Peterhouse is setting some interesting questions for Year 12 students to discuss (with reference to any academic discipline or area of interest) for its annual Vellacott Essay Prize.
Students are asked to choose a topic that you have not previously studied at school from the long list of questions, which include a wide range of historical topics, also touching on a number of other subject areas, such as Classics, Theology, Art, Literature, Music, Politics, Architecture and Sociology. Here are some examples of the questions set:
- Is race a modern concept?
- What were the political consequences of the Black Death?
- Why did early modern people accuse their neighbours of being witches?
- Why were there so many new inventions in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?
- Was there a 'crisis of masculinity' in the late Victorian period?
- 'Probably there are countries where you can predict a man's opinions from his income, but it is never quite safe to do so in England'. Do you agree with George Orwell?
The full list of questions and details of the competition are available on the Peterhouse website in the Vellacott Prize information pdf, and please also read the details of eligibility and the history of the Peterhouse essay prizes. The deadline is 17 March 2017 .Good luck to those who choose to explore some of these topics, whether just for curiosity or to develop an essay and enter the competition!