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Mark Seddon has won the 2014 Donald Cameron Watt Prize

Mark Seddon has won the 2014 Donald Cameron Watt Prize, awarded annually by the Transatlantic Studies Association for the best paper presented at its annual conference by an early career scholar. His conference paper was entitled: ‘Peace by Dictation? Anglo-US Efforts to Apply the Atlantic Charter to the Venezuelan Oil Industry, 1944’.

Helen Smith commended in Institute of Historical Research’s Pollard Prize competition

Helen Smith was commended for her entry to the 2014 Pollard Prize competition, given for the best seminar paper presented at an Institute of Historical Research seminar by a postgraduate student or by a researcher within one year of completing the PhD. Helen’s paper was given to the History of Sexuality seminar, and was entitled ‘An awful lot of casual sex going on: Working-class men and the landscape of same-sex desire in the north of England 1945–1960’. If you are interested in learning more about Helen’s research, look out for her forthcoming monograph with Palgrave Macmillan, Masculinity and Same-Sex Desire in Industrial England.

Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock receives Early Career Senate Teaching Award

Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock has been given an Early Career Senate Teaching Award. Referring to her as ‘a creative and committed teacher’, the award makes specific reference to her innovations in the use of digital technology which have ‘not only enhanced the experience of students’ but have also been recognised externally.

This is great news, both for Caroline and the Department. Many congratulations.


Dr Abdel Razzaq Takriti shortlisted for The Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize.

Dr Abdel Razzaq Takriti has been shortlisted for The Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize for his book Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 19651976 (Oxford University Press).

The Royal Historical Society offers an annual award of £1,000 for a history published in English on any topic that is not primarily British history. To be eligible for the prize the book must its author’s first solely written book on a historical subject which is not primarily related to British history. The book must also be an original and scholarly work of historical research and have been published in English during the calendar year by a scholar normally resident in the United Kingdom.
Details of all the shortlisted books can be found here:

Dr Charles West awarded Humboldt Foundation and AHRC research fellowships.

Dr Charles West has been awarded two new research fellowships:

A Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, working on the controversial 11th-century reformer, Humbert of Moyenmoutier, and an AHRC Early Career Fellowship on ‘Turbulent Priests’, to research into whether and how clerics were exempt from secular jurisdiction between 700 and 1200 – and what “secular” meant in that context.

Dr Julie Gottlieb discusses Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, ‘the perfect Nazi woman’, on Woman’s Hour.

On this edition of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Dr Julie Gottlieb reveals the feminine side of shuttle diplomacy by remembering the visit of Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, the leader of the National Socialist Women’s League, to London 75 years ago in the run up to war. Hitler said Gertrud was his idea of the ‘perfect woman.’ Dr Gottlieb discusses why women have been left out of the appeasement story.

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History Matters blog shortlisted for History Today prize

In January, the History Matters blog was nominated for History Today‘s Digital History Award. Chosen as the top blog of the year from a large and diverse field, History Matters was up against digital heavy hitters British History Online and Historypin on the shortlist for the new prize.

History Today Editor Paul Lay, at the awards at the Foundling Museum in London

History Today Editor Paul Lay, at the awards at the Foundling Museum in London

History Matters was praised by History Today editor Paul Lay for “its provocative mix of contributions from academics, students, museum and heritage practitioners, always eager to contribute to current debates”. Although the award eventually went to global collaborative project Historypin, the judges praised the blog for bridging the gap between academia and the public, and for achieving such range, relevance and quality of content without the funding of its competitors.

The blog’s editor, Caroline Dodds Pennock, who represented Sheffield at the awards ceremony said: “History Matters is a testament to the commitment and enthusiasm in Sheffield for public history and the nomination is a testament to a huge amount of work by many different historians, colleagues and collaborators. It is fantastic to see our efforts recognised by History Today.”

History Matters regularly welcomes contributors from other Departments and is always keen to hear from colleagues who have historical interests (broadly interpreted!).

Many congratulations to all involved, both academic and support staff.

The blog can be found here, and is tied to the Department’s twitter feed @unishefhistory. For more details, or if you are interested in contributing, please contact Caroline Pennock.