Rome symposium involving leading academics to be hosted by Richmond and AIFS

Five leading academics have been honoured by Richmond and The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) by being invited to attend a Fellowship Symposium in June 2018 at the University’s Rome campus.

Each summer AIFS and Richmond awards up to five non-stipendiary Richmond summer visiting faculty Fellowships for existing university partners and AIFS affiliates. This year, the Fellowship will be hosted at Richmond’s Rome campus on Piazza Sant’ Andrea della Valle, a few steps away from the Pantheon.

The Fellowships are designed to enhance faculty research and improve collaboration between universities and academics, strengthen best practice in teaching as well as enhancing the relationship between the University and its partners.

The five summer Fellows will be joining some eminent Richmond academics to attend a one-day informal symposium on 15 June, including Dominic Alessio, Professor of History and Dean of International Programmes, who will be speaking about, From the Dutch East India Company to Daewoo: Empires and Corporations and Dr Martin D. Brown, Associate Professor of International History at Richmond, who will focus on James Bond as Cold Warrior: Researching and Teaching 007.

They will be joined by the Italian Adjunct Professors who will present in their area of specialization: Lorenzo Picchi (History), and Dr Laura Fenelli (History and Art History) from Richmond University in Florence; Andrew James Boyd (Interreligious Dialogue), Dr Erica D’Amico (History of Food) and Dr Erika Milburn (Classical Mythology) from Richmond University in Rome.

All five visiting Fellows will present their research on the following topics:

  • Peter Covino: Dario Bellezza (1944-1996): Finalising his Selected Poems
    • Peter is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island where he teaches courses in Poetry, Italian American Literature, and Ethnic Studies
  • Lynn Donahue: Creating a new global service-learning offering with a disciplinary focus on refugees
    • Lynn is Director of the Centre for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement and an Adjunct Instructor in Peace and Social Justice Studies at St. John Fisher College, NY
  • Robert Irons: Francesco Patrizi’s Critique of Aristotle’s Poetics
    • Robert is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden Sydney, Virginia, where he teaches courses on Greek and Latin language, etymology, western culture, and classical literature in translation
  • Timothy J. Madigan: Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923) and the Circulation of the Elites
    • Timothy is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
  • Damion Waymer: Defining Government Public Relations: An Analysis of the Public Relations Strategies of Caesar Augustus and the Roman Empire
    • Damion (PhD, Purdue University, 2006) is full professor and Department Chair of Liberal Studies at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

The summer fellowship takes place from Monday, 4 June to Saturday, 16 June.

‘State engagement – assessing capacity’ A seminar on Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)

On Wednesday May 17th, the Wellbeing Research Centre (WRC) held a well-attended seminar with the above theme. The presenters were drawn from a diverse group of practitioners, consultants and academics. They were Marcus Cox, Peter Grant, Simon Hearn, Chris Wylde and Gocke Baycal. Collectively their aim was to explain what is normally understood by state engagement and our ability to assess its impact and influence.

The 5 papers explored a variety of interlinked themes such as: why the traditional approach to capacity building has been discredited, and what has replaced it; examples of the application of PDIA in different developing countries by drawing on both experience and literature; the role of Outcome Mapping (OM), as developed by the International Development Research Centre, to help make sense of how policy may be influenced. The use of OM was seen within the context of the ODI’s Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme. Another paper attempted to make sense of the Cambiemos government in Argentina through the lens of the PDIA; the final paper focused on assessing the value of the PDIA approach in assessing the adoption of conditional cash transfers in Turkey.

The seminar was aimed at those interested in advocacy, evaluation and policy influence from a variety of perspectives as outlined above. Seminar room 106 at Briggs Hall had a lively audience made up of the 5 speakers, several faculty and a number of students from a variety of disciplines including economics, development studies, IR and business.

For more detailed information on the papers or the presenters please visit the WRC’s events blog here.


Dress for Success: Richmond History Alum publishes in Canada’s Globe and Mail on Fashion and Power

Alice Janssens graduated as a history major in 2012. For her brilliant Senior Thesis, she researched the historical relation of Fashion and Politics, a topic she has been developing since. She is now a fashion economist, a doctoral researcher in the business history of fashion, and lecturer at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Her article ‘Fashion as religion, and a higher moral fabric’, co-written with Katherine Wynne, was published in the Toronto Globe and Mail about the controversial Met Gala 2018, ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ co-chaired by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. It argues that while fashion has ever been used as a mechanism for the visual expression of identity and power, the Met Gala reversed this relation: it showed fashion as dictating culture, reverence, idol worship and the rules of society. On the red carpet, Catholicism became the medium moulded to display the omnipotent power of fashion.

Professor Alex Seago to speak at Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon on Wednesday 23rd May

Professor Alex Seago, Dean, School of Communication, Arts & Social Sciences at Richmond, is keynote speaker at a talk in Lisbon being held on Wednesday 23 May at the Gulbenkian Museum, co-hosted by the British Council.

Focusing on the work of a several key figures, this talk examines the cultural, social and political influences of British Pop Art and Design and investigates the resulting, often subtle, synergies between the British and Portuguese art scenes.

The lecture takes place in the context of the Gulbenkian Museum exhibition, Post-Pop. Beyond the commonplace.

