Thursday, 20 December 2012

History Lab Bulletin 4 December 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
• Call for papers
• Conference
• Internship
• Job opportunity
• Seminar Series
• Workshop
Next in History Lab

Seminar, Thursday 13 December, 17:30, Alison Enever (Southampton) 

Boys Should Be Boys and Girls Should Be Wives: The Construction of a Gendered Identity in the Boy's Own Paper and Girls' Own Paper

Where: Room STB5, Basement, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN 

Description:  This paper will explore the role played by the Boy’s Own Paper and Girl’s Own Paper in shaping and defining an explicitly gendered identity for its readers.  Consideration will be given to the significance of the Papers’ ownership by the Religious Tract Society, a missionary organisation whose concern in starting the papers was to address perceived problems of juvenile delinquency.  The focus will be on the papers’ role from 1914 until 1967 when the Boy’s Own Paper ceased publication (The Girl’s Own closed in 1956).  Both papers sought to shape juvenile behaviour, encourage religiosity, and instil ‘correct’ moral codes and behaviour in young people, but vitally they did so in an explicitly gendered way.  It will be shown that in common with many youth movements of the time, the papers created a ‘space’ where a boy could and should be a boy, and a girl understood and prepared for her future role as the spiritual heart of the home.  This paper considers the way the Boy’s Own and Girl’s Own explicitly and implicitly differentiated between ‘boyhood’ and ‘girlhood’, assigning young people gendered areas of social space which touched on every aspect of their lives from their internal emotional life, to etiquette, dress, leisure activities, future aspirations, and their role as citizens of the nation and Empire.  The readers were not passive however, and there were other influences at work upon them.  Nor were the papers a consistent articulation of a unified publishing policy, but rather the product of negotiations and interactions between the publisher, the editors, and young people.  The papers are therefore considered as constructs, and there is exploration of the interplay of forces which enabled the papers’ production, and the extent to which young people could influence, shape or ultimately reject them.

Meet the Transnational Historians – Dr Sarah Snyder, UCL and Dr Axel Körner, Monday 21 January 2013 at 6 PM, Room S264, Senate House. 
Call for papers

• New Times Revisited? Examining Society, Culture and Politics in the Long 1980s, University of Birmingham & University of Warwick, 28th-29th June 2013 

Plenary speakers: James Vernon (UC Berkeley) and Stephen Brooke (York University)

How should historians of Britain understand the long 1980s? This conference takes its name from the discussion of the meaning of New Times in the journal Marxism Today. ‘New times’ sought to characterise a period during which ideas of post-war consensus were critiqued, Keynesian economic frameworks were challenged, identity politics proliferated and class solidarities shifted. This conference aims to develop and question such a narrative by asking how a sense of ‘new times’ relates to longer term cultural and social change. We invite papers examining society, politics, and culture during the 1970s and 1980s from a local, British and global perspective.

We ask: Can the decade be seen as an ‘age of fracture’? To what extent did Britain feel a ‘shock of the global’? How closely should we associate the era with the emergence and consolidation of a new hegemonic politics associated with Thatcherism? How was Thatcherism experienced in everyday life? Would Thatcherism have existed without Thatcher?  What narratives best encapsulate everyday and ‘ordinary’ experience in the 1980s?

We also welcome discussion of the following themes:
* The crisis of the Left and the emergence of a ‘new right’. Was this the ‘Great Moving Right Show’?
* Britain’s position in relation to the rest of the world.
* What were the key agents in driving political, economic, cultural and social change in the 1980s? How important were parties, social movements, supranational institutions, big business and ‘the city’ to the changes of the decade?
*How were issues such as race and sexuality experienced in ‘ordinary’ settings?
This conference is aimed at postgraduate, early career researchers, and established researchers. It is geared towards creating a research agenda for those interested in studying a ‘long 1980s’. It is a joint initiative between the Birmingham Centre for Modern and Contemporary History and the University of Warwick’s Institute for Advanced Studies.
Contact Daisy Payling at for further information, or to submit a proposal in the form of a 300-500 word abstract or 1,000- 1,500 word panel proposals of up to three papers. The deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is 1 March 2013.

