Featured Speakers

Lyndal Roper, Regius Professor of History, Oriel College, University of Oxford, UK

Lyndal Roper is one of the world’s most renowned historians of early modern times. She is the first woman, and the first Australian, to hold the Regius Chair, and in 2016 she received the prestigious Gerda Henkel prize for her ‘trailblazing’ work on social, gender, and psychological history in the age of the Reformation. Her latest book, Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet (Bodley Head 2016), is the first historical biography of Luther to be published in English for many decades, and she is now writing a history of the German Peasants’ War (1524-5), the greatest uprising in western Europe before the French Revolution. Professor Roper is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Graeme Gill, Professor Emeritus, University of Sydney, AUS

Professor Gill is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He joined the Department of Government and Public Administration in 1981, accepting a Chair in 1990. He has been Associate Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Deputy Chair of the Academic Board, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), and Head of the School of Economics and Political Science. He has held visiting positions in various universities including in Moscow, St Petersburg, London, Oxford, and Cambridge. His main work has been on the development of the Soviet system and on post-Soviet Russia. Among his most recent books are Building an Authoritarian Polity: Russia in Post-Soviet Times (2015); Symbols and Legitimacy in Soviet Politics (2011); Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia (2013); and The Nature and Development of the Modern State (2016).