Department of History

History Postgraduate Work in Progress seminar, 20 November

A01 Humanities Building
Wednesday 20th November 2019 (17:00-18:00)

History Postgraduate Work in Progress seminars are organised by History postgraduates for History postgraduates. They offer the chance to develop presentation and research skills, to share your experience, to seek help and advice, and to get to know your fellow postgraduates and their research.

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Meritocracy: Searching for the Concept before the Word - David Civil and David Robinson

Exploring the Grey Zone of Cultural Production during War and Conflict: Theoretical, Ethical and Practical Implications - Odila Schroeder 

Details on this session:

David Civil is a final year, M4C-AHRC-funded PhD student. David's research is a conceptual history of meritocracy in post-war Britain, touching on issues ranging from education reform to the welfare state. In September 2018 he co-hosted the debate Meritocracy in Perspective featuring the likes of Nick Timothy and Faiza Shaheen here at the University of Nottingham and is co-editing a special edition on meritocracy which will appear in the Political Quarterly in 2020.

David Robinson is a final year M4C-AHRC-funded PhD student expecting to finish within the next month or so. His research involves a comparison of late-18th to mid-19th century British travel writing on India and Italy. Travel writing on India and Italy has previously been considered by scholars from quite disparate academic disciplines. He propose that, through travel writing, India, Italy and Britain ought to be considered within the same analytical frame to show the emergence of a liberal-bourgeois British identity. David's research has been published in the Journal of British Identities and The Conversation.

David and David will be presenting together. Their paper is titled: Meritocracy: Searching for the Concept before the Word.

L. Odila Schröder studied Chinese, Political Science and the History of Science at Tsinghua, Heidelberg and Cambridge University and holds an MA in Chinese and Transcultural Studies from Heidelberg University. Odila is currently the third year of her PhD candidature within the ERC-funded “Cultures of Occupation in 20th Century Asia” Project at Nottingham University, focusing on auditory propaganda and concert life in Japanese-occupied Beijing (1937-1945).

Odila’s paper is titled: Exploring the Grey Zone of Cultural Production during War and Conflict: Theoretical, Ethical and Practical Implications.

Tea and coffee provided. 


Click here to download the poster for the seminar series

If you have any questions or an idea for a seminar in spring 2020 email Natalie Grace or James Smith.


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