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
The full programme is now available for the Social History Society’s annual conference, being hosted by Keele University on 11-13 June 2018.
The programme shows the time and venue for all the papers and panels featured in the conference’s eight themed strands, the keynote lecture from Professor Keith Wrightson and History & Diversity plenary panel, the two conference dinners, a drinks reception where the inaugural SHS Book Prize and postgraduate prizes will be awarded and a special performance from Restoke paying homage to local mining communities.
Tickets are now available for the SEAMS performance that will take place in the Keele University Chapel at 6.15pm on Monday 11 June, during the Social History Society’s annual conference. SEAMS is a collaboration between Restoke and Keele University, building on the legacies of coal mining within walking distance of the University. From the … Continued
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
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.
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.
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.
We are now five days into a strike called by the University and College Union (UCU), with another nine days of walkouts scheduled over the next two weeks. The strike has been called to defend the University Superannuation Scheme (USS), the pension scheme that staff in most pre-1992 UK universities are part of. Jonathan Saha explains why so many members of the Social History Society have felt compelled to take part in this industrial action, and why the dispute is particularly worrying given recent changes to patterns of employment in UK university History departments.