History Faculty abandons proposed changes to exam regulations

Image Credit: Photo © Jaggery (cc-by-sa/2.0) The History Faculty has recently U-turned on a decision to bring forward deadlines for thesis title submissions. The proposed changes were thought to be the solution to the time constraints felt by the Board of Examiners in finding examiners with appropriate expertise to mark theses. The faculty was required to consult students […]

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Why it’s time to acknowledge the complexity of the past

“Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye”: these are the mournful words of the sixth Mughal emperor of India to one of his sons, in a letter in which he expressed sadness and regret for his failures and the sins with which he had burdened himself. Aurangzeb, it seems, wanted to be forgotten; he specified that he wished to […]

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The Tories must remake the case for capitalism

Much has been written about the electoral shock suffered by the Conservatives earlier this year, and how they might recover, if at all. Many proposals have been put forward, including a Conservative equivalent of Momentum and a ‘Tory Glastonbury’. The Conservatives, however, are never going to be cool or counter-cultural. The failure of Activate, which […]

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University: compulsory BME paper story “not quite right”

In a statement to the Oxford Student, a spokesperson for the University has said that the story saying that the History Faculty would be introducing a compulsory paper on BME history, reported in the Independent, Sun, and initially in this article, is “not quite right”. Speaking to the Oxford Student, the University has clarified that the change is merely […]

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Commemoration: are we remembering to forget?

George Santanya’s well-worn adage that “those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it” is uncontroversial, and the jewel of any prospective history student’s personal statement. Contemporary politics is not short of reminders that our collective memory of historical events wields immense influence in the present. From the resonance of ‘make America […]

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Collaborators Balances Humour and Darkness: A Review

‘Collaborators’ opened to the flustered but undeniably exciting tune of ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King,’ with the dream scene of a terrified Mikhail Bulgakov (Rory Fraser) being pursued by the ominous figure of Stalin (Joe Peden). This opening scene perfectly captured the essence of the play, which follows the dark and chaotic story […]

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Mind-reading and the Cold War: An Interview with ‘The Psychic Project’

On the 27th of January, The Psychic Project will be arriving at the Old Fire Station; focusing on the psychic spy research that the CIA conducted during the Cold War, it will engage the audience both through looking at history, and also exploring the powers of the mind. I spoke to David Narayan, the writer […]

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A History of Androgyny in Fashion

Androgyny has always existed, and it’s important to clarify that in this article where the terms ’androgyny’ and ‘androgynous’ are used, I will be talking about clothing, appearance and playing with traditionally gendered items of clothing to create a look that doesn’t fit comfortably into the categories of masculine and feminine; not gender or sexuality. […]

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Islam talk advertised as “explosive”

Somerville History Society has been condemned for sending out provocative emails advertising a talk on Islamic extremism. The talk was delivered by Dr Faisal Devji, a St Anne’s Reader in South Asian history, and focused on Jihad and militant Islam. In an email advertising the talk, the Society claimed it would be “explosive” and accompanied […]

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