Thursday, 3 November 2011


History Lab Bulletin 31 October 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
  • Conferences
  • Seminars and lectures
  • Workshops
  • Projects
  • Funding
  • Reading groups
Next in History Lab:
  • Seminar: Jens Olesen (Oxford) - Liberal vs Conservative Conceptual History? A Comparison between Skinner’s and Koselleck’s Method, Thursday 10 November 2011 at 17:30, STB7, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square London WC1B 5DN
  • Speakeasy one day public speaking workshop: Saturday, 12 November 2011 from 10am to 5pm, Rooms G37 & G26, Senate House
Do you get the jitters every time you give a seminar paper? Do you find that you are unable to project your voice, speak too fast and don’t connect with the audience? Or worse, are people falling asleep in your lectures? Clear, effective and professional communication skills are absolutely essential to any aspiring academic. While doctoral students are taught essential research skills, less emphasis is placed on learning how to communicate their research effectively either in the lecture hall or in the seminar room. Speakeasy, a public-speaking training organisation, is a one-day workshop on the art of public speaking for young historians. Organised by an academic and a professional actor, the Speakeasy workshop is specifically designed for historians at the start of their career. Drawing on professional acting skills and techniques, our one-day course addresses the following issues:
    -How to be an effective communicator in the lecture theatre, the seminar room or in the conference hall.
    -How to get your message across, keep your audience engaged and actually enjoy the experience.
    -Voice projection, posture, body language and how to calm your nerves
    -Different modes of communication: how to lead seminars, chair conferences and conduct a Q&A.
    -Techniques for presenting, how to deliver complex ideas and personalise your style of delivery.
    -Methods of communication: how to use PowerPoint, present a poster and ‘how to think on your academic feet’.
This course is available to all registered PhD, Mphil students and early career historians. Due to the interactive nature of the workshop, numbers must be limited to 25.
Note on the workshop leaders:
Liza Filby is a historian based at King’s College, London. She was formerly Chair of the History Lab, the Institute of Historical Research’s national postgraduate network and editor of Vitae’s GradBritain. She has four years experience in running peer-based training workshops for PhD students.
Steven Clarke is a professional actor who trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has a number of distinguished roles under his belt and is currently appearing in a Broadway production of a John Osborne play in New York. Steven has led training sessions on public speaking for both private and public sector organisations.
Reviews of previous Speakeasy workshops in London:
A really good day – glad I came all the way from Birmingham’
A very, very good day – far exceeded expectations in terms of how useful it has been – thank you!’
Great! Very passionate people, very useful!’
The session made me realise the importance of public speaking as a tool of professional development and career advancement’
[my] confidence grew as the day wore on. Generally really useful – and fun too!’
For a review of one workshop by History Lab organiser Amelia Nel go to:
Course requirements: All attendees are required to bring along with them a printed copy of 150 words on/about their research- this could be part of a chapter, paper etc. It is perhaps best not to bring part of your original PhD research proposal. Please also make sure that you wear loose comfortable clothing; don’t be scared by this, no crazy stunts involved!
The cost to attend the workshop is £40 which includes lunch, refreshments and a course pack. If you would like to attend, please sign up and register via the Speakeasy website:
Calls for papers
  • Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland
    02.04.2012-04.04.2012, Edinburgh

    Deadline: 30.11.2011

    The next conference of the Association for German Studies in Great

    Britain and Ireland will take place at the University of Edinburgh, 2-4

    April 2012. The lead panel for the conference will be "Deviants in

    German-language literature and culture", with further panels on History

    and Remembrance, Linguistics, Gender, Translation, Medieval and Early

    Modern Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Nineteenth and Earlier

    Twentieth Century Studies, Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Studies.

    Information about the conference and the call for papers can be found on

    the AGS website at:

    If you are interested in contributing a paper to a panel, please send

    your proposal directly to the e-mail address of the specific panel

    convener. If you would like to propose a panel or if you would like to

    offer a paper that does not fall within the remit of any of the listed

    panels, please contact the Conference Secretary Melani Schroeter

    ( Proposals for papers should be 150-200
    words, panel outlines 50-100 words. Proposals for papers should reach

    the relevant conveners by 30 November 2011. Any proposals for additional

    panels should reach Melani Schroeter by the same date.

