Tuesday, 12 February 2013

History Lab Bulletin 12 February 2013

Next in History Lab

Thursday, 21 February, 17:30

Seminar - Susanne Stoddart (Royal Holloway, University of London) - "Is there one who, seeing them, would grudge them the national gift?": Exploring Visual Representations of Edwardian Welfare and Welfare Recipients in the Print Press

When: Thu, 21 February, 17:30 – 19:30

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


The Edwardian period is often identified as a golden age of printed political propaganda. Visual material, particularly in the form of cartoons, emerged as a powerful tool utilised by political parties and the newspapers that supported them in order to communicate with the mass electorate and to rally support. The Edwardian period also laid the foundations of the welfare state in Britain, with the Liberal party introducing measures including National Insurance in 1911. This paper explores the important role played by visual representations of welfare and welfare recipients, produced by the Liberal press. It discusses how the images were used to evoke specific emotions, and to convey important messages about the Liberal policies, which were often more difficult to evoke or convey in a textual or spoken format. For example, the use of drawings and photographs of welfare recipients by the press simply enabled them to be seen, reminding audiences that they were human beings in need, rather than a statistic. This helped to evoke the emotions sympathy and compassion, and therefore to help establish legitimacy for the often contested welfare policies. Elsewhere, the visual art form of cartoons represented Liberal welfare politicians aiding the poverty-stricke​n and the struggling working classes in the guise of policemen, doctors, and even Father Christmases. This paper suggests that these selected and recurring representations of welfare politicians were utilised by the Liberal cartoonists in order to import the cultural meanings associated with such public or mythical men during the Edwardian period. This, in turn, conveyed important messages about the nature of Liberal welfare reform, for example in terms of the redefined relationship between the state and the welfare recipient, and in terms of its impact upon masculine independence and the feminisation of public politics.

 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

·         The 12th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe
Landscape and Environment in Central and Eastern Europe: Interdisciplinary Approaches
Babes-Bolyai University and the Romanian Academy

The conference invites postgraduate students and early-career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences to take part in an interdisciplinary debate about the nature, meaning, uses and representation of the Central and East European landscape and environment. The geographical spread of the conference includes Germany, South-East Europe, Russia and the countries of the former USSR (including Central Asia).
Disciplines include, but are not limited to, anthropology, art and architectural history, cultural and literary studies, economics, geography (including urban studies), history (medieval to modern, including the history of science and technology), philosophy, politics and sociology. We particularly encourage comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as proposals using new research methods.
We look forward to receiving submissions on topics including, but not limited to, the following areas:
- urbanisation and rural flight;
- the rural environment, farming and famine;
- urban planning;
- altering the natural landscape;
- the sourcing and use of natural resources – mining, fossil fuels, and their impact;
- sustainability and renewable energy sources;
- the representation of landscapes and the environment in art, literature, film and drama;
- institutional and political approaches to landscape and environment;
- energy politics.

Abstracts of up to 300 words and a brief biography should be sent to 12pgconference2013@ubbcluj.ro Papers should not exceed twenty minutes. The language of the conference is English. The organising committee will provide accommodation for speakers. The conference is organised in association with UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.



13th-14th September 2013 Oxford



Dr Alison Smith (Tate Britain)

Professor Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck)


In the wake of recent major exhibitions and publications such as Tate Britain’s

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde and The Cambridge Companion to Pre-

Raphaelitism, this two-day conference will present new and innovative approaches

to the study of Pre-Raphaelitism by bringing together established academics,

museum curators and research students. This conference also seeks to examine Pre-Raphaelitism as a bridge between Romanticism and Aestheticism, and to engage with current critical work regarding its relationship to Modernism in literature.

The breadth and diversity of Pre-Raphaelite art, literature and design will be drawn

on in order to consider major questions such as: What is Pre-Raphaelitism? Where

does the movement begin and end? Who should be included or excluded? What are

its major influences, and to what extent has it influenced other artists and movements? How have perceptions of Pre-Raphaelitism changed or remained the same since its nineteenth-century beginnings?


This will be a two-day conference, organized jointly by Professor Christiana Payne

and Dr Dinah Roe (Oxford Brookes University), Colin Harrison (Ashmolean Museum)

and Dr Alastair Wright (Oxford University). Academic sessions will be held at the

Ashmolean Museum (Friday 13th) and St John’s College (Saturday 14th). A programme of guided walks and talks around Pre-Raphaelite sites in Oxford will be held on Sunday 15th September.  We invite proposals for papers on all aspects of Pre-Raphaelite work, especially with a cross-disciplinary focus. Papers by current or recently graduated research students are welcome, as well as those by more established scholars.


