Could you be our Chair?

The Social History Society has started the search for a new Chair, who will take over when Professor Pam Cox steps down from the role in summer 2019.

Professor Cox has chaired the Society for the past three years, leading it through its fortieth anniversary year and beyond. She has made a significant contribution to the Society’s work, helping to diversify our membership, raise our profile, and promote greater collaboration with other learned societies.

This is an exciting time for social historians both inside and outside the university sector. Changes to Open Access, the REF and TEF present scholars in the humanities with various opportunities and challenges. We are looking for someone to navigate this landscape, while further developing the Society’s support for early-career researchers and our new BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Network of Historians. It is an opportunity to play a leading role within the discipline.

Professor Cox said:

I’ve very much enjoyed leading the Social History Society. Our 40th anniversary gave us a chance to think about the nature of social history today and the role of the Society in promoting it. I am particularly pleased to have established a new ‘open strand’ at our annual conference to encourage innovative work spanning many periods, places and approaches, to have supported our new BME network and to have strengthened our connections with the Economic History Society by sponsoring joint events such as our recent day conference on histories of money. I’ve also enjoyed chairing the editorial board of the society’s journal, Cultural and Social History, which continues to go from strength to strength.

We are also looking for a new Treasurer to replace Dr Sarah Flew. Sarah has helped consolidate a healthy financial position for the Society, which has allowed a welcome expansion of our grant-making capabilities in recent years.

We will be holding elections for the Chair, Treasurer and other committee members in the Spring, with the results announced at the SHS Annual General Meeting at our annual conference at the University of Lincoln, 10-12 June 2019. Full details of the process for nomination will be announced shortly. Prospective candidates will need to prepare a short expression of interest statement.

In the meantime, for an informal chat about any of these the roles, please contact Professor Cox (pamcox@essex.ac.uk) or our Honorary Secretary Georgina Brewis (g.brewis@ucl.ac.uk).