Dr Robert J. Wallis

Dr. Robert J. Wallis published in The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic

Dr Robert J. Wallis has been published in The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic, edited by Owen Davies and published by Oxford University Press. Dr Wallis’ chapter is entitled ‘Witchcraft and magic in the age of anthropology’. The book examines:

  • The story of witchcraft and magic – from the ancient world to Harry Potter
  • Covers 4000 years of magical practices and ideas in the West, from the first examples of spells written on clay tablets in the ancient world
  • Explores the magical beliefs of the Roman, Greeks, Jews, and early Christians – and the role of the Arabs in preserving the magical knowledge of the Ancients
  • Investigates what the archives really tell us about the witch trials of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
  • Tells the story of post-Enlightenment magic and the rise of Wicca in the twentieth century
  • Examines the anthropology of magic around the globe, from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries
  • Looks at the cinematic portrayal of witches and magicians, from The Wizard of Oz to Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Wallis, R.J. 2017. Witchcraft and magic in the age of anthropology In: O. Davies (ed.) The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic: 225-252. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



Visit to RAIUL by Lew Lukens, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in London

us embassy visitMr Lew Lukens, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in London came to Richmond on Thursday 18 February 2017 to address undergraduate and graduate students. Mr Lukens talked about the US-UK ‘Special Relations’ before taking questions from the floor.

The event was organised by Dr Martin D. Brown, with the generous assistance of the US Embassy in London, for his 6000 level Diplomatic Studies course, and was supported the SPG Research Centre.

More photographs of the visit can be found here

All photos from US Embassy London, we have permission to republish with accreditation.


Richmond Fashion Show 2017

rICHMONDFashionShowWe are hosting Richmond Fashion Show for the first time in March 2017. This very special event is celebrating the strengths and courage of our students, organising this event for the first time.

This event will be on our Richmond Campus on Saturday 18th of March 2017. We would love for you to join us for our show and after show party from 7 PM.

This event is a fundraiser for three charities. Tickets are now on sale here.


Our model search is now on!

Apply for your chance to become a model for the day! The Show is an experience like no other.


Any questions contact

President: Thimo Grantz, thimo.grantz@hotmail.com

Instagram: Amber Wheeler @RUONCAMPUS

Nastaran Norouzi Richards-Carpenter, Assistant Professor in Marketing and Fashion Management, Email

Professor Dominic Alessio

Richmond Professor and students publish new research on the Pacific

Dom Alessio, Professor History and Dean of International Programmes, has co-published with two Richmond students a new article on Pacific history for the Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies (4.2, 2017, pp,115-136). It is entitled “Spain, Germany and the United States in the Marshall Islands: Re-imagining the Imperial in the Pacific” and it was co-written with Patricia Olle Tejero (an INR major graduating in 2017) and Katherine Arnold (a former Study Abroad alum). Both students had been in Dom’s Cultures of Imperial Power class. The article examines the significance of the lost histories of Spain and Germany in the Pacific in the relation of theories of empire formation and the origins of the Third Reich.

Mr Dennis de Caires

Dennis de Caires has work included in the new collection of poems by the Vincentian poet and writer Philip Nanton

Canouan Suite and Other Pieces is a gorgeous new book from Philip Nanton with art to complement the text. As Stewart Brown, co-editor of the Oxford Book of Caribbean Poetry, says: “Readers of Philip Nanton’s Island Voices [also published by Papillote Press] will be familiar with his storyteller’s ear but Canouan Suite and Other Pieces gives us a sense of Nanton as a more complex, serious and accomplished writer than perhaps we had realised.”  

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Richmond Visual Arts Faculty and MA Visual Arts students Participate in ARTROOMS17 Art Fair 20-23 January 2017

Richmond visual arts faculty and MA Visual Arts Management and Curating students participated in the ARTROOMS 2017 Art Fair 20-23 January 2017, a relatively young fair on the London art events calendar offering an innovative platform for independent artists, set within the Meliá White House luxury hotel. On Saturday, Dr. Oonagh Murphy held a workshop for artists entitled ‘Developing Your Digital Footprint: A Workshop for Emerging Artists, and on Sunday Dr. Nicola Mann conducted, ‘Artist Residencies: How to Look, Apply, Complete and Reflect’. Finally, on Sunday evening, Dr. Alex Seago and Dr. Robert J. Wallis chaired a series of ‘Artist Dialogues’ in which pairs of artists discussed their work.

Dr Martin D. Brown

Dr Martin D. Brown chairs panel at Leeds Hallam Conference

Dr Martin D. Brown took part in the ‘Exploring Experiences of Repression in the USSR and Communist Eastern Europe’ conference organised by Dr Kelly Hignett held at Leeds Beckett University on 20 January 2017. Dr Brown chaired a panel on State Strategies of Control in Communist East Europe with Polish and Bulgarian participants. Attendees included researchers and academics from Bulgaria, Estonia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Romania, the UK and the USA.

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Dr Robert J. Wallis

Dr. Robert J. Wallis delivers paper at the Arctic Centre, University of Groningen

Dr. Robert J. Wallis was part of an international delegation visiting The Arctic Centre at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, in order to participate in a workshop considering Long-Term Perspectives on Circumpolar Human-Animal Relations, 17-21 January 2017. Dr. Wallis’ paper presented his recent research on early Anglo-Saxon falconry, considering the faunal remains of raptors, the preponderance of birds of prey in art, and small bells (specifically the find from the royal burial ground of Sutton Hoo), as evidence for falconry in the period. The international workgroup, with delegates from the UK, Norway, Denmark and Finland, are developing a collaborative project examining ‘Perspectives on Circumpolar Human-Animal Relations’.

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Richmond receives a commendable outcome from the review visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

Richmond received a commendable outcome from the review visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in 2016. We are delighted that the QAA has acknowledged the excellent work of the University and commended us with regard to academic standards, student learning opportunities and information about those opportunities following its 2016 annual review of the University. Commendable is the highest level of recognition possible.