Papers are invited on Food and Material Culture, the subject of our 2013 Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery.   Anyone interested in presenting a paper at the 2013 Symposium should submit a proposal of 500-1000 words by 1 February 2013 to Mark McWilliams at and include your contact information.
Papers are invited by scholars and students of all disciplines, at all levels of study, to submit 250-word abstracts to the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Culture Form for 20 min papers on the theme of ‘Fun and the Nineteenth Century’.   Topics might include, but are not limited to: *Music, dancing, and theatre *Sport *Recreational reading *Playing games *The taking of drugs, e.g. opium, absinthe, and laudanum *Social societies *Fairs, carnivals, circuses *Pleasure gardens *Magic *The foreign and the familiar *Travel *Hobbies *Exhibitions *Gambling *Spectacles Please send abstracts to by 30 December 2012. Convenors: Hannah Sikstrom (Brasenose) and Eloise Moss (Magdalen).
The Relevance of History – North East History Lab, Northumbria University, 15 February 2013
We are pleased to invite speakers for the first event of the new North East History Lab. As part of a fantastic networking opportunity for postgraduate history students based in the North East, we are looking for several short presentations (10-15 mins) to form the basis of an afternoon workshop about the relevance of history.  The workshop is intended to create an informal and non-threatening atmosphere in which postgraduate researchers can share ideas, develop their skills and create links with historians from different institutions and backgrounds. The afternoon’s events are set to include:

• Presentations on the relevance of historical research.
• An open discussion group on issues with ascribing value to historical research.
• A training session for researchers on outreach and impact issues.
• Networking and socialising opportunities.

The presentations should ideally give a brief overview of on-going research projects within the context of evaluating the relevance of history. Different approaches may highlight variable concepts of value, encompassing the possible social, political, cultural or economic relevance of historical research. The emphasis of the day in general will be to generate debate, discussion and introspective analysis of the relevance of our own work as historians.

Those interested in giving a presentation please send a 100-200 word abstract via email to with ‘Relevance of History’ as the subject by 15 January 2013.

Follow the History Lab on social media for further updates:
Twitter: @HistoryLabNE

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 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.


INSTITUTIONS: History Lab Annual Conference 2013
Institute of Historical Research, London, 12-13 June 2013

Institutions have always been an integral part of human society and were traditionally understood as instruments of bureaucratic and social control and administration. However, recent events such as the Eurozone crisis have seen a collapse of trust in politics and the rise of activist movements such as Avaaz. These global changes have called into question the traditional definitions of institutions. ‘Institution’ also has a metaphorical meaning, from the ‘institution’ of marriage to a set of behaviours with very specific rules.
What is an ‘institution’? Who makes ‘institutions’? How do they operate? What does the process of ‘institutionalisation’ entail? With these questions in mind, the History Lab Conference 2013 aims to investigate the relationships between institutions, societies and individuals through the analysis of historical example.
Postgraduate students and early-career researchers are invited to submit proposals for papers (twenty minutes), or panels of three speakers, on specific topics exploring institutions or on wider relevant methodological and philosophical issues.
Papers may cover any historical region or period, exploring institutions in topics including, but not limited to, the following areas.
• Religion and morality
• Social and community activism, protest and resistance.
• Governmental, non-governmental and charitable
• Medicine, medical institutions and treatment.
• Administration, bureaucracy and accountability.
• Industry, trade and commerce..
• The family, education and welfare.
• Cultural production and practices.
• Labour, business and industrial relations.
• Policing, law and order, and incarceration.
Some travel bursaries will be available for research students travelling from the United States. Please email for further details.
To submit a proposal for the conference, please send your title along with a 250-word abstract, your institutional affiliation, and full contact details to: by the deadline of Thursday 28th February, 2013.

