Julie Gottlieb Cable Street Conference Sept 2016

The Battle of Cable Street 80 Years On

We welcome a panel of experts to illuminate the events of he day and its meaning and memory: Prof. Tom Buchanan, Prof. Nigel Copsey, Dr Julie Gottlieb, Prof. Anne Kershen, Dr Daniel Lee, Prof. Mary Vincent, filmmaker Yoav Segal & researcher Liam Liburd.

here will be an exhibition in Jessop West on ‘The Battle of Cable Street in the University in Sheffield’s Special Collections and Archives’, displaying material hat illustrates the deep significance of the day’s events from multiple perspectives – the working -class, he Jewish community, ethnic minorities, solidarity with the Spainish, the forces of anti-fascism, policing nd public order (as well as the BUF’s narrative)- then and since.

Look out for a special series of blogs on History Matters, guest edited by Dr Julie Gottlieb, that offers further context and aims to generate a wider public debate about the lessons and significance of the Battle of Cable Street today.

Light refreshments served
Please contact Dr. Julie Gottleib for more details

Undergraduate Indigenous Cultures Conference Poster

Indigenous Languages and Cultures: Then and Now

12 and 13 September, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, UK

This two-day conference will bring together researchers with diverse interest sin indigenous cultures, languages and histories from a range disciplinary backgrounds with the aim of exploring research findings, concepts and methodologies.

The conference is a collaborative initiative between scholars at the University of Sheffield, UK and the Universidad Autonóma de Zacatecas, Mexico. While this conference will build on existing links between scholars in Mexico, USA, Poland, Spain and the UK, we are looking forward to welcoming many new faces to our collaboration.

We are delighted that Dr Justyna Olko (University of Warsaw) and Dr John Sullivan(Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas and University of Warsaw), leading figures in the revitalisation and preservation of the indigenous Mexican language Nahuatl, will deliver a keynote address.

Undergraduate participation:

We are seeking five motivated and enthusiastic Arts & Humanities undergraduates to help organise and participate actively in the Conference. By attending both days of the Conference and assisting the Conference Organiser, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain academic experience and to learn more about important global issues concerning indigenous cultures.

Please note that all Arts & Humanities undergraduates, registered at the University of Sheffield, are eligible to apply for these positions. For further details regarding the Undergraduate Internship roles, please consult the poster and internship job description.

Please note the deadline of 16 April 2016 for applications. If you have any queries please contact Harriet Smart, Conference Organiser, at hlcsmart1@shef.ac.uk.

For more information please see: https://indigenousculturesconference.wordpress.com/

Eirini Karamouzi and Benjamin Ziemann win Max Batley funding for new project on protest with colleague from Politics

Dr Eirini Karamouzi (Principal Investigator) and Professor Benjamin Ziemann (Co-Investigator) – both from the Department of History – along with Dr Maria Grasso (Co-Investigator, the Department of Politics) were successful in their bid on ‘Protest as democratic practice: peace movements in southern Europe, 1975-1990’ (c. £90,000) for the Max Batley Fellowship Awards scheme.

The mobilisation against the deployment of US Pershing and Cruise Missile atomic warheads in the wake of the NATO Dual Track Solution in 1979 was a watershed moment in the recent political history of Western Europe. The anti-nuclear protests of the 1980s activated civil society, renegotiated the parameters of political participation and redefined the understanding of (international and domestic) security. The contours and implications of the 1980s anti-nuclear protests are well researched for key western European countries. Developments on the southern European periphery, however, have not yet been substantially studied. The key objective of the project is to analyse anti-nuclear and anti-militarist peace protests in selected southern European countries during the late 1970s and 1980s. The focus will be on Greece, Spain and Italy, three countries that were involved in the 1980s mobilisation cycle in different ways. Italy had been selected for the deployment of Pershing missiles and was thus a key battleground of conflicts over the Dual Track Decision. But the country had also seen a wave of left and right-wing terrorism during the 1970s and a concomitant crisis of parliamentary democracy. Spain and Greece had just returned to parliamentary democracy from military dictatorship in 1975 and 1974, respectively. They were not directly involved in the conflict over the Dual Track Decision, but experienced intensive protests against the presence of US military bases or against NATO membership more generally. Thus, all three countries were involved in conflicts over security that entailed a complex renegotiation of democratic practices in the widest sense. The project will investigate these developments through the lens of peace movement mobilisation.

