Navigation

Photo of Jack

Jack

"I was encouraged to pursue various themes and topics and, in doing so, to draw upon a variety of sources from disciplines outside of traditional history."

Main details

Year graduated 2013
Department History
Programme BA (Hons) History & History of Ideas

"History at Goldsmiths maintains an emphasis on interdisciplinary investigation. I was encouraged to pursue various themes and topics and, in doing so, to draw upon a variety of sources from disciplines outside of traditional history. This background was one of the strengths upon which I drew when applying for postgraduate places and funding. At Cambridge, I am actually working in an English department, whilst still researching intellectual history.

I'm now continuing the research I began in my final year at Goldsmiths, into the the Renaissance passions – particularly as conceptualised by Michel Montaigne. My postgraduate thesis explores the intertextual connections between historical sources – such as moral treatises and philosophical tracts – and sources which one might associate with literary studies, such as Renaissance drama and prose. This interdisciplinary approach to my subject has afforded me greater insight into the broader Renaissance discourse regarding emotions and humanness. Similarly, Goldsmiths allowed me to work with renowned interdisciplinary historians, such as Professor Jan Plamper. Jan specialises in the history of emotions and, consequently, was the perfect supervisor for my dissertation."

Around the university