Saturday, 27 October 2012

Bulletin 26 October 2012

History Lab Bulletin 26 October 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
  • Lecture
  • Symposium
  • Membership
  • Call for papers
  • Conference
  • Internship
  • Job opportunity
  • Seminar Series
Next in History Lab
  • Seminar: Paul Weir (Sussex) - 'Contemporary British Responses to the Bombing of Dresden, 1945', Thursday 1 November, 17:30 – 19:30, Room STB6, Basement, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN
    In February 1945 RAF Bomber Command launched a devastating attack on the German city of Dresden. In terms of planning, the scale of the raid was similar to many others undertaken since the official switch to a policy of area bombing in 1942. Climatic conditions however helped create a fire-storm. This caused widespread destruction and a high death toll in a city swelled in population by an influx of refugees from the ruined cities of the Reich. The paper will show –with reference to a range of contemporary sources – the significant level of dissent which immediately followed the attack on Dresden, and challenge the view that it is only with hindsight that the motives for the raid can be questioned.
  • Seminar: Helen McKee (Newcastle) / Jon Chandler (UCL) - 'Free' Communities in the Atlantic World: Comparing the Jamaican Maroons and the Creek Indians in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries / The Role of Native Americans in the Development of Continental American Identity', Thursday 15 November, 17:30 – 19:30, Room STB5, Basement, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN
  • Helen McKee: My paper explores the role that ‘free’ communities had in the Atlantic World by comparing the Jamaican Maroons and the Creek Indians in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. African-descended groups and indigenous groups are usually kept separate in historical research. Unlike the typical monographs that examine free societies in the Atlantic World, this paper brings together and compares two communities usually separated by the racial divide.
    Jon Chandler: The War of Independence was the formative moment of the American nation, but how far did it contribute to the formation of an American national identity? This paper will attempt to provide a glimpse of this broad topic by exploring the role played by Native Americans in the coalescence of the disparate continental colonies during the revolutionary conflict.
  • Methods Workshop: 'Beyond the Card Index', Monday 19 November, 17:30 – 19:30, Holden Room (103) - Senate House, Malet St, Camden, London WC1E 7HU.
    History Lab's Methods Workshop is a programme of workshops which asks PHD students to reveal, discuss and consider each other's research methodologies. 'Beyond the Card Index' is the second of these events. There will be short presentations by PhD historians on their note-taking methods and their approach to the organisation of sources, followed by a chaired discussion.
    Laura Wood (Royal Holloway), Claudia Soares (Manchester), Claire Sewell (Warwick).
    For more information, see:
  • Creighton lecture, 13 November 2012, Logan Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H OAL.
    Professor Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London) will be presenting this year's Creighton lecture on the subject of John Milton as a theorist of liberty.The lecture will start at 6.30pm and will be followed by a wine reception.
    Attendance is free and this event is open to all. To RSVP, please contact

