PhD student wins Kent State University Albers Fellowship

| English, Humanities, Students

Lauren Christie, a current PhD in English student at the University of Dundee, has been awarded the Jacqueline M. Albers Guest Scholar in Children’s Literature Fellowship.  The fellowship, provided by Kent State University in Ohio, provides Lauren with $1,500 and the opportunity to be a guest scholar studying children’s literature using the collections in the Reinberger Children’s Library Center, which is part of Kent State’s School of Library and Information Science. Congratulations Lauren!...

Notting Hill Essay Competition to be judged by Professor Kirsty Gunn

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Kirsty Gunn, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Dundee, is to join the judging panel for this year's prestigious Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize. Following on from the success of the first competition in 2013, the biennial event is now in its third round. Submissions for the third competition closed on 9th January 2017 and the prize giving ceremony is due to take place at an exclusive party on the 28th June 2017 in London, celebrating the efforts of longlisted and shortlisted authors, as well as the essay form itself. Professor Gunn will be joining the judging team which includes: Ro...

'The Spanish Resurgence 1713-1748' - new book by Dr Christopher Storrs launched

| Books, European Studies, History, Humanities

The Spanish Resurgence, 1713-1748, a new book by Dr Chris Storrs, has been formally launched at the Spanish embassy in London recently. The launch event was attended by around 80 people and featured a book signing and talk by Dr Storrs.  Published by Yale University Press at the end of 2016, the book is a major reassessment of Philip V’s leadership and what it meant for the modern Spanish state.   Often dismissed as ineffective, indolent, and dominated by his second wife, Philip V of Spain (1700–1746), the first Bourbon king, was in fact the greatest threat to peace in Europe during h...

An interview with the world's first Professor of Comic Studies, Chris Murray

| Books, Comics, English, Humanities

In a fascinating recent interview with the Times Higher Education (THE) team, Chris Murray, the world's first Professor of Comic Studies, discussed ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree accusations, lessons on wartime alliances and the perils of eating cheese before bedtime. A University of Dundee academic and researcher in comics, primarily UK and US publications, Chris has become a global authority in his field. His book The British Superhero was published this month by the University Press of Mississippi.  See the full interview here Find out about studying comics at the University of Du...

Never mind truth and lies - 'Trumpism' rejects the very idea of making sense

| American studies, Humanities, Philosophy

"There has been much concern over what the Trump era has done for our ideas about truth and falsity, but viewed philosophically, the problem with Trump is something more fundamental still: it's a problem not of establishing truth, but of making sense." Dominic Smith, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee, tries to define 'Trumpism' in an article for The Conversation.  See the full article Useful links Find out more about studying Philosophy at the University of Dundee ...