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History and Heritage staff are active in publishing new and high-quality work with some notable successes in winning research funding. In RAE 2008 45% of the work submitted by the Department was rated 3* or 4*
The Centre for History and Culture
The research centre for History and Culture is based within the Department of Humanities It has continued to encourage networking among British and European historians, literary scholars, historical sociologists and postgraduate students with shared interests in gender and towns, c.1400–1900. It offers seminars, day schools, master classes, colloquia and conferences.
The Castle at Bath Spa University
The Centre hosted a 2-day international conference on ‘Cosmopolitanism and Culture’ at Corsham Court on 21-2 October 2011. Speakers came from the USA, Romania, Sweden, amongst others.
Centre staff are active in the Gender in the European Town network and participated in the two-day meeting in London, of the Space, Place and Environment strand, plus the Gender Network's Steering Committee, at the IHR (8–9 Dec. 2011), and a final meeting of the network as a whole (as currently funded), will be held at Corsham Court (16-18 May 2012).
Also upcoming for 2012, the Research Centre will be hosting ‘The Experience of Neighbourliness in Europe, 1000-1600’, conference (17-18th May 2012 at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute), funded by the Royal Historical Society, and the Economic History Society. This event includes several international speakers from the United States.
We will also be hosting the annual Gender and Medieval Studies Conference (4-6 January 2013) at Corsham Court. This is the largest UK meeting of gender and medieval studies scholars – a renowned network established for over twenty years.
Staff in History also work in the interdisciplinary research centre on Book, Text and Place (1500-1750) which is concerned with early modern literary culture, place, and the history of the book broadly defined. The Centre currently hosts a biannual conference dedicated to the topic of ‘Book Encounters’.