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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:

Call for Papers: ‘Suicide, Society and Crisis’

May 18 @ 9:00 am – May 19 @ 5:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute
University of Sheffield, 18-19 May 2018

A Symposium funded by the Wellcome Trust (Seed Award)

We 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.

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:

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 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.


Exhibition: Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts

The exhibition Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts is based on research by historians at the University of Sheffield and partner universities that has traced the lives of British convicts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Produced by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Digital Panopticon project in partnership with the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), the exhibition combines original Victorian photographs, documents and prints from the city’s archives with convict life stories uncovered by the Digital Panopticon project. It also includes items such as a Victorian policeman’s truncheon, a reproduction Millbank Prison uniform and convicts’ photographs drawn from collections in Britain and Australia.

The exhibition sheds light on the lives of convicts from the Gordon Riots in 1780 to the early 20th century, including prostitute and pickpocket Charlotte Walker; Ikey Solomons, the notorious receiver of stolen goods; and serial thief Thomas Limpus, who was transported to Africa, America and Australia. Bob Shoemaker, Professor of History at the University of Sheffield, said: “This exhibition brings together a fascinating set of records from the LMA’s collections and other archives to show how the reformatory prison became the chief form of punishment in our judicial system. By using convict life stories to explain the origins of the modern prison, we hope that ‘Criminal Lives’ will help viewers see punishment in a new light.”

Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts opens in December 2017 at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) and will be on display until 16 May 2018. For visitor information, see here.

The Digital Panopticon project’s website, which enables users to trace the lives of British convicts imprisoned or transported to Australia, features on a new second year module for history students at the University of Sheffield.

Call for Applications: The Effects of National Crises on Mental Health with Dr Julie Gottlieb

The Effects of National Crises on Mental Health:
Studying the history of emotion using a stress-response paradigm

University of Sheffield students completing their second year of undergraduate study are invited to apply to this SURE scheme. Students in History, Medicine, and Sociology are especially encouraged to apply, but students from all disciplines will be considered

About the scheme:
SURE offers The University of Sheffield’s undergraduate students an opportunity to become directly involved in the research activity of the University, take part in “real life” research projects in subject areas that are of special interest, and experience what it’s like to work in partnership with academic staff or collaboratively in a research group.

Prof. Scott Weich (Chair of Mental Health) and Dr Julie V. Gottlieb (Reader in History)

Bursary amount:
Students will be awarded a bursary of £1,080 for a six-week project. This will be paid in two lots; 70% in week one, and 30% on completion of the project. A modest expense allowance is also available for research trips and subscriptions to required online resources.

Projects begin on 12/6/2017, and end on 21/7/2017

The expectation is that the student will be based in Sheffield or be available to attend regular supervision meetings in Sheffield over the 6-week period of the project.

SURE Requirements:
Completion of a written report by 25 August, and a dissemination piece (i.e. poster) by 24 November (this will be presented at the SURE showcase in February 2018)

Application procedure:
University of Sheffield students completing their second year of undergraduate study are eligible to apply. Students in History, Medicine, and Sociology are especially encouraged to apply but students from all disciplines will be considered.

Please send an expression of interest in the form of a statement of 250-400 words outlining any relevant experience and explaining what you would like to contribute to the project to both and .

Provide us with you contact details, your degree programme, and confirm that you will be available in June and July to attend supervisions in Sheffield and carry out the research. For further information, you are welcome to attend Dr Gottlieb’s office hours Tuesdays 10.30-11.30 and Thursdays 12-1 in the Jessop West Building, room 3.04.

Deadline: 5 May, 2017

Further information:
Understanding the effects of historic national or global crises on mental health, and how these effects are manifest, mediated, ameliorated and exacerbated, has great contemporary relevance. As well as contributing to the study of the history of emotion (and developing new methodologies for this), this work will inform contemporary public health planning and estimates of need for mental health services by modelling historical impacts of specific types of threat on rates of mental disorder. The research is based on an existing collaboration between the supervisors, Prof. Weich and Dr Gottlieb, an academic psychiatrist and a historian. Students will be supervised in exploring the emotional and behavioural responses to well characterised, historic social stressors, namely large-scale, sudden or catastrophic social, economic or political crises.

There are four bursary places available to work under supervision on these two linked projects within a common theoretical and empirical framework. Both studies will contribute to the development, testing and refining of theories using a framework based on validated biological human stress-response models. We propose to study two national crises: one occurring in the 20th century (the Munich Crisis of 1938) and one in the 21st century (specifically the 2008 global financial crisis or the migrant crisis since 2015). Two students will be directed to work on each theme, under supervision. The strength of this approach lies in the complimentary nature of the data underpinning the two case studies and opportunity for cross-fertilisation.

The research will comprise 5 distinct stages, plus a final stage devoted to project dissemination:

Stage 1: We will undertake preliminary theorising, in which we will adapt biological (individual) stress-response models and the key constructs of threat (acute versus chronic threat), loss and defeat to social settings in which distinct groups (e.g. women, young people, those of minority ethnicity etc.) may be discerned. We will use this stage to consider how different types of social stress (including physical threats, financial or economic loss and threats to future aspirations) and personal or group vulnerabilities are characterised within a stress-diathesis paradigm. We will use these theories to generate testable hypotheses relating to the crises to be studied.

Stage 2: We will identify the two crises to be studied (one occurring in the 20th century and one in the 21st century) and identify and characterise the groups of interest, including (where appropriate) persecuted and persecutors, aggressor and victims, victors and those defeated or subjugated. We will develop our data searching, collection, extraction and analysis strategies in stage 2.

Stage 3: We will identify the key sources to be used, including (where available) scientific publications, journals, diaries, newspapers and other media, and official statistics, and indicate how each of these will be used to characterise the nature of the threat and to evaluate effects. We will also develop data extraction forms to ensure that the data are collected systematically.

Stage 4: Will collect and analyse data on the crises under review, including data from historical sources and, where available, official statistics and person-level data (e.g. social or health surveys and coroners records to identify suicides).

Stage 5: We will review, update and augment the theories developed in stage 1, for instance to reflect the ways in which threat, loss and defeat manifest their emotional and behavioural effects, and in whom, as well as the ways in which these effects are modified by circumstances and/or personal resilience or vulnerability.

The proposed research will augment a Wellcome Trust Seed Award awarded to Dr Gottlieb which is due to begin in September 2017 (for 12 months), and on which Prof Weich is a co-investigator. The Wellcome Award on “Suicide, Society and Crisis” seeks to answers to the following questions: What is the relationship between suicide and world crises? Does the suicide rate increase during periods of acute political, economic and international crisis? How do clinicians and coroners, academics and artists, politicians and pundits, the media, and suicides themselves diagnose the causal link between mental illness, personal desperation and national crisis? Prof Weich leads the Mental Health Research Unit at ScHARR, which has a strong culture of postgraduate teaching. In addition to being an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist and teacher (of medical students, postgraduate doctors in training and postgraduate MSc and PhD research students). He has a track record of public mental health research, and has published extensively on the social, economic and spatial determinants of the most common mental disorders, anxiety and depression, at the population-level. He has particular expertise in the use of routine datasets to estimates rates of mental disorder in populations.