School of History and Anthropology

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 What
is the School of
History and Anthropology?
 What do we do?
 Who are our staff and
students?
 What is our vision for the
future?
 How can you be part of our
community?
An interdisciplinary school
Anthropological Studies
History
Irish Studies
Cognition and Culture
Queen’s has a world-wide
reputation for its reaching and
research in Anthropological
Studies.
In addition to Anthropology we
offer a unique range of courses
in Ethnomusicology.
Our regional interests include
Ireland, the British Isles,
Europe, Africa, South Asia, the
Caribbean, the Czech Republic,
West Africa, Japan, Latin
America and Melanesia.
History at Queen’s covers periods
and places as diverse as the
Ancient Mediterranean, Medieval
Byzantium, Reformation
Germany, 19th-Century Belfast,
and Mozambique, New Orleans
and Moscow in the 20th Century.
Our historians research and teach
themes which include gender, the
household and consumption,
religion and missions, slavery and
civil rights, national identities,
and popular culture and music.
The Institute operates as a focus for
research being undertaken on Irish
Studies. Its research strategy is to explore
the social, political, cultural and
geographical factors that have influenced
the people of this island and its diasporas.
Research is conducted into the physical
and political environment of the north of
Ireland, mapping its unique influence on
wider Irish and British identities.
The Institute also offers lively
interdisciplinary teaching programmes in
Irish Studies, and hosts a popular
international summer school.
The ICC is one of the world's first centres
for research in the cognitive science of
culture. We offer a unique programme of
doctoral research that is based on the
recognition of a need to cross traditional
disciplinary divisions in the scientific study
of cultural phenomena.
A world-class research
centre
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History in top 20 UK university departments
graded in RAE 2008
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Anthropology in top 10 UK university departments
graded in RAE 2008
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QUB is part of the UK’s Russell Group of researchintensive universities
Christopher Marsh,
Music and society in
early modern
England (Cambridge
UP, 2010)
Hastings Donnan and
Fiona Magowan, The
anthropology of sex
(Berg, 2010)
Scott Dixon,
Protestants: a
history from
Wittenberg to
Pennsylvania, 15171740 (WileyBlackwell, 2010)
David Hayton, James
Kelly and John Bergin
(eds), The eighteenthcentury composite state
(Palgrave Macmillan,
2010)
Keith Jeffery, MI6:
the history of the
Secret Intelligence
Service, 1909-49
(Bloomsbury,
2010)
Fearghal McGarry, The
rising: Ireland, Easter
1916 (Oxford UP, 2010)
Lisette Josephides,
Melanesian
odysseys:
negotiating the
self, narrative, and
modernity
(Berghahn Books,
new edition, 2010)
Marie Therese Flanagan,
The transformation of the
Irish church in the twelfth
century (Boydell Press,
2010)
David Whitehead,
Apollodorus
Mechanicus, Siegematters (Poliorketika).
Translated with
introduction and
commentary. (Franz
Steiner Verlag, 2010)
Sinead O'Sullivan
(ed.), Martianus
Capella, Glossae aeui
Carolini in libros I-II
Martiani Capellae De
nuptiis Philologiae et
Mercurii (Brepols,
2010)
Jesse Bering, The god
instinct: the psychology
of souls, destiny and the
meaning of life
(Nicholas Brealey
Publishing, 2010)
Ken Brown, The
British Toy Industry
(Shire Books, 2011)
Eric Morier-Genoud,
C. Jeannerat & D.
Péclard, Embroiled.
Swiss churches,
South Africa and
Apartheid (LIT
Verlag, 2011)
Catherine Clinton (ed.),
Mary Chesnut's diary
(Penguin, USA, 2011)
Keith Jeffery, MI6:
The history of the
Secret Intelligence
Service, 1909-49
(Paperback edn:
Bloomsbury, 2011).
Virginia Crossman and
Peter Gray (eds), Poverty
and welfare in Ireland,
1838-1948 (Irish
Academic Press, 2011)
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The Domestic Moral Economy: An Ethnographic Study of
Values in the Asia-Pacific (Prof Fiona Magowan) – funded by
ESRC (2011- 15)
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Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement (Dr
Maruska Svasek and Prof Fiona Magowan) funded by Humanities
in the European Research Area (2010-12)
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Modelling Politeness in Social Signal Processing (Prof
Hastings Donnan), funded by EU FP7 (2009-12)
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Linking with Age and Opportunity, and Help the Aged
Charities in Ireland and Northern Ireland (Dr Jonathan
Skinner) funded by Centre for Ageing Research and
Development in Ireland (2009-11)
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Remaking Borders in Europe (Prof Hasting Donnan)
funded by EU COST (2008-12)
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Cultural Dynamics and Emotions Network (CDEN) (Dr
Maruska Svasek) 2007-
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Documenting Ireland – Parliament,
People and Migration (Prof Peter Gray),
funded by AHRC (2010-11)
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An Urban History of Belfast (Prof Sean
Connolly), funded by the Leverhulme
Trust (2010-11)
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The Secret Intelligence Service (MI6):
The Official History 1909-49 (Prof Keith
Jeffery) funded by HMG (2005-11)
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Africans at Queen's University (Dr Eric
Morier-Genoud), funded by QUB
Development and Alumni Office (2010)
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Marriage in Ireland, 1660 – 1925 (Prof
Mary O'Dowd), funded by AHRC (2007-10)
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After Slavery: Race, Labour and Politics
in the Post-Emancipation Carolinas (Dr
Brian Kelly), funded by AHRC (2006-10)
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Socialism and secularism in Berlin, 18901933 (Dr Todd Weir), funded by British
Academy (2011-13)
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Judgments of Moral Wrongdoing and
Emotions (Dr Paulo Sousa, ICC), funded by
University of Porto/Santander Totta Bank (201011)
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Flags Monitoring Project (Dr Dominic Bryan,
IIS), funded by OFMDFM
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St Patrick’s Day Monitoring Project (Dr
Dominic Bryan, IIS), funded by Belfast City
Council
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Imagining Belfast: Political Ritual, Symbols
and Crowds (Dr Dominic Bryan, IIS) funded by
ESRC
‘The Ideal
Woman’:
Interrogating
Femininity across
Disciplines and
Time (Mar. 2011)
Classical and
Near Eastern
Studies Postgrad
Conference (Mar.
2011)
1916: Radicalism
and Sovereignty
(Nov. 2010)
Belfast: The Urban
Experience 16131939 (Sept 2010)
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Our 2011 Wiles lectures were given in May
by Dr Betty Wood of the University of
Cambridge on: ‘The many-headed hydra
revisited: Bound workers in the American
south 1720-1775’
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The 2012 lectures will be on 16-19 May and
be delivered by Prof Lord Peter
Hennessey (Queen Mary, University of
London) on ‘History, country,
autobiography: Writing about one's own
times’
Everybody welcome
A centre of teaching and
learning excellence
History and Anthropology are thriving
subject areas at Queen's. The School has
around forty teaching staff, over 500
undergraduates, and around 100
postgraduates.
The School is diverse and stimulating,
without being overly large - it has a
reputation for being friendly and
supportive.