  • 'History, Memory and Green Imaginaries'. A symposium presented by the Center for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton, Friday 30th November 2012, 9.30am – 5.00pm, M2, Grand Parade, University of Brighton.
    This symposium invites reflection on the ways in which history and memory inform and shape contemporary green imaginaries. It brings together cultural theorists, historians, cultural geographers, educators and policy actors.
    Keynote: ‘The problem of the past’
    Alastair Bonnett, Professor of Social Geography, Newcastle University
    Roundtable: ‘Austerity and sustainability’
    The Home Front and ‘austerity Britain’ are significant points of reference in current debates about sustainability. What kinds of possibilities and limitations follow from the use of historical resources in public debate about environmental issues?
    Tim Cooper, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter, ‘The limits of history in green imaginaries’.
    Victoria Johnson, Head of Climate Change and Energy, New Economics Foundation, ‘“Ration me up” and other nef projects’
    James Piers Taylor, British Film Institute Documentation Editor and permaculture educator, ‘Re-member, re-vision and re-claim: using archival film to facilitate local conversations about community resilience’.
    Panel: ‘Ecological history’
    How can historical research inform environmental thinking? Three historians discuss this question in relation to their research and practice.
    Vinita Damodaran, Senior Lecturer in South Asian History, University of Sussex, ‘“Primitive places and wild tribes”: colonial and indigenous understandings of nature in Eastern India in the nineteenth century’.
    Erin Gill, environmental journalist and historian, ‘“Lost” environmental histories: the stories we've forgotten’.
    Karin Jaschke, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Brighton, ‘Historiography as process: towards an Ecological History of Architecture’.
    Closing remarks: ‘Culture is natural: biosemiotics, recycling, and the evolutionary structurations of biological and cultural change’
    Wendy Wheeler, Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Cultural Inquiry, London Metropolitan University.
    This event is open to all. Please register in advance by following the link below. The registration fee is £35, or £25 for students/unaffiliated delegates, including lunch and refreshments. The deadline for registration is 23rd November 2012.
    Enquiries: Cheryl Roberts /
    More information and abstracts:
  • The National Archives is currently seeking new members for its User Advisory Group. The aim of the Group is to provide an opportunity for users of The National Archives to get more involved in our planning and decision-making processes. Delegates in the group represent different sections of The National Archives’ user community, not only their own interests. In particular we are looking for users who can represent one or more of 4 key sections of our user community, one of which is ‘under graduate or postgraduate student users’. More information can be found on our website:
    The closing date for expressions of interest is 16 November ‘
Call for papers
  • We invite you to submit a paper /abstract /poster /workshop to the 5th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2013), 4 - 7 June 2013, “La Sapienza” University, Rome Italy. Abstract submission deadline: 20 December 2012.
    Since 2009 QQML has provided an excellent framework for the presentation of new trends and developments in every aspect of Library and Information Science, Technology, Applications and Research.
    For more information:
  • 'Object Matters: Making 1916', a conference on the material and visual culture of the Easter Rising. Wood Quay Venue, Dublin, April 26-7, 2013. Convened by Joanna Brück (University College Dublin) and Lisa Godson (National College of Art and Design), Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin, April 26-7 2013. We invite abstracts for 20 to 25-minute papers related to the material and visual culture of the 1916 Easter Rising for a 2-day conference to be held in Dublin in Spring 2013. Please email abstracts of up to 300 words and a short biography to before the deadline of December 15th 2012. Speakers will be notified of the acceptance of their proposed paper by January 15th 2013. For more, see:
  • News and the Shape of Europe, 1500-1750′. News Networks in Early Modern Europe is very pleased to announce an international, interdisciplinary conference to take place at Queen Mary, University of London on 26-28 July 2013. For more information, see:
    To submit a paper proposal, please write to; the deadline for paper proposals will be the 28th of February 2013.
  • 'New Directions in Renaissance Italy', November 1 - 02, 2012.
    Registration deadline: 22 October, 2012

    On 2 November The University of Edinburgh will host the

    interdisciplinary conference 'New Directions in Renaissance Italy'.

    Gathering postgraduate students and early career researchers from a

    wide range of disciplines, the event provides a forum to explore and

    discuss emerging areas of enquiry related to the Italian Renaissance.

    Please follow the link for information about papers, venues and

    This is a free but ticketed event. If you wish to attend please send an
    email by 22 October to:


    Thursday 1 November. Keynote Lecture. 17.45-18.30

    Dr. Genevieve Warwick: "Looking in the Mirror: The Toilet of Venus in

    Renaissance Art"

    Friday 2 November

    10.00-10.30 Registration (tea and coffee)

    Panel I: Cross Cultural Exchange
    Chair: Dr. Andrew Marsham, Lecturer in Islamic History (The University

    of Edinburgh)

    10.30-10.50. Maria Pavlova, St.Hilda's College, Oxford

    "Italian Renaissance Literature and the Islamic World: the Portrayal of

    Islamic Culture in Heroic Poems (1450-1532)"

    10.50-11.10. Timothy Demetris, University College London

    "Cardinal Olivero Carafa's 1472 Naval Campaign to Asia Minor. A New


    11.10-10.30. Charlene Vella, University of Warwick

    "The Renaissance in the South"

    11.30-12.00. Discussion

    12.00-13-30. Lunch

    Panel II: Print and Culture
    Chair: Genevieve Warwick, Lecturer History of Art (The University of


