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.
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.”
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 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.
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’.
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.
The world may never be the same again, but what can history tell us about the future following #TrumpInauguration?
Dr. Nicola Mann, Assistant Professor of Communications and Visual Cultures, has just published a new essay titled “From SuperOther to SuperMother: The Journey towards Liberty” in the book The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture (ed. Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Gray & Michael R. Howard II; The University Press of Mississippi, 2016).
Dr Parviz Dabir-Alai, professor of economics, has been invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on January 19th, organised by the ESCP Business School (ranked 4th internationally for its Masters programmes in the 2016 FT lists) to discuss the impact of BREXIT on the higher education landscape. The key themes will include the likely impacts of BREXIT on Business Schools as well as on academic cooperation between institutions in general and explore both their short-term and long-term effects.
Dr. Paul Rekret, Associate Professor of Politics, has just published a new essay titled “Affect & Politics: A Critical Assessment” in the book Politics, Protest, Emotion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Paul Reilly, Anastasia Veneti and Dimitrinka Atanasova (eds)), Press Books.
The book features contributions from 37 academics across the globe. It presents a range of disciplinary perspectives on politics and emotions, including the fields of computer science, (digital) media studies, journalism studies and political science. Drawing on a range of case studies such as the 2016 Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament march in London, the movement against TTIP-TAFTA and, health activism such as “I Want PrEP Now”, the contributors provide new insight into the affective turn in protest and social movements.
Rekret’s contribution is available here.