Saturday, 4 February 2012


History Lab Bulletin 25 January 2012
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
  • Internships
Next in History Lab:
  • Meet the historian: Antony Beevor, Wednesday 25 January 2012, 18:00 – 20:00, Russell Room (Room G32) Senate House
    Antony Beevor is the author of The Battle for Spain, Crete - the Battle and the Resistance, Stalingrad, Berlin - the Downfall, and D-Day The Battle for Normandy. His books have been translated into thirty languages and have sold over four million copies. He is a visiting professor at Birkbeck College and the University of Kent and a former chairman of the Society of Authors.
    Meet the Historian’ events are an opportunity to hear at first hand from noted historians how and why they became historians in the first place, their thoughts on research and the discipline generally, and about their latest work. There will be the chance to ask questions and enter into discussion, and to join the speaker for drinks after the talk.
  • Seminar: Chloe Kroeter (King’s College Cambridge) - The Two Sphinxes: Fighting Poverty with Art on the Covers of The New Age, Thursday 2 February 2012, 17:30 – 19:30, Holden Room (Room 103), Senate House
    For more information, see:
  • Calls for papers: AGENCY: History Lab Annual Conference 2012
    Institute of Historical Research, London, 13-14 June 2012
    Who makes history? What is the role of the individual, and how much influence can they have? While historians have long debated the meaning and implication of agency, events such as the Arab Spring, in which traditional structures are overturned by collective and individual action, gives the notion of agency fresh urgency. The study of agency, traditionally understood as the ability of the individual to act independently of political, social and cultural structures, has been dominated by social scientists such as Simmel, Elias, Bourdieu, and more recently, Anthony Giddens. With this in mind, the aim of the History Lab Conference 2012 is to investigate the relationships between agents and structures through the analysis of historical example. History Lab would like to bring together postgraduate students and early- career researchers to explore the significance of agency. Potential speakers are invited to submit proposals for papers, or panels of three speakers, on specific topics exploring agency or on wider methodological and philosophical issues. Papers may cover any historical region or period, exploring agency in topics including, but not limited to, the following areas:
    Religious lives
    Popular politics, protest and resistance
    Crown and estates
    Court culture
    Administration and bureaucracy
    Industry and urbanisation
    Rural lives
    The family
    Social mobility
    Cultural production
    Labour, business and industrial relations
    Policing, surveillance and the law
    Some travel bursaries will be available for research students travelling from the United States. Please email for further details. To submit a proposal for the conference, please send your title along with a 250-word abstract, your institutional affiliation, and full contact details to: by the deadline of Monday, 27th February, 2012.
Calls for papers
  • Don’t miss the 3rd-round submissions to the 4th QQML2012 International Conference (22-25 May 2012 Limerick Ireland). The deadline for submissions is: 30 January 2012. For more information, see:
  • Jane Withers Design Consultants/Curators. Design consultant and curator looking for an enthusiastic and adaptable intern to help in the office. Main responsibilities will include, but are not restricted to, research and supporting in coordinating an upcoming design event/exhibition. This is an ideal opportunity for someone interested in learning about consulting and curating in the field of design.
    The ideal candidate will preferably have a background in art or design
    history, arts management or design and a strong interest in design and

    architecture. He or she will have previous experience conducting in depth research and a capacity to edit findings, an eye for detail, and be resourceful. Good knowledge of Powerpoint essential and working knowledge of Creative Suite appreciated, but not essential.
    Please send your current CV and covering letter stating why you are
    interested in this internship and how you fit the description to Please state when you would be available to begin,
    for how long you would like to intern and how many days a week in your

    email. Please include any software you can use and useful graphic

    experience in preparing presentations. (Travel expenses and lunch will be

    covered). NB: This is not a hands on creative internship, suitable for

    designer interested in curating.

    Application deadline 27.1.12
  • Tudor Portraiture (Sixteenth-Century British Art) Curatorial Internship Opportunity
    The National Portrait Gallery is seeking to appoint two Interns to provide research related assistance in its Curatorial department. The successful candidates will gain valuable experience in a national collection, and training using the Heinz Archive & Library will be provided. Additionally there will be the opportunity to attend a Gallery induction day to learn more about the range of the Gallery's work. The internship will be for a six-month period from mid-March 2012, one day per week. The internship is unpaid.
    1) Research project: Making Art in Tudor Britain
    The principal task will involve working with curators and conservators as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project, which is investigating Tudor and Jacobean painting techniques through technical analysis of the Gallery’s collection of sixteenth-century portraits. The internship would be ideally suited to candidates with knowledge or experience of technical art history or material studies, and involves working on the project database, collating both historical and technical information, and also supporting the research for forthcoming displays that relate to the project.
    2) Research project: forthcoming exhibition
    The principal task will be to support the Chief Curator and Associate Curator (16th century) with research relating to a forthcoming sixteenth-century exhibition. The internship will involve using the archive and other resources to research portraits and works of art of the period.
    General assistance
    The interns may also on occasion assist with other projects, using the archive and library to research paintings.
    1 day (8 hours) per week for six months by arrangement with the curator.
    Travel Expenses
    Travel costs of up to five pounds (£5) per week can be claimed
    Person Specification
    Qualifications and Experience
    Good general knowledge of British art and/or history during the sixteenth century and a reasonable understanding of portraiture as a genre
    The internship would ideally suit current MA students in Art History or History who have an interest in pursuing museum work
    Skills and Attributes
    Ideal candidates will need to have a flexible approach and be prepared to contribute to a number of different projects. Candidates will also need to be able to demonstrate a careful approach and attention to detail. Excellent written English is an essential requirement
    How to Apply:
    Please send your CV and a covering letter either e-mailing: or by writing to: Seraphina Coffman, Curatorial Office, National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE.
    Closing date for returned applications is 9am Wednesday 15th February 2012.
    The Gallery is committed to equality and is a member of the Employers’ Forum on Disability, Race for Opportunity and the Equality Exchange


The History Lab team.

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