    13.30-13.50. Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings, Victoria and Albert Museum

    "Sixteenth Century Ornament Prints and the Dissemination of the


    13.50-14.10. Marianne Gillion, University of Manchester

    "Re-birth: The Council of Trent, Printed Graduals, and the Feast of the


    14.10-14.30. Eugenio Refini, University of Warwick

    "Reshaping Knowledge: New Perspectives on Vernacular Translation in

    Renaissance Italy"

    14.30-15.00. Discussion

    15.00-15.30. Tea and Coffee

    Panel III: Materials and Materiality
    Chair: Carol Richardson, Lecturer History of Art (The University of


    15.30-15.50. Maria Alessandra Chessa, Royal College of Art/Victoria and

    Albert Museum

    "The Materiality of Paper"

    15.50-16.10. Emanuela Vai, Polytechnic-University of Turin

    "Stettero Molti Cantori sopra l'Organo et in Choro". Performance


    and Architectural Setting in the Palatine Basilica of Santa Barbara"

    16.10-16.30. Hannah Higham, University of Birmingham

    "One Design, many Makers, make Meanings: the Case of the Master of the

    Unruly Children"

    16.30-17.00. Discussion

    17.30-18.00 Concluding Thoughts: New Directions in the Renaissance
  • Tudor Portraiture (Sixteenth-Century British Art) Curatorial Internship Opportunity
    The National Portrait Gallery is seeking to appoint two Interns to provide research related assistance in its Curatorial department. The successful candidates will gain valuable experience in a national collection, and training using the Heinz Archive & Library will be provided. Additionally there will be the opportunity to attend a Gallery induction day to learn more about the range of the Gallery's work. The internship will be for a six-month period from January 2013, one day per week. The internship is unpaid.
    1) Research project: Making Art in Tudor Britain
    The principal task will involve working with curators as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project, which is investigating Tudor and Jacobean painting techniques through technical analysis of the Gallery’s collection of sixteenth-century portraits. The internship would be ideally suited to candidates with knowledge or experience of technical art history or material studies, and involves working on the project database, collating both historical and technical information, and also supporting the research for forthcoming displays that relate to the project.
    2) Research project: forthcoming exhibition
    The principal tasks will be to support the Chief Curator and Associate Curator (16th century) with activities relating to a forthcoming exhibition on Elizabeth I and her people (October 2013-January 2014), and to assist the Associate Curator with research for the collections at Montacute House in Somerset and with public enquiries about 16th century portraiture. The internship will involve using the archive and other resources to research material from the period for which full training will be provided.
    General assistance
    The interns may also on occasion assist with other projects, using the archive and library to research paintings.
    1 day (8 hours) per week for six months by arrangement with the curator.
    Travel Expenses
    Travel costs of up to ten pounds (£10) per week can be claimed
    Person Specification
    Qualifications and Experience
    Good general knowledge of British art and/or history during the sixteenth century and a reasonable understanding of portraiture as a genre.
    The internship would ideally suit current MA students in Art History or History who have an interest in pursuing museum work.
    Skills and Attributes
    Ideal candidates will need to have a flexible approach and be prepared to contribute to a number of different projects.
    Candidates will also need to be able to demonstrate a careful approach and attention to detail.
    Excellent written English is an essential requirement.
    How to Apply:
    Please send your CV and a covering letter either by e-mailing: or by writing to: Emily Burns, Curatorial Office, National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE. Closing date for returned applications is 9am Wednesday 7th November 2012.
    The Gallery is committed to equality and is a member of the Employers’ Forum on Disability, Race for Opportunity and the Equality Exchange.
  • Curatorial Fellowship Opportunity: Hosted by Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston. Initiated by the Contemporary Art Society and Whitechapel Gallery, London.

    As part of the Whitechapel Gallery's ongoing programme to open up

    public and private collections to wider audiences, the Gallery presents

    a curatorial collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society.

    For a period of 12 months from September 2013 onwards, the Contemporary

    Art Society will present a series of four displays at the Whitechapel

    Gallery, drawing on works from collections held by the Contemporary Art

    Society's membership of 65 publicly funded museums and galleries across

    England. Focusing on the North West, East Coast, Midlands and South, the

    displays will use the founding principles of many of these institutions

    - philanthropic giving - as a central theme.

