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Posted on 11/10/2012

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King's is welcoming 50 new academics to Arts and Humanities

The School of Arts and Humanities at King’s is welcoming over 50 new, permanent academics this year as the College consolidates its expertise in the Humanities, Literatures, Modern Languages and the Creative Arts, strengthening its world-leading reputation in these areas. This further enables the College to respond to student demand for courses ranging from Theology, the Byzantine World and the Medieval period to Film Studies and European Studies.

Among the new appointments is Professor Paul Gilroy, author of There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack. Professor Gilroy joins the Department of English with a wealth of experience in his field, including seven years as Giddens Professor of Social Theory at the London School of Economics, six years teaching at Yale and four years at Goldsmiths College.

The Department of Music builds upon its reputation as one of the most prestigious music departments in the country with the appointment of Professor Martin Stokes. Professor Stokes has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his research contributions and will become King Edward Professor of Music in January 2013.     

Other prize-winning academics taking up posts in the School include Andrew J. Counter (French), winner of the Society of French Studies 2011 Malcolm Bowie Prize, and Adelene Buckland (English), winner of the 2012 Marc-Auguste-Pictet Prize in the History of Science. 

Writer, lecturer and broadcaster Professor Edith Hall has joined the Department of Classics. She was recently awarded the Humboldt research prize for her achievements in research as well as a major research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Six highly-acclaimed researchers join the Department of Philosophy making it one of the largest Philosophy departments in the country. Professor Bill Brewer comes to King’s as Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy to continue his research in the philosophy of perception. Dr Paul Joyce joins the Department of Theology and Religious Studies as Samuel Davidson Chair in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible as one of a number of new appointments to the department. Meanwhile, the Department of Film Studies, ranked the number one place to study film in the country (Guardian University Guide for courses starting in 2013), has consolidated its position through a number of appointments, including one of the leading scholars of Chinese cinema, Professor Chris Berry.

Recent appointments to the Department of History include Professor Julia Crick, an expert in palaeography and manuscript studies, and Hilde de Weerdt, an expert on medieval China. The Department is acknowledged as one of the leading teaching and research departments in the country.

The new appointments come as Arts and Humanities at King’s has been ranked fifth in the UK (QS World Rankings, 2012) and 28th in the World (Times Higher World Rankings, 2012-13). Demand for courses has grown consistently, with the number of students choosing to study Arts and Humanities at the College growing by 10% in a single year.

Professor Jan Palmowski, Head of the School of Arts and Humanities, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome so many new colleagues. They don’t just add to our existing strengths, their ideas and initiatives will enrich and transform us, helping us inspire our students in new ways.’

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