History Lab Bulletin 25 January 2012
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:
- Meet the historian: Antony Beevor, Wednesday 25 January 2012, 18:00 – 20:00, Russell Room (Room G32) Senate HouseAntony 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 HouseFor more information, see: http://www.history.ac.uk/historylab
- Calls for papers: AGENCY: History Lab Annual Conference 2012Institute of Historical Research, London, 13-14 June 2012Who 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 livesPopular politics, protest and resistanceCrown and estatesCourt cultureAdministration and bureaucracyIndustry and urbanisationRural livesThe familySocial mobilityCultural productionLabour, business and industrial relationsPolicing, surveillance and the lawSome travel bursaries will be available for research students travelling from the United States. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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:email@example.com 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: http://www.isast.org/sessionsworkshops.html
- 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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 OpportunityThe 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 BritainThe 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 exhibitionThe 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 assistanceThe interns may also on occasion assist with other projects, using the archive and library to research paintings.Hours1 day (8 hours) per week for six months by arrangement with the curator.Travel ExpensesTravel costs of up to five pounds (£5) per week can be claimedPerson SpecificationQualifications and ExperienceGood general knowledge of British art and/or history during the sixteenth century and a reasonable understanding of portraiture as a genreThe internship would ideally suit current MA students in Art History or History who have an interest in pursuing museum workSkills and AttributesIdeal 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 requirementHow to Apply:Please send your CV and a covering letter either e-mailing: email@example.com 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.