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Another large award from the AHRC to Oxford Brookes historians

Professor Paul Weindling and Dr Marius Turda, both of the History Department and Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, have been awarded £403,232 (inclusive of two doctoral studentships) to do a detailed, Europe-wide study on the victims of Nazi medical experiments. Although coercive human experiments are among the most notorious features of Nazism, there is no overview as to their extent, or guide to the fragmented literature and sources. Estimates of the overall numbers of experiments vary greatly. Recent historical opinion that the number of victims was relatively few is contradicted by the unexpectedly high number of compensation claimants by victims of experiments over the past five years.

This project,  entitled 'Human Experiments under National Socialism: Victims, Perpetrators, and Post-war Trials', aims to provide a biographical analysis of the persons who were experimented on or otherwise abused for medical research in National Socialist Germany and in territories under German occupation 1938-45. The basic task is to identify how many victims and perpetrators there were, and develop biographical profiles, by comprehensive trawls through war crimes and Holocaust archives. The analysis will establish a structural history of the unethical experiments in terms of when and why they occurred. The outputs of the project will be a comprehensive database, a monograph on the perpetrators and victims of Nazi coerced experiments, and a biographical dictionary concerning the victims, and the reasons why they were experimented on or otherwise abused. Two PhD dissertations will examine records and the political policies shaping institutions for war crimes documentation in Central Europe, and the Soviet Union.

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Historian wins Large Research Grant from the AHRC’s Landscape and Environment Programme

The School of Arts and Humanities is delighted to announce that Dr Andrew Spicer, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History, has been made an award of £453,149 (exclusive of provision for one doctoral studentship) for his project on The Early Modern Parish Church and the Religious Landscape. His co-investigators include Dr Louise Durning (Oxford Brookes University) and Dr Margit Thøfner (University of East Anglia).

This interdisciplinary project will  run for three years from June 2007, and will  investigate  five key themes and objectives: 

  1. The religious landscape and the place of the parish church within it during the early modern period.  
  2. The relationship between the parish church and the wider landscape. 
  3. The parish church and the changing landscape. 
  4. The permanence of the parish church and the evolution of the landscape.
  5. The relationship between parochial centres of worship and the wider confessional landscape.

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Philip Pullman, Master Storyteller published

Claire Squires of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies publishes this week her book Philip Pullman, Master Storyteller: A Guide to the Worlds of His Dark Materials. The book, published by Continuum, is the first comprehensive and authoritative study of the great writer. Importantly, the book informs readers about the contexts, sources and influences behind the trilogy, and examines the controversies and debates that have surrounded the trilogy and its creator, since its publication. This book focuses on Pullman's central achievement with His Dark Materials, but it also considers his entire oeuvre.

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Marielle Sutherland presents ‘Sound and Silence in Rilke’s “Sonnets to Orpheus�’

On Thursday October 19th Marielle Sutherland, Lecturer in German Studies, gave a paper as part of the Cultures of Modernism Research seminar series, at the Institute for Historical and Cultural Research at Oxford Brookes University.

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Dr Dervila Cooke at the International Workshop on “Le Conte�

Dr Dervila Cooke recently attended the International Workshop on “Le Conte – Oral and Written Interfaces” held at Queen's University, Belfast.

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History Lecturer wins European Funding

Dr Marius Turda, Marie Curie Fellow and Academic Fellow in Twentieth Century Central European Biomedicine in the History Department, has been awarded a large conference grant by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung.  Together with Dr Sevati Trubeta (Osteuropa Institut der Freien Universität Berlin) and Dr Christian Promitzer (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Institut für Geschichte/Abteilung für Südosteuropäische Geschichte) he will be organising an international meeting on  "Hygiene - Health Politics - Eugenics: Engineering Society in Twentieth-century Southeastern Europe", to be held at the Osteuropa Institut der Freien Universität Berlin on 31 May - 2 June 2007. He was awarded 10,000 EUR towards the costs of the conference. 

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Recent grants awarded to historians of medicine

Two members of the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, based in the History Department, have recently been awarded grants by the Wellcome Trust.

Dr Alysa Levene was awarded £1990 towards the costs of her project on ‘Children and hospitals in eighteenth-century provincial English and Scottish towns', in which she will undertake a pilot project to establish the feasibility of a larger-scale investigation into child health and the hospital movement in eighteenth-century English and Scottish provincial towns. This is a significant topic given the almost total neglect of children as a category of the sick population in this period, and especially outside London.  

Professor Steve King has won £3600 to fund the expenses of a PhD Training Programme in the History of Medicine. This national programme seeks to engage students with the process of writing a PhD, obtaining funding, getting published, doing a viva and presenting seminar papers. The ultimate aim is to bolster completion rates for Wellcome Trust students and to more constructively underpin their entry into the academic job market. This will be the first national training scheme of its kind in the arts and humanities. 

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Historian wins large Research Grant from ESRC

The School of Arts and Humanities is delighted to announce that Dr Virginia Crossman, Senior Lecturer in History, has been awarded the sum of £454,965 by the ESRC towards the costs of her three-year research project, entitled 'Welfare Regimes under the Irish Poor Law 1850-1921'.

The project focuses on the history of poor relief in Ireland from the end of the Great Famine to the establishment of the Irish Free State. Using qualitative and quantitative data, the project will explore the character, organisation and operation of the poor law in Ireland and will trace national and regional patterns in the provision and distribution of relief. Irish experiences of the poor law system will be examined in relation to welfare provision within the United Kingdom as a whole. At the same time, the impact of factors such as religion, national identity and regional economics on the scope and character of welfare practices will be assessed. By analysing both general trends in relief policies and the micro-politics of relief, the project will provide a historical context for contemporary debates on the position of the poor and marginalised in Irish society, and will facilitate the integration of Ireland into the international history of European welfare.

Dr Crossman is one of a number of experts on the history of welfare provision based in the History Department at  Oxford Brookes, and her award confirms the growing importance of this area of research.  


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Award-winning MA dissertation published

Rachel Craven's MA dissertation, E-volution and Revolution: Internet Marketing in English Language Publishing has been published as a Print on Demand (POD) book.

Rachel's dissertation was chosen for the inaugural Lightning Source Dissertation Award.  E-volution and Revolution has been produced as a POD title by Lightning Source, and published by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.  The book analyses the importance of Internet marketing for English Language Teaching (ELT) publishing by examining the relationship between the marketer, the consumer, and the Internet. 

Rachel, a graduate of the MA in Publishing in 2004, now works in e-marketing at The Stationery Office, following employment at Pearson.

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Arts Council award for lecturer in Fine Art

Dr Mohini Chandra  has been awarded £4500 by the Arts Council for a project entitled ‘Imaginary Edens'. The work will explore diaspora and migrant experience through photography, collage and installation media. Lifesize photographic backdrops from the Indian diaspora will be combined with family photographs to create fantastic 'imagined' landscapes. The funding will support the research and development of a major series of works for exhibition in 2007/8.

Mohini is an artist and researcher whose work is concerned with issues of memory, time and geographic displacement as expressed through the 'everyday' photography of diaspora families. She regularly exhibits at a range of international and national venues and has sucessfully completed a number of publications and site specific projects.

‘Imaginary Edens' will have relevance to any group of people who have experienced migration or diaspora, whatever their cultural background.

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