Monday, 28 January 2013

History Lab Bulletin 28 January 2013

Next in History Lab
• Call for papers
• Conference
• Job opportunity
• Seminar Series
• Workshop
Next in History Lab

Apologies for last weeks cancellation of Meet the Transnational Historians, this is hopefully being rescheduled. 

·       Seminar:  Sally Osborn (Roehampton) , Thu, 7 February, 17:30 – 19:30, Room STB5, Basement, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN
This paper will consider the practice and significance of the circulation of remedies among a social network - the recipes' use as what might be called social currency.  To understand the concept, think about the modern equivalent of emailing a friend with information on a great place to stay or a new restaurant.  The information (the social currency) gets you brownie points (or social capital) which means that your friend is more likely to return the favour with information you need in the future.

Monetary currency can be spent on goods and services or saved and invested to build up a stock of financial capital.  In a similar fashion, social currency acts as a mediator in relationships, its use forming a stock of social capital that can be accumulated by providing favours or information and drawn on when assistance is sought in return.  The goodwill of others could be an extremely valuable resource, particularly in an age when access to patronage was so significant in the attainment of appointments or promotion.

Using examples of recipes and extracts from letters and diaries, this paper will examine the different elements of social capital, namely the social networks that form its structure, the norms of reciprocity that guide behaviour within the network, and the trust that the investment of social currency tends to build up.  From the particular lens of the transmission of medical recipes, it will also venture hypotheses regarding changes in the development and application of social currency between the beginning and the end of the eighteenth century.

·       Meet the Curator: Beverley Cook curator for social history at the Museum of London, Tuesday 19th February 18:00 - 20:00 in room S261.

Call for papers & Conferences

·       London Medieval Society Colloquium on 'Rhetoric', 23 February 2013, Arts One Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS
Registration at 10.15am and finishes at 6pm with a wine reception afterwards.  Speakers: Rita Copeland, Mary Carruthers, Gwilym Dodd, Ian Wei and Jonathan Morton


·       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.
The conference will consider, but not be limited to, the following indicative themes: 1. Bibliographic Control 
2. Bibliometric Research
3. Change of Libraries and Managerial techniques
4. Changes in Learning, Research and Information needs and Behaviour of Users
5. Climate Change Data
6. Communication Strategies
7. Data Analysis and Data Mining
8. Development and Assessment of Digital Repositories 
9. Development of Information and Knowledge Services on the Public Library 
10. Digital Libraries 
11. Economic Co-operation and Development
12. Energy Data and Information 
13. Environmental Assessment 
14. Financial strength and sustainability
15. Health information services
16. Historical and Comparative case studies related to Librarianship
17. Information and Data on various aspects of Food and Agriculture 
18. Information and Knowledge Services
19. Information Literacy: Information sharing, Democracy and Lifelong Learning
20. Library Cooperation: Problems and Challenges at the beginning of the 21st century
21. Library change and Technology 
22. Management
23. Marketing
24. Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations
25. Music Librarianship 
26. Performance Measurement and Competitiveness 
27. Publications
28. Quality evaluation and promotion of info 
29. Technology & Innovations in Libraries and their Impact on Learning, Research and Users
30. Technology transfer and Innovation in Library management 

·       Unofficial Histories - Manchester- June 2013 A public conference to discuss how society produces, presents, and consumes history beyond official and elite versions of the past. 
Following a successful first conference in London in 2012, we’re delighted to announce details and the Call for Participation for the second Unofficial Histories conference. The conference aims to explore how society produces, presents, and consumes history beyond official and elite versions of the past. The 2013 conference will take place in Manchester and this time we’re making a weekend of it over Saturday 15th June 2013 and Sunday 16th June 2013.
We now invite presentation proposals for the meeting on Saturday 15th June 2013 to be held at Manchester Metropolitan University. You can find the full Call for Participation at . The deadline for abstracts is Wednesday 20th February 2013. Conference registration will open in late January 2013 onwards. 


