Dr Tamson Pietsch

BA (Hons) Adel, MSt DPhil Oxon
ARC DECRA Fellow

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

My work focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of Britain and its empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My first book, Empire of Scholars: Universities, Networks and the British Academic World, 1850-1939 was published in 2013, and my current project focuses on the idea of global education in the interwar period. I come to Sydney on research leave from my post as Lecturer in Imperial and Colonial History at Brunel University in London. I received my DPhil from the University of Oxford where I studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and then held a Junior Research Fellowship at New College, and lectureship in Modern History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Research interests

British and imperial history, global and transnational history, history of universities, history of the sea

Teaching and supervision

Tamson has taught nineteenth and twentieth century British history, imperial and global history, transnational historiography and the history of maritime travel.

Current projects

  • The Floating University: global education between the wars
  • At War! The University of Sydney and the First World War (with Julia Horne)
  • Transcendence and modernity - special journal issue of History of European Ideas

Selected grants

2014

  • Ships as Floating Transcultural Spaces: The Floating University (commuted to Visiting Fellowship due to successful DECRA application); Pietsch T, Wenzelhuemer R; University of Heidelberg 'Asia and Europe' Cluster of Excellence/MiniCluster scheme.

2012

  • Global Republics: Universities and the origins of the Knowledge Economy; Pietsch T, Pietsch T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

2011

  • Transcendence and Modernity; Pietsch T; New College, Oxford/Ludwig Fund Award.

2010

  • Scholarly Networks in the British Empire; Pietsch T; University of Oxford/OUP John Fell Fund Award.

Selected publications

  • Empire of Scholars: Universities, Networks and the British Academic World, 1850-1939

    Empire of Scholars: Universities, Networks and the British Academic World, 1850-1939 (Manchester University Press, 2013)

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Books

  • Pietsch, T. (2013). Empire of Scholars: Universities, Networks and the British Academic World, 1850-1939. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Pietsch, T. (2014). De-territorialising knowledge: strategies in the universities of the British settler empire in the 1880s (Forthcoming). In Adam Nelson (Eds.), Key Moments in the History of Higher Education. Worldwide Universities Network.
  • Pietsch, T. (2014). Imperium et Libertas: G.C. Henderson and 'Colonial Historical Research' at Adelaide (Forthcoming). In Wilf Prest (Eds.), Pasts Present: History at Australia's third university. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.
  • Pietsch, T. (2013). Out of Empire: The Universities' Bureau and the Congresses of the Universities of the British Empire, 1913-1939. In Deryck M Schreuder (Eds.), Universities for a New World: Making Global Network in International Higher Education, 1913-2013, (pp. 11-26). London: Sage Publications.
  • Pietsch, T. (2012). Mending a broken world: universities and the nation, 1917-1936. In L. Beers & G. Thomas (Eds.), Brave New World: Imperial and Democratic Nation-building in Britain between the Wars, (pp. 189-208). London, United Kingdom: Institute of Historical Research.
  • Pietsch, T. (2011). Between the Nation and the World: J.T.Wilson and scientific networks in the early twentieth century British World. In B. Bennett & J. Hodge (Eds.), Science and Empire: Knowledge and Networks of Science in the British Empire 1850-1970, (pp. 140-160). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journals

  • Pietsch, T. (2013). Rethinking the British World. Journal of British Studies, 52(2), 441-463.
  • Pietsch, T. (2011). Many Rhodes: Travelling scholarships and imperial citizenship in the British academic world, 1880-1940. History of Education, 40(6), 723-739. [More Information]
  • Pietsch, T. (2010). A British sea: Making sense of global space in the late nineteenth century. Journal of Global History, 5(3), 423-446. [More Information]
  • Pietsch, T. (2010). Wandering scholars? Academic mobility and the British World, 1850-1940. Journal Of Historical Geography, 36(4), 377-387. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Pietsch, T. (2013). The emergence of the British academic world: 1890-1930. Networks of Learning: Ireland and Empire in the Long Nineteenth Century Workshop, Ireland: Trinity College.
  • Pietsch, T. (2012). Worlds shaped by of words: Networks and Intellectual Communities in the British Empire. American Historical Association Annual Meeting, USA: American Historical Association.
  • Pietsch, T. (2011). Internationalisation and higher education in the nineteenth century. The Changing Roles of Academics and Administrators in time of uncertainty, United Kingdom: Worldwide Universities Network.
  • Pietsch, T. (2011). The more things change: Arguments about the role of Universities at the First Congress of the Universities of the British Empire in 1912. The University as a Socializing Agent, Germany: Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin.
  • Pietsch, T. (2010). Laby and Kaye's Table of Physical and Chemical Constants (1911). Scholarly Networks in the British Empire Conference, UK: Oxford University.
  • Pietsch, T. (2010). Narrating Identities in Transit: travelling academics and their narrative identities. Reading and Writing Lives series, UK: University of Keele.
  • Pietsch, T. (2010). Remapping the geography of empire: academic networks in the British World, 1890-1940. American Historical Association 124th Annual Meeting: Race, Nation, and Indigeneity in the Colonial and Postcolonial Pacific, San Diego, USA.
  • Pietsch, T. (2010). We shall enever be cut off: Acedemic networks between Australia and Britain, 1890-1940. The Ties That Bind? Australian and British University Interactions, UK: Menzies Centre for Australian Studies.
  • Pietsch, T. (2009). 'An umbrella of "Britishness"'? Academic narrative identities in the British World, 1890-1940. Postcolonial Studies Association Conference, Ireland: Postcolonial Text.
  • Pietsch, T. (2009). The steamship as a space of empire: the construction of Britishness en route to Australia. Cultural History Conference, UK: University of York.

2014

  • Pietsch, T. (2014). De-territorialising knowledge: strategies in the universities of the British settler empire in the 1880s (Forthcoming). In Adam Nelson (Eds.), Key Moments in the History of Higher Education. Worldwide Universities Network.
  • Pietsch, T. (2014). Imperium et Libertas: G.C. Henderson and 'Colonial Historical Research' at Adelaide (Forthcoming). In Wilf Prest (Eds.), Pasts Present: History at Australia's third university. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.

2013

  • Pietsch, T. (2013). Empire of Scholars: Universities, Networks and the British Academic World, 1850-1939. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Pietsch, T. (2013). Out of Empire: The Universities' Bureau and the Congresses of the Universities of the British Empire, 1913-1939. In Deryck M Schreuder (Eds.), Universities for a New World: Making Global Network in International Higher Education, 1913-2013, (pp. 11-26). London: Sage Publications.
  • Pietsch, T. (2013). Rethinking the British World. Journal of British Studies, 52(2), 441-463.
  • Pietsch, T. (2013). The emergence of the British academic world: 1890-1930. Networks of Learning: Ireland and Empire in the Long Nineteenth Century Workshop, Ireland: Trinity College.

2012

  • Pietsch, T. (2012). Mending a broken world: universities and the nation, 1917-1936. In L. Beers & G. Thomas (Eds.), Brave New World: Imperial and Democratic Nation-building in Britain between the Wars, (pp. 189-208). London, United Kingdom: Institute of Historical Research.
  • Pietsch, T. (2012). Worlds shaped by of words: Networks and Intellectual Communities in the British Empire. American Historical Association Annual Meeting, USA: American Historical Association.

2011

  • Pietsch, T. (2011). Between the Nation and the World: J.T.Wilson and scientific networks in the early twentieth century British World. In B. Bennett & J. Hodge (Eds.), Science and Empire: Knowledge and Networks of Science in the British Empire 1850-1970, (pp. 140-160). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Pietsch, T. (2011). Internationalisation and higher education in the nineteenth century. The Changing Roles of Academics and Administrators in time of uncertainty, United Kingdom: Worldwide Universities Network.
  • Pietsch, T. (2011). Many Rhodes: Travelling scholarships and imperial citizenship in the British academic world, 1880-1940. History of Education, 40(6), 723-739. [More Information]
  • Pietsch, T. (2011). The more things change: Arguments about the role of Universities at the First Congress of the Universities of the British Empire in 1912. The University as a Socializing Agent, Germany: Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin.

2010

  • Pietsch, T. (2010). A British sea: Making sense of global space in the late nineteenth century. Journal of Global History, 5(3), 423-446. [More Information]
  • Pietsch, T. (2010). Laby and Kaye's Table of Physical and Chemical Constants (1911). Scholarly Networks in the British Empire Conference, UK: Oxford University.
  • Pietsch, T. (2010). Narrating Identities in Transit: travelling academics and their narrative identities. Reading and Writing Lives series, UK: University of Keele.
  • Pietsch, T. (2010). Remapping the geography of empire: academic networks in the British World, 1890-1940. American Historical Association 124th Annual Meeting: Race, Nation, and Indigeneity in the Colonial and Postcolonial Pacific, San Diego, USA.
  • Pietsch, T. (2010). Wandering scholars? Academic mobility and the British World, 1850-1940. Journal Of Historical Geography, 36(4), 377-387. [More Information]
  • Pietsch, T. (2010). We shall enever be cut off: Acedemic networks between Australia and Britain, 1890-1940. The Ties That Bind? Australian and British University Interactions, UK: Menzies Centre for Australian Studies.

2009

  • Pietsch, T. (2009). 'An umbrella of "Britishness"'? Academic narrative identities in the British World, 1890-1940. Postcolonial Studies Association Conference, Ireland: Postcolonial Text.
  • Pietsch, T. (2009). The steamship as a space of empire: the construction of Britishness en route to Australia. Cultural History Conference, UK: University of York.

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