Considering both national peculiarities and the shared framework of a difficult transition to a renewed democratic practice, the project will consider the following research questions: How did the protest movements of the 1980s differ from previous (Italian and Greek) peace protests of the 1960s? What mobilised the peace activists of the 1980s, and which shared perceptions and collective symbols – such as anti-Americanism, a sense of national victimhood or socialist anti-militarism – framed their protests? How did the state and key parties respond to the protests? And, ultimately: to what extent were these peace protests a crucial element of the transition to and transformation of democratic practices in southern European countries?

The project is generously funded by an award in the context of the Max Batley Peace Studies Post Doctoral Fellowships. Starting in the autumn of 2016, a fully funded postdoctoral fellow will collaborate with the project leaders in conducting empirical research with regard to Italy and Spain, preparing an international conference on the topic, and writing-up the findings of the project in articles for peer-reviewed journals. The fellow will receive substantial interdisciplinary research training by the three project leaders/investigators.

The project will be employing a Post-Doctoral Associate for two years. For further information, please contact Dr Eirini Karamouzi.

Read more on the Peace Centre here.

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Call for applications: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Department of History would like to invite applications to hold a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in the department.

Applicants are asked to seek out an academic member of staff in the department to act as their mentor as the first step. Please refer to staff webpages for information on staff research interests.

Applicants are then required to submit the following by Friday 09 September, to Gwyn Jones (gwyn.jones@sheffield.ac.uk ):

  1. A completed agreement of mentorship form (please email Gwyn for the form)
  2. A recent CV.
  3. A .pdf of the completed British Academy application form, (which will be accessible on the British Academy website from 24 August onwards).

If you have any questions,  please contact Gwyn Jones (gwyn.jones@sheffield.ac.uk) for information on the application process, or Dr Julia Hillner (j.hillner@sheffield.ac.uk) for academic queries.


PhD student Steph Wright features on the Times Higher Education Website

When writing book reviews during your PhD: is honesty the best policy?

In her article for Times Higher Education, Steph Wright wonders if it is better to speak your mind or to hold your tongue?

CONQUEST 950: A Celebration of the Anniversary of the Norman Conquest

Friday 20 May, 2016

Conquest 950 is a day of informal talks by academics researching the Norman Conquest and its impact on the north of England. Everyone is welcome. Please attend whenever and whichever talks you please. Further information to come about rooms and times.

The talks include:

6th Day Of 1066:  A Date with the Devil – Blame King Harold for the Norman Conquest. Ian McGill (Grapevine Magazine)

Sheffield journalist Ian Macgill will explain that King Harold’s reign was bound to end in tragedy. A glance at the date of his coronation tell us that. It has Satan’s three sixes writ large: 6th day… of 1066. During this talk you will learn that the power-hunger of Harold and members of his family brought about the Norman invasion of 1066. There are many parallels with America’s glittering and fiendish Kennedy clan of the 20th Century, though they seem like pussycats compared to their English counterparts. Some say John F. Kennedy stole the presidency of the United States. Maybe he did. Maybe he didn’t. But Harold Godwinson definitely stole the throne of England. He staged a coup in January of 1066, and changed the history of the world. END

Vampires and the Norman Conquest: a Derbyshire perspective. Charles West (Sheffield)

Around 20 years after the Norman Conquest, the village of Drakelow in south Derbyshire apparently experienced supernatural attacks that led to its abandonment. This short talk discusses this strange episode, and asks: was it connected to the Conquest?

Playing Detective: Discovering Scribes in Eleventh-Century England. Christine Wallis (Sheffield)

One of the challenges and attractions of working with manuscripts is that the texts they contain are unique to each manuscript.  Every time a text was (re)copied, the scribe had the potential to alter the text, and on occasion provided a radical reworking of his exemplar.  A close study of the choices scribes made when copying allows us to uncover some of the processes involved in manuscript compilation, and to investigate the training and working practices of scribes writing English in the eleventh century.

