Sunday, 27 May 2012


History Lab Bulletin 26 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
  • Exhibition
  • Book talk
  • Conferences
  • Seminar
  • Call for papers
  • Scholarship
  • Job vacancy
Next in History Lab:
  • 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:
  • 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)

    Provisional Programme:
    Wednesday 13th June:
    10.00: Registration
    11.00 – 12.30: Key-note Panel , Bloomsbury Room [G35] , Chair: Guy Beckett (Birkbeck College, London)
    Professor David d’Avray FBA (University College London), Professor Catherine Hall (University College London) and Professor Christian List (London School of Economics)
    12.30 – 13.30: Lunch
    13.30 – 15.00: Parallel Panel Session 1
    Session 1A, Bloomsbury Room [G35]: Protest and Unrest
    Chair: TBC
    Mary G. Chaktsiris (Queen’s University, Kingston [Canada]/Birkbeck College, London [UK]): ‘There Have Been No Anti-Greek Riots in Any National Sense in Toronto’: Civil Unrest and Enemy Aliens in Toronto, Canada, 1918.
    Rachel Oppenheimer (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh [US]): ‘That Was Hardly Pleasurable’: Politically Motivated Prison Protest in Northern Ireland and the United States, 1969-1985.
    Oliver Wilkinson (Lancaster University): Getting Out, Getting Even and Getting On: POW Uses of Resistance during the First World War
    Session 1B, Bedford Room [G37]: German Intellectual History
    Chair: Chris Knowles (King’s College, London [UK])
    Michael Dylan Rogers (University of Cambridge [UK]): Fascism and the Corruption of Instrumentality: Walter Benjamin and Ernst Jünger on the Problem of Agency in an Era of Total War.
    Rebecca Wennberg (Royal Holloway, London [UK]): Unstructuring Belief: ‘Doctrinal Incorrectness’ as a Form of Agency in the Third Reich.
    15.00 – 15.30: Tea & Coffee
    15:30 – 17.00: Parallel Panel Session 2
    Session 2A, Bloomsbury Room [G35]: Material Culture
    Chair: TBC
    Julia Webb (Queen Mary, London [UK]): Consumers, Goldsmiths and the Law: Commissioning Crystal Plate in the 1550s.
    Bridget Millmore (University of Brighton [UK]): ‘Love the Giver & Keep This For His Sake’: Love Tokens Produced BY Convicts Transported During the Eighteenth Century.
    Anna Vaughn Kett (University of Brighton [UK]): Wearing Anti-Slavery Activism: British Quaker Women and Free Labour Cotton Dress in the 1850s.
    Session 2B, Bedford Room [G37]: History and Journalism
    Chair: Mara Sankey (University College London)
    Chiara Tedaldi (Government of Ireland CARA Postdoctoral Mobility Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University College Dublin [Ireland]/Universidad de Zaragoza [Spain]): Collective Agency in the Age of ‘Memory Legislation’: The Influence of Spain’s Memorial Associations in Shaping the National Debate on Ley de Memoria Histórica.
    Jessica Hammet (University of Cambridge [UK]): The Communication of Historical Memory: Journalistic and Individual Narratives of the Second World War During the 70th Anniversary of the London Blitz.
    18.00: Wine Reception Room S349
    19.30: Conference Dinner , Location TBC [Probably Pizza Express]
    Thursday 14th June
    10.00 – 11.15: Parallel Panel Session 3
    Session 3A, Bloomsbury Room [G35]: Women in the Middle Ages
    Chair: Julia Webb (Queen Mary, London [UK])
    Laura Wood (Royal Holloway, London [UK]): ‘The Ring and Mantle’: A Means of Agency for Medieval Women.
    Christopher Nicholson (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies [UK]): Female Inheritance in Later Medieval Bohemia.
    Session 3B, Gordon Room [G34]: British Politics in the 1960s and 1970s
    Chair: TBC
    Jack Saunders (University College London [UK]): How to Kill an Act of Parliament: Dockers in the 1960s and 1970s.
    Adrian Williamson (University of Cambridge [UK]): ‘Reversing the Trend’: Keith Joseph and the Remaking of British Conservatism, 1974 – 1979.
    11.15 – 11.45: Tea & Coffee
    11.45 – 13.00: Parallel Panel Session 4
    Session 4A, Bloomsbury Room [G35]: Office Holding in Early-Modern Sweden, 1550-1650
    Chair: Christopher Nicholson (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies [UK])
    Piia Einonen (University of Jyväskylä [Finland]): The Ethos and Morality of Agency: Urban Office Holders during the Formation of the Swedish State (c. 1550-1650).
    Ulla Koskinen (University of Tampere [Finland]): The Culture of Agency among Noble Office Holders in Late Sixteenth-Century Finland.
    Session 4B, Gordon Room [G34]: Imposing Education in Nineteenth-century Russia
    Chair: TBC
    Bartley Rock (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies [UK]): Aleksandr Novikov and Moral Education in Late Imperial Rural Russia
    Richard Morgan (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies [UK]): Rearing Agents: Petr Kropotkin and Integral Education
    13.00 – 14.00: Lunch
    14.00 – 15.30: Parallel Panel Session 5
    Session 5A, Bloomsbury Room [G35]: Welfare
    Chair: TBC
    Claudia Soares (University of Manchester [UK]): The Agency of the Poor: Collaboration and Conflict Between Poor Dependants and the Waifs and Strays Society, 1881-1914.
    Rik Vercammen (Free University, Brussels [Belgium]): ‘Vagrants’ and ‘Beggars in the Belgian State Benevolent Colonies (Rijksweldadigheidskolonies): Writing Pleading Letters, 1890 – 1930.
    Jennifer Craig-Norton (University of Southampton [UK]): Struggling for Agency: Child Refugees after the Kindertransport.
    Session 5B, Gordon Room [G34]: Gender in Modern Britain
    Chair: TBC
    Nancy Bruseker (University of Liverpool [UK]): ‘I do hope you will forgive the liberty, but...’: Vesta Tilley's fans and their correspondence.
    Elaine Titcombe (The University of the West of England, Bristol [UK]): The Language of Agency at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp.
    Matt Cooper (Queen Mary, London [UK]): Structure and Human Agency in Understanding the Development of Policy Relating to the Family in Britain in the 1960s.
    15.30 – 16.00: Tea & Coffee
    16.00 – 17.30: Panel Session 6
    Session 6A, Bloomsbury Room [G35]: Agency in the History of Charity and Voluntarism
    Chair: TBC
    George Campbell Gosling (Oxford Brookes University [UK]): Agency and Social Control in the History of Charity.
    Sarah Flew (Open University [UK]): Money and Agency in Nineteenth-Century Philanthropy.
    Chris Moores (University of Birmingham [UK]): Human Rights, NGOs and Test Case Strategies.
    18.00: History Lab Social , Location TBC

