EMMH Forum Session: Monday, 16 April, 17:15, Room 1.10 St. Katherine’s Lodge

The EMMH Postgraduate Forum is having its next session on Monday 16 April at 17:15 in Room 1.10, St. Katherine’s Lodge. Our guest presenter shall be:

 

Dr. Gillian Jack (PhD, St. Andrews)

 

An Act of Charity Against An Act of Wickedness: Prostitutes, Nuns, and Jews in Seventeenth Century Florence

 

Down a side street in the Oltrarno district of Florence, where few tourists set foot, there is an inscription on the wall of a former nunnery. The inscription describes an extension to the monastery of Sant’Elisabetta delle Convertite funded by Grand Duke Ferdinando II and his mother, the Archduchess Maria Maddalena, in 1627, during the latter’s regency. The Archduchess was a generous patron of nunneries and Sant’Elisabetta benefitted from her largess on numerous occasions. The monastery housed, almost exclusively, former prostitutes who had converted to the religious life, and may have had a particular appeal to the grand duchess who was particularly devoted to her namesake, Mary Magdalene, patron saint of fallen women.

So far, so unremarkable. However, what is striking is that inscription itself was in Latin and Hebrew. There is no obvious reason for this. The Florentine Jewish community had no involvement in the donation. They had been restricted to the ghetto on the other side of the Arno for over fifty years by this time. Why then, was this donation commemorated in Hebrew? Few scholars have engaged with the inscription and the presence of Hebrew remains unexplained. This paper will consider reasons for the inclusion of the language on this plaque and what it might mean for the nuns of Sant’Elisabetta.

 

We have been receiving a lot of requests to give presentations, so please to continue submitting your requests to present to Konstantin Wertelecki (kw85) to ensure you get a place this term. Places for Fall (2018) are also available to request.

EMMH needs new team members!

Are you a St Andrews history postgrad looking for a way to get more involved in your academic community? Looking for a CV boost? Want to learn about organizing events? You could be our next EMMH team member!

As Richard and Kimberly near the end of their PhDs, the EMMH team seeks to find excited postgrads to take up the torch. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an EMMH organiser, email Richard (rsd3) or Kimberly (ks222) by 31 July 2017. We hope to hold an introductory meeting in August.

What’s on: 24 April 2017

This week is our final EMMH Postgrad Forum of the term. We have a great panel of papers lined up for you and would love to see a great turn out! The session will start at 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge 1.10 as usual.

Constantin Eckner, first-year PhD candidate here at St Andrews, will present a paper on “Russkij Berlin, Russkij Parizh: Russian Emigration in Berlin and Paris after the First World War”

Esben Bøgh Sørensen, visiting PhD student from Aarhus University, will tell us more about his research in a paper titled: “Agrarian Capitalism and the culture of improvement: Representations of work in 16th and 17th Century English Agrarian Literature.”

Dr. Bess Rhodes, University of St Andrews alumna and researcher for Smart History will talk about “Rebuilding the Past: Digital Reconstructions and Early Modern History.”

Join us from 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for discussion. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion. **Please be aware that the doors to St Katherine’s are often locked at 5:00pm. Please plan accordingly.**

What’s On: 10 April 2017

Our next EMMH postgrad forum session will be on 10 April 2017 at 5.15pm where we will hear more about how two of St Andrews’ Modern History PhD students engage with their research.

First up is Jamie Hinrichs, a first-year PhD working in Environmental history with Dr John Clark. She will give a paper titled, “John Muir: Peripatetic, Preservationist & Provoker of a PhD Pilgrimage” that explores how her love of the outdoors and one of it’s biggest proponents brought her to St Andrews as a PhD student.

Following Jamie will be Kimberly Sherman, third-year PhD in Scottish and Early American history with Professor Steve Murdoch and Dr Emma Hart. Kimberly will share her experiences working with microhistory, biography, and reading correspondence in a light-hearted look at the role of the historian in “Reading dead peoples’ mail: the historian and her subject”.

Join us from 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for discussion. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion. **Please be aware that the doors to St Katherine’s are often locked at 5:00pm. Please plan accordingly.**

 

 

What’s On: 6 March 2017

 

Join us on 6 March 2017 at EMMH Postgrad Forum for another installment of our MLitt Dissertation Workshop! Last year’s workshop was a great success and the EMMH have brought it back due to popular demand. We’ve scoured the School of History to bring you a group of former MLitts who will share their experience with you.

Our former MLitts will start us off with their favorite tips and advice for planning, researching, organizing, and writing your MLitt Dissertation. They will chat about what you can expect from the process and how to stay on track. After our advice panel, we will break into groups for continued discussion and one-on-one questions with experienced researchers (many of whom are now PhD candidates).

Join us from 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for discussion. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion. **Please be aware that the doors to St Katherine’s are often locked at 5:00pm. Please plan accordingly.**

What’s on: 13 February 2017

tumblr_nopxtqxbka1qex654o1_1280This week EMMH welcomes Minchul Kim who will be presenting the paper, “Travels, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution: the case of Volney,” on Monday, 13 February 2017.  Minchul is a current PhD Candidate at the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Professor Richard Whatmore. He is working on the topics of democracy and representation during the French Revolution.

Minchul has already become a prolific publisher of his research, including two journal articles: ‘Republicanism in the age of commerce and revolutions: Barère’s reading of Montesquieu’, French History 30:3 (September 2016), pp. 354–375; and
‘Volney and the French Revolution’, Journal of the History of Ideas (forthcoming in 2017).

Join us from 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for discussion. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion. **Please be aware that the doors to St Katherine’s are often locked at 5:00pm. Please plan accordingly.**

What’s on: 23 January 2017

robert_burnsEMMH Postgraduate Forum is pleased to announce that we will be ringing in a new term of forum sessions with the special event, Remembering Burns: Myths and Memorialisations of the poetry of Robert Burns, on 23 January 2017 at 5.15pm. This event, organized by recent St Andrews PhD Sean Murphy, will consist of three mini paper presentations, followed by Q&A discussion. Presenters include:

Sean Murphy, ‘Burns Night and Scottish imperialism in the 19th century’
Paul Malgrati, ‘The Bard’s legacy and Scottish political parties in the 20th century’
Garry MacKenzie, ‘Burns and the Chinese Makars: Scots poetry and translation

After the forum we will make our traditional pilgrimage to the St. Andrews Brewing Company where we can all lift a dram in honor of Scotland’s bard!

Join us from 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for discussion. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion. **Please be aware that the doors to St Katherine’s are often locked at 5:00pm. Please plan accordingly.**

What’s on: 5 December 2016

Tonight EMMH will hold it’s final session of the term with Dieter Reinisch presenting a paper on “Subjectivity, Education, and Political Imprisonment in Ireland since 1970.” Dieter is a visiting PhD student at the University of St Andrews. We look forward to hearing more about his research and seeing you all as the festive season begins.

Join us from 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for discussion. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion. **Please be aware that the doors to St Katherine’s are often locked at 5:00pm. Please plan accordingly.**

What’s on: 28 November 2016

This week at EMMH, we’ve got a great panel lined up of seasoned archive-goers and digital researchers to enlighten us on doing archive work during your degree with “Into the Archives: the ins and outs of research and travel”. From travel practicalities to ordering documents, from what to pack to how to act — we’ll cover it all! Bring your questions and learn how you can prepare for your next trip into the archives!

Join us from 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for discussion. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion. **Please be aware that the doors to St Katherine’s are often locked at 5:00pm. Please plan accordingly.**