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Political biography: it’s a winner

Professor Alex Danchev attended the annual awards dinner of the Political Studies Association at Church House, Westminster, on 29 November, to pick up the Association’s 2011 Award for Innovation in Teaching.

The citation highlighted the course in Political Biography Professor Danchev has developed, in collaboration with Ion Trewin, formerly editor-in-chief of the publishers Weidenfeld & Nicolson and now administrator of the Man Booker Prize. Mr Trewin is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations. In recognition of their collaboration, the nature of which Professor Danchev recently outlined in the Times Higher Education Supplement, the award was made jointly.

The Political Biography course builds on Professor Danchev’s research in the field: he is a biographer of Georges Braque and Basil Liddell Hart. Here, and in just 60 seconds, he outlines the importance of political biography.

Professor Danchev is also part of the AHRC Challenges to Biography Research Network and will be hosting a symposium on that subject at Nottingham on 20 December 2011. Those who wish to attend this event should contact Dr Adrian Smith at this address: a.a.smith@soton.ac.uk.

 

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