    Working in association with the Whitechapel Gallery and the

    Contemporary Art Society, the advertised Curatorial Fellowship will be

    involved in all stages of the conceptualisation, planning and

    realisation of the inaugural display at the Whitechapel Gallery. From

    December 2012 to March 2013, the successful candidate will undertake

    substantial research into public collections across the North West of

    England. Although based in Preston their research will take them across

    the region to collections in Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool and

    Carlisle. The outcome of this three month period will be a proposal for

    a display at the Whitechapel Gallery that explores the idea of economics

    in the region with relation to the production and distribution of goods

    and artworks through the prism of philanthropy.

    Candidates should have at least four years curating experience, be

    university educated (ideally to MA or PhD level) and have a proven

    interest or experience in working with public collections of modern and

    contemporary art. Additionally, candidates should have a good grounding

    in art history and demonstrate an interest in the role of philanthropy.

    Bursary for the three month Fellowship: £10,000

    This fee is based on three days a week for three month, it includes the

    Fellow's time as well as any travel and subsistence costs.

    The Fellowship will take place: December 2012 – March 2013

    The Display at the Whitechapel Gallery will take place: 18 Sep 2013 –

    1 December 2013.
Job opportunity
  • Lecturer in 16th-century Italian and/or Spanish art. £33,154-£45,017 pa (incl. London Allowance) depending on relevant knowledge and skills
  • In the ambit of the Minerva Research Group: 'Roma communis patria: The National Churches in Rome from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era'. The Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for the History of Art announces a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, starting in January 2013, with the possibility of extension for a second year. Candidates must be in possession of an upper level university degree (Ph.D.), good working knowledge of German, Italian, and English, and a research project proposal consistent with the aims and objectives of the Minerva research group. The recipients of these fellowships are also expected to participate with constancy in the activities of both the group and the Institute.
    Applications must include the following documentation:
    - Curriculum vitae
    - Photocopies of university diploma
    - Description of the research project (max 2 pages)
    - Summary of Doctoral dissertation (max 2 pages)
    - List of publications (if any)
    - Letter of recommendation from a prominent academic in the field
    The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from physically disabled persons are encouraged. Applications may be submitted via post or email and must be received by 15 November, 2012 at the following address:
    Dr. Susanne Kubersky-Piredda, Minerva Research Group, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut fr Kunstgeschichte, Via Gregoriana, 28, 00187 Roma
    For further information please consult the following internet website:
Seminar Series
  • V&A/RCA MA in Design History and Material Culture
    Research Seminar Programme, Autumn 2012.
    All seminars are held at 5.00 pm in Seminar Room A of the Research Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Access to Seminar Room A is via the entrance to the Research Department. To get there, go the top of the staircase decorated with ceramic tiles that leads from the Asian Sculpture Galleries (Rooms 17-20) on the ground floor, up past the Silver Gallery (Room 70a). Please allow at least five minutes to get to the seminar room from the Museum entrances. All those with a research interest in the field are welcome. Admission to the Museum is free and the event itself is free of charge. Please contact Katrina Royall on 020 7942 2574 ( or Helen Woodfield on 0207 942 2576 ( with any questions.

    1 November
    Art, Sex and Politics in Buckingham's England, c.1620-29
    Alastair Bellany, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University
    8 November
    Three Dimensions: Design and State Planning in the Qing Era
    Dagmar Schaefer, Chair of Chinese Studies and Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Manchester
    15 November
    Thinking through the diversity of "practice": the case of George III's philosophical instruments.
    Florence Grant, Visiting Research Fellow, Department of History, King's College London
    22 November
    The Transformations of Gold Objects: Births, Deaths, and Resurrections
    Peter Oakley, Research lead, School of Material, RCA
    29 November
    The Jungle in the Parlour
    Penny Sparke, Professor of Design History and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University.
    6 December
    Tracing a V&A Artefact from Cover to Temple
    Michael W. Meister, W. Norman Brown Professor, Department of Art History, University of Pennsylvania


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