What’s on: 17 October 2016


Our next EMMH forum session, “How to do a PhD”: What we’ve learned along the way’will be held on 17 October 2016. This time, we’ve lined up a roundtable of current PhD students to talk about their perspectives of doing the PhD. We’ll have voices from all stages, ready to share their tips for getting the thesis done and being active in academic life. This session is geared towards any PhD student at any stage of their project, as well as current MLitts who would like to hear more about doing a PhD. Roundtable discussion will be followed by Q&A, so bring your questions and your own stories to share!

Join us from 5.00pm 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.

Recap: Min Bae and “E. W. Lane and the Medical Missionary”

Last week, EMMH had the pleasure of hearing from second-year University of St Andrews PhD student, Min Bae. Min spoke to us about “E. W. Lane and the Medical Missionary,” specifically, how Lane promoted the concept of hygienic medicine in nineteenth century Britain. Lane’s focus was not only on eliminating disease, but also on promoting health and hygienic education. Min described for us the hydropathic spas operated by Lane, such as Moor Park, and his emphasis on clinical observation and frequent contact between doctor and patient. Min also shared how Lane developed his “medical missionary” work through the publication of articles concerned with promoting the education of the poor in hygienic education alongside a general education. Lane believed this could be achieved by medical missionaries working to dispense such knowledge. In the end, Lane’s ideas were a bit more abstract than practical and he failed to provide plans for implementation. Thanks again, Min, for the fascinating paper!


If you’d like to hear Min’s presentation, you can find it in our paper audio archive. Stay tuned for future papers!

What’s on: 3 October 2016

medical missions

This coming week EMMH will hold its first postgraduate paper of the term. Min Bae, a current St Andrews PhD student, will be presenting on ‘E. W. Lane and the Medical Missionary’ on Monday, 3 October. We hope to see you there!

Join us at 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for papers and a Q&A. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion.

New EMMH Programme of Events and CFP!



We’d like to extend a warm welcome to all our new postgraduates and returning students! EMMH have posted a new 2016-2017 programme of events and a Call for Papers. The EMMH Postgraduate Forum is an informal gathering of postgraduates from St Andrews and neighbouring universities who study a range of topics across the loosely-termed “early modern” and “modern” spheres.

Our meetings often consist of postgraduate papers (works-in-progress, workshop pieces, etc.) followed by discussion and questions for panelists. We often hold subject or course-specific skills sessions hosted by other postgraduates to help you through your studies (and provide a bit of humor along the way). We welcome paper proposals from any range of topics.

The first session of Semester 1 will be a Welcome Mixer on 19 September at 5.15pm in St. Katherine’s Lodge, Room 1.10. Joins us for drinks and nibbles and get to know your fellow postgrads.

The EMMH Postgraduate Forum meets on scheduled Mondays during term time at 5.15pm in St. Katherine’s Lodge, Room 1.10 [unless otherwise noted]. Refreshments are provided and each session is followed by a trip to the St Andrews Brewing Company for more informal discussion. The new programme of events will be updated with speakers as the schedule is filled. So mark down those dates in your diaries, get a proposal in, and join us for the new year!

Stay tuned!

The new academic year is swiftly approaching and the EMMH is gearing up for another great year of postgrad papers, skills sessions, and socialising! Stay tuned to our website for updates, Call for Papers, and the new programme of events. See you in September!

Richard & Kimberly

What’s on: 25 April 2016

6a00d8341c464853ef01b8d0ca049a970c-500wiDetail from ‘Landing at Koweit’, Dane Collection: ‘Photographs of Lord Curzon’s tour in the Persian Gulf, November, 1903’ (Photo 49/1) from the British Library

This week we have two excellent papers lined up from Hatem Alshaikh-Mubarak and Paul Moorhouse.

Hatem Alshaikh-Mubarak will be presenting a paper on the ‘Development of spatial perceptions of British agents around the Persian Gulf 1850-1930’. Hatem is currently a PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews. He earned a BA in Arabic language and literature in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, followed by an MA in comparative literature from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. His academic interests include examining aspects of transcultural encounters between the West and East.

