Dr Lars Kjær Joins New College of the Humanities as Lecturer in Medieval History

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Expert in Medieval History to teach first cohort of students arriving in September 2012.

Dr Lars Kjær

I’m very pleased to take up this post at New College of the Humanities. London – and indeed the UK – is an historical melting pot of peoples, cultures and ideas, and I am greatly looking forward to settling into the capital and meeting our undergraduates.

New College of the Humanities (NCH) has today announced a new appointment to its academic staff. Dr Lars Kjær will join as a Lecturer in Medieval History.

Dr Kjær completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge, having been awarded Arts and Humanities Research Council funding. His thesis was entitled ‘The Practice, Politics, and Ideals of Aristocratic Generosity in Thirteenth-Century England’. Previously, Lars studied for an MPhil in Medieval history, also at Cambridge, and obtained his BA in history and social anthropology from Aarhus University, Denmark.

Dr Kjær will work alongside Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, Convenor and Senior Lecturer in History, and Dr Hannah Dawson, Senior Lecturer. The History Professoriate comprises Professor Sir David Cannadine, a noted commentator and broadcaster on British life and the British Monarchy, and Professor Niall Ferguson, an expert in Financial and Economic History who recently delivered the 2012 BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures.

Speaking of his appointment, Dr Kjær said: “I’m very pleased to take up this post at New College of the Humanities. London – and indeed the UK – is an historical melting pot of peoples, cultures and ideas, and I am greatly looking forward to settling into the capital and meeting our undergraduates.”

Professor AC Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities, said: “The study of history situates and contextualises the society in which we live and as such is a touchstone for understanding many of the contemporary challenges we face.

“Students at NCH will be challenged to develop a holistic understanding of the connections between history, culture and thought, and Dr Kjær’s in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject will greatly enhance that process.”

Undergraduates studying for a History BA at NCH will take modules including ‘The birth of western Christendom, AD 300 to 1215’ (a compulsory first year course), and will have the option to study various topics, such as ’From nation state to multiple monarchy: British history, 1485-1649’, or ‘the Crusades and the eastern Mediterranean, 1095-1291’.

Dr Kjær’s research interests include interdisciplinary approaches to medieval Europe, and the role of ritualised practices in the exercise of power in twelfth and thirteenth-century England and Scandinavia. In 2011 he was co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Medieval History, entitled ‘Feasts and Gifts of Food in Medieval Europe: Ritualised Constructions of Hierarchy, Identity and Community’. Forthcoming articles include studies of generosity in twelfth-century Scandinavia, drunkenness and regicide in medieval Denmark, and the royal Christmas feast in England.

The London-based College has places available for talented students applying during clearing and adjustment for entry in 2012. Typical requirements are AAA at A-level or 36 points in the IB Diploma with at least a six at Higher Level in a subject related to your degree course. However the College is flexible and assesses each individual's potential to excel in the curriculum. Interested students can speak to an admissions adviser on 020 7637 4550 or find out more at http://www.NCHum.org.

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