Tuesday, 9 April 2013

History Lab Bulletin 8 April 2013

History Lab Bulletin 8 April 2013

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

• Conferences

• Job opportunity


Next in History Lab

Wednesday, 8 May


Methods Workshop: Digital Histories, Theories and Practices.


Wed, 8 May, 10:00 – 17:00


University of Roehampton, (Digby Stuart College) Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PU


A one-day study day organised by the Centre for History and Theory at Roehampton University and History Lab

This study day is directed towards postgraduate (Masters and doctoral) students who wish to look at current historical theory and the ways in which theory can be used in producing historical research. It is made up of a series of interactive workshops in which invited academics, and Roehampton staff, introduce theoretical ideas which have influenced their own historical work and explore the ways in which these ideas can be deployed in research and writing.

The focus of the day will very much be on the practical value of theory and digital practice, and there will be ample opportunities for students to reflect on and discuss the role of theory in their own work.





10.00-10.30 Registration; (Fincham 001)

10.30-11.15 Carmen Mangion (Birkbeck) ‘Considering Prosopography in Historical Research: Producing group biographies’

11.15 -12.00 Doug Brown (Kings) ‘Using GIS Mapping: The Business of the New Poor Law in England and Wales 1834-c.1901 ’

12.00 - 1.00 Lunch; (available at campus caf├ęs or feel free to bring your own)

1.00-1:45 Meg Arnot (Roehampton) 'Clio’s consciousness wired? Some impacts of the digital world on historical knowledge'

1:45-2:30 Ted Vallance (Roehampton) 'Crowd-sourcing and history: more in hope than expectation?'

2.30-2:45 Tea/Break; own arrangements

3.00 -4.00 Breakout sessions; (Hi209 and Fin204)

4.00-5.00 Round table and summing up;

Thursday, 9 May 17:30

Seminar - Jason Brock (Royal Holloway) - J.A. Hobson's Place in British Inter-War Political Discourse


Thu, 9 May, 17:30 – 19:30


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


Michael Freeden credits John Atkinson Hobson as ‘by far the most original and penetrating of the new liberal theorists at the turn of the century… with a much larger amount of influence than is generally realised’. (1) In spite of this he remains a somewhat marginalised figure in both the history of political thought and economic theory. This paper aims to posit Hobson within the intellectual discourse of the inter-war years in Britain.

This paper contends, contrary to the common argument that Hobson underwent no theoretical innovation after the second edition of The Industrial System in 1910, that Hobson not only continued to revise his theories up until his death in 1940 but he was also an important figure on the political left and in the Labour Party during the inter-war years. This coincides with a shift, although not an altogether consistent one, in Hobson’s thought away from liberalism and towards social democracy. Both the Independent Labour Party and Oswald Mosley adopted Hobsonian ideas in the 1920s and 1930s and Hobson offered both ideological and pragmatic proposals for dealing with the economic malaise of the inter-war situation. Furthermore, Hobson played a role in the long-run development of the ‘Keynesian revolution’ and G.D.H. Cole even went so far as to argue that it should more properly be termed the Hobsonian revolution. (2)

The argument pursued here is that despite the lack of a coherent Hobsonian School of thought, Hobson’s intellectual legacy can be seen in the work of Cole, R.H. Tawney, and H.N. Brailsford amongst others. The theoretical dialogue between Hobson and other political thinkers will be discussed, as well as the way in which his thought was transformed into practical policy, especially in the post-1945 period. Finally, this paper aims to outline the case for considering Hobson as a figure in the historical canon of modern liberalism and social democracy.

