Monday, 30 April 2012


History Lab Bulletin 30 April 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
  • Survey
  • Research Fellowships
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.
    John Arnold is head of department and assistant dean of Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of What is Medieval History? and Belief and Unbelief in Medieval Europe, and is currently co-editing a collection of essays on the history of masculinity; research in writings against heresy from antiquity to the Reformation; and editing forthcoming The Oxford Handbook to Medieval Christianity. His research is informed by interdisciplinary perspectives, drawing particularly on insights from theoretical works in literary, cultural and anthropological studies, and he has researched broader themes of gender (particularly masculinity) and subjectivity in the medieval period. He also confesses to having published minor work on horror movies and science-fiction literature!
  • Call for Papers: The History Lab Seminar invites papers for the 2012-13 academic year. The seminar is a great opportunity to present your ongoing work or research conclusions to fellow postgraduates and early career historians in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
    Papers can be on any aspect or time period of historical study. They should be either 40 to 45 minutes long or we welcome the submission of joint seminars with two papers of 20 to 25 minutes duration (even if the two topics are loosely related). All seminars are followed by a discussion session lasting around 15 minutes. The seminars are a great way to socialise with historians who are at similar stages in their careers, and as such the seminars always finish with drinks (and there are frequent post-seminar pub visits).
    If you are interested, please send an abstract of between 250 and 350 words outlining your proposed paper to the seminar convenors at Please include some brief information about the stage you are at in your studies and research interests. Seminars take place at the Institute of Historical Research (Senate House, London). We are able to podcast the seminars on our website. Therefore, please indicate in your submission whether you are willing to have your paper recorded.
    The deadline for submission is 7th May 2012
  • Methods Workshop: Putting historical theory into practice: Wednesday 9 May, 10:00 – 17:00, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PU
    A one-day study day organised by the Centre for History and Theory at Roehampton University and History Lab
    For more information and the full programme, see:
    UPDATE: This event is now fully booked, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list:
  • Seminar: Mark King/Claire Fetherstonhaugh (Cambridge) – Aspects of Governance in the Early Reign of Richard II: Richard II’s use of the Signet and Privy Seals during the 1380s/The Earls in Government During the Minority of Richard II, Thursday 17 May, 17:30 – 19:30, Holden Room (Room 103), Senate House
  • Methods Workshop: The Upgrade (from MPhil to PhD): Monday 21 May, 18:00 – 20:00, Room S261, Senate House
  • Seminar: Ashleigh Melvin (Birkbeck) - Religious Perceptions of Death and the Afterlife in the First World War, Thursday 31 May, 17:30 – 19:30, Holden Room (Room 103) , Senate House
  • History Lab Conference 2012: Agency, 13-14 June, Bloomsbury Room (Room G35)
    Full programme and registration details to follow soon!
  • The Institute of Historical Research is in the process of revamping its website. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey:
Research Fellowships
  • The Henry Moore Foundation will support a small number of two-year post-doctoral research fellowships in the field of sculpture studies at a British university from the autumn of 2012. Managed by the Henry Moore Institute, these Fellowships assist scholars who have recently completed doctoral studies to prepare a substantial publication or similar research output. The Foundation will award a grant of up to £21,000 per annum towards the fellowship. Applicants must have an affiliation with a university department who will act as the host to the Fellow. Fellows will be expected to present the development of their work every six months to the Henry Moore Institute, a centre for the study of sculpture based in Leeds. The Fellowships run for two years, however if the Fellow does not fulfil his/her obligations to the University in the first year, the second year's funding could at the Foundation's discretion be revoked.
    Applications marked 'Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Grants' should be sent by 11 June 2012 to: Kirstie Gregory (Research Programme Assistant), Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH


The History Lab team.




Post: History Lab, The Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

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