New to Teaching History 2022: An Interactive Workshop, Part 1 – ‘Decoding the Discipline’
In September 2022 the Royal Historical Society and History UK organised an interactive workshop hosted by Professor Jamie Wood (Lincoln). In this first session, Professor Peter D’Sena presents his talk on ‘Decoding the Discipline’ where he discusses four theoretical approaches to teaching and their practical application to the classroom and student assessments
Poets Laureate of the Long Eighteenth Century: Courting the Public
To coincide with publication of his new monograph – ‘The Poets Laureate of the Long Eighteenth Century, 1668-1813. Courting the Public’ – Dr Leo Shipp charts the rise and role of the laureateship from John Dryden to the appointment of Robert Southey. The laureateship was positioned at the interface of court and public, and evolved in line with changing concepts of court culture. Studying the laureateship reveals the court’s enduring prominence and adaptability as a site of cultural activity in late Stuart and Hanoverian Britain. Leo’s book is the 14th title in the Society’s ‘New Historical Perspectives’ series for early career historians.
Providing for the Poor: micro-histories of poverty
Dr Louise Falcini and Dr Peter Collinge introduce their new essay collection ‘Providing for the Poor: The Old Poor Law, 1750-1834’, the research for which is supported by the AHRC-funded project ‘Small Bills and Petty Finance: co-creating the Old Poor Law’. Peter and Louise’s edited collection, published in late August 2022, is the 13th title in the Society’s New Historical Perspectives book series for early career historians.
Provisional Semantics: Studying Colonial Indian Photographs at the Imperial War Museums
In this latest post from the RHS ‘Writing Race’ series, Helen Mavin, Head of Photographs for the Imperial War Museums, discusses the challenges of creating national museum, gallery, and archive collections. In her role as Co-Investigator for the recent AHRC-funded ‘Provisional Semantics’ project, Helen analysed and reinterpreted captions for colonial Indian photographs from the Second World War. In doing so, the project sought to deconstruct racially divisive barriers created by these captions, while maintaining historical accuracy.
Deconstructing Empire: Co-Producing with Young People
In this latest post for the ‘Writing Race’ series, Sarisha Kumar, Head of Talent at Poet in the City, describes recent projects that engage with the legacies Britain’s colonial past. Sarisha works with culture and heritage organisations across the UK to reveal the hidden stories of museum objects, as well as the lived experiences of British people, whose cultural identities have been shaped by colonialism.
Working with History outside HE: a Guide to Professions beyond Academia
In July 2022 the Society held a Workshop on careers for historians in sectors outside Higher Education. The event brought together heritage specialists, curators, archivists, authors and publishers to discuss options for History graduates, and how to prepare for careers while undertaking a PhD. Here you can watch the recording of this session at which panellists offer practical advice career options.
Royal Historical Society Prizes & Awards, 2022
The Society’s annual Prizes and Awards were announced on Friday 22 July. This post provides details of winners and runners-up for 2022, including the Society’s Gladstone and Whitfield Prizes for first monographs, as well as other awards for research, publishing and teaching. The awards also include the Society’s four Centenary and Marshall Fellows who’ll be completing their PhDs in 2022-23 at the Institute of Historical Research.
What is History For? 4: Afterlives and Memory
Dr Thomas Brodie considers afterlives, with reference to a post-war group of Jewish scholars – ‘Oneg Shabbat’ – and its archival work to memorialise the experiences of Holocaust victims. As Thomas argues, history serves a purpose beyond scholarship. For many it is a moral duty to document the lived experiences of the past and present: in order that its legacies are grounded in knowledge and truth.
George W. Prothero: life and legacy, 1922-2022
10 July 2022 marks the centenary of the death of George W. Prothero, historian, editor and President of the Society between 1901 and 1905. A prominent member of the RHS in its formative years—and especially the early twentieth century move to professionalisation within the discipline—Prothero’s presence and influence endures, not least with the Society’s annual Prothero Lecture delivered each July.
What is History For? 3: Revolutions and Crises
In this third post of the ‘What is History for?’ series, Dr Lucie Ryzova explores how the Covid pandemic has shaped our understanding of crisis, how it relates to crises of the past, and how these events mark significant transitory moments in history. What does historical understanding reveal about the structure and development of crises such as revolution or pandemic? How original are our own ‘unprecedented times’?
What is History For? 2: activism and historical imagination
What is History For? is a short series of articles in which historians explore the purpose and value of their research and craft. In this second post, Tionne Parris considers the example set by mid-20th-century Black radical women in their struggle for change. What might historical study of their approach to, and framing of, activism teach us about engaging with present-day challenges, of which the climate emergency looms largest? A version of Tionne’s article was first presented at the ‘What is History For?’ conference held at the University of Birmingham, in May 2022.
A (Dis)entangled History of Early Modern Cannibalism: Theory and Practice in Global History
In their new article, now published in ‘Transactions of the Royal Historical Society’, Stuart McManus and Michael T. Tworek offer a new approach to early modern global history. What they dub ‘(dis)entangled history’ is a way to combine the conventional focus on the history of connections with a necessary appreciation of the elements of disconnection and disintegration. By tracing how discourses on cannibalism did and did not travel around the globe, they offer a theoretical statement and a concrete approach to writing about intermittent connectedness in the period 1500–1800.