Monthly Archives: January 2016

Rory Cox on ISIS, Just War, and Star Wars

Last month, Dr Rory Cox published an article entitled, ‘The Military Response to ISIS: A Historical Perspective’, on History Today’s website. Parliament’s decision to approve military action in Syria prompted Rory to look at what the classical and medieval world had to say about just war. Rory explains, ‘To step outside of a long-term rory-cox-1-1038x576historical process is difficult. But attempting to view recent events within a broader historical context may provide a valuable strategic perspective and prevent myopic policy decisions.’ Check out the full article here.

He was interviewed by the TV presenter Dan Snow for his ‘History Hit’ iTunes podcast. The episode, which sought to answer the question ‘What is a “Just War”?’, is now available on iTunes and the show’s webpage.

On a lighter note, Rory was also consulted by the Guardian Guide to give his expert opinion on the qualifications necessary to become a Star Wars Stormtrooper.

Upcoming Conferences: Two CFP Deadlines in February

The University of St Andrews School of Art History invites abstracts for Re/generate: Materiality and the Afterlives of Things in the Middle Ages, 500-1500. This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference, revolving around reuse and recycling in the medieval world, will take place on 6-7th of May 2016 in St Andrews. The deadline for submissions is the 1st of February. For more information and the full call for papers, visit the conference website.

The University of St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies also welcomes abstracts for its annual conference Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages. This interdisciplinary conference, held on 26-28th of April 2016 in St Andrews, welcomes submissions, from postgraduate, postdoctoral, and early career researchers, related to any aspect of gender studies and/or transgression in the medieval period. The deadline for submissions is the 12th of February. For more information and the full call for papers, visit the conference website.

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