Intern needed for the Museum collection of 

Germany, Herzogenaurach

Contract Type: Temporary (less than 13 months)

Salary: 1000 €/month

Closing Date: none

Interested in being a part of something new within one of the most famous athletic and lifestyle brands in the world? Would you like to be one of the early pioneers to help lead the adidas Group to its inevitable future of being one of the top retailers in the world? If so, then keep reading because this job might be for you. This is an opportunity to join a truly international business with an environment that is often described as dynamic, innovative, and culturally diverse. If you share our love for sport and competition and have the drive to be number one in what you do, then consider this option to join our winning team! 

adidas has a unique personality due to its extensive history. Its strength as a brand is that it promotes not only its products but the soul of the company. The aim of the History Management team is to acquire and collect, preserve and research, and communicate and exhibit this unique heritage. To achieve this, the department is highly interdisciplinary- from museologist to historian, from apparel engineers to marketing experts. 

In 2013 we are searching for five interns to work with our specialist collections of apparel, footwear, images, videos and catalogues. 

We are looking for interns who have a specific knowledge and interest in these areas. Each role will involve archiving, museum database training (TMS), preventative conservation and digitisation. 

 Location: adidas Headquarters in Herzogenaurach (near Nuremberg), Germany

For detailed descriptions of each position please contact us at:
Job opportunity

3 PhD Scholarships (3 years full-time)
Application deadline: Apr 1, 2013University of St Andrews
School of Art History

The School of Art History at the University of St Andrews is offering 3 fully-funded PhD Scholarships of £15,000 in the areas of Museum & Gallery Studies, Art History and History of Photography to begin in September 2013. The Scholarships will cover the cost of fees (at the UK/EU home rate) and provide a tax-free bursary to successful candidates.

The School is one of the most highly rated departments in Britain for research and teaching, and with 17 faculty members, it is also one of the largest. Staff research interests include Late Medieval art in Britain and Northern Europe, Italian art and architecture of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, French art of the 19th and 20th centuries, art, architecture & design in Britain from the 18th to the 20th century, modern art in Eastern Europe, Sculpture from the 13th to 21st centuries, and the History of Photography.

The highly regarded Museum & Gallery Studies programme at St Andrews attracts students from across the world. The four members of staff offer full and part-time postgraduate tuition in museology and aspects of current museum practice. They also run courses in Abu Dhabi for Zayed University. Staff interests include collections management, museum governance and management, ethics, visitor studies, learning and access, interpretation, and the history of collecting.  The School is keen to build on its research strengths and to develop an already vigorous postgraduate community by offering studentships to outstanding candidates whose research interests in Art History, History of Photography or Museum & Gallery Studies broadly coincide with those of members of the academic staff. Applicants should have an excellent first degree or Masters in a relevant subject area. Further information on the School of Art History may be found at

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Brendan Cassidy
(Head of School) or Dr Natalie Adamson
(Director of Postgraduate Studies)

The closing date for applications will be 1 April 2013.
Interviews will be held between 29 April-3 May 2013.

Applications should include:
- Application Form:
- CV/Resume
- Personal Statement or Letter of Intent
- 1000-word Research Proposal plus bibliography
- Sample of your Academic Writing (e.g. an undergraduate or Masters
degree essay)
- University Transcripts
- Two Academic References
- English Language Qualification - IELTS/TOEFL Certificate where
applicable (see pp.7-8 at:

Seminar Series
  • V&A/RCA MA in Design History and Material Culture.  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. 
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


• The Institute of Historical Research is holding a free workshop for history postgraduates and early career researchers on 'Developing an effective social media presence'. The event, which will be held on Tuesday 29 January 2013, has been organised as part of the AHRC-funded Social Media Knowledge Exchange
To register for the event, email Jane Winters Places are limited, so book soon.

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