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History, Classics and Archaeology Taster Session

Venue: Online

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The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology provides a very rich range of programmes across BA (undergraduate) and MA (postgraduate) level. Our research and teaching span the whole of human history. We are one of the very few departments in Britain to include archaeologists, classicists and historians investigating every period from prehistory to the early twenty-first century. For students, we offer an unrivalled breadth of modules, stretching around the globe and across thousands of years, all with evening study.

Attending our taster provides an insight in to our courses, a taster interactive exercise giving you an idea of the way you will study, and information about career pathways for our courses. The event will include:

  • Welcome
  • Course overview
  • Research and taster teaching exercise, giving you the chance to experience what it is like to be a student here.

Title: Whose past is it anyway? Stakeholders, Scholarship and Museum Spaces

  • Q&A session

The academic team will also be available to speak with you on a one-to-one basis at the end of the event.

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  • Dr Katherine Hill -

    Dr Kat Hill is a historian of early modern cultural and religious history in global contexts.

    'I started at Birkbeck in 2017, after a position as Lecturer in Early Modern History at UEA. Prior to this, I held a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Oxford where I also completed my DPhil and Masters, supervised by Professor Lyndal Roper.'

    'My current research examines the movement, migration and sense of confessional belonging in non-conformist religious communities such as the Mennonites and Hutterites in the early modern world as they faced exile, resettled and migrated, and constructed distinct confessional, emotional, and cultural identities. This research aims to answer major questions about religion and culture in the early modern era by examining how such communities constructed a deeply confessional sense of belonging through rituals, forms of history writing, record keeping, material objects, or in familial relationships. Study of groups who are descendants of the Anabaptist tradition such as Mennonites and Hutterites have been a side story at best of Reformation history, resulting in the neglect of an important dimension of the legacy of religious change in the early modern world. Furthermore, historians have never taken a cultural, interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of long histories of the radical and non-conformist strands of the Protestant Reformation as they evolved across time and in different locations. Mennonite communities in America still sing in German and trace their names back to the families who first emigrated from Europe, so this project explores the transmission and legacy of radical identities across continents and through to the present day.
    My previous work focused on the religious and cultural history of Germany during the time of the Lutheran Reformation. My first book, Baptism, Brotherhood and Belief, analysed the evolution of Anabaptist identity in the lands of the Saxon princes from 1525 to 1585. I then ran a British Academy funded project on Lutheran culture after Luther’s death which examined the creation and expression of Lutheran culture in the second half of the sixteenth century and explored how Lutheran pastors constructed their world without Luther. My work has examined diverse themes such as the role of history-writing, time, and chronology in Lutheranism; the reimagining of space and place; the importance of memory and modes of memorialisation; the history of emotions as Lutherans dealt with the loss of Luther but also deployed humour and laughter; new ideas about the body, pain, and suffering evoked by Lutheran theology; and the role of material culture.'

  • Dr Rebecca Darley -

    Dr Rebecca Darley's core research and teaching focuses on Late Antiquity (c. 200-800 CE) and the Middle Ages (up to c. 1600 CE), especially in the Byzantine Empire and the western Indian Ocean.

    'I have a particular research interest in numismatics and material culture. In all areas of my research, through active membership of learned societies, by working with museums and on the issue of open access and by building relationships and projects with colleagues and students internationally, I seek to contribute to the framing of an inclusive, expansive and critically engaged global community of scholarship. I joined Birkbeck in September 2015 from the Art Historical ‘Bilderfahrzeuge’ project at the Warburg Institute. Prior to this, I completed my MA in Greek Archaeology and PhD on Byzantine contact with India at the University of Birmingham Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies and my BA in History at the University of Cambridge. In 2012-13 I was a Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Washington D.C.)'

    'My research focuses on how people and things moved and how people understood and described the world far beyond their locality. I focus particularly on Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and geographically on the eastern Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. This includes work on the Byzantine, Sasanian and Aksumite empires and kingdoms in south India and Sri Lanka, as well as the movement of goods and people between India and China and Southeast Asia. I am interested in why and when commentators, past and present, have taken an interest in historical mobility, and when mobility has been restricted or reduced. A combination of narrative textual sources and archaeological material is central to my research, coming together especially in the study of coins. In another strand of my research, maps and travel accounts provide a different sort of visualisation of movement and space. Further information about upcoming and past conference papers and publications in progress can be found on my personal website. From March 2020 I will hold one of the inaugural awards of the British Academy Wolfson Fellowship scheme. This is one of six awards made to early-career research projects in the humanities and social sciences and will provide support for the completion of my monograph on The Western Indian Ocean in Late Antiquity.
    Research interests: Byzantine history; Late Antiquity; Medieval history; Indian Ocean networks; economic history; imperial structures; money and power; networks and boundaries; global/world history; Higher Education organisation; Open Access; coin collecting.'