Monday, 26 March 2012


History Lab Bulletin 26 March 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
  • Research training
  • Scholarships
  • Conference
  • Universities news portal
  • Performance
  • Project
  • Student opportunities
  • Workshop
Next in History Lab:
  • Meet the historian: John Arnold, Thursday 3 May, 18:00 – 20:00, Room S261, 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.
Research training

  • Institute of Historical Research: Explanatory Paradigms: An Introduction to Historical Theory, Wednesdays 2 May - 4 July 2012, Course fee: £220, Course tutors: Prof John Tosh, Dr John Seed, Prof Sally Alexander
    The aim of this short course is to provide a critical introduction to some of the most influential frameworks of explanation in historical work today. It is intended for those beginning a research degree in history. The days are long past when a technical orientation to source criticism was considered sufficient training for PhD/MPhil students. Today most of the key controversies in historical scholarship turn on the credibility of contrasting explanatory paradigms. Hence some familiarity in this area is a prerequisite both for evaluating the secondary literature, and for determining the direction of the research itself.
    In this course three historians examine specific paradigms. John Seed considers the continuing importance of Marxism, both in its classical materialist form and in its rendition as ‘history from below’. He then examines the implications for history of recent theories of ideology and discourse. Sally Alexander evaluates the growing salience of psychoanalysis in historical enquiry. John Tosh assesses the claims of gender not only to uncover new subject matter, but to provide a powerful explanatory tool. John Seed returns to consider some of the theoretical implications of narrative, through the work of Paul Ricoeur. In a concluding session we will discuss how these theoretical positions have influenced our own scholarly work. The course is organised as a term of ten weekly sessions to be held in the IHR on Wednesday afternoons (5.30 - 7.30).

  • Heidelberg University: The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Heidelberg University welcomes applications for eight doctoral scholarships, subject to budgetary approval of the Cluster for the second funding period in the Excellence Initiative of the German central and state governments. A decision is expected by June 16, 2012. In case of success, the new funding period would start on November 1, 2012.

    The programme offers a monthly scholarship of 1.000 Euro. It further supports scholarship holders in framing their research through advanced courses and individual supervision and mentoring. Half of the scholarships are reserved for young scholars from Asia.

    Applicants are expected to propose a doctoral project with a strong affiliation to the research framework of the Cluster. They must hold an M.A. or equivalent in a discipline of the humanities or social sciences with an above-average grade. Applications, including a CV, a letter of intention, a project proposal, a schedule for the dissertation, and two referees for recommendation are submitted through an Online Application System.

    After an initial evaluation and selection, applicants will be asked to get in contact with possible supervisors at the Cluster of Excellence to discuss their project proposal. Following a positive decision on the second funding period in June, the most promising applicants would be invited to present their projects to the selection committee in Heidelberg. Subsequently the scholarship holders would be selected.

    The deadline for applications is May 15, 2012.

    For more information about the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies and the scholarships see: or send an e-mail to:


  • University of Leeds: 'Bedtime Stories: Beds and Bedding in Britain 1650-1850'. Temple Newsam House, Leeds. 21-22 June 2012
    Please see attached document for more information
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The Editorial Team

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