History and Heritage Research Seminar Wed 29th March

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The next History and Heritage Research Seminar will be delivered by Dr Renee Ward (University of Lincoln), ‘Giving voice to Griselda: Nineteenth-century radical re-imaginings of a medieval tale’ on Wednesday 29th March, from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in MC0024.

This talk introduces the Victorian writer Eleanora Louisa Hervey and her poetic responses to the Griselda story, including post-medieval editions of Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale that were popular in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Although she participates in the Chaucerian branch of Victorian medievalism, Hervey boldly rejects canonical and more widely known versions of the tale, and uniquely reimagines Griselda’s story from a female perspective. In doing so, she presents instead a radical, proto-feminist retelling that critiques male authority and patriarchal social structures.

History & Heritage Research Seminar 22nd Feb

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We are pleased to invite you to the first History & Heritage Research Seminar for this term, taking place on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 4.30pm to 6.00pm.

Dr Jonathan Saha (University of Leeds) will talk about ‘Imperial elephantology: Undead capital and situated knowledge in colonial Burma’.

The rise of colonial Burma as the world’s foremost supplier of teak necessitated the employment of thousands of working elephants. Throughout the colony’s vast forests, camps were established where the animals worked to remove and transport the valuable timber. These were sites of industry and environmental transformation, but they were also sites for the generation and deployment of scientific knowledge. The semi-domesticated state of elephants employed in the teak industry made them ideal subjects for veterinary and natural historical inquiry.
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