1. M. Freeden, The New Liberalism (Oxford, 1978), p. 253.

2. G.D.H. Cole, New Statesman, 56 (1958), p. 12.


Call for papers & Conferences

Victorian Body Parts - St Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum, Clerkenwell, Saturday 14th September 2013

Keynote Speakers: Dr Katharina Boehm (Universitat Regensburg), Dr Kate Hill (Lincoln) and Dr Tiffany Watt-Smith (QMUL)

“Mr Wegg, if you was brought here loose in a bag to be articulated, I’d name your smallest bones blindfold equally with your largest, as fast as I could pick ‘em out, and I’d sort ‘em all, and sort your wertebrae, in a manner that would equally surprise and charm you.” (Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, 1865)

Why were the Victorians so interested in atomizing the body? What was causing nineteenth-century bodies to come apart at the seams? From articulated bones to beating hearts, from wooden legs to hair bracelets, from death masks to glass eyes, the Victorian body was chattering with its own discorporation.

The results of this fragmentation are successors to the recent scholarly work on material culture in examining the atomisation of the body as a symptom of being surrounded by the commodities generated by the nineteenth century. From objects under glass domes to pieces of the body in glass cases (authentic specimens of which fill St Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum), commodification and dissection have much in common.

This conference thus seeks to explore, develop and enrich perspectives on the numerous and varied ways in which the Victorians approached their anatomy, bringing together postgraduate, early career and established researchers to consider why body parts provided such an urgent and stimulating focus within the nineteenth-century cultural imagination.

Possible topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

§ Mementos of the body and the culture of mourning

§ Disability and the “substitution” of the body part

§ Dress and the exaggeration of, or emphasis on, elements of the body

§ Darwin and bodily means of expression in science

§ The“queering” of the body part

§ Measuring the body: deviation from the standards of Western patriarchy

§ Preserving the body: collecting and museum cultures

Proposals of up to 300 words should be sent to victorianbodyparts@gmail.com by Friday 31st May 2013.


Twitter: @victbodyparts

Normality in an uncertain world

6th ENQUIRE Postgraduate Conference, 10th and 11th September 2013

Call for Abstracts

This conference aims to bring together post-graduates and researchers, with an interest in normality, to explore the development, current application and possible future of such research.

We are pleased to confirm our keynote speakers:

Derek McGhee, Professor of Sociology, University of SouthamptonAngharad Becket, Associate Professor of Political Sociology, University of LeedsJulia O’Connell Davidson, Professor of Sociology, University of Nottingham

In a world of uncertainty, never has ‘the normal’ been so important. All societies operate normative patterns of behaviour that are enforced by sanctions. Such patterns are now interwoven and valorised at global, national, communal and personal levels so that ‘the normal’ has become a powerful entity. Ideas of biopower and self-governance are structured around the control of bodies and the creation of ‘normal’ ways of being. It can now be argued that tyrannies of perfection structure contemporary social life.

While social research has often focused on explaining deviance and the abnormal, such explanations are dependent upon a perception of ‘the normal’ for their existence. ‘The normal’, therefore, becomes important across disciplines, resonating with researchers as a central concept in addressing the pressing sociological issues of our time.

The idea of a ‘normal’ raises pertinent questions for future research. Who defines normality? What are the implications for deviance? Why do researchers construct and deconstruct the abnormal? Does normality serve as a mechanism of control? What function does normality play in different cultures/societies? Is normality inevitable?

Such questions apply across the discipline and call into question the normality of research itself. Indeed, are there such things as normal and abnormal methodologies? How important is the statistical norm? What structures the conception of ‘valid’ or ‘useful’ research?

In order to create a conference that pushes the boundaries and stimulates further and continued debate, we welcome broad interpretations of the conference title. Example themes for papers include but are not limited to:

Gender and sexualityFamilies

Migration and CitizenshipGlobalisation

Health, illness and disabilityThe body



Social policyPolitical action

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words by Friday 3rd May 2013 to enquire@nottingham.ac.uk

We are pleased to announce the Third Annual Roles Postgraduate Gender and Sexuality Conference, 10th May, University of Birmingham, UK.

This one-day event offers PG researchers from a diversity of disciplines the opportunity to present their work in an international academic conference, as well as providing PGs with the chance to follow research being carried out in other areas of the field of gender and sexuality studies and meet fellow researchers. For information about how to submit a proposal for a 20-minute paper please see the page entitled ‘CFP‘ or to book your place on the conference please visit the page marked ‘Registration‘.

