Simon Doubleday

Diary

May 27, 2020

A small act of protest

In March 2020, the Spanish far right party Vox made an appearance in New York. After having met with a number of prominent right-wing politicians in the Washington area, they had planned to come and speak in Astoria, Queens, the most diverse borough in New York; this fact seemed jarring, and I quietly protested.

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May 27, 2020

A class with Silvia Federici

Towards the end of April, the cruelest month of the spring pandemic, I was able to invite my former Hofstra colleague Prof Silvia Federici to come and speak with students, in a class on the history of witch hunting.

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May 27, 2020

Interviewing Galician writer María Reimóndez

Earlier this month, I was able to interview the leading Galician writer María Reimóndez, for the news site El Salto (which we chose because it is willing and able to publish in the Galician language).

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February 6, 2020

On receiving an NEH grant….

This winter, I'm personally grateful to those who vigorously resisted proposed federal budget cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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November 3, 2017

Gender and Power in the Premodern World

Delighted to be part of the board overseeing a new book series for ARC Humanities Press, "Gender and Power in the Premodern World".

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November 3, 2017

Q and A with readers of The Wise King

Informal questions and answers with a widely varied group of readers of The Wise King, for Deciphering Secrets, Prof Roger Martínez's excellent MOOC on medieval Spain.

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February 6, 2020

The Plague (and Us)

Q&A with Prof Monica Green  In February 2020, Prof Monica Green kindly invited students in my “Black Death” special topics class at Hofstra University to raise questions relating to recent scientific work on historical plague pandemics, and its relationship with current international public health concerns including coronavirus….

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November 18, 2015

Kilpeck

The man in the poetry bookshop told us: “Kilpeck is so difficult to find, they missed it when they were writing Domesday Book”.

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November 18, 2015

Noia

It is August, but the road ahead is covered with mist and rain; we are driving to Noia, on the coast of Galicia.

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July 2, 2016

Sicily / London: thinking about violence and empire  

Earlier this week, I walked through the heart of post-Brexit, pro-Remain, cosmopolitan London to the Sicily: culture and conquest exhibit at the British Museum.

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