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We are recruiting!

The Department is seeking outstanding individuals for a number of lectureships:

This is an ideal opportunity for a scholars with an outstanding publication record and excellent teaching ability to join one of the leading centres for historical research in the United Kingdom. You will have teaching and research strengths within medieval history and be a potential leader in your subject and in the Department as a whole. You will help design and deliver teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and will develop the Department’s research profile both by the production of high-quality publications and by attracting external research funding. You will also be expected to contribute to the Department’s presence within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the wider University and, through outreach and knowledge exchange, in Sheffield and beyond.

You will have a PhD in History or a related subject area (or have equivalent experience), proven teaching and leadership ability and the capacity to carry out high-quality research and to disseminate research findings effectively. The willingness to communicate to a variety of audiences beyond the purely academic is also essential for this position.

We are one of the most active centres for historical research in the country with a distinguished record of internationally outstanding and innovative historical research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) puts the Department of History third in its overall rankings and second on the quality of its publications, 42% of which were judged to be 4* or ‘world-leading’. We also have a vibrant postgraduate research culture, and our expertise in applying digital technology to historical research informs scholarship and teaching at every level. We teach the history of all periods from antiquity to the present day, taking in Europe, South Asia, and the Americas, and attract highly qualified undergraduate and MA students.

The University of Sheffield was voted number one for Student Experience in the Times Higher Education Survey 2013/14 and was awarded Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2011. We are a world-class university in a unique city, offering great opportunities for research-led teaching. The Department of History was rated highest in the 2015 National Student Survey among Russell Group History departments.

Visit for full details and to apply online.
Closing Date: 14th December 2015

CFP: The Gender History Discussion Group is back! 

The Gender History Discussion Group will resume meeting in February 2016, and we would like to invite any postgraduate students interested in gender research to attend. Meetings will be every 3 weeks, and will include reading group sessions and papers presented by researchers from inside and outside Sheffield. PhD, Masters students and staff are very welcome to attend. The focus this year will be interdisciplinary, so you do not have to be based in the Department of History. We would particularly like to hear from new students who would be interested in lightning talks. These are fun and informal 3 minute talks on your chosen topic – it’s a great way to get some speaking practice and the chance to get feedback from other researchers.

The group’s interests are very broad and we would welcome work including, but not limited to, femininities, masculinities, transgender studies, the gendered body and sexuality.

Please contact Kate Gibson at or visit our website for details

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PhD Funding applications for 2016 are now open

The following funding is now open for applications for 2016 entry:
AHRC White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities Scholarships
University of Sheffield Scholarships – University Prize
University of Sheffield Scholarships – Doctoral Academy Awards
ESRC White Rose Social Science DTC Scholarships – Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards
Hossein Farmy Scholarship

Whatever funding you’re applying for, we recommend getting in touch with the member of staff you are hoping to work with before you begin. They will be able to discuss your research proposal with you and offer advice on your application.

For futher details please see:


Congratulations to Dr. Siobhan Lambert-Hurley whose edited book collection is out now

Speaking of the Self: Gender, Performance and Autobiography in South Asia is co-edited with Anshu Malhotra and examines a range of women’s autobiographical writing from South Asia.

Many consider autobiography to be a Western genre that represents the self as fully autonomous. This volume challenges this presumption by examining a wide range of women’s autobiographical writing from South Asia. Expanding the definition of what kinds of writing can be considered autobiographical, the contributors analyze everything from poetry, songs, mystical experiences, and diaries to prose, fiction, architecture, and religious treatises. The contributors find that in these autobiographies the authors construct their gendered selves in relational terms. Throughout, they show how autobiographical writing—in whatever form it takes—provides the means toward more fully understanding the historical, social, and cultural milieu in which the author performs herself and creates her subjectivity.

Speaking of the Self: Gender, Performance and Autobiography in South Asia (Duke University Press, 2015).



Congratulations to Benjamin Ziemann whose book on the practices of killing and patterns of survival during WW1 has been awarded a prestigious prize

A book on the First World War ‘anyone should read’ by Professor Benjamin Ziemann has been awarded a book prize by Geisteswissenschaften International in 2015.

