Dr Martin Daly
COFUND Senior Research Fellow at Trevelyan College, Durham University (April - June 2014)
Prof Martin Daly is a Historian of the Middle East and North Africa, Author, Editor, and Consultant. Prof Daly is a leading scholar within the field of Sudanese/north-east Africa History – and arguably an expert on the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium (1899 – 1956), with numerous critically acclaimed publications. These range from authoritative monographs (e.g. Imperial Sudan and Empire on the Nile) to accessible overviews such as Dafur’s Sorrow and A history of the Sudan. He is also the General Editor of The Cambridge History of Egypt.
During his Fellowship Prof Daly intends to work on two projects, each drawing on Durham’s unique Sudan Archive. The first is an edition of unpublished diaries and memoirs of Richard Hill; the second is published volume of selected photographs from the collection of Dr John Bloss, who was in South Sudan during the 1940s-50s.
Richard Hill, a prolific historian of the Sudan, established the Sudan Archive at Durham. Among his unpublished writings are important diaries and memoirs of historical interest that remain largely inaccessible to students of the Sudan; Professor Daly has exclusive rights to publish these. The book will be offered to Cambridge University Press, who have published five of his books.
John Bloss, a medical doctor, was a photographer of professional quality, whose several thousand images from South Sudan form a unique corpus of people, places, arts, and techniques from the last decades of the colonial period and before the destruction of the civil wars. The proposed publication of selected photographs will have an historical introduction, captions and notes, 200-250 photographs, to be offered to Rizzoli or a comparable publisher asThis Was South Sudan, a contribution to the historical memory of Africa’s newest state.