Rethinking Learie Constantine

Jeffrey Hill is an emeritus professor of historical and cultural studies at De Montfort University. He has written on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century popular culture, with a special emphasis in recent years on the study of sport and its ideological influences.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he discusses the need to tell the story of cricketing hero Learie Constantine with a new focus on race, Empire and the Commonwealth. ‘Learie Constantine and Race Relations in Britain and the Empire’ was published by Bloomsbury in December 2018.

The Postmistress and the Silkworm

Dr Leonie Hannan is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century History at Queen’s University, Belfast and she is a social and cultural historian working on themes of gender, material culture and intellectual life. She is the author of Women of Letters: Gender, Writing and the Life of the Mind in Early Modern England (Manchester University Press, 2016) and the co-author of History Through Material Culture (Manchester University Press, 2017).

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she reflects on her recent article ‘Experience and Experiment: The Domestic Cultivation of Silkworms in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland’, Cultural and Social History, vol. 15, no. 4 (2018), pp. 509-530.

Immigrant Life in Medieval England

Dr Bart Lambert is Assistant Professor in Late Medieval Urban History and a member of the HOST research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. His work focuses on migration flows and international trade in Europe between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on the life of Gervase de Vulre, one of those whose story was uncovered during his collaboration with Mark Ormrod and Jonathan Mackman, which led to the publication of their co-authored monograph ‘Immigrant England, 1300-1550’ with Manchester University Press in December 2018.

Holidaymaking on the Isle of Man

Peter Hodson is a research student at Queen’s University Belfast, currently working on his doctoral thesis entitled ‘Memory, conflict and class: the experience and legacy of deindustrialisation in Belfast and North East England since 1970’.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on the family memories and archival finds that led him to begin the undergraduate work that ended up as his new article ‘The ‘Isle of Vice’? Youth, class and the post-war holiday on the Isle of Man’, Cultural & Social History, vol. 15, no. 3 (2018), pp. 433-451.

Emotions, Gender and Selfhood

Dr Laura Kounine is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Sussex. She is the co-editor of ‘Cultures of Conflict and Resolution in Early Modern Europe’ (Ashgate, 2015), ‘Emotions in the History of Witchcraft’ (Palgrave, 2017) and the online platform ‘History of Emotions – Insights into Research’.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she explains why she wanted her new book – ‘Imagining the Witch: Emotions, Gender and Selfhood in Early Modern Germany’ (Oxford University Press, 2018) – to be less a history of accusations and executions, and more a history of resistance.

Reputation and Medieval Credit

Dr Hannah Robb is an Economic History Society Research Fellow at the University of Durham, having recently completed her PhD at the University of Manchester on the role of credit as both an economic and social means of exchange in late fifteenth-century England.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she discusses the research behind her recent article ‘Reputation in the fifteenth century credit market; some tales from the ecclesiastical courts of York’, Cultural & Social History, vol. 15, no. 3 (2018), pp. 297-313.

Educating the Secular Citizen

Dr Susannah Wright in Senior Lecturer in Educational Studies at Oxford Brookes University. She works on the history of education and childhood, with a focus on themes of secularism, and war and peace. She is the author of Morality and Citizenship in English Schools: Secular Approaches, 1897-1944 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she reflects on her recent article ‘Educating the Secular Citizen in English Schools, 1897–1938’, Cultural & Social History, vol. 12, no. 2 (2018), pp. 215-232.

Book-Knowledge is Power

Dr James Fisher recently completed his thesis at King’s College London, which offered a reinterpretation of the relationship between books, knowledge and labour in the development of agrarian capitalism in eighteenth-century Britain. He currently teaches history at King’s College London and the University of East London.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he explains the tension between scholarly learning and practical experience he explores in his recent article ‘The Master Should Know More: Book-Farming and the Conflict Over Agricultural Knowledge’, Cultural & Social History, vol. 15, no. 3 (2018), pp. 315-331.

Exploring the Supernatural in WW1

Owen Davies is Professor of Social History at the University of Hertfordshire and a leading authority on the belief in witchcraft, magic, ghosts, and popular medicine from the ancient world to the modern era. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Grimoires: A History of Magic Books (OUP, 2009) and America Bewitched: The Story of Witchcraft after Salem (OUP, 2013).

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on how he came to write his new book, ‘A Supernatural War: Magic, Divination, and Faith during the First World War’, which was published by Oxford University Press in October 2018.

The Illicit Labour of Coining

Dr Anna Field is Lecturer in Early Modern British History at King’s College London, having recently completed her PhD at Cardiff University. She specialises in the early modern history of crime, emotion, and intimacy and has a keen interest in community outreach.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she discusses the importance of the gendered morality of early modern work in shaping the narratives of coin clipping and counterfeiting crimes she rethinks in her recent article ‘Coining Offences in England and Wales, c. 1675–1750: The Practical and the Personal’, Cultural & Social History, vol. 15, no. 2 (2018), pp. 177-196