Monday, 28 June 2010

History Lab Conference - programme update

We have had to cancel our first panel tomorrow morning (Tuesday 29 June) due to unforeseen circumstances.

We will open registration at 10am with lunch at noon. We will then hold our first panel at 1pm.

Final reminder - Politics and Power!

I would like to remind you all that our annual conference, Politics and Power, starts tomorrow (Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 June).

Please visit this link to register:

Details of our annual conference can be found here:

Friday, 18 June 2010

Here is an excellent IHR blog. Watch this space: History Lab will be featuring on here soon...

Postgraduate and Early Career Seminar

Rebecca Roberts (Teesside University) presented a fascinating paper at the Postgraduate and Early Career Seminar last night, entitledThe Houses of Sir Arthur Ingram and Lionel Cranfield, earl of Middlesex: a comparative study of elite architecture in England, 1600-1640. Rebecca made a convincing argument that, in terms of architectural fashion and cultural awareness, it was the provinces of England that were regarded as ‘backwards’ rather than the north of England, per se. Along the way, Rebecca discussed the use of brick in these buildings, made the point that regionalism may have influenced the use of available, local building materials and highlighted the influence of Inigo Jones’s architectural style. Rebecca also made the point that distance from London was significant, as proximity to London allowed access to London craftsmen.

In the discussion that followed the paper, Rebecca elaborated on the rationale behind studying the two individuals in question. Ingram and Cranfield were not just contemporaries but friends, suggesting that they would have shared similar networks and contacts.

This was the final seminar paper in the current series. For details of seminar papers in the Autumn term, please click here.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Postgraduate and Early Career Seminar

Come and hear Rebecca Roberts deliver her paper this Thursday. The title of Rebecca's paper is:

'The Houses of Sir Ingram and Lionel Cranfield, earl of Middlesex: a comparative study of elite architecture in England, 1600-1645'

There will be free wine after the event, so please come and join us!

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Here are some more conference details....

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Registration for History Lab's annual conference is now open! Please visit this link( to register. Details of our annual conference will be posted here ( and on our blog.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Calling all emerging scholars of the 'digital generation'...

Dr Toni Weller is seeking a contributor for a chapter on a new book on digital history to be published by Routledge. The chapter would focus on new ways of teaching and learning history in the digital age, using wikis, blogs, social networking sites, as well as digital documents, email, and so forth. The chapter should explore the conceptual challenges and opportunities of such changes in the field rather than just a list of technologies available to utilise. It may include personal experiences but needs to be accessible to a broad international audience. Dr Weller is keen that this chapter of the book should be written by an emerging scholar who is part of the 'digital generation'. Proposed titles and abstracts of up to 500 words should be emailed to Dr Toni Weller at no later than 30 June, along with a brief CV (no more than two A4 pages). The successful contributor will need to produce a chapter of 7,000-8,000 words by August 2011

Thursday, 3 June 2010

History Lab's annual conference - Politics and Power

Just a quick reminder of the details for the 2010 History Lab Annual Conference. Further details to follow:

Politics and Power
History Lab Annual Conference
29th and 30th June 2010
Institute of Historical Research, London

Political history is sometimes seen as the victim of recent turns in historical practice. This conference aims to explore where politics fits into the current practice of history, and the current shape – and status – of political history.The General Election means that 2010 would seem to be a good year in which to consider the state of politics in history, not just as Political History, but as a broader aspect of much historical research. The past can be a powerful motivator and politician’s tool, and historians play an important role in this; we need also to be aware of our own political positions when writing history. What is the place of traditional forms of Political History in the 21st century? How can this type of history interact with other approaches to history? Has the cultural turn really done for political history, or just changed the way we do it? How do we define ‘political history’ – is all history politics?