Paul Moorhouse will give a paper entitled  ‘The Wastes of Corn’ and the ‘Cursed Hill’: Representations of Salisbury Plain in Political and Economic Debates, 1790-1834. Paul is a PhD Candidate at the University of St Andrews in the Institute of Intellectual History. He holds a BA with honours in history from the University of West of England and an MA from . There he began investigating a comparison of Rev. Joseph Townsend’s approach to poverty and the health of the poor to that of two other pioneering geologists and medical and social scientists: James Parkinson and Thomas Beddoes. His current PhD project is ‘Joseph Townsend: the Art of Mental Tooth-Drawing and the Political Economy of Poverty’.

Join us at 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for papers and a Q&A. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion.

What’s on: 11 April 2016


Tonight we have the pleasure of introducing Austin Smith as our speaker. Austin will be speaking on ‘Mapping Memories of the Tokushima Air Raids’.

In this paper Austin aims to look beyond the chaos and destruction that characterised the firebombing of Japan’s towns and cities in the closing stages of the Asia-Pacific War through an exploration of eyewitness testimonies of bombing in Tokushima, a prefectural capital on the rural island of Shikoku. Images from the Tokushima Air Raid Exhibition and details from an anthology of fifty-nine retrospective eyewitness accounts will be presented and mapped in order to visualise the extent of the air raids and to show how individual experiences and responses varied by place. There will be a particular focus on the movement of people, the spread of rumour and exchanges of knowledge that took place as bombing raids extended outwards from major urban centres to Japan’s second cities and beyond. By placing these individual perspectives in wider context Austin hopes to broaden understanding of the wartime experience and war memory in Shikoku and demonstrate how Japan’s second cities fit into the broader context of the Japanese Empire.

Austin is a first year PhD candidate in Modern History researching wartime experiences and war memory in modern Japan. His research is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. Prior to coming to St Andrews he lived and worked in Tokushima for four years as a participant on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. He completed his undergraduate degree in History (2009) and an MA in East Asian History (2010) at Newcastle University. Austin’s MA research traced Tokyo’s Olympic history from the 1930s through to the present day. He will spend the second semester of the coming academic year as an Erasmus+ Postgraduate Exchange Student at Leiden University in the Netherlands, one of the leading centres of East Asian Studies in Europe.

Join us at 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for papers and a Q&A. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion.

What’s On: 29 February 2016

Writing Tools

Join us tonight at EMMH Forum for a special MLitt Dissertation Workshop! We’ve scoured the School of History to bring you a group of former MLitts who will share their experience with you.

The first part of tonight’s programme consists of their “Top 5 tips for writing your MLitt Dissertation” followed by a break-out session where current MLitt students can ask specific questions about the dissertation process from start to finish and discuss strategies for completing the requirements.

Join us at 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for papers and a Q&A. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion.

What’s on: 15 February 2016

Mars Training Ship

This week’s forum includes papers from two University of St Andrews PhD students:

Matt Ylitalo – ‘From Mars to the Ends of the Earth: Dundee and World, 1869-1915′

Matt Ylitalo, a second year PhD here at St Andrews, is exploring nineteenth-century Dundee’s local and global connections through the whaling industry. He completed his MLitt (2014) at the University of St Andrews in Reformation Studies, sparking his interest in transnational and spatial history. Matt is supervised by Drs Bernhard Struck and Sarah Easterby-Smith, while also collaborating with Professor James Livesey at Dundee and the Dundee Heritage Trust.

Jack Woods – ‘Religious life in the Łódź ghetto through the lens of Menachem Oppenheim’s Diary’

Jack Woods received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He moved on to the University of St Andrews to begin his postgraduate studies, commencing his doctoral research in September 2013. His thesis is entitled: ‘”Building Castles in the Sky” – Oral Folklore in the Łódź Ghetto.’ Jack has also held fellowships at the University of Tel Aviv and the Yiddish Institute in Vilnius.

Join us at 5.15pm in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 for papers and a Q&A. Refreshments will be provided, followed by a trip to the Brew Co. to continue discussion.