    Further details:

    Lead Panel Convener: Mary Cosgrove/Frauke Matthes;

  • 'Representation of the owners, Donors & Patrons in Medieval Art' Conference is taking place at University of Kent at Canterbury on Friday 11 May 2012. The deadline for submission is 15 January 2012. For more information, see attached document.
  • The International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC)
    22.07.2013-28.07.2013, Manchester

    Deadline: 15.03.2012

    The general theme of the Congress is "Knowledge at Work" and ICOHTEC encourages proposals for sessions dealing with the history of technology within this broad framework.While open to all proposals, the programme committee suggests the following sub-themes for the consideration of session organisers and

    -technical knowledge and environmental improvement

    -industrial management: theory and practice

    -institutionalizing research and development in the corporation

    -race, gender, technology, and the workplace

    -craft skill and political power

    -educational ideology and industrial development

    -knowing users: social demands in shaping technology and designing


    -just applied science? the origins of technological knowledge

    -industrial espionage and access to hidden technology

    -military technology and the production of civilian goods

    We urge contributors to organize a full session of three papers, or

    multiple related sessions of three papers each, with a named chair for

    each session. Individual paper submissions will, of course, be

    considered and grouped into sessions if deemed appropriate, but full

    sessions are strongly preferred. The programme committee encourages the

    organizers of sessions to announce their plans to compile sessions and

    communicate with potential collaborators through H-NET and other

    networks such as social media. It is also possible to propose papers

    unrelated to the general theme. They can be presented in a "Special

    Topics" session.

    Note: Membership in ICOHTEC is not required to participate in the

    symposium. We especially encourage graduate students to participate in

    the symposium and submit their proposals. Limited travel grants will be

    available; see further information at: .

    SESSION proposals must include: (1) an abstract of the session (400

    words maximum), listing the proposed papers (see individual paper

    proposal guidelines below) and the chairperson; (2) abstracts for each

    paper (200 - 400 words); (3) a one-page CV for each contributor and

    chairperson. Sessions consist of three speakers, and may include several

    sections of three speakers each, which might extend over more than one

    day. Each individual section should have a chairperson.

    INDIVIDUAL PAPER proposals must include: (1) a 200 - 400 word abstract

    in English; and (2) a one-page CV. Abstracts should include the author's

    name and email address, a short informative title of the paper, a

    concise statement of the thesis, a brief discussion of the sources, and

    a summary of expected conclusions. In preparing your paper, remember

    that presentations are not full-length articles. You will have no more

    than 20 minutes speaking time, which is roughly equivalent to 8

    double-spaced typed pages. Contributors are encouraged to submit

    full-length versions of their papers after the congress for

    consideration by ICOHTEC's journal ICON. If you are submitting an

    independent paper proposal dealing with a particular sub-theme, please

    indicate this in your proposal.

    Please, submit proposals for papers and sessions via the ICOHTEC online

    submission system at:

    Pay close attention to the instructions, particularly those that

    relate to the word length of submitted documents.

    Should you have any queries on the procedure, please contact Mark Clark,

    the chair of the programme committee, via email (

    If you are unable to access the submission website, proposals may be

    sent by fax to Mark Clark: 001-541-885-1520. Otherwise they may be sent

    via regular mail, postmarked 28 February 2012 to:

    Mark Clark

    Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Oregon Institute of Technology

    3201 Campus Drive

    Klamath Falls, OR, 97601


  • Interrogation in war and conflict: between liberty,
    security and justice - Reading, 11 November 2011

    Professor Hilary Footitt and Dr Simona Tobia, University of Reading;

    with the support of the Leverhulme Major Research Programme

    29.11.2011, Reading, UK

    After recent revelations of a 'UK Abu Ghraib', with allegations of

    systematic mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners of war at a British military

    interrogation centre, and the opening of a formal inquiry, the role of

    military interrogations has once again been under scrutiny. This seems a

    particularly opportune time to discuss 'interrogation' both as a

    military event and as a cultural phenomenon. Interrogation raises moral

    questions, especially for states that see themselves as 'liberal', but

    it can also be approached from many other angles. It is often, for

    example, a 'first contact' between actors who come from different

    cultures and speak different languages. It sets out to elicit

    information, but the absorption of that information depends on the

    conceptual scheme of the interrogator. There are important differences

    between interrogations done by ordinary soldiers, debriefings by

    professional intelligence operatives, and interviews that generate

    forensic evidence.

    Given these complexities, it is surprising that practices involving the

    'questioning of enemies' seldom receive comparative discussion. This

    interdisciplinary workshop gives an opportunity for a historically-informed discussion of the continuing problems that they cause for liberal states.
    For more information, see attached document.
  • DFG-Network "Body Techniques"; in co-operation with the German
    Historical Institute London 17.11.2011-19.11.2011, London, German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ

    While the history of sport in the modern period has attracted a great

    deal of interest in recent years and new approaches have found their way

    into research, sport and physical exercise in the early modern period is

    still a rather neglected topic. Our aim is not to continue the

    well-known discussion of whether or not sport existed in pre-modern

    times. There were many physical activities beyond the courtly exercises

    of fencing, riding and dancing, ranging from rowing, wrestling, jeu de

    paume, soccer and gymnastics to swimming, diving, pall mall, shooting,

    running and ice skating. The early modern period had professional

    players as well as sports grounds, training as well as contests,

    referees as well as public audiences. And sometimes important political

    and economic issues were at stake.

