Between Tokyo, Menton and St Andrews

Welcome to Professor Akiyoshi Nishiyama

The Centre for Transnational History and the School of History welcome Dr Akiyoshi Nishiyama from Kyoritsu Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan. Professor Nishiyama will be spending some two weeks as a visiting scholar at the Center between 22 February and 10  March 2014.

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Akiyoshi Nishiyama @Menton 2013

In June 2013 he lectured at the postgraduate summer school in Menton, which the Center co-organized with its GRAINES network partners. Professor Nishiyama is currently working on comparative research on languages and educational systems in the German Empire’s multilingual borderlands of Alsace and Upper Silesia. On 5 March, he will deliver a lecture for the Late Modern Research Seminar, which not surprisingly will focus on the question of ‘“Dialect” and School

Education in Imperial Germany: The Case of Alsace.’

He has published widely on the topic of educational policies, politics of language and nation-building in Japanese and German (see: http://www.zzf-pdm.de/site/mid__3419/ModeID__0/EhPageID__1022/821/default.aspx). In his current research Akiyoshi Nishiyama, as a fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin, delves into the transfer of ideas between German and Japanese imperial educational systems before 1945.

Call for Papers: GRAINES Summer School 2014, Vienna

As part of the GRAINES Network, members of the Centre for Transnational History will be actively involved in its second summer school. After last year in Menton on “From the Margins”, this year’s summer school will take place in Vienna from 10th to 14th June 2014. The theme will be “The European City in Transformation: from the Early Modern Period to the Present”.

Applications are open until 15 March 2014.

More information and download Call for Papers

For 2015, we are looking towards hosting a joint GRAINES and FUTH (Flying University of Transnational Humanities) at St Andrews. For the 2014 Call for Papers for the FUTH on “Globalization East”, please see below.

Away Days in the Highlands

The location was carefully selected: Morenish House, near Killin right on the northern shore of Loch Tay. A nineteenth-century laird’s house, very Scottish and surrounded by snow-covered Highland peaks and stunning views. This was the chosen location for the joint Centre for Transnational History, GRAINES  and Heirs to the Throne AHRC project away days between 22 to 24 January 2014 discussing themes in global and transnational history as well as planning activities ahead for 2014 and 2015.

Loch Tay seen from Morenish House

Loch Tay seen from Morenish House

The away days brought together 23 historians from the UK and the continent. The trip was joined by MLitt Student from MO5710 Crossing Borders, members from both the Centre for Transnational History and the GRAINES steering committee as well as a number of PhD students from St Andrews, Vienna, Basel and Cologne as part of GRAINES.

Morenish House provided not only a beautiful location but also a very inspiring environment including cosy fire places that allowed for in-depth discussion of topics, themes and texts related to transnational and global history. The reading groups focused on themes including the global circulation of goods and commodities based on texts by Kapil Raj or Maxim Berg, time in a global context by Vanessa Ogle or the question of decentred history by Natalie Zemon Davis.

Reading groups at Morenish House

Reading groups at Morenish House

Dr Struck did not only take the lead in one of the reading groups, but  introduced the guests to the art of whisky making and tasting – with elegant twists back to the question of global whisky trade or the problem of scale in transnational history between the local and global. This was followed by a visit to the Aberfeldy whisky distillery the following day and a hike in the hills near Kenmore with stunning views over Loch Tay and the snow-covered peaks towards Ben Nevis.

The GRAINES Haggis Feast

The GRAINES Haggis Feast

Apart from the lively and broad text discussions, the Away Days provided the opportunity to discuss the upcoming GRAINES summer school in Vienna on urban history and further activities to foster the GRAINES network. The call for papers for the Summer School on Urban History in Vienna (10-14 June 2014) will be released shortly.

Between Habsburg and St Andrews

One of the key ideas behind GRAINES (Graduate Interdisciplinary Network in European Studies) is that it allows us to put European and transnational history into practice with a flexible and informal way of exchanges of both staff and students between the partner institutions. Martin Schaller one of the current PhD students based at St Andrews will be spending part of his project time in Vienna. While focussing mainly on the perception of the Habsburg Empire from outsiders’ perspectives, the view from ‘within’ as well as working with specialists in the region will certainly be beneficial for the development of the project.

We are grateful that Markian Prokopovych and Philipp Ther have agreed to informally supervise Martin during his time in Vienna. In order to facilitate exchanges between the partner institutions and to support our students financially, ERASMUS agreements between St Andrews and Vienna, as well as between St Andrews and Basel will be set up soon.