How should historians engage with the source materials that record and communicate empire from the perspective of imperial rule? Are there ways of working with sources that enable researchers to free themselves from the intellectual constraints imposed by historical imagery and its categorisation? Maria Creech explores her methodological approach to ‘unlearning’ imperialism.
In August of this year, the Society organised its first ‘positive action’ workshop for early-career historians of colour. The initiative was led by the RHS’s Race, Ethnicity and Equality Working Group which was responsible for the RHS’s Race Report (2018). Here, Dr Diya Gupta and Dr Jonathan Saha explain the motivations for the workshop, and reflect on the outcomes of what’s hoped will be the first in a programme of focused training events.
Earlier this year, historians at Aston University faced the threat of programme and department closures. Here Dr Ilaria Scaglia recounts her response and that of the wider community. Though prompted by crisis, forceful advocacy for programmes can, Ilaria argues, foster greater appreciation of history’s value and of mutual support between historians, teachers and students.
In the eleventh post for our ‘Writing Race’ series, Dr Amber Lascelles introduces the Black Health and the Humanities project at the University of Bristol. The project sits at the intersection of Black humanities and medical humanities, and brings together scholars whose research intervenes in Black health across a range of disciplines, including history, art, sociology, law, literature, media and theatre.
The Royal Historical Society invites applications from RHS Fellows for four posts central to the Society’s governance and development as a learned society. Two are Officer roles on Council, the Society’s governing body: Honorary Secretary and Secretary for Professional Engagement. Two are new Editor roles to oversee the academic development of the Society’s journal, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society.
What are the 10 key things to consider when publishing your first History article? Our recent RHS ‘Getting Publishing’ training workshop (21 July) brought together journal editors, recently published authors, and 200 early career historians. It was full of good advice – from how to pitch an article, to working with editors, to Open Access. Here we choose 10 highlights: ten things to consider when preparing and publishing your research.
How should historians think about a single day in a momentous event such as the French Terror? Here Colin Jones suggests we reconsider historical approaches to human agency in the context of moments of crisis and revolution. Studying one single, pivotal day in the French Reign of Terror (9 Thermidor, 27 July 1794), he argues that historians pay closer attention to the micro and the quotidian – food, hunger, time of day – in macro-scale events.
On 6 August, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) published its long-awaited report on its future approach to Open Access publishing. The Report has implications for historians receiving UKRI funding who seek to publish that research as articles, monographs and book chapters. Here we review UKRI’s Open Access protocols: setting out their implications for historians, and — equally importantly — what remains unknown at this stage.
‘Greek Life’ is a distinctive part of the social and cultural experience of universities in the United States, and has faced recent scrutiny for acts of racism, sexism and homophobia. Yet, as Dr Taulby Edmondson argues here — in the latest article in the ‘Writing Race’ series — the existence of longstanding Black sororities and fraternities complicate calls for an end to this culture. Studying how minorities use and transform predominantly white institutions raises questions about how we go about deconstructing the white supremacy within them.
The 2021 Royal Historical Society Awards were announced on Friday 23 July. Eleven categories recognise excellence in publication, research and teaching, awarded jointly with the Institute of Historical Research. Here you can learn more about the winners and runners-up, and their work, and watch the awards ceremony which was held this year by video.
On Friday 23 July we announce the winners of the 2021 Royal Historical Society Awards for Publications, Research and Teaching. The RHS Awards are an opportunity for the Society, and wider historical community, to recognise and celebrate just some of the recent achievements and hard work of historians in 2020-21. In this post, learn more about the award categories and shortlists ahead of Friday’s announcements.
For the ninth post in the RHS ‘Writing Race’ blog series, Jamie Banks investigates ‘cannabis psychosis’ and its disproportionate diagnosis amongst Britain’s Afro-Caribbean communities. Studying this intersection of medicine, culture, and policing brings to light the methodological difficulties around motivation and responsibility which racism poses for historians.