We are happy to confirm our key note speaker, Dr. Nadine Muller (LJMU).

Nadine Muller is a Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. Before joining LJMU, she gained her Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Hull in 2012. Nadine’s research covers Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture, contemporary women’s fiction, feminist theory and practice, and cultural histories of women and gender from the nineteenth century through to the present-day. She is currently working on two book projects: a monograph based on my doctoral research on The Feminist Politics of Neo-Victorian Fiction, 2000-2010 and a study entitled The Widow in British Literature and Culture, 1850-2000. Nadine is the co-editor of the six-volume anthology Women and Belief, 1852-1928 (Routledge, 2012) and of Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (Palgrave, 2013). In November 2012, she launched The New Academic (www.nadinemuller.org.uk/blog/the-new-academic) a blog that seeks to collate advice and experiences about the increasingly demanding and complex challenges of academia for postgraduate and early-career researchers.

Nadine will be presenting her latest research:

A Queer & Dangerous Presence: The Widow in British Literature & Culture, 1900-2000

The widow transgressed mid-Victorian gender and social norms, not least due to her ambiguous status as a woman who was more respectable than a spinster (because of her former status as wife), yet also sexually experienced, able to own her own property, unguarded by a male protector, and available for remarriage. In the subsequent century – which will be the focus of this paper – she came to hold a long-lasting and often equally complex and contradictory position in British culture. The figure of the widow played a key role in campaigns for women’s suffrage in the first two decades of the twentieth century, became a prime object of psychoanalytic and psychiatric inquiry in the medicalization of grief in the 1930s and 40s; was a central image in war propaganda and in debates surrounding the development and perceived failures of the welfare state, while at the turn of the new millennium, has come to function as a site of national and cultural memory. The widow’s sustained but changing role in British culture is reflected and further illuminated in her representations in British literature and (popular) culture during these periods. This paper aims to sketch out a literary and cultural history of the gendered significance and anxieties reflected in these various representations of the widow throughout the twentieth century by drawing on her appearances in fiction, film, feminist activism, and political discourse. What this history reveals, I suggest, is that the widow is often defined as a queer and dangerous figure, threatening to question and disrupt – from the margins – dominant discourses of gender and class at the same as reinforcing them.

The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) > CFP Science and Technology in Contemporary British History, 10-13 July 2013

CFP Science and Technology in Contemporary British History, 10-13 July 2013

Science and Technology in Contemporary British History

CALL FOR PAPERS: ICBH Summer Conference

10-13 July 2013, King’s College London

Deadline: 28 March 2013

Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, rapid developments in science and technology have affected all aspects of contemporary Britain. This conference seeks to examine this change historically, from the macro to the micro dimensions.

The conference will consider various perspectives, including those of defence, business, government and society. We are keen to explore the political, economic, military, social, legal and cultural effects of scientific and technological change, as well as the processes of innovation and development. We will consider these in an international as well as a domestic context – for example, have British companies, governments and state agencies predominantly followed external trends in science and technology? Or have they tended to pioneer novel solutions? To what extent can questions of science and technology inform our understanding of traditional themes in contemporary British history such as “relative decline” or the “two cultures”? How has defence spending on science and technology been part of Cold War and post-Cold War politics?

Many UK institutions and ways of life have undergone radical changes due to scientific and technical advances. New industries have been created, old ones have disappeared; new perceptions of science have shaped popular culture; the digital revolution has changed how organisations operate and how individuals communicate. British life – from education, to leisure, to religion, to how we conduct politics – has had to contend with the increasing prominence of the scientific worldview and the technological society. New case studies and perspectives are invited in order to reconsider the diversity and complexity of these changes.

We hope this conference will generate fresh discussion and a new appreciation of the significance of scientific and technical transformation as it has taken place in modern Britain. We wish to attract historians working in a wide range of fields.

Conference organisers:Dr Michael Kandiah (michael.andiah@kcl.ac.uk), Dr Virginia Preston (virginia.preston@kcl.ac.uk) and Peter Sutton (peter.sutton@kcl.ac.uk), all of ICBH.

