grant success

April 13, 2010

Congratulations to Glamorgan historian Alun Withey who has won a travel grant from the British Academy to attend the conference Fitting for Health: the Economy of Medical Technology in Europe and its Colonies, 1600?1850 at the École normale supérieure in Paris later this year.

For Women, For Wales and For Liberalism

March 13, 2010

2010 Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture and Book Launch

Sugar, tea and slavery

March 5, 2010

This month sees the release of the CD-ROM and DVD Bittersweet: Sugar, Tea and Slavery. A Story of Wales & Slavery. This is the final output of a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project run by charity The Gateway Gardens Trust , to which Glamorgan historian Chris Evans was the historical consultant.

The Phoney War: Battling Boredom

February 4, 2010

Laure Humbert, a member of Glamorgan’s Outcast Europe team, has defended her MA (Res) dissertation on the mobilisation of French intellectual opinion during ?la guerre introuvable?, the Phoney War, 1939–40.

The heritage of Welsh copper: ESRC grant success

January 15, 2010

Glamorgan historian Chris Evans is part of a team that has been awarded a £95,000 research grant by the Economic and Social Research Council to fund the project History, heritage, and urban regeneration: the global and local worlds of Welsh copper.

The project, which is headed by Professor Huw Bowen of the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University, brings together partners from the National Waterfront Museum, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, and the City and County of Swansea, as well as Glamorgan..

Doctoring the past

December 18, 2009

Glamorgan’s historians congratulate one of their number, Alun Withey, on being awarded his doctorate yesterday. Alun was viva’d at the University of Swansea defending his thesis ?Health, Medicine and the Family in Wales, c. 1600–1750?.

Bittersweet: marking Black History Month

October 27, 2009

The National Assembly of Wales is marking Black History Month with an exhibition that traced the connections between Wales and slavery: Bittersweet: Sugar, Tea and Slavery – A Story of Wales & Slavery. Glamorgan’s Chris Evans, who is the historical consultant to the Bittersweet project, reports.

History goes colonial

October 5, 2009

Glamorgan historian Chris Evans has just returned from a month-long visiting fellowship at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia. Evans was a guest of the John D. Rockefeller Jr Library as a Gilder Lehrman Fellow.

Colonial Williamsburg is the restored eighteenth-century capital of Virginia, the richest and most populous of Britain’s North American colonies. The town declined in importance in the nineteenth century but it’s now the leading centre for the interpretation of American history in the colonial and revolutionary periods, as well as a major tourist destination.

Stalinist or Antifascist Hero?

September 21, 2009

Glamorgan historian Norry LaPorte was an invited speaker at a public talk staged by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (RLS) in Potsdam, which addressed how the former communist leader Ernst Thälmann is remembered in the political debate today.

Jonathan Durrant wins Vitae funding

September 18, 2009

Glamorgan historian Dr Jonathan Durrant has won one of the first grants awarded under the Vitae Innovate scheme.

Writing Refugees into History

September 10, 2009

The University of Glamorgan recently hosted the latest conference of Outcast Europe, organised in partnership with the EXILIO network based at the University of Southampton.

Glamorgan Historian advises German filmmakers

July 14, 2009

Glamorgan historian Norry LaPorte has been appointed as historical advisor to a documentary to be shown on German TV about ?Germany’s Stalin?, Ernst Thälmann ? the leader of the German Communist Party during Hitler?s rise to power.

Outcasts at Glamorgan

June 4, 2009

The Outcast Europe research centre and the South West and Wales Women?s History Network held a study day on Saturday 25 April at the University of Glamorgan.

Collaborative History Research

May 30, 2009

History Research Wales (HRW) is a new collaborative initiative between the leading universities in Wales.

Twentieth Century Communism Journal

May 22, 2009

Glamorgan historian, Dr Norry LaPorte, is a co-founding editor of the new journal, Twentieth Century Communism: A Journal of International History.

Politics and Memory

May 8, 2009

Biography and the Political Uses of Memory is the title of the latest issue of the journal Socialist History.

Christianity, social tolerance and homosexuality: a new research programme

April 17, 2009

Glamorgan historian Tim Jones is launching a new research initiative on Christianity, social tolerance and homosexuality in twentieth-century Great Britain and the United States that will revise established narratives of the place of religion in the history of sexuality.

