Issues concerning forms of communication and intellectual exchange are core to the research of several members of the Department, working on medieval, early-modern and modern history.
We are interested in how networks of communication, whether by word, manuscript or print, develop, shape and reflect intellectual and cultural trends as diverse as those concerning sexuality, crime, mercantile practice, and religious beliefs.
Common concerns include the way manuscripts and correspondence created communities of shared interest (Milton and West); the relationship between manuscripts and print in the development of such networks (Milton); the impact of newspaper representations of crime and morality (Bingham, Harvey and Shoemaker); experiences of reading printed literature (Harvey and Shoemaker); and the development of new tools for exploiting massive digital texts in order to answer these and other questions (Bingham and Shoemaker).
Postgraduates (recent and current)
Leo Bird'BBC Comedy and the changing identity of young people in British society, 1945-60.'
George Newberry'The Representations of 'Race' in British Science and Culture during the Eighteenth Century.'
Ross Paulger‘Gendering the Sexual Revolution: The Role of the Anglo-American Quality Press, 1960-1980.’
Richard Ward'Print Culture and Responses to Crime in Mid-Eighteenth-Century London.'
Our research is also reflected in a wide range of taught modules:
Centre for the Study of Journalism and History
A forum for interdisciplinary research on journalism and history. The Centre examines journalism as a source for understanding the past, and for clarifying ideas about the public sphere, language and discourse, with a particular interest in developing robust methodologies for exploiting digital archives of journalism content.
Old Bailey Proceedings Online
A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing narrative accounts of 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.