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About the Centre for History and Public Pasts

Internal Affiliates

Dr Mark Donnelly - Co-Director of the Centre

Mark Donnelly is Senior Lecturer and Teaching Fellow in History. His main research and teaching interests include the politics of historicisation, social memory, and contemporary culture and aesthetics. He is the author of Britain in the Second World War (1999), Sixties Britain: Culture, Society and Politics (2005) and Doing History (co-authored with Claire Norton, 2011) . He has written recently on subjects including Holocaust memory, the politics of sixties historiography, and films by Peter Whitehead and Michael Winterbottom. His latest book, Liberating Histories: truths, power, ethics (co-authored with Claire Norton) will be published in 2016, and he is working on an edited volume of essays about popular music and English identities.

Dr Claire Norton - Co-Director of the Centre

Claire Norton is Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in History. Her research and teaching interests include epistemological and ethical issues concerning the consumption and production of historical discourse; the impact of nation state cartographies on the way we construct the past, the fictional status of historical narratives of various sorts; and Ottoman cultural and intellectual history. She has edited books a number of books including Nationalism, Historiography and the (Re)Construction of the Past and The Renaissance and the Ottoman World. She is co-author with Mark Donnelly of Doing History and is currently writing another book with him entitled Liberating Histories: Truths, Power, Ethics (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2016).

Dr Yasmin J Erden

Yasemin J Erden is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, with specialism in philosophy of language, aesthetics, identity, and mind. She works in interdisciplinary fields in science, technology, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology. She has worked as an Independent Expert in Ethics for the European Commission and is a Committee Member of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB). She has published and co-edited journal special issues, and has presented at and organised numerous symposia and workshops in the field. She has also been a member of a COST funded European project on nano materials. Recent publications include: Turing and the real girl: thinking, agency and recognition (co-authored): Neural implants, human identity, and perceptions of illness; Ethics, communication and safety in the use of PNFP; Autonomy and desire in machines and cognitive agent systems (co-authored). More information can be found on her page.

Prof Alun Munslow - Professorial Research Fellow

Alun Munslow is the UK Editor of Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice. His research interests centre on the understanding of history as a fictively construed literary and experimental aesthetic. He has written extensively on the nature of history. His most recent books are The Future of History (Routledge 2010), A History of History (Routledge, 2012) and a collection of edited essays by leading historians Authoring the Past: Writing and Rethinking History (Routledge, 2012). He is presently working on a book on the aesthetic process of ‘historying’.

Prof Glenn Richardson

Glenn Richardson is Reader in Early-Modern History and Academic Director at St Mary's University . His research interests focus on international diplomatic and cultural relations, court history, monarchy and masculinity in the early-modern period.

Dr Paul Tarpey

Paul Tarpey’s research interests lie in Education. Paul is currently writing up PhD research on ‘Professional Memory’ in English teaching from 1965 to 1975. This work combines “life history” research and “collective memory” studies in order to create a collective, oral account of English teaching at a time of change and radical innovation. Paul argues that accounts of English drawn from “professional memory” have the potential to provide alternative ways of seeing the subject in order to provoke critical discussion among teachers about present and future responsibilities. Paul is also interested in socio-cultural thought, in particular through the work of Vygotsky, Volosinov and Bakhtin, and he is interested in constructivist approaches to classroom practice and assessment. His publications include ‘Professional Memory and English Teaching’. English Teaching Practice and Critique, 1/8 (2009) 52-63.

Peter Smith

Prof Peter Tyler

External Affiliates

Prof Marnie Hughes-Warrington - Deputy Vice Chancellor, Australian National University

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the Australian National University. Her research has taken her from the study of Hegel, to historical films and through to hate histories. These topics are all drawn together by her interest in why people make histories, the diverse nature of histories, and why some people also hurt one another in the name of history. She has published six books in the field of historiography: Fifty Key Thinkers on History (2000, 2008); How Good an Historian Shall I Be?: R. G. Collingwood, the Historical Imagination and Education (2003); Palgrave Advances in World Histories (2004); History Goes to the Movies (2007); The History on Film Reader(2009); and, Revisionist Histories (2013). She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Global History.

Dr Patrick Finney - University of Aberystwyth

Patrick Finney is a Reader in International Politics at Aberystwyth University. His core current research interests relate to the collective memory of the Second World War. His monograph Remembering the Road to World War Two (Routledge, 2010) is a large scale comparative survey of the historiography of the origins of that conflict, exploring the inter-connections between historical writing and wider discourses of national identity and collective memory. His current project How the Second World War Still Shapes our Lives (OUP, forthcoming) is a panoramic survey of transnational trends in the memory of that conflict since the end of the Cold War. He is involved in several international collaborative networks seeking to develop global and comparative approaches to the collective memory of the war. Otherwise, he has written extensively on the cultural turn in international history - exploring, for example, the relevance of the work of Hayden White - and on issues of theory and method in history more widely; he is also an editorial board member of the journal Rethinking History.