Sheffield Castle – still at the heart of the city. John Moreland (Sheffield)

In this presentation I will provide a brief introduction to the history of Sheffield Castle, will illustrate various (piecemeal) archaeological campaigns on the site from the 1920s – 1990s, and will describe the current efforts both to secure funds for a major excavation and to situate the Castle at the heart of city centre regeneration.

Tasting the past: Unearthing the Chemistry of Medieval Beer. Lee Eales (Sheffield)

Understanding the drivers of changes in consumer preferences is complex; this is especially the case when those changes occurred nearly 1000 years ago. The Medieval period, (1066- 1530’s) was a time of unprecedented fluctuations in population, technological advancement and social organisation.  Beer and beer production was a major contributing factor to population growth as beer is largely free of human pathogens. At the start of the middle ages, beers were flavoured with a mixture of herbs called gruit. By the end of the Middle Ages gruit had been replaced by hops, however, when this change occurred is a matter of considerable debate amongst historians. With the modern analytical techniques at our disposal, it is now possible to tease out the answers to some of these questions by understanding the chemistry of beers in a historical context. Here, we present a novel method for the targeted analytical fingerprinting of chemical compounds for both hopped and un-hopped medieval beer found on, and in the fabric of medieval ceramics.  Ceramics from the Middle Ages are not internally glazed thus the contents of the ceramics are in direct contact with the surface of the clays from which the ceramics are made. Clay minerals are usually negatively charged and thus have the capacity to act as ionic exchange surfaces, immobilizing positively charged ions. The flavour-giving alpha and beta acids and flavonoids found in beers are aromatic, containing cyclic carbon structures such as benzene and toluene rings. As a result of delocalisation of electrons in aromatic compounds, they are predisposed to interact with charged surfaces and thus should be immobilised indefinitely by unglazed ceramics as well as being protected from the active site of any enzymes capable of degrading them. As a result, these compounds are sorbed to the ceramic surface and subsequently can be analysed by Matrix Assisted Laser Desorbtion/Ionisation Mass Spectrometry imaging (MALDI-MSi).

The Bayeux Tapestry: myths and messages. Michael Lewis (British Museum)

The Bayeux Tapestry is probably the most famous medieval artwork, yet much about it remains enigmatic. In this talk Dr Michael Lewis (British Museum) accesses fact from fiction, to explore what we know (for certain) about its production, patron and date of manufacture, as well as examining some key scenes in the Tapestry that have divided expert opinion.

Resistance: England after 1066. James Aitcheson (Historical Novelist)

Historical novelist James Aitcheson discusses the English rebellions that followed the Battle of Hastings, as well as the infamous campaign known as the Harrying of the North, during which Yorkshire was laid waste by the Normans.

What did the Normans ever do for us? Norman-northerner relationships in the post-Conquest period. Aleksandra McClain (York)
This discussion be looking to gauge audience understanding and perception of the Norman Conquest in the north and how it happened, and then illustrate the ways that archaeology can add nuance to our traditional, historically-based understanding of Norman-northerner interactions and relationships after the Conquest. Please bring a phone or laptop with you so that you can participate.

If you have any questions about Conquest 950 or would like to be involved please email Alyx Mattison (a.mattison@sheffield.ac.uk) or James Chetwood (jachetwood1@sheffield.ac.uk). We are still looking for more postgraduate representation in the form of creative posters.

Also see our CONQUEST 950 blog, as Norman the Norman travels through Yorkshire.


2016 Academic Awards Winner

Congratulations to Eirini Karamouzi who has won a Sheffield Students’ Union Academic Award in the category of Best Feedback. The annual Academic Awards, run by the Students’ Union, celebrates those who have enhanced Academic Life at the University of Sheffield.

Eirini’s students said:
”Eirini is dedicated in giving constant, constructive feedback for her special subject and dissertation students. A huge part of her teaching style is setting personalised tasks, and providing detailed feedback which leaves you feeling more thoroughly prepared. She makes herself as readily available to her students as possible, including setting up extra office hours for her special subject group and meeting students outside her office hours when they needed feedback and support with their work. The nature of her feedback is always very well balanced; whilst she definitely always challenges you and points out where you could improve, she also always offers encouragement and validation.”

You can read more about the 2016 Academic Awards here: http://su.sheffield.ac.uk/articles/academic-awards-winners