Negotiating Immunisation: Epistemic (in)justice in tuberculosis vaccination programmes

In January 2024, Michael Bresalier (Department of History, Heritage, and Classics in the Faculty of Humanities and Social History) joins a six-year, £2.8million Wellcome Trust-funded project on ‘Epistemic Injustice in Healthcare’ (EPIC). Lead by Havi Carel (Bristol), EPIC is a partnership between philosophers, psychologists, social scientists and historians at Bristol, Nottingham, Birmingham, and the universities of … Read more

New Book on Humanitarianism and the Reconstruction of European Intellectual Life, 1919-1933

Tomás Irish has just published a new book called Feeding the Mind: Humanitarianism and the Reconstruction of European Intellectual Life, 1919-1933. It explores how European intellectual life was rebuilt after the cataclysm of the First World War. Learned communities were left in ruins by the conflict and its consequences; cultural and educational sites were destroyed, writers and … Read more

Research Seminars Autumn 2023

12 October 2023: Ryan Tristram-Walmsley (Swansea University): ‘”Balms to the aching souls”: Caribbean migrant house parties as emotional refuge in postwar Britain’ (GENCAS-sponsored) Chair: Sarah Crook  19 October 2023: Ana-Maria Herman (Greenwich): ‘Re-presenting Digitised Museum Collections’ (CHART- sponsored) Chair: Hilary Orange  *** Please note that this meeting will take place via ZOOM***   16 November 2023:  Leonie Hicks (Canterbury Christ Church … Read more

New Book: Modern Flu: British Medical Science and the Viralisation of Influenza, 1890-1940 (Palgrave, 2023)

Ninety years after the discovery of human influenza virus, Michael Bresalier’s new book, Modern Flu traces the history of this breakthrough and its implications for understanding and controlling influenza ever since. Examining how influenza came to be defined as a viral disease in the first half of the twentieth century, it argues that influenza’s viral identity did not … Read more

Whose church is it anyway? Normans vs Welsh in medieval Neath and Wales

English conquest led to the creation of new chapels and parish churches across Wales, as well as some unique buildings like fortified churches and new elements such as the Norman-style font. Some new churches, like St Thomas, Neath, were founded to serve an English incomer community, while others, like St Illtyd’s, were much older and … Read more

The Crusades and Apocalyptic Thought in the Middle Ages

A photograph of Simon John standing in front of a projection screen on which is being projected images from Heidelberg along with the Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies and University of Heidelberg logos.

Simon John – In the first semester of 2022/3, I was on research leave from Swansea, which enabled me to take up a visiting fellowship at the Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. The aim of the Käte Hamburger Centres – a number of universities … Read more

Researching the History and Heritage of Wales’s Small-Scale Fishing Industry

Katherine Watson – Wales has a long history of fishing. In South Wales this is clearer than anywhere else. Tenby was among the earliest and most noteworthy Welsh fishing ports in the 18th century. By the 19th century, Milford Haven, Swansea, and Cardiff were emerging as the largest trawling ports in Wales, with Milford becoming … Read more

Nostalgia – A Reassessment in the Era of Austerity

Monday 10 October 10am-12 This online roundtable brings together scholars to focus on the role, and representation, of nostalgia in deindustrialisation studies. In their paradigm shifting piece, Cowie and Heathcott (2003) urged us to ‘move beyond’ smokestack nostalgia and tales of victimisation through closure. However, 20 years later, this perspective requires revisiting. Across the deindustrialising … Read more

Monumental Medievalism: Public Monuments and the (Mis)Use of the Medieval Past

Online Workshop, 5-6 October 2022 ALL TIMES ARE IN BRITISH SUMMER TIME (UTC +1hr) Register at our Eventbrite page Contact: Wednesday 5 October (Join sessions via Zoom: HERE) 12:45-13:00 Welcome Euan McCartney Robson and Simon John   13:00-14:45 Session 1: Monumental Medievalism in Modern Japan Chair: Simon John (Swansea University, UK)   Sven Saaler … Read more