    To register please email us at 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

  • Seminar: Katie East (Royal Holloway) - Historia Magistra Vitae: John Toland, the life of Cicero and the value of history, Thursday 28 June, 17:30 – 19:30, Gordon Room (Room 34), Senate House
    For more information, see:
Book talk
  • Genealogies of Colonial Violence,University of Cambridge, 1-2 June 2012
    The Centre for South Asian Studies and the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cambridge are hosting a two-day conference on colonial violence.
    Scholars have long accepted the fact that imperialism and colonialism were established on the foundation of violent appropriation. However, researchers have debated the importance of violence in the expansion, maintenance and institutionalisation of colonial rule. We are concerned not only with the spectacular performances of violence in the colonial context, but also with more quotidian forms of violence whose historical importance and lasting legacies remain to be investigated. This conference seeks to move beyond instrumentalist understandings of colonial violence and invites scholars to propose alternative interpretations, theoretical approaches, and future avenues of research.
    Registration closes the 30th of May. Conference fees includes coffee/tea, wine reception and lunches. The conference programme and registration is available through the link below:
    Any inquiries may be directed to Derek Elliott and Sunil Purushotham at
  • The Association of Dress historians would like to announce its inaugural summer conference: Relays and Responses: Dress History in the Round, The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT, Saturday 23 June 2012, 10:00 – 16:00, £20 admission; £15 for ADH members and students.
    For more information:
  • The John Donne conference will be held 26-29 June 2012 at the Scaliger Institute of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. For more details see:

  • Ancients and Moderns, 81st Anglo-American Conference of Historian, 5-6 July 2012, Senate House
    Registrations are now open for this year’s Anglo-American Conference of Historians, this year on the theme of Ancients and Moderns.
    With the Olympics upon us in the UK it seems an appropriate moment to think more broadly about the ways in which the classical world resonates in our own times, and how successive epochs of modernity since the Renaissance have situated themselves in relation to the various ancient civilisations. From political theory to aesthetics, across the arts of war and of peace, to concepts of education, family, gender, race and slavery, it is hard to think of a facet of the last millennium which has not been informed by the ancient past and through a range of media, including museums, painting, poetry, film and the built environment.
    The Institute’s 81st Anglo-American conference seeks to represent the full extent of work on classical receptions, welcoming not only those scholars who work on Roman, Greek and Judaeo-Christian legacies and influences, but also historians of the ancient kingdoms and empires of Asia and pre-Colombian America. Our plenary lecturers include: Paul Cartledge (Cambridge), Constanze Güthenke (Princeton), Mark Lewis (Stanford), Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA) and David Womersley (Oxford).
    For programme and registrations details, please visit or contact the IHR Events Office at, or contact us on 0207 862 8756.
  • Political History Network Symposium: Wednesday 20 June 2012 at the University of Reading

    'The hidden electorate? Winchester voters 1832 - 67' Richard Aldous, University of Winchester

    'The party's over: Political responses to fascism in the 1930s' Dr Coleen Weedon, University of Reading

    'A case study in international recognition: France and the League of Nations during the Second World War' Emma Edwards, National University of Ireland

    'Margaret Thatcher and Gro Harlem Brundtland: Two Women Prime Ministers from the Perspective of a Comparative Biography' Dr Anneke Ribberink, VU University Amsterdam
Call for papers
  • The 3rd conference on NewInsights into 16th- and 17th-century British Architecture Organized by Dr. Claire Gapper and Dr. Paula Henderson
    Saturday, January 19, 2013 to be held at The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London
    Proposals in the form of short abstracts (up to 250 words) are invited for papers of approximately 30 minutes in length. While the emphasis remains on new developments in architecture, we welcome proposals on related themes, such as decorative arts, gardens, sculpture and monuments. The proposals should be submitted by mid-August and the final programme will be announced in September.
    We are grateful to the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain for sponsoring ten bursaries for students and we encourage the participation of new scholars.
    For further information, do not hesitate to contact us.

    With best wishes,

    Claire and Paula
  • The University of Brighton, UK, is currently inviting proposals from applicants for a PhD scholarship on the topic: 'Landscapes of affect: the politics of space, place and experience'

    The School of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts, and the School of Environment and Technology in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, in collaboration, invite proposals for PhD research that develops cultural and political theory on the relations between affect, space and politics, and explores their articulation in a specific site or sites.

    Closing date 8th June 2012
Job vacancy
  • University of Manchester, Lecturer in Art History with a specialism in the period 1450-1800. Applications are invited for a lectureship in Art History in the period 1450 to 1800. A specialism in any area of European art, or in the inter-relationships between European and non-European art, eg. Latin American, Indian, or East Asian art, will be considered. The ability to teach widely about artists and art movements central to the art historical understanding of this period would be an asset. You should have a PhD, research and publications of high quality, and be committed to teaching at all levels. The post is available from 1 September 2012. Salary will be £32,801 to £45,486 per annum according to relevant experience .

    The closing date for applications is 20th June 2012.
    Informal inquiries may be made to Professor David Lomas. Email:
    Applications should be made on line. If you are unable to apply on line please request an application form by emailing quoting the reference number or by calling 0161 275 8838 (HR team recruitment line number)


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