Monday, 8 October 2012


History Lab Bulletin 8 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
  • Day for new research students
  • Conference
  • Call for papers
  • Seminar series
  • PhD Studentship
  • Portal for International Scholarships / Financial Aid News
  • Job opportunities
Next in History Lab
  • Workshop: Wish I Knew That Then, Wednesday 10 October, 17:30 – 19:30, G21a - Senate House Malet St, Camden, London WC1E 7HU
    Three historians, Paul Cowdel (Hertfordshire), Anna Vaughn Kett (Brighton) and George Campbell Gosling (Oxford) who recently completed, offer advice for those starting a History PhD.
    The event will be followed by the History Lab Social at the Queen's Larder, 1 Queen Square, WC1 - All welcome
  • Meet the Historians of Popular Culture: Wednesday 17 October, 18:00 – 20:00 Room 104 Senate House (Torrington Room)
    Lucy Robinson (University of Sussex, Matt Worley (University of Reading) and Marcus Collins (University of Loughborough) discuss their career paths and current work.
  • Seminar: Philippa Byrne (Oxford) - Sallust on the Battlefield: The Roman Origins of Medieval Chivalry? Thursday, 18 October, 17:30 – 19:30, Room STB5, Basement, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN
    In medieval historiography, ‘chivalry’ is a tired term, a concept which threatens to become as meaningless and formless as ‘feudalism’. Whilst medievalists remain divided on whether chivalry represents a romantic ideal or historical reality, one broadly agreed-upon tenet of medieval studies, however, is that the origins of chivalric ideas are to be found in secular, ‘knightly’ society. Chivalry describes an aristocratic ethos, typically expressed in the vernacular. This paper seeks to challenge that conclusion by providing a new framework for examining ‘chivalric’ ideals, and discussing a hitherto unexplored influence on chivalric culture: Roman histories.
    For more information, see:
  • History Lab Committee Members: As this is the start of the new academic year, it is an ideal time to join the committee and get involved. Roles are varied, and we meet once a fortnight in term time. Being part of the committee gives you a say in the kind of events we organise, expands your network, does wonders for the skills section of your CV - and can be fun!
    If you are a master's or doctoral student in history or a related discipline and you'd like more information, please email us on:
Day for new research students
  • The University of London’s Institute of Historical Research, in conjunction with History Lab, is pleased to announce its annual Day for New Research Students. The day will provide an opportunity to learn about IHR publications on- and off- line and about the wide range of IHR activities – lectures, seminars, conferences and training courses available to postgraduate students in history and associated disciplines.
  • What is LGBT(Q) History and where do we stand? The event will be held on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th November 2012, Queen Mary, University of London.
    The conference will bring postgraduates and early career scholars together to present on diverse range of topics and consider the state of the field today. A panel event will be held on the Wednesday evening 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. The panel will feature Laura Doan (Professor of Cultural History and Sexuality Studies, University of Manchester and author of Fashioning Sapphism), Julian Jackson (Professor of History, Queen Mary and author of Living in Arcadia. Homosexuality, Politics and Homosexuality in France from the Liberation to Aids), the activist and founder of Age of Diversity Lindsay River, and the chair of LGBT History Month and Schools Out, Sue Sanders.
    Programme information can be found here:

    The event is open to all. There is no conference fee, but we will ask for a voluntary £5 donation on the day for those who feel they can afford it. To register please fill in the form:
Call for papers
  • University of Huddersfield History Postgraduate Conference 2012, Thursday 8th November. The University of Huddersfield History Postgraduate Conference is designed to bring together postgraduates in history and related disciplines to share their research in a friendly, informal environment with the wider postgraduate and history communities. This year’s Conference will be followed by the first annual J.H. Whitley lecture from Professor Richard Toye (University of Exeter): ‘Punch & Judy Politics 1920s style: the House of Commons in the era of Speaker Whitley'. We welcome proposals for papers of no more than 20 minutes in any field of historical research or related disciplines. Please forward proposals, including an abstract (no more than 500 words) and a brief biographical statement, by email to
    Deadline for Submissions: Friday 19th October 2012. Notification of acceptance will be sent by Friday 26th October 2012. A small number of postgraduate travel bursaries are available to speakers by application to the above email address. For more information about the Conference or to register please contact Tosh Warwick at
  • Food in History: The 82nd Anglo-American Conference of Historians, 11-12 July 2013
    From famine to feast, from grain riots to TV cookery programmes, dieting to domesticity, food features in almost every aspect of human societies since prehistoric times. At its annual summer conference in 2013 the Institute of Historical Research aims to showcase the best of current scholarly writing, research and debate on the subject. Our plenary lecturers include Ken Albala, Susanne Freidberg, Cormac O’Grada and Steven Shapin. The conference will include a publishers’ book fair, policy forum, film screenings and a historic food recreation event. Bursaries will be available enabling postgraduate students to attend.
    Panel proposals (three papers each plus chair) and individual paper proposals are invited on topics across the full range of food history from ancient to contemporary times, and from all areas of the world: for example: food technology and regulation; global foods and the globalisation of food trade; migration and culinary culture; restaurants; food religion and status; diet and nutrition; individual commodities; agriculture, distribution and markets; retail, advertising and consumption. Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to participate.
    Please send your proposal to by 15 December 2012. The finalised conference programme will be published in January 2013.
    Food in History conference Programme Committee:
    Sunil Amrith (Birkbeck), David Gentilcore (Leicester), Derek Keene (Centre for Metropolitan History, IHR), Derek Oddy (Westminster), Sara Pennell (Roehampton), Miles Taylor (IHR)
    If you are interested in being part of a History Lab panel, please email us at:
    For more information, see:
Seminar series
PhD Studentship
  • AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Opportunity. "Curating Art and Science: New Methods and Sites of Production and Display"

    Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship at the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London in partnership with The Arts Catalyst, London.

    Supervisory team: Dr Harriet Hawkins (RHUL) Prof. Deborah Dixon (University of Glasgow) and Nicola Triscott and Dr Rob La Frenais (The Arts Catalyst)

    Recent contemporary arts projects have directly engaged with, or taken as their subject, a range of sites, spaces, practices, ideas, and cultures of science and advanced technology. These trans-disciplinary art projects present highly varied contexts for research, production and exhibition, and working alongside The Arts Catalyst this studentship will investigate the practical, curatorial and production demands posed by these projects. Exploring and potentially participating in the commissioning and curation of arts projects that engage with science critically and experimentally, this studentship will ask research questions including:

    How do art-science projects engage and extend the practices of curation?
    What sorts of critical engagements with the spaces of scientific research and artistic production do these projects generate?

    What lessons can be learnt about the challenges and possibilities these projects raise for cultural producers and curators?

    How do art-science projects contribute to our understandings of the geographies of art and science?

    The award is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the studentship pays post-graduate fees at RHUL and an annual maintenance grant.
    For more, see:
Portal for International Scholarships / Financial Aid News
  • is an initiative to highlight or simply provide information about scholarships available across the Globe. We update this website on regular basis and all types of scholarship, finanacial aid information is posted for the covenience of viewers. The scholarships are categorized in Government, NGO's / Trusts and Corporate Scholarships. They are also categorized according to the level of education like Undergraduate, Postgradute, PHD / Doctorate, Post Doctoral Scholarships and Research Scholarships.
Job opportunities
  • University of East London research and teaching jobs:
  • Administrative Editor for History Workshop Journal
    The Editorial Board of the History Workshop Journal is looking for a part-time administrator to manage the administrative and financial functions of the journal’s editorial process. The job involves an average of six hours’ work a week.
  • The post-holder will:
    distribute new editorial submissions to the editorial collective; collate editors’ reviews; maintain and update the log of all submissions with reviews; liaise with editors and contributors on the content of issues; and issue all rejection and acceptance letters; liaise with our publisher, Oxford University Press, on general matters and those pertaining to sales, distribution, and promotion;
    organise and attend meetings of the editorial collective (roughly every six weeks); prepare and distribute meeting minutes; attend to all matters pertaining to Journal finances, including all banking and bookkeeping; the payment of invoices; the preparation and submission of the monthly payroll and annual Journal accounts to our accountant; and play an active role in decisions regarding short- and long-term investments; prepare and submit the Journal’s annual report to the Charity Commission; liaise with authors, members of the editorial collective, publisher, accountants and the Charity Commission; regular collection of mail from the London PO Box.
    We are looking for someone who has administrative experience, can work independently, has good IT skills has experience of basic accounting, can attend afternoon and occasional weekend meetings (usually in London), has good oral and written communication skills, is very organised, and has an interest in history.
    Applicants for the position should send a single Word or PDF document containing (i) a short CV (maximum 2pp), (ii) contact details of two referees, and (iii) cover letter (maximum 1p) outlining their experience and suitability for the position to: no later than 24 October 2012. Applicants will be contacted if they are shortlisted by 6 November. Interviews will held in central London on the afternoon of Wednesday 14 November. Please direct all enquiries relating to this position in the first instance to Kathleen McIlvenna at



The History Lab team.




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