Monday, 28 November 2011

Bulletin 28 November

History Lab Bulletin 28 November 2011
Dear all,
See below for projects and events that may be of interest to History Lab members.
In this issue:
  • Next in History Lab
  • Calls for papers
  • Seminars and lectures
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Funding
Next in History Lab:
  • Methods Workshop – Beyond the Card Index, Today 28 November, 18:00 – 20:00, Bloomsbury Room (Room G35), Senate House
  • Seminar – Matthew Mesley - Gerald of Wales and the Episcopal Ideal, Thursday 8 December, 17:30 – 19:30, Senate House (Room 103), Senate House
  • Meet the Historian - Richard J. Evans, Wednesday 14 December, 18:30-20:30
    For more information, see:
Calls for papers
  • Objects in Motion: Globalizing Technology
    Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology, Vol. 8

    (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2013)

    Deadline for Proposal: December 12, 2011
    We invite proposals from scholars in the history of science,
    technology, and medicine, science and technology studies, material culture, museum

    and cultural studies for innovative contributions that explore

    technological artefacts within the context of a history of globalization. The papers

    will be published in Volume 8 of the Artefacts Series by Smithsonian

    Institution Scholarly Press. Publication is projected for late 2013.

    Global movement of people, objects and ideas‹the basis of the

    interconnectedness that makes up globalization‹has only been possible

    because of myriad technologies. Technology has driven globalization

    and globalization has changed technology. To understand the intricate

    relationship of both, we need to go back to the artefacts and examine

    machines, appliances and large systems in the (global) networks

    through which they have circulated. How have the dynamics of globalization

    been materialized in objects? Although technological consumer objects such

    as phones, PCs and frozen foods are frequently named when globalization

    effects are described, artefacts often disappear in public and scholarly

    debates. Yet, by their double nature as both material entity and symbol, they

    produce, re-produce and react to globalisation effects. While generations

    of historians of technology have focused on the materiality of objects in

    the sense that they have analysed their innovative technical character,

    their operation modes and improvements, recent paradigm shifts have

    resulted in a more integrative approach to technical material culture. Artefacts

    are increasingly understood as embodying both a material and immaterial

    side that goes beyond their mere modes of functioning into the social and

    cultural realm. Concurrent with that is the acknowledgement that

    technological objects need to be studied in view of increasingly

    globalized production and consumption cycles. While the globalized world has

    changed the ways that technological objects have been engineered, built and

    sold, it similarly has changed how they have been perceived and appropriated

    as consumer goods and symbols.

    Successful contributions will focus on technological objects as the

    primary objects of inquiry and sources of evidence. We are currently accepting

    proposals for research papers (approx. 6,000 words), case studies

    (max. 3,000 words) and exhibition reviews/discussions (max.1,500 words). Due

    to the tight time-line for this project, please limit your proposals to

    projects that are already well advanced.

    A topic as large as globalization and technology poses challenges for

    potential contributors wanting to ground their projects in a

    manageable framework. For this reason we are proposing a number of research

    themes. Researchers may wish to explore one or several of these.

    1. From Technology Transfer to Reciprocity

    In contributing to a history of globalization, object-focused transfer

    studies will have most value where they address questions of dialogue

    and reciprocity in the transfer process, or where they problematize and

    historicize the concept of transfer itself.

    2. Modernity, Nation-States and Multinational Corporations

    Historians of technology need to analyze globalized technological

    artefacts in their relations to historical meta-narratives and concepts such as

    modernity and Westernization, imperialism and nationalism, colonialism

    and postcolonialism.

    3. Global and Local

    If we follow Madeleine Akrich¹s dictum of user scripts inscribed by
    producers of technology and de-scripted, modified or rejected by users,

    the relationship between global and local contexts of artefacts become

    important. What is the relationship between globalization and


    4. Globalization as (Non-)Movement of People, Objects and Knowledge

    Studying globalization¹s effects on technology means to analyze the

    multidimensional network that is made up of subjects, objects and

    contexts. Who and what have moved in a globalized world? How have labour markets,

    international expert cultures, cooperation and knowledge transfer

    influenced globalization?

    5. Globalization and Museums

    Finally, the science and technology museum as medium between producers

    and consumers needs to be considered. How has globalization influenced the

    museum, its collections, its exhibitions, its research and its

    administration? How do we exhibit globalization?

    Proposals should include a title and abstract (no more than 500 words),

    as well as the author¹s curriculum vitae. Please send all proposals

    electronically by December 12, 2011 to:

    Bryan Dewalt, Canada Science and Technology Museum,

    AND Nina Moellers, Deutsches Museum,
  • Don’t miss the 2nd-round submissions to the 4th QQML2012 International Conference (22-25 May 2012 Limerick Ireland). The deadline for submissions is: 15 December 2011. For more information, see:
  • History Lab North West are pleased to issue a call for papers for our next event, which will be held Wednesday 25th January 2012 at the University of Liverpool.

