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History lecturer wins research grant from the Wellcome Trust

Dr Andrew Spicer, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History, has been awarded a grant of £19,918 by the Wellcome Trust for his one-year project on 'Medical Provision and the Huguenots'. This pilot study will examine the medical assistance provided for immigrants in the context of poor relief during the early modern period. Consideration of the medical contribution made by the Huguenots in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries has tended to concentrate on the work of individuals such as Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne or families such as the de Launes or Chamberlens. Exploiting the unique survival of two sets of Huguenot records, this project intends to examine practical medical provision in the French-speaking communities established in London and Sandwich between 1568 and 1573. These sources allow us to assess the medical assistance provided by these communities in the wider context of their social welfare programmes. By engaging with the actual experience of medicine within immigrant communities, the study will provide a unique perspective on the Huguenot contribution to early modern medicine in England. Although the immigrant communities were thought by contemporaries to have a superior system of welfare, its significance and influence has so far not been considered by historians.

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Oxford artist Roma Tearne to take up research fellowship

The School of Arts and Humanities is very pleased to announce that from October 2005 renowned Oxford artist Roma Tearne will hold a 3-year AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts, hosted by the Department of Fine Art. Her project, entitled 'Investigating and accessing narrative and memory through artistic practice in a Museum context', will explore the relationship between museum and archival collections and artistic practice. The working theory is that the artist, by revealing the hidden history of objects, is able to stimulate the imagination of museum audiences and curators into new and fresh responses. Two principal sites have been identified: the Imperial War Museum and Pompeii, because each is a memorial to disaster. The various means by which the research will be undertaken include installation, photography, narrative text and film and will be assessed through interactive methods including a web site and audience discussion in seminars.

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History Professor wins AHRC Research Grant

Mary Chamberlain, Professor of Caribbean History, has been awarded £65,918 by the AHRC to carry out research on a project entitled 'Culture, Migration and Caribbean Nationhood: Barbados and Empire, 1937-1967'. Based on oral history and using Barbados as a case study, Professor Chamberlain's research will explore decolonisation from the West Indian and British perspective. West Indians were faced with a particular dilemma: how to build a nation when, unlike British colonies in Africa or Asia, there were no authentic indigenes on which to build, nor a clearly defined sense of territorial integrity. The British characterised the West Indies as lacking in history, society and culture. Yet the cultures of survival, including migration, honed in post-Emancipation society, refined in the twentieth century and denigrated by the British became crucial to developing nationhood.

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AHRC Grant Successes for the Art Department

Lecturers Dominic Rahtz and Craig Richardson have been successful in their applications for research funding from the AHRC. Dominic Rahtz has been awarded over £3,000, which will allow significant periods of travel to American archives in order to retrieve and recreate the dialogue between Robert Smithson and Carl Andre during a crucial period of American Minimalism and Conceptual Art. The research will question how the materiality of the art object and the materialism of art practice was interpreted in relation to the work of both artists. Craig Richardson has won £17,971 for a curatorial concept resulting in a confrontational pairing of the Victorian painter Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) and the contemporary Scottish artist Ross Sinclair (b.1966). By commissioning new work alongside curatorial recontextualisation of works from the Victorian period this experimental project juxtaposes and conflates their separate acts of representing Scotland. Comprising a series of documented 'interventions' by Sinclair addressing specific Landseer works within their present environments, such as The Wallace Collection, the research will articulate contemporary Scottish cultural identity by explicit acts of curation, providing a model for innovative re-interpretation of existing Museum collections.

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Cowley Road: A History by Annie Skinner (Brookes Alumni)

Many former Brookes students will have memories of Cowley Road. Over the years the profile of the area has changed beyond recognition. In my book, Cowley Road: A History, I have attempted to create an original perspective of this dramatic transformation over half a century. Cowley Road nowadays is well known as a vibrant street, full of character, bohemian, multi-cultural, buzzing with political activity, interesting people and a thriving nightlife. While its history can be traced back for centuries, it became an established community from the mid-1850s onwards, but it is particularly after the post-war period that the most spectacular changes occurred. Cowley Road is within half a mile of the centre of one of Britain's most famous cities and has played an important role in Oxford's history and development, yet little has been written on it and its past is mostly untold. This is what I wanted to redress.

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Latest Research Achievements Online

The most recent issue (9) of Research Achievements (October 2004 to March 2005) is now available on the Arts and Humanities web site. The current and previous issues are available here

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Professor of History wins major grant from the Wellcome Trust

Professor Steven King has been awarded a Project Grant of £166,595 over three years for his work on 'Sickness, Poverty and Medical Relief in England, 1750-1851'. The award will fund a research assistant (Ms Alison Stringer), travel expenses, equipment and, in due course, a replacement lecturer. The project will investigate how the Poor Law acted as a provider of medical relief, and the experiences of the sick poor as medical consumers, using the records of six English counties during the Old Poor Law period and the first decades of the New Poor Law. The work will highlight regional differences, the effects of the medical marketplace, the role played by institutions, as well as the definition of sickness amongst the poor. Professor King is Director of the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present, located within the History Department.

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Professor of French wins Research Leave Award

Professor Seán Hand of the Department of Modern Languages has been successful in the AHRB’s Research Leave Scheme. The award will allow him to complete a book on Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), the Lithuanian-born French philosopher whose ethics engaged with both phenomenology and a specific Judaic heritage. The project will situate the full range of Levinas’ writings in their intellectual, political and aesthetic contexts, and demonstrate their influence on subsequent theorising, teaching and practice across a wide range of disciplines.

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Brookes contribution to Oxford-Princeton partnership

Professor Valerie Worth (Modern Languages) is giving a paper on "Marie de Gournay the Female Translator" in the session on "Women Writers and the Public" (Merton College, Oxford University, 2.15-4.15 Saturday 30 October 2004) in the conference "Women and the Book" organised by the Universities of Oxford and Princeton. She contributed to the recent critical edition of the works of this famous Renaissance woman writer, published by Honoré Champion (2002). In this paper she will be exploring Marie de Gournay's unusually assertive relationship with her (male) Parisian publishers.

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Raphael Exhibition Opens!

On Tuesday 19 October the Arts ministers of Italy and the United Kingdom will open the exhibition of Raphael: from Urbino to Rome at the National Gallery, London (until 16 January). This exhibition has been curated by Tom Henry (History of Art), and was previewed in recent days in the Times (‘Raphael Rocks’), Telegraph (‘There’s never been a Raphael show like it’), Evening Standard, Channel 4 News and BBC News at Ten. On Friday 16 October it was the subject of a Newsnight Late Review Special (‘Is this the greatest exhibition we’ll ever see?’), and a Channel 5 review follows on 3 November. Tom is also interviewed in a BBC1 docudrama (Raphael – A Mortal God) which will be screened on 31 October at 17:45. Enjoy!

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