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.

What’s on: 1 February 2016

Eastern State PenitentiaryTonight at EMMH Postgraduate Forum we welcome Danielle Bergmann, a candidate for the MLitt in Modern History at the University of St Andrews. Danielle will be presenting on ‘The Making of a History of Eastern State Penitentiary’.

Last year Danielle completed her undergraduate degree in History and English at St Andrews, culminating with writing and producing a documentary through the programme ‘Recording the Past’. The documentary followed the history of Eastern State Penitentiary, a state prison in Philadelphia that was operational between 1829 and 1971.

Danielle will share some sections of the documentary and what drew her to the project, followed by an interesting discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of documentary history.

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


The Early Modern and Modern History Forum (EMMH) is a biweekly event that provides a comfortable and relaxed environment for postgraduate students to present their research, receive feedback, and generate discussion and explore ideas with their peers. Seminars are free to attend and open to all.

We are currently accepting proposals for 20 minute papers to be presented at one of our biweekly seminars. Papers are accepted from across all topics within Early Modern and Modern History. We welcome submissions from fields such as those below, as well as others:

Heritage and Memory

Gender and Sexuality

American Studies

Nations and Nationalism

Material Culture


Environment and Ecology

Crime, Justice, and Punishment

Politics, Policy, and the State


Seminars are held biweekly on Monday at 5.15pm in room 1.10 at St. Katharine’s Lodge. Refreshments are provided and you’re invited to join us for a drink after each seminar for a chance to socialise and further discussions.

If you would like to present a paper at the University of St. Andrews during the 2015-2016 academic year, please email Mattias Eken at (mjee@st-andrews.ac.uk). Additionally, we ask that you include the title of your paper, a short abstract of your topic (250 words), a brief bio, and when you would be available to present.