College news round up

Posted by ep256 at Mar 27, 2018 09:50 AM |
College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Bulletin: Spring 2018

Read about many new and exciting research projects taking place across the College, including a feature on the discovery of Julius Caesar's landing site in Britain during 55 and 54 BC.

Overview

The College has won funding for projects based in primary schools (Fowler, ‘Colonial Countryside’), a timeline showing Education researchers’ contributions (Dymoke and Whaley), barriers to economic participation (Chen, Llinchuan,Sun), the underpinnings of commercial arbitration (Cole et al) and crime and punishment in British colonial Guyana(Anderson).

There are new book publications on Hitchcock (Chapman), 1968 (Halliwell and Witham), hit-and-run incidents (Hopkins and Chivers), the sex industry (Sanders) and slavery (Brace). Other colleagues have been busy holding conferences (Watkins, ‘Changing Drinking Cultures’), advising on threats to nuclear control systems (Futter) and presenting research findings to the Parliamentary Group for Public Legal Education (Watkins).

This month’s featured research project made national headlines. ‘In the Footsteps of Caesar’ made the landmark discovery that Caesar did not land where we all thought he landed in Britain during 55 and 54 BC. Colin Haselgrove and Andrew Fitzpatrick demonstrated the importance of their subject in challenging age-old assumptions. In collaboration with a dedicated team of citizen archaeologists, they have surveyed sites and studied museum artefacts to overturn the age-old view that Caesar’s landing made little impact on Iron Age Britain.

Richard Thomas was also in the media spotlight, appearing in the ‘Attenborough and the Giant Elephant’ documentary. Richard spent a week in New York analysing Jumbo the elephant’s skeleton to understand more about his life and death.

Meanwhile, PhD students conducted some impressive research. A winning entrant for the best research images, Tim Hannigan, is writing a travel book about travel writing. So far he has interviewed (and visited the houses of) Dervla Murphy, Colin Thubron, Nick Danzinger and many other eminent writers.

Have a look at the bulletin here or view a PDF version here.

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