Executive Dean of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London, and Professor of Urban History. Historian of medieval and early modern cities, particularly London.
I recently completed my Ph.D. in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in 20th century U.S. urban history. My interests range from ethnic and race relations to Jewish studies to the history of how the public health and social welfare infrastructure of American cities was built over the past 100 years. Currently I am revising my dissertation into a book manuscript and serving as co-editor of The Metropole, the blog of the Urban History Association.
…ence, London, 14-17 September 2018.
Another City: Émigré Intellectuals and Transnational Intellectual Communities in Early Modern and Modern Cities (1500-1950). Main Session co-organised with Nicholas Mithen (EUI) at the 14th International Conference on Urban History, Rome, 29 August—1 September 2018.
Darwin(ism) in Central Europe — Translation, Circulation and Reception in 19th-century Hungary. American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 14 August 2018.
Science in Exile: Jácint Rónay in London….
…European Association of Urban History (member of the International Committee)
British Society for the History of Science
European Society for the History of Science…
I am a historian of modern Europe, specialising in the history of science, urban history and the study of translation and reception in the history of ideas. My research interests include the academic and popular reception of Darwinism and evolution in Hungary and Central Europe; the study of knowledge production and transfer in the long nineteenth century; the role of the city and urban culture, including the urban press, in the circulation and transformations of knowledge; the history of scientific societies, associations and institutions; and the effect of migration and exile on knowledge transfer.
…‘Engineering the Nile valley: Khartoum North and the first Aswan Dam as products of Anglo-Egyptian hydropolitics, 1899-1935’, Infrastructure, culture, and identity in the modern city (19th-21st centuries), European Association for Urban History Conference, University of RomaTre, 29 Aug-1 Sep 2018…
I am a PhD student at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, working on the history of the built environment of the Nile valley under the British Empire. Prior to moving to Edinburgh, I studied for a BA in Ancient History and History and an MA in Urban History, both at the University of Leicester. I also have an active interest in educational practices and learning technologies, and worked as an intern in the Technology Enhanced Learning team at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, in the summer of 2016. I am chair of Pubs and Publications, a blog about PhD life. My current research combines environmental, architectural and urban histories to produce a new understanding of British imperial power in the Nile valley in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This can open up new readings of the histories of empire and modernity.
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“The King of Dirt: Public Health and Sanitation in Late Medieval Ghent,” Urban History (published online 18 April 2018).
“Policing Female Food Vendors in the Late Medieval Netherlands,” Yearbook of Women’s History 36 (2017) , 97-113.
“On the Street and in the Bathhouse: Medieval Galenism in Action?” (co-author: G. G…
Janna Coomans is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Medieval History. She defended her dissertation (cum laude), titled “In Pursuit of a Healthy City: Sanitation and the Common Good in the Late Medieval Low Countries”, in June 2018. Her current research project explores the practices of various agents to promote communal wellbeing in the late medieval urban Low Countries. It is part of the ERC-funded interdisciplinary project “Healthscaping Urban Europe”. Her main research interests are the history of (public) health; social and urban history and more theoretical explorations of spatiality and materiality; as well as gender, medicine, crime, and urban governance.
I’m currently employed as the Digital Projects Specialist at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia, where I work to increase the digital accessibility and preservation of the Society’s collections and to promote their use. I’m interested in urban history, the Progressive Era, and digital initiatives in history and the humanities among other things, including craft beer, cats, skee ball, hiking, and British crime television.
I am Professor for modern Jewish/non-Jewish relations at the University of Southampton and a member of the Parkes Institute. I received my PhD from the University of Tübingen in 1990 and my German habilitation from the University of Potsdam in 2003.My main areas of research are urban history and the cultural history of migration, specifically German-Jewish emigration after 1933. I am the editor of the journal Jewish Culture and History and co-editor of the open access journal Mobile Culture Studies. I have recently published a book on the emigration of a wine merchant’s family from Heilbronn, Germany, to Britain, based on family letters, and I am currently working on a study of memoirs of Berlin in emigrant correspondences.
Middle English and Anglo-Latin literature, public poetry, documentary culture, urban and commercial history, medieval historiography
Hi! I’m interested in the history and study of oral history, foodways, and local traditions. I am also interested in urbanism, city planning, and policy.
Early Modern London; Shakespeare; TEI; editing; textual criticism; book history; digital humanities; geohumanities; GIS; urban cartography