The Centre’s first formal conference, Napoleon’s Last Stand: 100 Days in 100 Objects, was held on July 1st 2014 and exemplifies the Centre’s aspirations. There were twenty-six papers in the course of the day, from specialists in French, English, Italian and German studies; historians, political scientists, and musicologists; contributors from North America, France, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Spain and from all over Britain; and with discussions of everything from military planning and organisation, domestic diaries and letters, women pamphleteers in Belgium, romantic poetry and painting, millenarian prophecy, Egyptian national anxieties, popular catechisms in Germany, local elections and national plebiscites in France, the battle of Waterloo, and English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Russian caricature. Moreover, the day concluded with a concert of English, French and German songs relating to the 100 Days and the battle of Waterloo, and a performance of scenes from a play written by a British soldier in captivity in France during the 100 days. Cross-national, interdisciplinary, innovative, and bringing together a wide audience of scholars, the event was an auspicious start to the Centre’s activities. The papers from the conference will form the basis for the web-exhibition that will be launched in January 2015and will trace the events of the 100 days and worldwide reactions to them over the subsequent six months.
For more details of the European History Research Centre and its activities, please see the EHRC website.
The Warwick University History Department is currently recruiting seven teaching fellows, one full-time and six part-time, for the 2014/15 academic year:
The closing date for applications is the 21st or 22nd July 2014, depending on which post candidates are interested in.
Giorgio Riello is a Professor of Global History and Culture at Warwick and joined the Department of History in January 2007. His area of expertise lies in the history of globalisation, trade and manufacturing with a particular focus on industrialisation and economic divergence.
Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor said:
Giorgio has been in charge of a number of research projects and networks, the most recent of which is the Leverhulme-funded 'Luxury Network' in collaboration with several museums and universities and the Warwick Business School. He has been a member of the Global History and Culture Centre since its foundation and co-directed the Centre in 2013-14. Since 2010 he has also been the Director of the Pasold Research Fund, a charity established in 1964 for the promotion of research in textiles, dress and fashion.
Professor Giorgio Riello, the winner of the 2014 World History Association Book Prize
Professor Giorgio Riello's book Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World won the 2014 World History Association Bentley Book Prize.
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