To propose a paper, please send a short synopsis (up to 300 words) of your paper with your contact details to icbhconference@gmail.com by 28 March 2013.

Possible areas for papers include (but are not limited to) the following:• Invention and innovation

• The politics of production

• Policy formation

• The natural sciences

• Medicine & health

• The material environment

• Computing and communications

• Modernisation and rationalisation

• Work and working practices

• Banking and the Stock Exchange

• Politics in the age of the Internet

• Gender and ethnicity

• Cultural change

• Governing and governance

• Climate change and biodiversity

• Institutions, industries and businesses

• Defence procurement

• The conduct of diplomacy

• Copyright, patents and intellectual property

• Scientific and technological education and training

• Schools and universities – from the BBC Micro to the world-wide web

• Defence industries, eg aerospace, shipbuilding, satellites & space

• Surveillance – military and non-military

• Travel

Crime and policing

Supported by the College of Humanities, University of Exeter, The British Society for the History of Science and the Royal Historical Society

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 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 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.comJob Opportunity

AHRC-Funded History PhD Studentship

AHRC Block Grant Partnership Scheme

University of HertfordshireThe University of Hertfordshire and Oxford Brookes University invite applications for a three-year fully funded Doctoral studentship (full-time) through the AHRC Block Grant Partnership Scheme. The successful applicant will be supervised by a supervisory team consisting of Historians from both the University of Hertfordshire and Oxford Brookes. For UK students (or students who fulfill UK residency criteria), the studentship covers the costs of University tuition fees, along with a full annual stipend (£13,726 for academic year 2013-2014). EU students who do not fulfill UK residency criteria will be eligible for fees-only awards. Due to funding restrictions the studentship is not available to Non-UK/EU applicants. Full details concerning eligibility are available from the AHRC website: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Student-Funding-Guide.pdf

We welcome applications from suitably qualified applicants who propose working in any of the following History research areas: Modern Italian History, Social Movements and Popular Politics in Britain (1600-1900),Public History, Digital History, Witchcraft and Magic, Consumption, Finance, Film, Social History, Crime, Modern Government, the Family and Medicine.

We also welcome applications from suitably qualified applicants who propose working in any of the research areas in which our staff specialise.

Staff research interests and further information about research in History at the University of Hertfordshire can be seen here: http://www.herts.ac.uk/research/ssahri/research-areas/history.html Staff research interests and further information about research in History at Oxford Brookes can be seen here: http://www.history.brookes.ac.uk/research/degrees/step2/

Application forms can be obtained from Janice Turner, the UH Research Degrees Administrator, SSAHRI (Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Institute): j.m.turner@herts.ac.uk

The deadline for applications for these awards is Friday 19 April 2013.

Please send all completed applications to Janice Turner j.m.turner@herts.ac.ukInterviews for short-listed candidates will be held on Tuesday 30 April 2013.

If you have any queries about this application process, please contact Janice Turner or Charmian Hearne, Research Student Administrator, Oxford Brookes University. Email: chearne@brookes.ac.uk

Postdoctoral Position Opening XVIIIth Century Modern History

Sciences Po -Department of History

The Department of History at Sciences Po invites applications for a non-renewable three-year postdoctoral position, specializing in XVIIIth Century History.

Research and Teaching Profile
The research and teaching profile of the candidate should have points of common interest with those aspects of Modern and Contemporary History, which colleagues at the Department of History and the Center for History at Sciences Po have defined as their primary areas of concentration during the next five years.

Candidates should have completed a PhD, and they are requested to submit a list of scientific publications. Some international teaching and/or research experience is required, as well as fluency in French and English.

Teaching and Research Conditions
The teaching load will be two 24-hour courses per year at the undergraduate (Liberal Arts) and graduate (Master in History) levels. Courses will be taught either on the Paris Campus or in one of Sciences Po’s regional campuses across France.

The Fellow will collaborate with colleagues of the Department and the Center for History and work on his own research programme. He will submit his detailed project together with his application, and he will also produce a final report at the end of the three-year period.