    If you are interested in presenting a
    20 minute paper at this event, please send us a working title and an abstract of up to 300 words, along with your name and institution. We welcome submissions from postgraduate students across the North West region and beyond, working on an historical topic in any relevant discipline. Abstracts should be e-mailed to us at the following address:

    The deadline for the submission of abstracts is:
    Friday 16th December 2011
Seminars and lectures
  • The Pathology Museum Seminar at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital on Wednesday 30 November has been cancelled in support of industrial action taking place
  • King's College London event: Dr. Seema Srivastava is delivering a lecture on Wednesday 7th December at 18:00 entitled “Representations of 1857 by an English woman in India”
    Dr. Srivastava is an Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Fellow in the department of History. Her talk will look at the Indian uprising of 1857.
    Venue: K3.11, 3rd floor, King’s Building, Strand Campus,WC2R 2LS
    The lecture will be followed by a reception.
  • Speakeasy One day public speaking workshop, Oxford History Faculty, Saturday 3 December, 10:00 – 17:00. For more information, see:
  • "Social History and Community": A PGR Training and Research Workshop Wednesday 18 January 2012, Northumbria University. The workshop begins at 1pm and finishes at 5.30pm, following which will be a 'Labour and Society Research Group' paper, given by Professor Nigel Copsey for Teesside University. Both the workshop and the paper are free of charge to attend. "This workshop deals with concepts of community, identities, protest and related methods. It is open to both PhD and MA/MRes students, but places are limited so please apply early. This is a training event and provides a unique opportunity to engage with leading academics in their field. Discover new perspectives, discuss theoretical approaches and see how these approaches can relate to your own research. Please send a short email, indicating your own area of interest. Feel free to state some problems that you can discuss during the workshop. This helps us tailor the workshop to specific needs."


    Panel 1: Re-discovering Communities

    Dr. Avram Taylor (Northumbria University): "Oral History to Capture Communities"

    Dr. Michael Cullinane (Northumbria University): "Oral History and the Problems of Memory"

    Panel 2: "Think Global, Act Local": Regional Identities and Community

    John Charlton (North East Labour History Society): "Regional Identity and Popular Politics in the North East"

    Dr. Natasha Vall (Teesside University): "Regional History and Local Identity"

    Panel 3: Histories of Protest

    Dr. Catriona Kennedy (University of York): "Current Issues in the History of Radicalism and Popular Protest 1789-1815"

    Dr. Matt Perry (Newcastle University): "The History of Unemployment Protests"

    "Labour and Society Research Group" - Paper:

    Prof. Nigel Copsey (Teesside University): "Jewish Community Responses to British Fascism in the 1930s"

    Please respond by Friday 9 December to:

    Here is a link to the Northumbria City Campus map - the event will be held on the first floor of building number 15 - the Lipman Building:

    And a map with directions from the Central Railway station to the main university campus:

  • Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowships 2012/13

    The Henry Moore Institute is a world-recognised centre for the study of

    sculpture in the heart of Leeds. An award-winning exhibitions venue,

    research centre, library and sculpture archive, the Institute hosts a

    year-round programme of exhibitions, conferences and lectures, as well as

    developing research and publications, to expand the understanding and

    scholarship of historical and contemporary sculpture. The Institute is a

    part of The Henry Moore Foundation, set up by the sculptor Henry Moore

    (1898-1986) in 1977 to encourage appreciation of the visual arts,

    especially sculpture. Research is central to the activities of the

    Institute. Through it, we aim to encourage research into sculpture both

    within our walls and without, acting as a hub to develop communities of

    research. Each year we offer a number of fellowships, enabling researchers

    of different backgrounds and disciplines to develop their work at the


    The Henry Moore Institute invites applications for the following fellowship

    programmes in 2012-2013: Research Fellowships are intended for artists,

    scholars and curators, working on historic and contemporary sculpture using

    the Institute's library, archive of sculptors' papers and the collection of

    Leeds Art Gallery. Up to four fellows will be given the opportunity to

    spend a month in Leeds to develop their own research. With access to our

    resources and an on-going dialogue with the Institute staff, fellows are

    free to pursue their own interests in a supportive and stimulating

    environment. Senior Fellowships are intended to give established scholars

    (working on any aspect of sculpture) time and space to develop a research

    project free from their usual work commitments. Up to two senior

    fellowships, for periods of between four to six weeks will be offered. Both

    fellowships provide accommodation, travel expenses and a per diem. The

    Institute offers the possibility of presenting finished research in

    published form, as a seminar, or as a small exhibition.

    For more information on the Henry Moore Institute research fellowships


    For further information or to apply for a fellowship contact:

    Kirstie Gregory - Research Programme Assistant

    Henry Moore Institute,

    The Headrow,

    Leeds LS1 3AH

    + 44 (0) 113 246 7467

    To apply for either fellowship send a letter of application, a proposal

    and a CV by 9 January 2012

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