Going for a song

April 7, 2009

Glamorgan?s Professor Gareth Williams was recently (March 23) invited to speak on the Welsh choral tradition to the well-established Music in Britain seminar of the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London.

Outcast Europe ?Coming Home?

April 5, 2009

Coming Home ? Conflict and Return Migration in Twentieth-Century Europe was the third conference organized by the EXILIO, the pan-European research network on exile and displacement. It was held over three days (1–3 April) at the University of Southhampton. Glamorgan?s Sharif Gemie and Laure Humbert, who are active members of the EXILIO research network, presented a paper at the conference addressing the attitudes of the post-war authorities towards the travel projects of post-Holocaust Jews.

George Ewart Evans Centenary

April 3, 2009

The Centre for Modern and Contemporary Wales and the University?s George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling co-hosted a day?s event of talks, reminiscence and analysis to celebrate a significant centenary on 1 april. On exactly that day in 1909 the writer and pioneer oral historian George Ewart Evans was born in Abercynon, a mining village situated four miles north of Glamorgan’s Treforest campus.

History Research Wales: a new forum for the profession

March 29, 2009

Following their success in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, Glamorgan?s historians have joined forces with the pre-1992 universities in Wales (Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea) to form a new umbrella group, History Research Wales.

Enlightenment Steel publication

March 11, 2009

A selection of papers from the British Academy-sponsored conference Steel in Britain in the Age of Enlightenment, which was hosted by the University of Glamorgan in December 2007, has just been published.

Shell Shock in the News

March 5, 2009

University of Glamorgan historian, Dr Fiona Reid, an expert in the treatment of shell shock after the First World War, responded to Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry?s recent interviews in The Independent and BBC Radio 4?s Today programme about the lack of mental health care for war veterans, and her comments appeared in The Independent on Monday 2 March.

Glamorgan historians tell the Cardiff Story

February 13, 2009

Glamorgan historian Andy Croll has been appointed to the Academic Panel guiding the development of a new museum that will tell the story of Cardiff?s development as a city. The Cardiff Story ? Stori Caerdydd is a project of Cardiff Council and will be based in the Old Library in the Hayes, opening in 2010.

Outcast Europe at Cardiff Seminar

February 9, 2009

On 4 February, the historians of Glamorgan?s Outcast Europe research project were invited by the School of European Studies at Cardiff University to speak on aspects of their research.

Film and War: an Outcast Europe workshop

January 20, 2009

Film and War, held at the University of Glamorgan on 17 January, was the second in a series of workshops organized by the Outcast Europe team.

Glamorgan historian awarded Colonial Williamsburg Foundation fellowship

December 31, 2008

Glamorgan historian Chris Evans will travel to Virginia in 2009 to take up a month-long visiting fellowship at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg.

History at Glamorgan goes to the top of the research league in Wales

December 22, 2008

History at Glamorgan scored a major success in the Research Assessment Exercise, the results of which were made public last week.

Shell-Shock at National Army Museum

December 18, 2008

Glamorgan’s Dr Fiona Reid gave the lunchtime lecture at the National Army Museum on 4 December 2008, when she spoke about the treatment of shell-shock during the First World War and in the 1920s.

Congratulations to Jane Benjamin

December 12, 2008

History at Glamorgan congratulates Jane Benjamin on the award of an MA by Research in History for her dissertation “Mutiny or Mud: Morale and Discipline within British forces on the Western Front during the Third Battle of Ypres 1917”.

'Outcast Europe' in Alicante

November 24, 2008

History’s Outcast Europe project participates in research network event in Alicante.

Remembering Revolution?

November 24, 2008

Glamorgan historian, Norry LaPorte, speaks on the German Revolution of 1918 at Karl Marx House in London.

Mass Observation

November 12, 2008

History’s Dr Fiona Reid speaks on BBC Radio Wales.

Wales and its Boxers

October 17, 2008

Historian Gareth Williams announces the publication of Wales and its Boxers by the University of Wales Press.

History welcomes new staff

October 4, 2008

The History Division is delighted to welcome two new colleagues: Dr Jane Finucane and Dr Tim Jones.

Why study refugee history?

September 15, 2008

Why study refugee history? is the first working paper is to be issued by the Outcast Europe team in History.