·       The Oxford Travel Cultures Seminar Series would like to invite
proposals for its upcoming interdisciplinary conference to be held in
October 2013.  The theme this year will be "Navigating Networks: Women, Travel, and Female Communities."  We invite papers that address the topic of women’s travel networks in any historical period.  We welcome discussion on any of the following: nonfictional or literary accounts; diaries; letters; articles; films; documentaries; photographs and paintings.  Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words (for papers of 20 minutes) to Hannah Sikstrom and Kimberly Marsh at
·       The National Gallery and The Getty Research Institute, London and the Emergence of a European Art Market (c. 1780-1820) Conference
The National Gallery, London (21-22 June 2013).  Call for Papers: abstract deadline & word-limit: 15 February 2013 (250 words).  Topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:
-  ARTWORKS Cross-border traffic of objects (cultural transfers, customs regulations, arbitrage, etc.) and its effect on the formation of private and public collections.
-  AGENTS Market integration throughout Europe (national/transnational dealer networks, centre and periphery, impact of revolution and war, etc.)
-  INFORMATION Auction catalogues as economic tool and literary genre (classification systems, lot sequence, transparency, connoisseurship, etc.)
-  VALUES Idea of art as an investment (different national canons and currencies, growth of investment-minded collectors, ascendancy of the banker as a key player, price manipulation, etc.) 
·       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.

Job Opportunity

·       Lectureship in European History c.1650 - c.1900
University of Stirling -School of Arts and Humanities
Grade 8 £37,012 - £44,166 p.a.

Interviews: Friday 22 Feb 2013 (with presentations Thursday 21 Feb), Closing date: Thursday 31 Jan 2013
 We seek to appoint to an open-ended Lectureship in Stirling’s long-established specialism in continental European History c.1650-c.1900 (supported by substantial teaching and research library resources), with a particular focus upon the political, ideological, socio-economic or cultural history of a region or regions of western/central Europe. The successful candidate may have an interest in such historical themes as the revolutionary and nationalist movements of ‘the long-nineteenth century’, the rivalries of the Great Powers, the enlightenment or urbanisation; but we would also welcome applications from candidates with a versatile and inter-disciplinary range of research interests who might collaborate with colleagues in Trans-Atlantic, British and Environmental history, as well as in cognate disciplines within and beyond the School of Arts and Humanities.
The appointee would be expected to contribute to the History undergraduate provision, to pursue a programme of research, including research outputs and funding applications, to contribute to the development of new taught Masters initiatives, to undertake postgraduate research supervision relevant to their expertise and to undertake administrative duties as prescribed by the Head of Division. 

We seek to appoint to an open-ended Lectureship in European History c.1650-c.1900 from 1 June.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to the Head of the Division of History and Politics, Dr. Andrea Baumeister, e-mail , tel.: (+44) (0) 1786 467572.

·       Yale Center For British Art, Post doctoral research associateship
The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) is offering a Postdoctoral Research Associateship (PRA) in the Department of Paintings and Sculpture. The position is intended for a recent recipient of the PhD (degree granted within the last three years) in a field related to British art. The PhD must be in hand by the time the position begins. The PRA may be held for up to three years. It is expected that the post-holder will pursue long-term professional employment during the period of hire. The PRA will receive an annual salary of $45,000, plus standard Yale benefits. Funding to allow the PRA to attend one professional conference annually, and modest travel funds for undertaking work on behalf of the department as well as for personal research, as determined by the departmental head, will also be provided.

The PRA will report directly to the Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture and the Curator of Paintings and Sculpture. Primary duties will consist of research associated with the collection of paintings and sculpture and the exhibition program of the Center, including contributing to the ongoing scholarly cataloguing of the collection, assisting with major international loan exhibitions overseen by the Department, assisting with the reinstallation of the permanent collection of paintings and sculpture scheduled for 2015, and supporting the research activities of the Senior Curator and the Curator. The PRA will be given one day a week to pursue research in his/her own areas of specialization, and is expected to give talks at scholarly conferences, publish and engage with the wider art-historical community. Applicants should consult the job description for full details of the requirements of the position:

The deadline for receipt of applications is March 4, 2013. Interviews are expected to take place the following month. Applications should be made online at Applicants should refer to the job description on the website, then complete the application form and upload a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample. Three letters of recommendation should be forwarded directly by referees to Enquiries about the position can be addressed to Lisa Ford, Associate Head of Research, at, tel +1 203 432 9805.