    This conference aims to bring together specialists from diverse

    disciplines and many nations to view the practice of sport and physical

    exercise in its cultural context, taking into special consideration

    social, political and economic influences. Contributions may relate to

    individual countries, to specific individuals or groups, or to individual sports.
    For more, see:
  • Realism and Romanticism in German Literature: An International Conference at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London, Thursday, 1 December and Friday, 2 December 2011

    Co-Ordinators: Dirk Göttsche (Nottingham) and Nicholas Saul (Durham)
    Conference Fees:
    2 Days: £65.00; £60.00 Reduced Rate; £35.00 Student Rate

    1 Day: £40.00; £35.00 Reduced Rate; £25.00 Student Rate

    Dinner on Thursday, 1 December: Three courses with choice incl. coffee: £35.00

    Reduced Rate: Fully paid-up Friends of Germanic Studies/paying members of the IGRS

    Student Rate: Students with proof of status only
For more information and how to register, see:

  • 'Beyond Camps and Forced Labour: Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution'. Fourth International Multidisciplinary Conference, Imperial War Museum, London, 4-6 January 2012

    This conference is a follow-up to the three successful conferences which took place at the Imperial War Museum London in 2003, 2006 and 2009. It will continue to build on areas previously investigated as well as open up new fields of academic enquiry.

    More than 100 speakers from all over the world will present and discuss the latest results of their research on all groups of survivors of Nazi persecution. These include - but are not limited to - Jews, Gypsies, Slavonic people, homosexuals, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents, members of underground movements, the disabled, the so-called racially impure, and forced labourers.

    Papers will focus on following areas:

    -DPs in post-war Europe

    -Reception and resettlement

    -Survivors in central, east and southeast Europe

    -Exiles, émigrés and refugees in the reconstruction process

    -Child survivors

    -Women survivors and gender issues

    -Trials and justice

    -Reparation and restitution

    -Testimonies and record building

    -Film and photography

    -Memory and amnesia

    -Trauma and intergenerational transmission

    -Remembrance and memorials

    Further information and a registration form are now available at:

  • The 4th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference QQML2012, Limerick, Ireland, 22 – 25 May 2012
    For more information, see attached poster.
Seminars and lectures

  • History of Art Department Research 2011-2012 seminar series at the University of York.

    This term, all seminars will take place in the Berrick Saul auditorium. Seminars are followed by refreshments. The schedule for Autumn 2011 is as follows:
    7 November Anne Wagner, Professor Emerita of Modern and Contemporary Art at
    the University of California at Berkeley, Title to be announced

    21 November Jeanne Nuechterlein, Senior Lecturer in the History of Northern

    Renaissance Art at the University of York, Writing Fictional Histories of

    Early Netherlandish Art

    Please contact with any questions.
  • Frank Davis Memorial Lecture, which will take place on Tuesday 8 November and which will be given by Dr Catherine Reynolds (Christie's). This lecture, entitled 'Makers of Royal Manuscripts: Court Artists in France and the Netherlands', will be at 5.30pm in the
    Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre.
    For more information, see attached document.

  • The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust
    Studies is accepting proposals from Workshop Co-ordinators to co-ordinate
    two-week research workshops at the Museum during the months of July and

    August of 2012. The Center's Summer Research Workshop program provides an environment in which groups of scholars working in closely related areas of study, but with limited previous face-to-face interaction, can gather to discuss a central research

    question or issue; their research methodologies and findings; the major

    challenges facing their work; and potential future collaborative

    scholarly ventures.
    For more information, see attached document.
  • Historians Connect encourages collaboration and dialogue between
    academic historians and school history teachers in order to enhance

    students' understanding and enjoyment of history. When they register

    with 'historians connect!', history teachers in primary or secondary

    schools are paired with an academic historian (usually a PhD student

    or post-doctoral researcher) whose area of expertise best suits their

    For more information, see:
    The e-mail address for enquiries is:
  • The National Army Museum is offering two bursaries of £500 each towards travel and accommodation costs incurred by students while researching in the NAM Templer Study Centre. For more information and how to apply, see attached document.
Reading groups
The Global Century: A Twentieth Century Global History Reading Group, alternate Thursdays, 3-5pm, at the School of Advanced Study, University of London
Rosy Rickett (University of Manchester) and William Booth (Institute for the Study of the Americas, London) would like to announce a new reading group based in London, aimed primarily at postgraduate students but open to all. Over the course of the academic year we will be taking in many of the major events, themes and developments of the past hundred years or so, devoting a fortnightly session to the following topics:

World War I and the Global Settlement; Old Empires and New Nations; The Long Cold War;Modernity and Modernism The Market Intervenes; Responses to the Great Depression; World War II and the Postwar Order; China’s Century; Decolonisation; Neo-Imperialism; The Politics of Race; Postwar Western Europe; Globalization; Responses to State Power; The Neoliberal Paradigm; Not the End of History; Where is History Leading?
The first session will take place on Thursday 3rd November from 3-5pm at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Details of the first three sessions (including key text and other suggested readings) can be found at the group's blog:
Rosy Rickett (University of Manchester) -
William Booth (Institute for the Study of the Americas, London) -

If you are interested in attending or require further information regarding subsequent weeks, please contact the convenors.


The History Lab team.




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