Jul 15 2021

The School of Humanities recently held an international symposium to celebrate the work of Professor Colin Davis, who retired in September 2020. The event was organised by Bob Eaglestone, Danielle Sands, Ruth Cruickshank and Jon Hughes from across the School of Humanities.

Colleagues celebrated his work, including Dr Ruth Cruickshank, who noted Colin’s 90 publications, including 12 monographs on topics from French Studies, ethics, hermeneutics, Holocaust Studies, film and literature, his many contributions to the French research community and the recent award of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques from the French Embassy.

Professor Sarah Wright recalled Colin’s contributions to the College, including a strategy for REF 2014 which saw the department take up a position in the top ten. But above all, Colin’s many afterlives in various, overlapping disciplines, were recognised in the papers of the scholars from around the world who gathered virtually on MS Teams to discuss his scholarly legacy. We wish Colin a creative and productive retirement.