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Intoxicating Spaces: The Impact of New Intoxicants on Public Spaces, Consumption and Sociability in North Western Europe, c. 1600 – c. 1850

Professor Phil Withington from the University of Sheffield is leading a project set to reveal how Europe ‘took to soft drugs’ between the 16th and 19th centuries as part of a major new comparative research project funded by the Humanities European Research Area (HERA).

Leading researchers based at Oldenburg, Sheffield, Stockholm and Utrecht will examine how tobacco, tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar and opium were first introduced and consumed by people in European cities in the 17th century and how they have become such a common part of people’s diet and lifestyle.

Findings from the project will shine new light on the politics of consumption, the ethics of taste, and the complicated ways in which we think about intoxicants and addictive substances today.

Focusing on four European cities – Amsterdam, Hamburg, London and Stockholm – the study will recover how ‘new’ intoxicants were first sold in traditional public spaces, such as apothecaries and grocery shops, and how their sale and consumption transformed public behaviours and practices

How these ‘new intoxicants’ created new public spaces, such as the coffeehouse, and the impact these had on society and politics will also be studied.

The research will be led by Professor Phil Withington from the University’s Department of History in collaboration with historians from universities in Germany (Prof. Dr. Dagmar Freist, Oldenburg), the Netherlands (Prof. Dr. Toine Pieters, Utrecht), and Sweden (Prof. Dr. Leos Müller, Stockholm).

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Suffrage 100 at Off the Shelf – Curated by Dr Julie V Gottlieb

To celebrate Suffrage 100, Dr Julie Gottlieb from the University of Sheffield has curated a strand of events for Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words.  Information is below with links to the event pages at and information on how to book.  Please get in touch with any queries.  We very much hope to see you at events at this year’s festival.

Tuesday 9 October 6pm
Thursday 11 October 6pm
Friday 12 October 7pm
Suffrage Sunday: 14 October  A full day of talks and film
Tickets available for individual events or full day ticket for £24/£20 (cons)
Sunday 14 October 11am

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

For more information please see here

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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EPSRC PhD Studentship Opportunity

We have a new EPSRC PhD studentship opportunity available:

‘Information Extraction and Entity Linkage in Historical Crime Records’

Applications are invited for the above EPSRC project studentship commencing on 1 October 2018. This project will develop and refine information extraction techniques by working with one of the most intractable, largely unstructured, sources in the humanities, historical newspapers. Addressing a challenge identified during the recently completed project, the Digital Panopticon: Tracing London Convicts in Britain & Australia, 1780-1925, this project will develop methods of extracting information about crimes and police court trials from English newspapers for linkage to the existing ‘life archives’ of convicts in the Digital Panopticon.

Application deadline: 5pm, Friday 18 May 2018
Interviews: interviews will take place week commencing 4 June 2018

For more information please see:…/information-extraction

Job Opportunity: Lecturer in North American and/or Caribbean History Before c. 1820

Contract: Open-ended from 1st September 2018

We are seeking to appoint a historian of North America and/or the Caribbean between the sixteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The successful candidate will be an excellent researcher and communicator capable of teaching specialist courses and contributing to our undergraduate and postgraduate provision in American, Early Modern, and possibly Global History. All qualified candidates are invited to apply, although we would particularly welcome applicants with an interest in the history of slavery.

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Job opportunity: Teaching Associate in Ancient History

Contract: Fixed Term from 01 September 2018 until the 30 June 2019

We are seeking to appoint a ten month fixed-term Teaching Associate in Ancient History, specifically the history of ancient Rome and its empire.

You will have a PhD in History or a related subject area or have equivalent experience and have teaching strengths within the area of ancient history and will help design and deliver teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  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.

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Professor Adrian Bingham wins Royal Historical Society Public History Prize

The impact of collaborative research by three historians at the Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge, and Edinburgh has been recognised by the Royal Historical Society at its Public History Prize awards 2018. The team –   Professor Adrian Bingham (Sheffield), Dr Lucy Delap (Cambridge), and Professor Louise Jackson (Edinburgh) – were the winners of the Public Debate and Policy category, for their work in promoting deeper understanding of experiences of child sexual abuse and responses to it in England and Wales between 1918 and 1990. Initial research (funded by the ESRC) analysed newspaper reporting, legal contexts and social work practices.  The team have given talks for non-academic groups, published briefing papers, and undertaken consultancy and media work, and their work has been used in relation to official inquiries.

Their work has been assisted by History & Policy, a national partnership that brings together historians, journalists and policy makers.

More information about the team project and links to History & Policy Briefing Papers can be found here:

More information about the Royal Historical Society Public History Prize awards can be found here: