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

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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). Imperium et Libertas: G.C. Henderson and 'Colonial Historical Research' at Adelaide. 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. 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 and 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). 'They do not go as strangers': Academic connections between Australia and Britain, 1880-1939. Australian Studies, 5, 1-13.
  • Pietsch, T. (2013). Rethinking the British World. Journal of British Studies, 52(2), 441-463. [More Information]
  • 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]

2014

  • Pietsch, T. (2014). Imperium et Libertas: G.C. Henderson and 'Colonial Historical Research' at Adelaide. In Wilf Prest (Eds.), Pasts Present: History at Australia's third university. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.

2013

  • Pietsch, T. (2013). 'They do not go as strangers': Academic connections between Australia and Britain, 1880-1939. Australian Studies, 5, 1-13.
  • 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. London: Sage Publications.
  • Pietsch, T. (2013). Rethinking the British World. Journal of British Studies, 52(2), 441-463. [More Information]
  • Pietsch, T. (2013), The 1880s: Global Connections and the British Settler Universities. , , , 12-14.

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.

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 and 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). Many Rhodes: Travelling scholarships and imperial citizenship in the British academic world, 1880-1940. History of Education, 40(6), 723-739. [More Information]

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). Wandering scholars? Academic mobility and the British World, 1850-1940. Journal Of Historical Geography, 36(4), 377-387. [More Information]

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