RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem
Members of the Department continue to receive international recognition for their scholarship and have been invited to numerous international conferences, to participate in a wide range of publishing initiatives. A particular mark of the respect in which the research of the Department is held is the publication of Russian editions of books by Professor Cross, Dr Franklin and Dr Thompson in the last two years.
Professor Cross has now edited the Newsletter of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia for twenty-eight years, a publication which has been described by J.S.G. Simmons, the retired Librarian of All Souls, Oxford, as ‘an enterprise which deserves and receives the respect of the community of learning wherever Russian eighteenth-century history and culture are the objects of study’. He has been Reviews Editor of the Journal of European Studies for twenty-nine years, since the inception in 1971. His book By the Banks of the Neva (CUP 1997) was awarded the 1997 Antsiferov Prize for the best foreign book on St Petersburg and the Alec Nove Prize (jointly) for the best work by a British Russianist: it is now being translated into Russian at the request of the St Petersburg City Administration. In an extensive review of the book in the leading Russian journal Russkaia literatura (no.3, 1997) he was called ‘possibly the most authoritative Russianist in the English-speaking world at this time’; and in 1996 the eminent Russian historian Professor E. Anisimov had described him as ‘the leading British specialist on eighteenth-century Russia’. He has given invited papers at numerous European conferences in the past five years: in Potsdam and Bonn, Copenhagen and Paris, Amsterdam and Leiden, Edinburgh (twice) and Gargnano (twice), and on several occasions in both St Petersburg and Moscow, has lectured at universities in Britain and New Zealand, and his work has been published in several countries (some six articles in Russia alone in the past three years). He gave the keynote lecture at the international conference on Peter the Great at Greenwich in July 1998. He was closely involved in two important exhibitions arranged by the Hermitage and Tret’iakov Gallery in 1998 and 1999 respectively, was invited to write articles for the catalogues, and lectured at Yale, following the opening there of the Hermitage exhibition. He has taken part in programmes on Peter the Great for the BBC and on Catherine the Great for Dutch television. He was Chairman of the long-standing British Editorial Committee which published an important collection of documents on Anglo-Russian relations in Peter’s reign (1998) and his international standing is further recognised by his membership of editorial boards of journals in Italy, Russia and New Zealand. He has been involved in assessments for Research Readerships and Professorships for the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.
Dr Franklin’s The Emergence of Rus (1996), written with J. Shepard, was described as ‘a brilliant, exciting book, a joy to read’ in one of a stream of totally positive reviews in journals throughout the world. His articles have been published in several countries and he has given invited papers most recently at Pecs, Hungary, and in St Petersburg. He has given public lectures in connection with important art exhibitions at the Royal Academy and the Hellenic Foundation and was a main speaker at an international symposium at Windsor Castle in 1998. His eminence in research was recognised by the University in his promotion to Reader in 1999. He acted as External Assessor on the Appraisal Commission of the Czech Academy of Sciences, assessing the Institute of Slavonic Studies in Prague in August 2000. He was a member of the BASEES council from 1996 to 2000.
Mr Gömöri’s high reputation as both scholar and poet has been recognised by invitations to give lectures at numerous European and American universities and conferences: in 1998 he lectured at the universities of Torun, Poznan and Wroclaw; gave poetry readings in Budapest and Tirgu-Mures (Romania); spoke at the International Slavists Conference in Cracow and at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 1999 he was awarded the ‘Pro Cultura Hungarica’ medal by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture. In March 2000 he delivered the prestigious Woodward Lecture at Yale and he was invited to speak at Columbia University and at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and gave papers at the ICSEES conference in Tampere, Finland and was guest of honour at the Quasimodo Festival at Balatonfured (Hungary).
Dr Hansen has extensive contacts with Polish scholars and is involved in collaborative project on Polish grammar between the Universities of Hamburg and Warsaw. In the last three years he has given invited lectures in Belgium, Poland and Germany.
Dr Howlett presented papers at conferences in Warsaw, Cambridge and Sheffield. From 1993 to 1999 she was on the editorial board of the Hoover-Rosarkhiv Archival Preservation Project; she remains Consultant to Chadwyck-Healey Publishers on the filming of Russian archives (to date ten million pages of documentation from Party archives have been made available). She is a member of the Editorial Board of ‘Molodaia Rossiia’ (Moscow), publishers of historical monographs.
Dr Kelly has been hailed as ‘one of the finest intellectual historians now writing’ for her ‘innovative research’ in her two recent books on Russian thought (1998 and 1999). Towards Another Shore (1998) was nominated as one of the ‘Notable Books of 1998’ by the New York Times Book Review and described as a ‘masterpiece’ by John Bayley. She was editor for the Russian philosophy entries (and author of three articles) in the prestigious ten-volume Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, selecting the contributors and overseeing the sixty subjects covered. She is a regular and influential reviewer for the New York Review of Books. She has delivered invited papers at international conferences in the USA and Britain, including the New York conference on ‘The Legacy of Isaiah Berlin’ (1998).
Dr Ward was a Visiting Professor in the Department of History of the University of Illinois in 1996 and gave a number of papers and lectures at other American universities and conferences. His book on Stalin, now in its second revised edition (1999), is highly regarded and has sold over 8000 copies.
Dr Widdis, although only in her third year as a University lecturer, has achieved an enviable international reputation for her work in film and culture: she has given invited lectures at three AAASS conferences in the USA, at an international colloquium in Toulouse and addressed a large audience at the National Film Theatre. She has given papers on many other occasions at universities and conferences in the USA, Russia and Britain.
Dr Tosi was elected to a highly competitive Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1999 and she has already presented papers at international conferences in Britain, Germany, Holland, and Italy.
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