History Lab Bulletin 7 November 2011
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
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. For more information, see: http://www.history.ac.uk/historylab
- 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
- 81st Anglo-American Conference of Historians:
Ancients and Moderns, 5-6 July 2012, Senate House, LondonWith the Olympics upon us in the UK it seems an appropriate moment to think more broadly about the ways in which the classical world resonates in our own times, and how successive epochs of modernity since the Renaissance have situated themselves in relation to the various ancient civilisations. From political theory to aesthetics, across the arts of war and of peace, to concepts of education, family, gender, race and slavery, it is hard to think of a facet of the last millennium which has not been informed by the ancient past and through a range of media, including painting, poetry, film and the built environment. The Institute’s 81st Anglo-American conference seeks to represent the full extent of work on classical receptions, welcoming not only those scholars who work on Roman, Greek and Judaeo-Christian legacies and influences, but also historians of the ancient kingdoms and empires of Asia and pre-Colombian America. Our plenary lecturers include: Paul Cartledge (Cambridge), Constanze Güthenke (Princeton), Mark Lewis (Stanford), Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA) and David Womersley (Oxford). Proposals for individual papers, panels (of up to three papers and a session chair) and roundtables are invited. Please send a half-page abstract to the IHR Events Officer at AncientsandModerns@lon.ac.uk by 1st December 2011. Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by 31st December 2011 and the full conference programme published at the end of January. Registrations open on 1st March 2012. Further information on the conference can be found at www.history.ac.uk/aach12.
- THE INTERIOR: ART, SPACE, AND PERFORMANCE (EARLY MODERN TO POSTMODERN) , Announcement for four three-year doctoral posts at the Institute of Art History, University of Bern, beginning March 1, 2012In the framework of the Sinergia Project “The Interior: Art, Space, and Performance (Early Modern to Postmodern)”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, four doctoral positions will be available as of March 1, 2012. Under the leadership of the Bern Institute of Art History, the aforementioned Sinergia Project “The Interior” will be run through six subprojects at two universities. In total six doctoral and one post-doctoral-coordinating position can be funded for three years. Directed by five art historians and one theatre historian, diverse models, concepts, and interpretations of interiors in art, architecture, theatre and visual culture from the Early Modern to the Contemporary eras will be investigated. Proceeding from a heterogeneous and dynamic concept of the interior drawn from various media, styles, and contexts, new questions will emerge simultaneously engaging various disciplines. As a Sinergia project, “The Interior” is divided into the following subprojects:Subproject: The Stage as Scena Mundi: Narration, Performance and Imagination (Director: Prof. Dr. Peter W. Marx, Institute of Theatre Studies, University of Bern / Institute of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Cologne). Contact: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.Subproject: The Art and Visual Culture of Solitude: Interiority and Interior Spaces in Post-Tridentine Europe (Director: Prof. Dr. Christine Göttler, Institute of Art History, University of Bern). Contact: email@example.com.Subproject: “Mit köstlichen tapetzereyen und anderer herrlicher zier” – Interiors for Court Festivals and Ceremonies (Director: Prof. Dr. Birgitt Borkopp-Restle, Institute of Art History, University of Bern). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Institut für Kunstgeschichte Hodlerstrasse 8 , CH-3011 Bern , Tel. +41 031 631 47 41 , Fax +41 031 631 86 69 , www.ikg.unibe.chSubproject: Anagrammatic Spaces: Interiors in Contemporary Art (Director: Prof. Dr. Peter J. Schneemann, Institute of Art History, University of Bern). Contact: email@example.com.Subproject: Constructions of the Feminine Interior (Director: Prof. Dr. Norberto Gramaccini, Institute of Art History, University of Bern). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.Subproject: Heterotopian Spaces: Public, Semi-public and Non-public Interiors in Contemporary Architecture, 1970–2010 (Directors: Prof. Dr. Bernd Nicolai, Institute of Art History, University of Bern, and Prof. Dr. Wendy Shaw, Institute of Art History / Center for Cultural Studies, University of Bern). Contact: email@example.com; and firstname.lastname@example.org.Doctoral positions for the following subprojects are currently open: Borkopp-Restle, Göttler, Gramaccini and Nicolai / Shaw (all Institute of Art History, University of Bern). The positions will be funded for a maximum of three years and will support the execution of dissertation projects. Associated positions are possible. Through Sinergia, the Swiss National Science Foundation enables innovative research projects of international interest that promote new generations of scholars involved in elite research. Applicants with outstanding qualifications are encouraged to apply. In addition to art and architectural historians, applicants from other related disciplines, particularly Theatre Studies, are welcome. Application materials should be submitted electronically and should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a research proposal (maximum three pages) and a summary of the applicant’s M.A. thesis (maximum two pages). Please send the application by November 25, 2011 to the responsible party of each subproject.Applicant interviews will take place on December 16, 2011 in Bern. For questions about the entire project please contact the principal investigator (Prof. Dr. Christine Göttler, email@example.com). For further information on the project and the individual subprojects please consult the website of the Institute of Art History (News / Research Projects):
The History Lab team.