Professor Christiana Payne and Dr Dinah Roe

If you are interested in attending as a delegate please email to reserve a place.


Conference booking opens in May 2013


Please submit abstracts of 300 words for 20 minute papers with a CV to: Dr Dinah

Roe (d.roe@brookes.ac.uk) and Professor Christiana Payne (cjepayne@brookes.

ac.uk) no later than 31 March 2013.

·         5th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2013) at 4 - 7 June 2013, “La Sapienza” University, RomeItaly: http://www.isast.org/qqml2013.html

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.

The 5th QQML2013 was scheduled during the previous 4th QQML2012 Conference. It was also decided that the 6th QQML2014 International Conference will be organized in Istanbul, Turkey.

QQML2009, QQML2010, QQML2011 and QQML2012 were successful events both from the number and quality of the presentations and from the post conference publications in Journals and Books.

QQML2013 will continue and expand the related topics.

Papers are invited for this international conference. 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

Special Sessions – Workshops

You may send proposals for Special Sessions (4-6 papers) or Workshops(more than 2 sessions) including the title and a brief description at: secretariat@isast.org or from the electronic submission at the web page: http://www.isast.org/abstractregistration.html

You may also send Abstracts/Papers to be included in the following sessions, to new sessions or as contributed papers at the web page: http://www.isast.org/abstractregistration.html

Contributions may be realized through one of the following ways

a. structured abstracts (not exceeding 500 words) and presentation;

b. full papers (not exceeding 7,000 words);

c. posters (not exceeding 2,500 words);

d. visual presentations (Pecha kucha). These presentations consist of exactly 20 slides, each of which is displayed for 20 seconds. Total presentation time is precisely 6 minutes 40 seconds and so it is important to use the transition feature in PowerPoint to time your presentation exactly.

In all the above cases at least one of the authors ought to be registered in the conference. Abstracts and full papers should be submitted electronically within the timetable provided in the web page: http://www.isast.org/importantdates.html
The abstracts and full papers should be in compliance to the author guidelines: http://www.isast.org/abstractregistration.html

All abstracts will be published in the Conference Book of Abstracts and in the website of the Conference. The papers of the conference will be published in the website of the conference, after the permission of the author(s).

Student submissions

Professors and Supervisors are encouraged to organize conference sessions of Postgraduate theses and dissertations.

Please direct any questions regarding the QQML 2013 Conference and Student Research Presentations to: the secretariat of the conference at: secretariat@isast.org





As interest in the full range of architecture in the interwar years grows, now is a good time to examine the various manifestations of modernism and non-modernism in the period. This symposium, to be held at St John’s College, Oxford, will pick up on the richness and variety of architectural output that engaged with the International Style whilst not ideologically part of it, and that which sought to ignore it all together.

This symposium aims to bring non-Modernist, but not necessarily non-moderne, monuments, to the foreground. The symposium aims to encourage terms like the neo-Georgian, Tudoresque, streamline moderne, twentieth century gothic revivalism, and vernacular to be discussed and to engage with each other on the same platform.

The recourse to discussion of style, and the evolution of style, needs to be problematised. The narrative of architectural history has tended towards the development of style rather than the examination of architectural ideas across a number of simultaneously existing stylistic options. Were there formal or theoretical interests that transcended stylistic concerns during the interwar period?

We are seeking papers on this material, including but not limited to the following broad areas, from architectural historians and scholars of related fields:

·     Public and commercial architecture

·     Domestic architecture

·     International practice and influence (how foreign practice influenced British architects and vice-versa, British architectural output throughout the Empire etc)

·     Architectural theory and methodology (how does work on this period bring into focus broader theoretical and methodological questions)

·     ‘Afterlives’: any aspect of a building’s life after its completion (architectural, textual, or visual reformulations or appropriations)

·     Cross-disciplinary, cross-media approaches and responses to interwar architecture (e.g. filmic responses to interwar architecture, papers from non-architectural historians etc.)


We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on interwar architecture from academics and graduate students working in architectural history. Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words by February 4th, 2013 to stylisticdeadends@googlemail.com.

·         CALL FOR PAPERS.  The issue examines humanitarian history and will be a supplement inDisasters, the foremost journal for conflict and natural disaster response studies. EntitledAid in the archives: academic histories for a practitioner audience, it is designed to bring historical debates into an area of policy and practice that has generally not had a strong historical consciousness.

More details are contained in the call for papers, which is available on the website below. The deadline for proposals is 10 March 2013. They are hoping that it will attract the interest of early career researchers working on various facets of humanitarianism in history.