Dr Elaine Farrell won a student-nominated
QUB Teaching Award 2011 for innovative
teaching and student engagement on her course
‘Family, gender and household in 19th-century
Ireland’
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A new Medieval History strand of the MA in
Modern History was launched in September
2010, convened by Dr James Davis.
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Todd Weir’s module ‘The legacy of fascism in
Germany 1918 to 2005’ won the 2010 syllabus
contest for best course on Nazi/Holocaust
history held by H-German, an international
interdisciplinary organization of scholars and
teachers of German history

Joanne Davies (BA English and Modern
History, 2010) was awarded the prize for
Historical Studies at the Undergraduate
Awards for Ireland and Northern Ireland,
2010.
Joanne’s winning entry was an essay on
‘Womanhood under Stalin, selfhood under
threat? A critical exploration of the Soviet
sexual counter-revolution of the 1930s’.

Ryan Charteris (BA Modern History 2010)
was awarded a British Commission for
Maritime History Prize for Undergraduate
Achievement in Maritime History. Ryan’s
entry was his BA dissertation on ‘Sir
Thomas Lipton and the Americas Cup’.
Joanne’s presentation was
made by former President of
Ireland Mary Robinson, at the
Royal Irish Academy.
In the summer graduation we saw 16 PhDs, 5 MAs and
162 BAs take their degrees in the School
Winter graduation saw 4 PhDs, 64 MAs and 10 BAs take their
degrees from the School.
Globally connected …
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We have student and staff exchange programmes with
international institutions including:
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Minzu University, Beijing, China
Boston College, MA, USA
Gettysburg College, PA, USA (Lincoln Interns)
Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, USA
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (Erasmus)
University of Athens, Greece (Erasmus)
Aarhus University, Denmark (Erasmus)
The European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder,
Germany (Erasmus)
Basel University, Switzerland (Erasmus)
Sciences Po, Bordeaux, France (Erasmus)
University of Ostrava, Czech Republic (Erasmus)
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 Our global
research partners include:
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The Free University Amsterdam , University of Oslo, Manchester
Metropolitan University, Museum für Völkerkunde, Vienna (CIM
Project)
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Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing (Robert Hart Diaries
Project)
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CESAER Dijon/ Centre Maurice Halbwachs, Ecole d'Economie de
Paris (History of consumer credit project)
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MOP Vaishnav University for Women, Chennai, India (CDEN
Network)
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Gilder Lehrman Institute, New York, and the New York
Department of Education.
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Ecole francaise d’Extreme Orient, Hanoi, Vietnam
Our incoming International Students
from China, Europe and North
America are taken on a tour of Derry
School staff at the
History/Anthropology Formal
Ethnomusicology students participated in this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day
Parade. The students took the School’s Boi-Bumbá, a subaltern Brazilian street
musical drama, on parade as a means of gaining a first-hand experience of the
empowering potential of the appropriation of the public space.
Green …
Winners of the QUB Green Awards 2011 ‘Cycle Challenge’
For these children education is the only hope
for the future
These children need
help with simple
necessities before they
can make the transition
from primary to
secondary education
Including an 80’s night, a bake sale, and 5
teams ran in the Belfast city marathon.
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