Wednesday, 22 February 2012


History Lab Bulletin 21 February 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
  • Workshops
  • Calls for Papers
  • Events and conferences
Next in History Lab:
  • Meet the historian: Sally Alexander, Wednesday 22 February, 18:00 – 20:00, Torrington Room (Room 104), South Block, Senate House
    '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.
    Sally Alexander is Professor of Modern History at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has been an editor of History Workshop Journal since its foundation in 1976 and her research interests lie in the history of social movements, feminism in particular, London history, the history of psychoanalysis, oral history and subjectivity. Co-convenor of the Modern British History seminar and Psychoanalysis and History at the IHR, she is currently editing, with Professor Barbara Taylor, a volume on Psychoanalysis and History for Palgrave, 2012.
  • Methods Workshop: 'Facing the blank page, starting to write', Tuesday 28 February, 18:00 – 20:00, Room S261, Senate House
    Short presentations by three historians on strategies they use for starting to write, followed by a chaired discussion: Charles Smith (Loughborough), Lucy Allwright (Warwick), and Elaine Tierney (Sussex/ Victoria & Albert Museum)
    The History Lab Methods Workshop is a programme of workshops which asks PHD students to reveal, discuss and consider each other’s research methodologies. Each event features a short presentation (10-15 minutes each) by three PHD students on their methods, followed by a chaired discussion.
    For more information, see:
  • Putting Historical Theory Into Practice: A one-day study day organised by the Centre for History and Theory at Roehampton University and History Lab, 9 May 2012
    This study day is directed towards postgraduate (master's and doctoral) students who wish to look at current historical theory and the ways in which theory can be used in producing historical research. It is made up of a series of interactive workshops in which academics from Roehampton introduce theoretical ideas which have influenced their own historical work and explore the ways in which these ideas can be deployed in writing dissertations, articles and books. The focus of the day will very much be on the practical value of theory and there will be ample opportunities for students to reflect on and discuss the role of theory in their own work.
    Venue: Howard 103, Department of Humanities,University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PU
    10.00-10.30 - Registration
    10.30 – 11.15: John Tosh: 'Paradigms for the perplexed' – How historians handle explanatory theories
    11.15 – 12.15: Krisztina Robert: ‘The spatial turn’ - How spatial theory and analysis can be used in historical research
    12.15 – 1.15: Lunch
    1.15 – 2. 0: Susan Deacy and Fiona McHardy: ‘New approaches to the history of violence’ – with a special focus on ancient Greece
    2.0-2.45: Sara Pennell: ‘History and material culture’: Looking at the way theoretical ideas have migrated to History from Archaeology and Anthropology
    2.45-3.30: Carrie Hamilton: ‘History and intersectionality’ – drawing on theory from feminism and critical race theory
    3.30-4.0: Tea
    4.0-5.0: Round table on ‘Historiography and Historical theory now’ led by Antonio Cartolano
    The event is free. Lunch will be available from the university caf├ęs, or you are welcome to bring your own.
    To register, open 9 May on the calendar at and click on the link at the end.
  • Call for papers: Agency: History Lab Annual Conference 13-14 June 2012.
    The Conference will open with a plenary panel on Agency and history. Professor David d’Avray FBA and Professor Catherine Hall of UCL, and Professor Christian List of the LSE will each give a short paper, followed by a round-table discussion. 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 Monday 27 February.
    For more information see:
  • History Lab Committee: The roles on the History Lab committee change each Easter as final-year students leave to focus on writing up. So this is an ideal time to join the committee and get involved. Roles are varied, including events officer, secretary, catering officer and treasurer, and we meet once a fortnight in term time. Being part of the committee gives you a say in the kind of events we organise, expands your network, does wonders for the skills section of your CV - and can be fun!
    If you are a master's or doctoral student in history or a related discipline and you'd like more information, please email us on:
Call for papers
  • 'Clay Embodied: Ceramics and the Human Form', a two day symposium at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, February 22-23, 2013
    The Birmingham Museum of Art, a comprehensive regional museum, has emerged as a major Southeastern center for ceramic study. Currently, the collection includes more than 16,000 objects of ceramic art from Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia, dating from the Jomon period of Neolithic Japan to the present day. The collection reflects the centrality of ceramics to cultures
    worldwide. It is central to the mission of the Museum to provide the public with a sense of the value and relevance of the artworks it houses.

    The primary purpose of hosting a ceramics symposium is to educate the public about the importance and relevance of ceramics both historically and today. By exploring universal themes that touch on core aspects of the human experience, the Museum hopes to engage current and future museum visitors by connecting ceramic art to people and their lives.

    Ceramics of all periods and cultures share a relationship with the human body. Whether utilitarian, ritualistic, decorative, or artistic in function, all ceramics interface with the human body in their design, manufacture, decoration, or use. Indeed, the very nomenclature used to describe a ceramic pot the lip, mouth, neck, shoulder, belly, and foot is derived from the human form. The symposium will explore the relationship between ceramics and the human body by considering the subject in a broad

    array of historical and geographical contexts.

    The Museum welcomes a variety of papers that address the relationship between ceramics and the human form. The subject is intended to be interpreted broadly. Papers representing new research are particularly welcome and authors are invited to submit proposals based on, but not limited to, the following themes:
    contextual foundation for the relationship between ceramics and the human form, materials and processes, formal and conceptual language, the role of curatorial practice in making relationships between ceramics and the human form manifest, case studies of individual artists, movements, and the iconography of the artist or cultural group.

    Proposals for papers (300 words) accompanied by short biographies of the authors (150 words) should be submitted by April 1, 2012 in Word format.

    A schedule for submission and presentation of papers is available for potential presenters and all inquiries should be made to
Professor John Miller Event and Conference
  • Queen Mary College (QMUL) is hosting a lecture on the evening of the 12th March and a full-day conference on the 13th March to mark Professor John Miller's retirement. Professor Miller has been a leading scholar of the Restoration and early 18th century periods, and a long-time convener of the 17th Century British History seminar at the IHR. Full details of these events, including booking information, are available at:
    Doctoral students and faculty members are welcome to attend.


The History Lab team.

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