Funding success for Naomi Tadmor

Recently re-elected committee member Professor Naomi Tadmor has received the Fletcher Jones Distinguished Fellowship at the Huntington Library for 2018-19. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is one of the largest research libraries in the United States. It holds a unique collection of manuscripts, rare books and ephemera that have made it a … Continued

New SHS committee member and officers

At our AGM, during our annual conference, we announced the results of elections for our committee and a number of officer posts. We’re pleased to announce new and re-elected committee members as well as our new Honorary Secretary, Communications Officer and postgraduate representative.

SHS committee nominations open – EXTENDED DEADLINE: 18 May

We are seeking to appoint 3 new members of the committee, as well as a postgraduate representative, and two officers – Honorary Secretary and Communications Officer. We are therefore inviting nominations for these positions by the EXTENDED DEADLINE of 18 May 2018. Historians whose area of research is chronologically or geographically beyond modern Britain and historians of colour … Continued

SHS 2018 Conference Bursary Winners Announced

Postgraduates and early career scholars have always been central to the activities of the Social History Society. To this end, we’re pleased to be working with Keele University to provide four bursaries of up to £400 to enable them to give papers at this year’s annual conference.

We’re delighted to announce the four winners of these bursaries. Each of them significantly impressed the panel with the high quality of their work, and ably demonstrated how the ward would help them. The diversity of their work also reflects the many different strands of scholarship represented and supported by the Social History Society.

Historian and former SHS committee member John Archer dies

Members of the Social History Society will be saddened by the news that our friend and colleague, Dr John Archer, died suddenly on 24 February, aged sixty-six.

A long-standing member of the Society, John was a former member of the Executive Committee (2001–4).

In this post, Dr Andrew Davies shares his thoughts on John’s important contribution to the history of crime and rural protest.

SHS Statement on the USS Pensions Dispute

The Social History Society has released an official statement on the UCU industrial action, in which many of our members are currently participating.

The statement emphasises our belief ‘that universities should work to maintain the conditions of employment under which academics were originally employed, including pensions’. It also notes the degree of precarity often faced at the beginning of academic careers and that the proposed changes to the USS pension will significantly add to precarity at the end of academic careers as well.

Click the link above to read the full statement.

SHS at Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap launch

In January 2018, our chair, Professor Pamela Cox, recently represented the Social History Society at the launch of UKRI’s ‘research and innovation infrastructure roadmap’.

This marks the start of a UK-wide mapping of research infrastructure across all disciplines, including history.

It’s very important that historians are involved in this by, for example, ensuring that key archives, libraries, collections and more are included.

New Directions book series launched in collaboration with Bloomsbury

The Social History Society is pleased to announce the publication of the first title in our new book series with Bloomsbury, New Directions in Social cultural History. The series is edited by the editors of this collection, Sasha Handley, Rohan McWilliam and Lucy Noakes, with James Cook. You can find out more about the new series … Continued

SHS Chair meets with founder of Historians without Borders

Our chair, Pamela Cox, recently met with Erkki Tuomioja , founder of Historians Without Borders. This organisation was set up in 2015 to create new ways for historians to contribute to conflict resolution and prevention.  Recent HwB initiatives have included meetings between Russian and Ukranian historians hosted by the German Historical Institute, the University of … Continued