This award is jointly organised by the Association of German Booksellers, the German Authors’ Licensing Agency, the German Foreign Office and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. The jury has selected Ziemann’s book Gewalt im Ersten Weltkrieg. Töten-Überleben-Verweigern, first published with Klartext Verlag in 2013, as one of the few books from the humanities that will receive funding to facilitate the publication of an English translation.

The book has received ample positive coverage in German national newspapers and was praised by Dieter Langewiesche in the Historische Zeitschrift as ‘anyone who is studying the First World War and its aftermath should read [this book].’ The English translation will be published in 2017 with Bloomsbury Academic under the title Violence and the German Soldier in the Great War: Killing-Dying-Surviving.

This is the second time that Benjamin Ziemann has been the recipient of this award: his book on the ‘scientization’ of the Catholic Church, also the recipient of the book prize awarded by H-Soz-u-Kult as a runner-up, received the prize by Geisteswissenschaften International in 2011 and was published as Encounters with Modernity. The Catholic Church in West Germany, 1945-1975 (New York. Oxford, 2014).

Seminar Programme Poster Autumn 2015

Department Research Seminar Programme Autumn 2015

We are very pleased to announce our forthcoming Department Seminar programme.

As usual each seminar will be held on Tuesdays at 16:15 in G:03 (ground floor Jessop West). Seminars are followed by drinks and dinner with the speaker organised by the chair.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email

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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. The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme runs annually, with a submission deadline usually in October (further details available on the British Academy website)

Applicants are required to submit the following by 14th September, to Gwyn Jones (

  1. A recent CV.
  2. A .pdf of the completed British Academy application form, (accessible here:


Julia Hillner

Dr Julia Hillner explores unusual crimes and punishments in the Roman world

Dr Julia Hillner is interviewed by Dr Richard Flower at the University of Exeter. Watch the full discussion about cruel and unusual punishments, inequality before the law and why the Romans did (and didn’t) put people in prison.

Watch the full interview:

Julia’s new book: Prison, Punishment and Penance in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2015)  is available here:



Is Greek European identity in crisis? Dr Eirini Karamouzi reviews a conflicted history for the Royal Historical Society

Read the full article here:

Eirini Karamouzi is a Lecturer of Contemporary History at the University of Sheffield,and A.G.Leventis Fellow at SEESOX, St Antony’s College, Oxford.

You can find Eirini’s latest book Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979. The Second Enlargement(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) here:

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New WRoCAH Network studentship: ‘Beyond Charlie: Anticlericalism and Freedom of the Press’

We are delighted to announce a new WRoCAH Network studentship working on ‘Beyond Charlie: Anticlericalism and Freedom of the Press’ for entry in October 2015. WRoCAH networks each have three doctoral researchers, one each at Leeds, Sheffield and York. Each doctoral researcher works on a separate project under a common theme.

The award will cover the cost of UK/EU tuition fees and provide an annual maintenance grant (£14,057 in 2015-16) for three years.

Application deadline: midnight, Friday 22 May 2015

Interviews: interviews will take place on Monday 15 June 2015

Further information about the award and how to apply is available on our website here.

The network theme

The Paris attacks on 7 January 2015 make this an apposite moment to assess the deep cultural and historical links between iconoclastic thought and freedom of the press in western Europe. The proposed network will reassess anticlerical print culture and ideas of free speech, taking as its starting point the Hébertiste tradition of radical and scabrous political satire, a tradition in which Charlie Hebdo clearly stands. Though part of a wider secularist tradition, this populist—and often deliberately provocative—strand of anticlerical transmission should be distinguished from literary forms or those rooted in social and political movements.

The Sheffield studentship focus

Supervisory team: Professor Mary Vincent (Department of History, Sheffield), Dr Claire Chambers (Department of English and Related Literature, York)

The studentship will examine the relationship between the polemic and ideological traditions of anticlericalism (clearly aimed at Catholicism in countries with a historic allegiance to the Roman Church) and contemporary polemic aimed at Islam (or perceived tendencies within Islam, such as ‘fundamentalism’). This comparative study would explore issues of tolerance within societies looking at how debates around anticlericalism and/or Islamophobia bring into play conflicting understandings of freedom, including in societies characterised by religious indifference.

Any academic enquiries can be directed to Professor Mary Vincent ( Any questions about the application process should be directed to Beky Hasnip (