Seminar Series

·       We are pleased to announce the first two talks in the successful Art History in the Pub series for 2013. On the Monday 28th January, Jennifer Wallis (Queen Mary University of London) will present Picturing the psyche: Fragments of the insane body in the late 19th century. The talk will explore the history of the 19th-century asylum, and the ways historians have paid increasing attention to the visual evidence contained in the many hundreds of photographs taken of asylum patients, either for administrative purposes or as classically-inspired, aesthetic renderings of mental illness. The second talk, in many ways continuing the theme and historical period, will take place on Monday 25th February. Sarah Chaney (UCL) & Nicholas Tromans (Kingston) will present Art, the Archive and the Avant-Garde Asylum, c. 1890 - 1914. This talk will explore some of the connections between art, psychiatry and modernism, focusing on the Bethlem art collections.

·       The Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, University of London. School of Advanced Study, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies
The next Cultural Memory seminar will take place on Saturday February
9th 11.00 am-4.00pm in room G34 Senate House, University of London

The theme of the day will be critical approaches to empathy, trauma
and witnessing.

Speakers will include Stef Craps (Literature, University of Ghent)
whose Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds has just been
published by Palgrave and Barbara Taylor (History and English, Queen
Mary, University of London) whose publications include Mary
Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination (2003),Women, Gender and Enlightenment (2005, edited with Sarah Knott), On Kindness (2009,
written with Adam Phillips), History & Psyche: Culture, Psychoanalysis
and the Past (forthcoming, edited with Sally Alexander). She is
currently working on a historical memoir of the British mental health
system and a history of solitude in Enlightenment Britain. Susannah
Radstone, (University of East London) will act as respondent and as
usual we will schedule plenty of time for discussion and contributions
from seminar participants.

    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. 


·       The Higher Education Academy (HEA) invites new and early career lecturers to an intensive, one-dayNew to Teaching workshop on learning and teaching in history and related disciplines.  The primary aim is to offer GTA, new or recently appointed academic staff an opportunity to reflect on and share their experiences of being a university teacher in their main discipline; and help them to address the main issues involved in providing high-quality learning and teaching experiences for students.  These include: curriculum design and quality assurance; the history lecture; small group teaching; assessment and feedback; career development and job applications.
There are two events:
HEA New to Teaching Workshop, University of Manchester, 22nd March 2013.  To register, go to:
HEA New to Teaching Workshop, University of Glasgow, 25th April 2013.  To register, go to:
These events are free to attend, but applicants need to register before the event.  Delegates may also be eligible for a travel grant, but must apply at least one month before the  
For further information about these or any other HEA events, please contact Peter D’Sena, Discipline Lead for History at the HEA:

·       International Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities. This will take place on February the 12th (1-5pm), at the The Gallery, AAH offices, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ. The event is organised by the Freelance and Independents Committee and will provide independent, freelance and early career art historians with invaluable information about international postdoctoral opportunities. The afternoon will allow them to liaise in an informal context with funding body professionals and advisors. The workshop will include presentations from three visiting speakers, each followed by a Q&A and discussion relating to eligibility and application procedures. Following presentations, refreshments will be provided and participants will have a chance to ask further questions and discuss individual proposals within smaller specialised groups. A printed hand out from each presentation will also be made available on the day.

Speakers include: Dr Ian Lyne (Associate Director of Programmes, Arts and Humanities Research Council), Emma Carey (Former European Advisor, UK Research Office), Maggie Credland (European Funding Administrator, Research and Innovation Service, University of Leeds). 

To book click here: members £40; non-members £55. Please note, this workshop is open to all but spaces are limited to 30 and are filling up quick! 

• 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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