Next month I'm presenting the first of this academic year's Exploring the Past free lecture series hosted by Cardiff University's Continuing and Professional Education in conjunction with the Historical Association. I'm very excited by the opportunity; they get a great mix of people in the audience: professionals, well-informed amateurs, and those who have never learnt about a subject but are always engaged.
I've pasted some details are pasted below, but the full listing can be seen on the CPE's portal.
Hey! It's time for that classic genre of blog post, the oh-darn-it's-been-how-long post.
I don't really keep this site for much more than having somewhere to put the odd ramble, but I figured it's probably not a bad idea to do a little catch up.
Had my doctoral viva at the very end of January. It was a really great, if draining experience, lasting something like two and three quarters hours if I remember correctly. Queue lots of nervous looks on the staff and friends casually hanging around waiting to find out if the cork could be popped. My examiners Hans Van Wees and Kate Gilliver were challenging but really supportive, and the chair Maria Fragoulaki positively bubbled over with questions once the proceedings were over and the limitation on her discussing only procedural elements was lifted. I was fortunate to have passed with 'no corrections'. That means that actually I had a week to fix any errors but to be honest I'd already identified and corrected a …
Just for fun. Here's a sort-of infographic of the vital statistics for my final doctoral thesis on genocide and Rome. Although, yes I know proper infographics don't usually use emoji. If any of the below doesn't render for you or looks weird, you must have bad emoji sorry.