Conference: Gendered Emotions in History



The way in which emotions are ‘assigned’ gender in political, social and cultural historical contexts transcends chronological study, frequently imbuing public rhetoric and defining public and private expectations. Rarely, however, has this been the subject of public scrutiny to the extent that it is in the present day.

This conference, taking place at the University of Sheffield seeks to draw parallels between the ‘gendering’ of emotions in these contexts, opening – and maintaining- dialogue between the consequences and expectations of both what it means to definitively connect emotions with gender, as well as the ways in which this is achieved by the state, the press and those in authority.

‘Gendered Emotions’ has been made possible by the generous support of (alphabetically) the Royal Historical Society, Social History Society, and the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities.

For more information, and to register please see the conference website

Conference: The Munich Crisis and the People

Recent events in international politics have highlighted the intricate interconnectedness between diplomatic crises and public opinion, notably public expressions of emotion. As the 80th anniversary of the Munich Crisis approaches, this conference will revisit this ‘model’ crisis and its aftermath, exploring both its lessons and its contemporary resonance.

Confirmed plenary speakers: Gabriel Gorodetsky, Christian Goeschel, Julie Gottlieb, Susan Grayzel, Mary Heimann, Daniel Hucker, Miklos Lojkos, Andrew Preston, Michal Shapira, Richard Toye, Karina Urbach, Jessica Wardhaugh, Jürgen Zarusky.

With generous funding from the Max Batley Legacy to the University if Sheffield, it is anticipated that we will not need to charge a conference fee.

For more information please see the conference website

Conference: Disability Histories: Local, Global and Colonial Stories

Back in 2001, the historian of American deafness Douglas Baynton argued that ‘Disability is everywhere in history, once you begin looking for it, but conspicuously absent in the histories we write’ (Baynton, 2001, p. 52). Since then the history of disability has burgeoned with many important studies showing this not only to be a significant field but a vibrant one. But several key areas remain to be thoroughly interrogated. The historiography remains largely limited to America and western Europe, historians have been slow to take up the exciting postcolonial questions explored by literary scholars and sociologists about the relationship between colonialism and disability, and a tendency has remained to treat the western experience of disability as a universal one. This workshop aims to interrogate these biases, shed light on geographical specificity of disability and think more about the global history of disability both empirically and theoretically.

Questions of interest include, but are not limited to

· How is the experience and construction of disability specific to time and place?

· What is the relationship between the local and the global when considering the history of disability?

· How does disability intersect with other identities (such as race, gender, class and religion)?

· What is the relationship between disability and imperialism/colonialism?

· How can postcolonial theory help us better historicise the experience of disability?

· Does the concept of ‘disability’ itself work outside a western context?

· How are the histories of disability shaped by mobility, movement and travel?


If you would like to attend please email Esme Cleall ( by Friday 18th May. It would also be helpful if you could specifiy  any access and/or dietary requirements you may have.


A disillusioned Democracy? Popular Attitudes to Politics in Britain since 1918

Britain is widely perceived to face serious problems of political disengagement and disaffection, evident in a lack of confidence in governing institutions, low trust ratings for politicians and public officials, and the rejection of the European Union in the ‘Brexit’ vote. Much of the discussion of our contemporary situation is based on the assumptions that in the past citizens were more politically engaged, had clearer ideological positions, had greater respect for, and trust in, politicians, and received more reliable political information. Yet how much has really changed? In this event, Professor Adrian Bingham (University of Sheffield) and Professor Will Jennings (University of Southampton) will discuss the historical evidence about what ordinary people thought about politicians and politics in the past, and how this has altered since 1918. Drawing on social survey responses, polling data and life-writing they will contextualise contemporary developments by identifying longer-term patterns of political change.

Thursday 24 May, 5.30-7pm, Humanities Research Institute

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Everyday Politics, Ordinary Lives: Democratic Engagement in Britain since 1918: An interdisciplinary workshop

This workshop emerges from an AHRC-funded project led by Professor Adrian Bingham (Department of History) entitled ‘Everyday Politics, Ordinary Lives: Democratic Engagement in Britain 1918-1992’. The project investigates how British citizens understood politics and how they viewed its relationship to their lives, from the establishment of a near democracy in 1918 until the transformation of British political culture with the emergence of 24-hour news channels and the internet in the early 1990s. It focuses on the everyday political opinions, discussions and interactions of ordinary British people in the period, paying particular attention to the ways in which women and young people related to a political system dominated by middle-aged men.