·         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. http://www.qqml.net/

The conference will consider, but not be limited to, the following indicative themes: 1. Bibliographic Control 2. Bibliometric Research3. Change of Libraries and Managerial techniques4. Changes in Learning, Research and Information needs and Behaviour of Users5. Climate Change Data6. Communication Strategies7. Data Analysis and Data Mining8. 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 Development12. Energy Data and Information 13. Environmental Assessment 14. Financial strength and sustainability15. Health information services16. Historical and Comparative case studies related to Librarianship17. Information and Data on various aspects of Food and Agriculture 18. Information and Knowledge Services19. Information Literacy: Information sharing, Democracy and Lifelong Learning20. Library Cooperation: Problems and Challenges at the beginning of the 21st century21. Library change and Technology 22. Management23. Marketing24. Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations25. Music Librarianship 26. Performance Measurement and Competitiveness 27. Publications28. Quality evaluation and promotion of info 29. Technology & Innovations in Libraries and their Impact on Learning, Research and Users30. 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 http://unofficialhistories.wordpress.com/uh13/cfp/ . 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 travelculturesseminar@gmail.com

· 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 historylab2013@gmail.com 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: historylab2013@gmail.com by the deadline of Thursday 28th February, 2013.


Job Opportunity

New York University¹s Tamiment Library announces the Center for the
United States and the Cold War Fellowships and travel grants for

The Center for the United States and the Cold War supports research on
the Cold War at home and the ways in which this ideological and
geopolitical conflict with the Soviet Union affected American
politics, culture, and society. We will be offering a dissertation
fellowship and a post-doctoral fellowship. Applicants for the
dissertation fellowship must have passed their comprehensive
examinations and expect to complete their dissertations within two
years. The post-doctoral fellowship is designed for junior scholars
who will have received the Ph.D. by August 31, 2013. A dissertation
fellow will receive a stipend of $25,000 for a nine-month academic
year; a stipend for post-doctoral fellow is $45,000; and travel grants
are $2,000 per month. This year there are at least five travel grants,
one post-doctoral fellowship, and one dissertation fellowship

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a short project
description (5 pages maximum), a statement describing the relevance of
the collections of the Tamiment Library to the project, and two
letters of recommendation. Writing samples are welcome (5 pages

Submit material by February 15, 2013 to Zuzanna Kobrzynski at

Zuzanna Kobrzynski


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.



Feminist Postgraduate Reading Group

Senate House Library

First session: Tuesday February 4th 6.30 pm in Senate House Library, Room 246

‘Body Politics and Reproductive Technologies’

The politics of the body and reproductive rights have been central to feminist scholarship and activism throughout the last century. In this semester the reading group revisits classic texts on embodiment and reproduction, which offer alternative ways of knowing and living the body. We will discuss the political implications of radical non-reproductivity, egg freezing, transnational surrogacy and queering reproduction. Combining insights from social sciences and humanities, our approach is interdisciplinary and attends to the representation of reproductive and non-reproductive bodies in photography, documentary film, literature and feminist thinking. Throughout the term, we intend to put our own lived experience of the broader implications of contemporary body and reproductive politics centre stage in the discussions, honouring the assertion that the personal is political as well as a resource for critical reflection.

This informal postgraduate reading group offers the opportunity to read and discuss feminist writing. It is open to anyone interested from any discipline or institution. The discussion is based around the reading of theoretical material alongside literary or cultural texts, iconographic materials and film. Participants are welcome to attend regularly or occasionally. We are a friendly and welcoming group, always looking for new input.

For more information or to be added to our mailing list please contact us at pgfeministreadinggroup@gmail.com

A Facebook page is also under construction at www.facebook.com/pgfrg and more information about the group can be found at http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/

With only a few weeks to go until the relaunch of History Lab North East and our debate on the 'relevance of history', one of our organisers has kicked things off by writing a blog post on the historical basis of EU membership of an independent Scotland. Check it out at www.historylabne.blogspot.co.uk.

Feel free to comment on the blog, or contact us if you'd like to write a post yourself.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Northumbria University on 15 February. We'll be sending out the schedule for the day soon!

· 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:http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/22_March_NTTHistory

HEA New to Teaching Workshop, University of Glasgow, 25th April 2013. To register, go to:http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/26_April_NTTHistory

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 event:www.heacademy.ac.uk/travel-grant
For further information about these or any other HEA events, please contact Peter D’Sena, Discipline Lead for History at the HEA: peter.dsena@heacademy.ac.uk