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Research strands

Interdisciplinarity is fundamental and intrinsic to the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. We all share an interest in methods and theories straddling individual specialisms.

For this reason, we work along coordinated interdisciplinary, cross-chronological and cross-spatial strands. Every colleague participates in at least one, and most in more than one. Strands organise research events, attract visiting fellows/students, offer joint PGR supervision and reading groups.

CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE 

  • This brings together cultural historians and archaeologists of violence with those working on institutional and state practices. Members of the Department aligned with this strand include Nik WaschmannLouise HideEsther BreithoffDavid FeldmanJoanna BourkeJulian Swann, Daniel Pick, Filippo de VivoRuth Beecher.
  • Recent publications and projects include:
    • Nik Wachsmann, KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps (2015). Winner of the Wolfson Prize
    • Julian Swann, Exile, Imprisonment or Death (2017). Winner of the Society for French Studies’ Gapper Prize
    • Louise Hide’s Wellcome-funded project on violence in institutions of care
    • Esther Breithoff’s UKRI Future Leader Fellowship on the comparative archaeology of dictatorships in South America and South-East Asia
  • See also associated work at Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Centre for the Study of Internationalism.

CITIES AND ENVIRONMENTS

DIFFERENCE, RACE AND INEQUALITY 

GLOBAL HISTORY AND INTERNATIONALISM

MATERIALITIES AND MATERIAL CULTURES

  • This brings together archaeologists and historians working together on consumption and production, the architecture of domestic living and travelling, numismatics and what constitutes archives beyond written texts. Members of the Department aligned with this strand include Filippo de VivoJen BairdLesley McFadyenTim ReynoldsFrank TrentmannMatthew Laube.
  • Recent publications and projects include:
    • Lesley McFadyen’s co-edited collection Archaeology and Photography, featuring work from Jen Baird on time in archaeological photographs
    • Frank Trentmann, Empire of Things. Winner of the Austrian Science Prize
    • Frank Trentmann’s AHRC-funded project Material Cultures of Energy
    • Filippo de Vivo’s ERC-funded project A Comparative History of Archives in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Italy
    • Caroline Barron’s Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship on Latin epigraphy and its reception, from antiquity to the present day
    • Matt Laube’s Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship on the sonic culture of the Dutch Revolt, 1520–1648
  • See also associated work at the Raphael Samuel History Centre and Architecture Space and Society Centre and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Worlds

MIND, BODY, SEXUALITY AND GENDER

MOBILITY AND MIGRATION

PUBLIC HISTORY AND HERITAGE