Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Annual Postgrad Conference and Summer Social

    Dear all,
    See below for History Lab conference and summer social information.
    History Lab Conference 2012:
    Agency, 13-14 June 2012, 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 - Come and join us and continue any conference discussions informally over a glass of wine. See below for more details.

    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. If you have any questions regarding any an aspect of the conference then please do not hesitate to contact us at

    History Lab Summer Social:
    You are warmly invited to come and join us for a drink to celebrate the end of the year. Food will also be available, and everyone will receive a free drink upon arrival.
    14 June, 18:00 at the Queen's Larder, 1 Queen's Square, WC1N 3AR:


The History Lab team.



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