Viking Zombies – A Research Seminar by Dr Clare Downham

Written by Grace Young Vikings and zombies generally are not things one would naturally think of in the same sentence. They are certainly not things most people would associate with Scotland, either. However, this is exactly what Dr. Clare Downham of the University of Liverpool gave a seminar on. For clarification, while Downham really was talking about actual Vikings, she was not actually discussing brain-eating, … Continue reading Viking Zombies – A Research Seminar by Dr Clare Downham

Cease to Exist: Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson and the Death of Flower Power

Written by Fay Marsden  California. Surfing. Summer. Flower power hippies on the beach. These are images one would perhaps conjure when thinking about The Beach Boys. The band is most known for their 1966 release Pet Sounds, including songs such as ‘God Only Knows’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’. With their matching outfits, harmonies and music videos with girls in bikinis pretending to surf, they … Continue reading Cease to Exist: Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson and the Death of Flower Power

Notes from the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society on Experiencing Medieval Spaces

Written by Daniel Sharp On Monday 23 October, I attended a meeting presented by the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society. The society is conducting a series of research seminars this year, in which papers and research is presented and discussed. The meeting I attended was not, unfortunately, a seminar – it was a general roundtable discussion and a meeting for administrative decisions to be … Continue reading Notes from the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society on Experiencing Medieval Spaces

Here Comes the Sun: Pop Culture in the 1960s

Written by Fay Marsden We have all heard of parents gazing in horror while their children stared in awe at Elvis gyrating his pelvis on television in the Fifties; most of us have probably found this strange, considering how hyper-sexual music videos are normalised today. Likewise, during a time when black people were still fighting for their civil rights and women were still subordinate to … Continue reading Here Comes the Sun: Pop Culture in the 1960s

Austrian Responses to German Nationalism

Written by Travis Aaroe The Austrian Empire was a multi-ethnic domain ruled over by the Habsburg dynasty. After the Congress of Vienna, which ended the Napoleonic Wars, the Empire stretched from Lombardy, Venetia and modern-day Austria in the west to Hungary in the east and, from Croatia in the south to Bohemia and Galicia in the north. There was little natural unity amongst the subject … Continue reading Austrian Responses to German Nationalism

Meg Foster’s ‘Black Douglas’: The Bushranger and the Man (Diaspora Research Seminar Review)

Written by Lewis Twiby On Tuesday 31 October, Meg Foster, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New South Wales, gave a research seminar on the infamous bushranger Black Douglas. This was in an effort to highlight her research in this overlooked aspect of Australian national history. During Australia’s gold rush of the 1850s, a new brand of criminal named the ‘bushranger’ emerged and set … Continue reading Meg Foster’s ‘Black Douglas’: The Bushranger and the Man (Diaspora Research Seminar Review)

‘Frankenstein’: A Celebration of 200 Years of Thrilling Horror

Written by Daniel Sharp On 1 January 1818, the first edition of Mary Shelley’s horror novel Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus was published. The two hundredth anniversary of its publication is coming up very soon, and in celebration of this, the Keats-Shelley Association of America has launched the ‘Frankenreads’ project. This project encourages people to commemorate the anniversary by hosting events related to the book … Continue reading ‘Frankenstein’: A Celebration of 200 Years of Thrilling Horror

Trump, Brexit and the return of the ‘Country Party’

Written by Travis Aaroe   What forces drove Britain to vote to leave the European Union, and for American voters to elect the political outsider Donald Trump? The rhetoric used by both campaigns strongly echoes that of an earlier political tradition, known as the ‘Country Party’ or the ‘Country Persuasion’. The Country Party began in England as an on and off, informal group of parliamentarians … Continue reading Trump, Brexit and the return of the ‘Country Party’

Three Hours in Hell

Written by Lewis Twiby Guernica, April 25, 1937 “Franco is about to deliver a mighty blow against which all resis…” Testily, Luisa shut off the radio. The rebels had been blasting out their asinine propaganda for the last few hours. It had been affecting some. Over half of her battalion had been destroyed during their flight from Bilbao. Poor rations, political infighting, cramped conditions, and … Continue reading Three Hours in Hell

Public Lecture Review: Dr. Shashi Tharoor’s ‘Looking Back at the British Raj in India’

Written by Carissa Chew On Monday 2 October 2017, as part of the University of Edinburgh’s World India Day celebrations, acclaimed author, Member of the Indian Parliament and former UN Under-Secretary-General, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, delivered a forceful and poignant speech at McEwan Hall in which he made plain the exploitative, oppressive and violent nature of British colonial rule in India. By drawing upon a wealth … Continue reading Public Lecture Review: Dr. Shashi Tharoor’s ‘Looking Back at the British Raj in India’

Napoleonic Prisoners and Edinburgh Castle: A Brief Examination

Written by Daniel Sharp Edinburgh Castle stands on high, overlooking Scotland’s capital. It is an impressive sight – it may be small, yet it is also beautiful, especially when lit up at night, and provides a scene that many photographers love to snap. It is a famous tourist spot, its deep history drawing in visitors from all over the world. Some of the historical facts … Continue reading Napoleonic Prisoners and Edinburgh Castle: A Brief Examination