Speakers

Panel 1: History and Religion
22 March 2018

Tom Holland

Tom Holland

Writer and historian Tom Holland has published several popular works on classical and medieval history. Awarded the Hessell-Tiltman Prize in 2004 for his book Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic, Tom has presented and produced a number of broadcast series including Dinosaurs, Myths and Monsters for BBC Four, and Islam: The Untold Story for Channel 4.
Professor Alec Ryrie

Professor Alec Ryrie

Alec Ryrie is Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, and a historian of Protestant Christianity. His specialism is the history of England and Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries. but is also interested in the emergence and development of Protestant and radical beliefs, identities and spiritualities.
Dr Eleanor Parker

Dr Eleanor Parker

Eleanor Parker is Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford. Her research focuses on historical narratives in literature produced c.1000-c.1400, and has a particular interest in narratives about the Danes in England, representations of the pre-Conquest past, and the intersections between historical writing, fiction and romance. She is a regular columnist for History Today. Her most recent book, Dragon Lords: The History and Legends of Viking England (published by I.B Tauris) will be released in May 2018.

Panel 2: History in a Post-Fact, Post-Truth World

19 April 2018

Professor David Wootton

Professor David Wootton

David Wootton is a leading historian of ideas, and is Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York. He works on the intellectual and cultural history of the English speaking countries, Italy, and France, 1500-1800. His most recent book is The Invention of Science (2015), published by Allen Lane.
Justin Champion

Justin Champion

Justin Champion is past president of the History Association and is the recipient of the 2018 Medlicott Medal for services to history, and is an expert on seventeenth-century political ideas, and is a regular history face and voice on TV and radio.
Dr Alice Taylor

Dr Alice Taylor

Reader in Medieval History at King’s College London and winner of the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize for her book The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland (Oxford, 2016).

Panel 3: History Beyond Borders

17 May 2018

Professor Edith Hall

Professor Edith Hall

Professor of Classics at King’s College London. Since being awarded the Hellenic Foundation Prize for her Oxford doctorate (1988), Edith has held posts at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham and London Universities.  She has published twenty books. She is Co-Founder and Consultant Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama at Oxford and Chairman of the Gilbert Murray Trust.

Dr Daniel Beer

Dr Daniel Beer

Reader in History at Royal Holloway. Author of The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars (Penguin, 2016) and Renovating Russia: the Human Sciences and the Fate of Liberal Modernity, 1880-1930 (Cornell, 2008). 

Dr Katherine McDonald

Dr Katherine McDonald

Lecturer in Classics & Ancient History at the University of Exeter. Research interests include ancient Italy, linguistic and cultural contact in the ancient world, ancient migration, personal names, Greek and Roman comedy, and epigraphy. Her work uses approaches from historical sociolinguistics to investigate multilingualism, language contact and gender linguistics. Her book, Oscan in Southern Italy and Sicily (Cambridge University Press, 2015), uses frameworks from epigraphy, archaeology and the sociolinguistics of language contact to explore the relationship between Greek and Oscan, two of the most widely spoken languages in the south of Italy. 

Panel 4: Historical Knowledge and Public History

21 June 2018

David Olusoga

David Olusoga

David Olusoga is an Anglo-Nigerian historian, producer, presenter and author. Olusoga is also the author of the book Black and British: A Forgotten History, which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award 2017 and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize 2017. His other books include The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year in 2015, and The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism, which he co-authored with Casper Erichsen. He was also a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Black British History, and has written for The GuardianThe Observer and BBC History Magazine.

 

Helen Castor

Helen Castor

Helen Castor is a medieval historian and a BBC broadcaster. She was a lecturer in history at Cambridge University and is the author of Blood and Roses (2005) and She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2010). Programmes she has presented include BBC Radio 4‘s Making History and She-Wolves. 

 

Dr Anna Whitelock

Dr Anna Whitelock

Dr Anna Whitelock is a historian, author and broadcaster. She is a Reader in Early Modern History and is Director of the London Centre for Public History and Heritage at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Anna is a regular media commentator on the Tudors, the monarchy, royal bodies, royal succession, gender and politics as well as on public history and heritage.

Anna regularly appears on news, current affairs and events broadcasts on television and radio as a royal expert, historical consultant and commentator.