Bolshevism, Stalinism and the Comintern

July 25, 2008

Glamorgan historian Norry LaPorte is the editor of Bolshevism, Stalinism and the Comintern: Perspectives on Stalinization, 1917–1953. This newly published collection, which brings together scholars from Germany, France, Italy, Finland, Ireland and the USA, re-examines the history of the Communist International, founded in 1919 as the organisational nerve centre for global Bolshevik revolution.

Mass Observation in Wales

July 22, 2008

The new BBC Radio Wales series Wales Observed looks at life in Wales during the late 1930s by studying the Mass Observation diaries of local people. The History Division’s Fiona Reid participated in the first programme, which looked at the diary of a sixteen-year-old Cardiff schoolboy in 1937.

Migration and Women's Work in Late Victorian Cardiff

July 9, 2008

Congratulations to History postgraduate Phillip Davies whose MA by Research, ?Migration and women?s work in late Victorian Cardiff?, was passed this week.

The Epstein Memorial Conference: Technology and Human Capital Formation in the East and the West

June 23, 2008

This conference, held at the London School of Economics in June 2008, was organised to commemorate the work of Professor Larry Epstein, who died in February 2007. Epstein made a distinctive contribution to the history of European economic development, particularly in his rehabilitation of craft guilds as vehicles for technological innovation and diffusion. A number of colleagues and collaborators came together to consider Epstein’s legacy for global history.

EXILIO: a new research network

April 17, 2008

Glamorgan historians have joined colleagues at the universities of Southampton, Albi, Toulouse and Alicante to constitute EXILIO, a research network dedicated to exploring the experience of exile and migration in the conflicts of twentieth-century Europe.

What the hula hoop hides

April 16, 2008

Historian Brian Ireland recently appeared on ?Y’Know, for Kids!?, broadcast on Radio 4, commenting on the craze for the hula hoop that was a feature of youth culture in the 1950s.

Glamorgan Stalinism

March 24, 2008

Glamorgan historian, Norry LaPorte, has been involved over several years in putting the University at the centre of international research on Stalin and world communism.

International Women's Day at Glamorgan

March 12, 2008

As historians and feminists at the University of Glamorgan, Dr Ursula Masson and Dr Fiona Reid marked International Women’s Day with a conference on the centenary of the first IWD. “Women have traditionally used this day to protest, to organise and to celebrate”, Dr Reid noted, “and almost 100 years after the first International Women’s Day, it is vital to state that we now need feminism more than ever.”

Glamorgan advances Atlantic history

March 2, 2008

Glamorgan historian Chris Evans has just returned from a visit to the Virginia Historical Society where he was awarded a Betty Sams Christian Fellowship to support his research on the material culture of New World slavery.

Glamorgan marks the 100th International Women's Day

February 28, 2008

The University of Glamorgan celebrates the centenary of International Women’s Day on 8 March with a conference that combines reflection on the history of women over the last hundred years with discussion of women’s politics today.

"Outcast Europe" launch

February 8, 2008

Glamorgan historians will launch Outcast Europe on Friday, 22 February 2008. The project, which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, looks at the experience of uprooted peoples in the era of World War II.

Steel in Britain in the age of Enlightenment

January 11, 2008

The University of Glamorgan hosted an international colloquium on the uses of steel in the Enlightenment in December 2007. The event, which was funded by the British Academy, featured contributors from France, Germany and Sweden, as well as the UK. Historian Chris Evans, who organised the meeting, explains its purpose…

"Negro Cloth": a Welsh contribution to Atlantic slavery

January 2, 2008

The bicentenary of the 1807 abolition of the British slave trade and of the prohibition on importing African slaves into the United States, which came into force on 1 January 1808, has re-focused attention on Atlantic slavery. Increasingly, historians are becoming aware of the profound impact that the Atlantic slave system had on places, like rural Wales, that on the face of things were far removed from the brutal labour camps of the Caribbean.

Research on the Women's Liberation Movement wins funding from the Leverhulme Trust

December 20, 2007

Ursula Masson, lecturer in History and co-director of the Glamorgan Centre for Gender Studies in Wales, is part of a research consortium that has been awarded £65,000 by the Leverhulme Trust for an international programme of research on the Women’s Liberation Movement.

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