It’s also based on Professor Seago’s recently co-edited book published by Bloomsbury, Pop Art and Design which brings a fresh understanding of visual culture during the vibrant 1950s and 60s. Confronting the all-pervasive ‘high art / low culture’ divide, this book offers the first in-depth analysis of the relationship between art and design, which led to the creation of ‘pop’. Challenging accepted boundaries and definitions, the authors seek out various commonalities and points of connection between these two exciting areas.

Visit the Gulbenkian Museum website for more details.

Dr Christopher Wylde has book long-listed for BISA annual book prize

Congratulations to Dr Christopher Wylde, Associate Professor of International Relations, Richmond, whose monograph Emerging Markets and the State: Developmentalism in the 21st Century has been long-listed for the BISA International Political Economy Group (IPEG) Annual Book Prize.

Full details can be found online here. Voting is now open and closes Friday 15 June 2018:


Please do sign up to the BISA mailing list when voting.

Dr Wylde’s book, through an analysis of case studies in Latin America and Southeast Asia, sets out to understand the form and function of contemporary states seeking to guide and cajole markets in the hope of stimulating economic growth and generating robust development outcomes.

Dr Wylde has also written a feature for Third World Quarterly, read the article here.

Digital Futures… Adapting to changing educational landscapes

The Centre for Learning and Teaching presented a cross disciplinary conference on Digital Futures – adapting to changing educational landscapes on 14th May to critically examine the challenges and opportunities of using digital media in lecturing and the wider student experience at Richmond.

Martin Compton, History academic and Senior Lecturer for teaching and learning at Greenwich University ran a dynamic, interactive presentation leading to a hands-on session on the use of digital media with HE students. Delegates attending were able to try out a wide range of cloud based free apps on their phones / laptops that can assist student engagement and learning. See these apps in Martins secondary presentation.

Sonja Grussendorf, Senior Learning Technologist at the LSE ran a session in the afternoon on structuring the use of digital media within curriculum using the formation of perfume as a metaphor. Delegates attending were given samples to identify high, mid and base notes and to discuss team work as a fixative.

As well as fresh insights and new experience of digital resources, there were discussions about instructor workload, and how this was supported by this range of resources. The day ended with an open discussion of the implications of the digital environment for future higher education pedagogy.

Guyana national football team beckons Richmond student

With Richmond University’s graduation ceremony just days away on 25th May, students are getting ready to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas for all of their hard work. However, one student is missing her graduation but with good reason.

Hannah Baptiste is a Marketing student at Richmond and transferred from St. Andrews University in the United States. She was on a scholarship there to play football but ultimately ended up missing her family too much and decided to return to London.

I originally wanted to study Psychology but then realised it wasn’t for me. Communications is something that I really enjoyed and so I made my decision to come here,” says Hannah. “Richmond took all of my credits from my university in the states so that was amazing as well.

The South London native joined Richmond University at our Kensington Campus in Spring 2016 and has been excelling on and off the field. When she was not studying for her Marketing course, Hannah was playing for AFC Wimbledon.

Hannah is no stranger to the game of football as she has been playing since she was four years old. She also played for England when she was 16. She made it through trials then went on to play against Northern Ireland where England won and were named tournament champions.

I haven’t played internationally since I was 16 because I was busy with my studies. But my grandparents are from Guyana so I can qualify for their team,” Hannah said. The Guyana National Team coaches contacted Baptiste after seeing footage of her playing. “I found out this week that they want to fly me out to training camp and then they have World Cup qualifiers the week after that,” says Hannah.

If Hannah gets through training camp, she will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to play in the World Cup qualifiers and other tournaments against other countries.

Richmond University recognises that there should be more representation for women in football. So, Richmond has incorporated a women’s team in The Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA), which offers a unique opportunity for students to earn a UK and US dual accredited degree in International Sports Management while playing in a professional academy in either London or Leeds.

Richmond, the University with royal connections, prepares to welcome couple to Kensington after royal wedding

With the wedding of the year fast approaching on Saturday 19 May, staff and students at Richmond are getting set to give a huge welcome to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they settle into their new home at Kensington Palace.

Just around the corner from the royal palace, Richmond University’s Kensington campus will be the closest university to the golden couple. With two campuses in London in Kensington and Richmond, and being the only American University in London, Richmond has many royal connections already.

The University’s Kensington campus expansion was officially opened by Prince Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in March 1988 and she also attended a graduation at the University.

Richmond, the American International University in London, has been home to many royal families including Prince Louis de Luxembourg and Princess Tessy de Luxembourg, HRH Isa AlKhalifa of Bahrain, Baroness Tatjana von Gaisberg and Baroness Natalija von Gaisberg from Liechtenstein and Princess Sara Faisel Mohamed Al Saud from Saudi Arabia.

“We are delighted to welcome Meghan Markle to the London Borough of Kensington”, said Professor John Annette, President and Vice Chancellor of Richmond University. “We’re privileged to be located in two fantastic locations in London, in Kensington as well as Richmond. Harry and Meghan will be very close by to us in Kensington and the University would be very happy to welcome them in the near future.”

London has just been named as the best city in the world for university students, according to new international rankings, the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2018.

London is the top city to study in the World

London has just been named as the best city in the world for university students, according to new international rankings, the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2018. In response to these findings, Professor John Annette, President and Vice Chancellor of Richmond, the American International University in London, commented:

“We’re delighted to see these results. The students based at our two London campuses in Richmond and Kensington consistently tell us how highly they rate both the University and London as a great place to study and live.  We hope these results will encourage even more students to apply to Richmond, the American International University in London.”