This interdisciplinary workshop seeks to bring together scholars of different disciplines to discuss approaches to the contemporary and historical study of ‘everyday politics’ and democratic engagement. How does politics intersect with ‘everyday life’? How can we conceptualise and measure different forms of everyday political engagement? How do changing patterns of political engagement relate to social change? How is political engagement shaped by different social identities, especially those of age and gender? The workshop will feature presentations from Professor Bingham and his colleague on the project, Dr Tom Dowling. Professor Will Jennings (University of Southampton) will also talk about the findings of his project on the rise of anti-politics in Britain. Participants are invited to give short position papers (c. 10-15 minutes), or to join the round-table discussion.

Thursday 24 May, 1.30-4.30pm, Jessop West, G.03
Supported by the AHRC, the Crick Centre and CoMo

Numbers are limited, so if you would like to attend or present a position paper, please email

Symposium: Suicide, Society and Crisis

A Symposium funded by the Wellcome Trust (Seed Award)
Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 18-19 May 2018

Globally and at many times in history, instances and rates of suicide have been hugely symbolic resources for making statements about society. The key goal of this symposium is to investigate the links between suicide and socio-political crisis, at macro and micro levels. We seek to test psychological, psychiatric, sociological and historical theories about how dramatic socio-political change is internalised by individuals. In particular, we will explore how moments of ‘crisis’ —a term which must itself be problematised— determine how suicides are recorded, represented and perceived, and whether the incidence and nature of personal crisis can be linked to broader, national events. Our research questions include but are not limited to:

• What kind of correlations have been made, past and present, between public and personal crisis?

• Do suicide statistics (which should themselves be carefully scrutinised) vary in times of socio-political crisis, and, if so, why?

• How do psychiatrists and pathologists, historians and social scientists, jurists and coroners, politicians, the media and the public understand suicide epidemics as symptomatic of instability and of collective crises?

A deeper understanding of historical and sociological patterns in suicide epidemiology can be achieved by pooling research findings, synergizing methods, and jointly developing interdisciplinary conceptual models. These understandings should also inform policy and practice, and we aim to develop strategies to raise public awareness and inform mental health policy-makers and practitioners. The symposium provides us with the opportunity to make new connections between scholars from across the disciplines, charities and third sector organizations, the media and policy-makers, and to plan ahead for collaborative projects and follow-on funding.
This two-day international symposium has been made possible by a Wellcome Seed Award supporting Dr Julie V. Gottlieb’s project ‘Suicide, Society and Crisis’, and it is supported by Medical Humanities Sheffield. Dr Gottlieb is working on a case study of an apparent suicide epidemic triggered by war fear during the Munich Crisis and its fallout (1938-39). This and other historical examples strongly resonate with contemporary suicide epidemics linked to dramatic social change: suicide and PTSD in the Iraq Wars; increase in suicides since the 2008 Financial Crisis; mental health issues in refugee communities; right up to the psychological fallout of Britain’s EU referendum.

We therefore welcome proposals for papers, panels or posters that consider various aspects of the relationship between mental health crises (and suicide more specifically) and social, political, economic and international crises from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

We are delighted to welcome Prof Mathew Thomson (University of Warwick) as our keynote speaker. Plenary speakers include Dr Maria Teresa Brancaccio, Dr Sarah Chaney, Dr Moritz Föllmer, Dr Christian Goeschel, Dr Julie Gottlieb, Dr Laura King, Dr David Lederer, Dr Ian March, Prof Janet Miron, Dr Chris Millard, Dr China Mills, Prof Sarah Waters, and Prof Phil Withington.

Please send paper proposals of approximately 250 words and a short bio to and, by 9 March 2018.

Those selected to participate will be notified by the end of March. There will be no conference fee, and some funding is available to cover speakers’ travel (within the UK) and accommodation in Sheffield. For further information and updates, visit

Job Opportunity: Permanent Lecturer in Early Modern Continental European History, 1500-1800

We are looking for a historian of continental Europe (excluding Britain and Ireland, for which we already have extensive coverage) between c. 1500 and c. 1800. The successful candidate will be an excellent researcher and communicator capable of teaching specialist courses and contributing to our undergraduate and postgraduate provision.

Deadline: Tuesday 5th June 2018

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History MA Scholarships

The Department of History is pleased to offer two £9,000 scholarships for students starting our History MA programmes in September 2018.

Award details: each award is worth £9,000 and can be used towards fees and/or living expenses.

Eligibility: these awards are open to UK, EU and international applicants who are applying to study either full-time or part-time. You need to have applied to a History MA programme for entry in September 2018 to be eligible to apply to this funding scheme. This application will be considered alongside the references and transcript from your course application. Awards will be made on academic merit.

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Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application early July 2018.

Home and EU applicants – please note that the outcomes of the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships (SPS) will be taken into account and where applicants are successful in the SPS scheme that outcome will supersede the application to this scheme. It is not possible to hold both a scholarship from the SPS scheme and a History MA Scholarship.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 15 June 2018.

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