Tuesday, 8 May 2012


History Lab Bulletin 8 May 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
  • Workshop
  • Conference
Next in History Lab:
  • 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
    For more information, see: http://www.history.ac.uk/historylab
  • History Lab Conference 2012: Agency, 13-14 June, Bloomsbury Room (Room G35)

    Professor David d'Avray FBA (UCL)

    Professor Catherine Hall (UCL)

    Professor Christian List (LSE)

    This year's History Lab conference on 'agency' is fast approaching.
    find attached the provisional conference programme.

    To register please email us at
    historylab2012@gmail.com with (i) your name
    and (ii) your affiliation as you want them to appear on your name badge,

    and (iii) whether you wish to be included in the booking for the

    conference dinner.

    The conference fee is £15. The fee should be paid upon arrival at the

    conference and includes lunches, tea/coffee and the wine reception. Also

    attached to this bulletin is some travel and accommodation information.

    If you have any questions regarding any an aspect of the conference then

    please do not hesitate to contact us at

    We very much hope that the conference interests you and that we see you in

  • Using the Domain Dark Archive: a workshop for historians
    Could you imagine what historical questions you might answer using a comprehensive archive of UK websites for the period 1996 to 2010 ? If so, this workshop may be for you, and bookings are now open.

    The workshop affords a unique opportunity to learn about, and shape the development of, a unique new dataset, purchased by the JISC from the Internet Archive, and in the keeping of the British Library. 

    Where:  British Library (St Pancras, London)
    When:  Thursday 24 May,  11am - 3.15pm
  • What is LGBT(Q) History and where do we stand? History Postgraduates and LGBT History, Wednesday 7th November 2012, Queen Mary, University of London
    Decades have passed since the first published histories examining aspects of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer life, or analysing social movements made up by LGBTIQ people. Historical work on LGBT or queer “issues” is now more accepted in the academy than ever before, and has enriched our knowledge enormously. However, postgraduate historians working on LGBT research topics – at least in the UK – have no recognisable network to call upon, lack any clear idea of what this “generation” of researchers' agenda, approach and methodology might be, and many academics and researchers appear curiously aloof from community projects such as LGBT History Month.
    This conference aims to bring together postgraduate historians and early-career researchers working on any aspect of LGBT or Q history, in any country or era. We want to highlight and discuss the range of topics and methodological approaches being pursued by this generation of researchers; to consider the intersections and differences between historical work on L, G, B, T and Q topics, and to explore how LGBTQ history relates to wider narratives, and the modern historical profession.
    This will be followed by an evening panel event chaired by Sue Sanders, co-chair of LGBT history month. She will be joined by Professor Julian Jackson, whose latest book concerns homosexual politics in France in the post-war period, and Lindsay River, an activist in the 1970s with – among others – Gay Liberation Front, and more recently the founder of Age of Diversity, which aims to provide a national voice for older LGBT people in the UK (other speakers tbc). This evening event will give us the chance to explore some of the definitional, historical, political and activist implications of “LGBT history” and to explore how researchers might better engage with LGBT history month and community history.
    Postgraduates at any level, and early career researchers are invited to send abstracts of not more than 400 words to Charles and Craig by Friday 13th July 2012. We would especially welcome papers discussing adapting research work for a non- academic audience. We are also interested in interdisciplinary approaches to LGBT(Q) history and welcome papers from those whose research is not necessarily based in history departments. The conference is kindly supported by LGBT History Month and Queen Mary, University of London. Travel grants may be available for postgraduates.
    Charles Smith c.smith4@lboro.ac.uk
    Craig Griffiths c.griffiths@qmul.ac.uk


The History Lab team.

Web: www.history.ac.uk/historylab

Email: ihrhistorylab@googlemail.com

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