Karl Hack on Channel News Asia

Dr Karl Hack was interviewed live for Channel News Asia on 16 September 2013, on the death of Asia’s longest serving head of a communist party, Chin Peng. Chin Peng died that day aged 88, having led the Malayan Communist Party since 1947, and Dr Hack had met him in 1999 and co-edited a book of dialogies between him and historians.


Seminar: Criminal Justice History, 12 July 2013

We are holding the next seminar in our criminal justice history series on Friday July 12th, at the Open University’s campus, Walton Hall, in Milton Keynes. The speakers are all researchers who have conducted, or are in the process of conducting, ground-breaking research into the criminal justice systems of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

10.30: Open, Tea, coffee, biscuits.
11.00: Bob Love (University of Leicester) ‘Somerset before the police – policing the county 1830 – 1856’
12.00: Elaine Saunders (Open University) ‘Policing a rural county: eighteenth-century systems of policing in Hertfordshire’
13.00: Lunch
14.00: Dr. Francis Boorman (University of London) ‘The spatiality of policing, crime and disorder in Chancery Lane, c.1760-1815’.
15.00: Dr. Dave Churchill (University of Leicester) ‘The police and the public in Leeds, 1850-1900: the contexts and content of popular animosity’
16.00: Close

If you would like to attend, please could you register by contacting Yvonne Bartley (y.s.bartley@open.ac.uk)? There is a charge of ¬£10 for lunch and refreshments for non-OU attendees. If you’ve got any special dietary requirements, please let us know.


Death of Prof. Colin Russell

We mourn the passing of Colin Russell, Professor of History of Science and Technology, who died on the 16th May. Colin started work at the Open University in 1970 and played a key role in creating the Department of the History of Science and Technology. He became Professor in 1982 and retired in 1993, continuing as Emeritus Professor. A Service of Thanksgiving will take place at noon on Thursday, 30 May at Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford. Professor Russell will be sadly missed by his former colleagues.


Prize: History student wins OU poster competition

Congratulations are due to Alice Smalley, a History research student, who won the Arts category in the recent OU Postgraduate Poster Competition and goes forward to compete in the Midlands Hub final on 12 July. Her entry demonstrated the use of GIS to determine where crimes reported in the 19th-century illustrated Police News actually took place.


Workshop: ‚ÄėPatients‚Äô control or practitioners‚Äô authority? Revisiting the early modern medical encounter‚Äô, 4 July 2012, The Open University in London.

The History of Medicine research group will hold its third workshop on 4 July 2012 at The Open University in London. Attendance is free, but places are limited, so please email  Yvonne Bartley to reserve a place by 20 June. Further details and the workshop programme are available online.


Publication: Karl Hack’s War Memory and the Making of Modern Malaysia and Singapore

Hack War Memory CoverDr Hack’s¬†War Memory and the Making of Modern Malaysia and Singapore¬†(Singapore: NUS Press, 2012) has just been published.

Further information about this book¬†is available from NUS Press’s website. He presented some of its findings to a public audience of more than 200 at Singapore’s Supreme Court, on 16 February 2012 at an academic conference on¬†The Causes and Impact on the Fall of Singapore.