Dr Peter P Icke

Peter Icke, who retired some years ago from his position as Senior Captain with British Airways, has comparatively recently stumbled into the fascinating sphere of historical theory. Since gaining a PhD in 2010, which in its substance both analysed and critiqued the works of the Dutch historical theorist Frank Ankersmit, he has gone on to published a book, Frank Ankersmit's Lost Historical Cause: A Journey from Language to Experience (Routledge 2012), and various papers on and around that same subject.

Prof Keith Jenkins - Chichester University

Professor Keith Jenkins retired in 2008. Although no longer writing (his last book, At the Limits of History: Essays on Theory and Practice, was published in 2009) he is still a regular attender at research seminars and conferences and he remains on the Editorial Board of the journal Rethinking History.

Dr Mark Mason - Chichester University

Mark Mason is Deputy Dean at the University of Chichester (UK) where he also teaches in the History department. His current research draws upon the conceptual resources of the (re)turn to religion in contemporary theory/cultural criticism and, specifically, the messianic motif in Derrida's work to reflect on the current and future state/status of historical representation. His work has been published in Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice (Routledge) and, most recently, as part of the edited collection Derrida and the Future of the Liberal Arts: Professions of Faith (2013, Bloomsbury).

Dr Kalle Pihlainen - Åbo Akademi University/Academy of Finland

Kalle Pihlainen works as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow, based at the Department of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University/Academy of Finland. He is also Adjunct Professor of Historical Theory at the Department of Contemporary History, University of Turku, Finland. He has published articles on narrative theory and the philosophy of history in various anthologies and in journals including Rethinking History, New Literary History, Clio, Historein and Storia della Storiografia. His research and teaching has primarily focused on historical theory, narrative theory, embodiment, existential phenomenology and the ethics of narrative representation particularly in relation to Hayden White and Jean-Paul Sartre. Ongoing research projects investigate the representational strategies employed by Sartre in L’Idiot de la Famille as well as the question of embodiment in contemporary narrative theory.

Dr Beverley Southgate - University of Hertfordshire

Beverley Southgate is Reader Emeritus in History of Ideas at the University of Hertfordshire. His publications particularly relevant to the work of the Research Centre include: History: What & Why? (London: Routledge, 2nd edn. 2001); Why Bother with History?(Longman, 2000); Postmodernism in History: Fear or Freedom? (London: Routledge, 2003); and What is History For? (London: Routledge, 2005). Most recently he has published Contentment in Contention: Acceptance versus Aspiration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). His current research is on fiction and historiography and themes indicated in History Meets Fiction (Longman, 2009).

Prof Dan Stone - Royal Holloway, University of London

Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a historian of ideas who works on historiographical and philosophical interpretations of the Holocaust, postwar Europe, comparative genocide, history of anthropology, and the cultural history of the British Right.

Publications include: Theoretical Interpretations of the Holocaust (ed., Rodopi, 2001); Breeding Superman: Nietzsche, Race and Eugenics in Edwardian and Interwar Britain (Liverpool University Press, 2002); Constructing the Holocaust: A Study in Historiography (Vallentine Mitchell, 2003); Responses to Nazism in Britain 1933-1939: Before War and Holocaust (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, 2nd edn 2012); The Historiography of the Holocaust (ed., Palgrave Macmillan, 2004); History, Memory and Mass Atrocity: Essays on the Holocaust and Genocide (Vallentine Mitchell, 2006), Colonialism and Genocide (ed. with A. Dirk Moses, Routledge, 2007); Hannah Arendt and the Uses of History: Imperialism, Nation, Race and Genocide (ed. with Richard H. King, Berghahn Books, 2007); The Historiography of Genocide (ed., Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); Histories of the Holocaust (OUP, 2010); The Holocaust and Historical Methodology (Berghahn Books, 2012); The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History (ed., OUP, 2012); The Holocaust, Fascism and Memory: Essays in the History of Ideas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); and, Goodbye to All That? The Story of Europe since 1945 (OUP, 2014) as well as more than sixty scholarly articles.

Dan Stone is one of the editors of the Journal of Genocide Research and Patterns of Prejudice and is on the advisory board of several other journals (including History of Communism in Europe) and research centres. He is currently writing a book on the liberation of the Nazi camps for Yale University Press.