Interested candidates should send their application prior to April 26, 2013 (12:00), via e-mail to Mrs Isabelle de Vienne (isabelle.devienne@sciences-po.fr), the General Secretary of the History Department at Sciences Po.

Please attach in one file (PDF):

• a curriculum vitae

• a proposal of courses

a three-year detailed research project.

Call for proposals for the 2013 Elsevier Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute Call for proposals for the 2013 Elsevier Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute

The Scaliger Institute and Elsevier invite scholars and researchers to submit proposals for the 2013 Elsevier fellowship at the Scaliger Institute of Leiden University Library.

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

The Elsevier fellowship enables scholars to study 16th -18th century scientific scholarship and publishing. 
Since the object of the Fellowship is primarily to promote research in the Special Collections of Leiden University Library and the Elsevier Heritage Collection, the Fellow(s) will not be required to undertake any undergraduate teaching, but will be required to deliver at least one paper or lecture, and might run graduate masterclasses, attend seminars and symposia or deliver other papers.

The Elsevier fellowship provides € 1.000 a month for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 3 months.

Applicants must submit the following information: 

* A 1-3 page research proposal. Applicants should address specifically the relationship between their proposed project and the primary sources to be consulted in the Special Collections of Leiden University

* A list of books and/or manuscripts that are going to be consulted in Leiden University Library (http://www.library.leiden.edu/) and/or the Elsevier Heritage Collection (see: Elsevier Heritage Collection), including shelfmarks
* The projected beginning and ending dates of on-site research
* A list of publications
* A curriculum vitae
* 2 letters of support from academic or other scholars 

The closing date for applications of the Elsevier fellowship 2013 is 1 April 2013 

Fellowship applications will be reviewed by a special board consisting of: Professor dr. H. Beukers (President scholarly board), Professor Paul Hoftijzer (History of the Book, ULL), K. van Ommen MA (Co-ordinator Scaliger Institute), David Ruth (SVP Elsevier Global Communications) and Ylann Schemm (Corporate Relations Manager Elsevier).

Additional information and the application form are available on the Scaliger Institute websitehttp://www.library.leiden.edu/special-collections/scaliger-institute/.

Applications can be send to: 

Drs. K. van Ommen
Coordinator Scaliger Instituut
Postbus 9500
2300 RA Leiden 
Or by e-mail: scaliger@library.leidenuniv.nl

Conference on Narrative Medicine (April 5-6). The panels will span from Classical Greece to the modern graphic novel (David Small will give a presentation April 4 on his New York TIme's bestseller, Stitches). Keynotes include three of the leaders in the field of Narrative Medicine: Rita Charon, Arthur Frank, and Elizabeth Leake, with several other key scholars participating (Helen King, Catherine Belling, the filmmaker Gregg Bordowitz--http://www.fnewsmagazine.com/2002-april/aprilregulars5.html, and others). Registration is FREE of charge.

Conference Website and Program: http://frit.osu.edu/narrative-medicine

Conference Registration: https://frit.osu.edu/narrative-medicine/conf-registration

The program for the Film and Comix series: http://www.wexarts.org/fv/index.php?seriesid=349

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/136866446470007/

On 13-14 April we're holding a two-day symposium at Canterbury cathedral and the University of Kent to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the death of Henry IV. Speakers include Anne Curry, Chris Given-Wilson, Michael Hicks and Ian Mortimer and we'll be considering the legacy of Henry IV and the idea of Lancastrianism from a political, cultural and artistic point of view. I've attached a programme and you can find a link to the conference website and booking form below. Accomodation is available at the university for delegates.



WorkshopsYou 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

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).

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 e-journal QQML 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

On behalf of the Conference Committee

Dr. Anthi Katsirikou, Conference Co-Chair
University of Piraeus Library Director
Head, European Documentation Center
Board Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals


Professor Carla Basili, Local Co-Chair
EnIL - The European network on Information Literacy, co-ordinator
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Istituto di Ricerca sull'Impresa e lo Sviluppo sede di Roma
via dei Taurini, 19 - 00185 Roma, Italy

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