Research Seminar: Relitigating Revolution: Address, Progress and Redress in the Long Summer of 1710
4th March 4.15pm: Brian Cowan (McGill). Chair: Karen Harvey
The Gender History Discussion Group: Historiographical workshop – why gender?
Tuesday 4th March 3pm – 4pm Jessop West Seminar Room 2
Suggested reading: Joanne Bailey, ‘Embedding and Embodying Gender in History’ http://jbailey2013.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/embedding-and-embodying-gender-in-history/
The Gender History Discussion Group Speaker-led session:
‘Creditable People’: Women’s Roles in Local Credit Networks, Glasgow c.1740-1830
Wednesday 19th February 2014, 2pm – 3pm: Catriona MacLeod (University of Glasgow)
Hicks Building, seminar room F30
Apologies this event has been cancelled. It has been rearranged for the 13th of May.
‘Several Lives in One’: The Problem of Writing the Biography of Frederick Douglass. 11th February 4.15pm: David Blight (Yale). Chair: Andrew Heath
In an unprecedented honour for The University of Sheffield, two academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have been elected Fellows of the British Academy – the UK’s national body which champions and supports the humanities and social sciences.
We’d like to offer our warmest congratulations to Professor Michael Braddick, Professor of History, and Professor Glynis Jones, Department of Archaeology.
Mike has recently completed a term of office as Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Author of a number of highly acclaimed histories, he has published widely on aspects of state formation and forms of political resistance in early modern England. He is also a champion of the value of the Arts and Humanities within education, and his articles on this subject have been published by the national media.
Glynis has been a member of staff at The University of Sheffield for almost thirty years. She is the Director of the MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy and is a world expert on the origins of agriculture.
Professor Keith Burnett, Vice Chancellor, said, “I am truly delighted that two of our colleagues have been honoured by Fellowship of the British Academy. It is vital that universities not only address the scientific and technical challenges of the modern age, but also that we ask profound questions about society and how we live. The humanities and social sciences bring vital insight of history and archaeology and an understanding of human life and cultures. Without this perspective, we are deeply impoverished as people and our technical solutions run the risk of misunderstanding the very people they are meant to serve.”
The birth of the Royal baby is expected to spark a surge of interest in Connected Histories, as users explore how royal births and their reception have changed throughout history.
Developed collaboratively with the University of Sheffield’s Humanities Research Institute (HRI), Connected Histories brings together 22 digital resources related to early, modern and 19th century Britain.
The search engine allows researchers to collect and share important sources for British history in one place, showing up unexpected connections and surprising parallels, whether from 19thcentury newspapers, the records of courts and parliaments, or drawings. It also allows sophisticated searching of names, places and dates.
The project, funded by Jisc, an organisation which champions the use of digital technologies in education and research, is a partnership between the University of Sheffield, the University of Hertfordshire, the Institute of Historical Research and the University of London.
The University of Sheffield’s HRI developed and maintains the search engine which drives the Connected Histories website, comprising around 30 billion items of data which have been analysed using language algorithms to facilitate searching by keyword, person name, place and date.
A search for terms related to ‘royal births’ highlights a wealth of information drawn from historical sources across British history, revealing changes in medical practices, celebrations and cultural behaviours.
Professor Bob Shoemaker, Director of Research at the University of Sheffield’s Department of History, said: “The significance of events like this lies in large part in the long historical tradition in which they are situated. By providing unprecedented access to an extraordinarily rich collection of documents, Connected Histories revolutionizes the possibilities for anyone interested in history to find out more about our fascinating past.”
See the full article on the University news feed.
Image: Proof of an illustration to G.Abbott a Beckett, ‘Comic History of Britain’, 1847
Based in the Department of History, ‘Project Alex’ is a new initiative exploring ways to embed public engagement in research-led teaching. Led by Dr Catherine Fletcher, Lecturer in Public History, the project centres on the life and times of Alessandro de’ Medici, first duke of Florence (ruled 1531-37). The illegitimate son of an African slave, Simonetta, and Lorenzo, duke of Urbino, Alessandro was the first ‘black’ head of state in the modern West but his life is relatively little-known.
Though ‘Project Alex’ begins with research into Alessandro and his court – and will end with the usual academic publications – the public engagement element has been in place right from the start of the archive work this summer. A blog discussing the research process has been launched and currently features entries from both Dr Fletcher and SURE bursary-holder Emma Newman. Emma worked on the project over the summer alongside Leyla Yilmaz, a third-year undergraduate who has been helping to develop schools workshops funded through the Arts Enterprise scheme. The first pilot workshops will be held in November at Notre Dame School and Worksop College, with a project launch following on Monday 25 November, 5.30pm in the Jessop West foyer (colleagues very welcome).
Since the start of term the project has had twenty new contributors in the form of two first-year student groups on the History Workshop module. They are learning about the research process by joining in bibliographic research, discussing source analysis and considering the existing literature related to the project – just as in the usual research-led teaching model. But they are also able, right from the start of their degree, to contribute to its public face via the blog and workshops, a Facebook page, exhibits for the project launch and a Twitter account, @alexmedicidux. We look forward to bringing you more news as the project progresses.
Several of the Faculty’s academic staff have been involved with the Residence Life project this month.
Adam Piette and Fabienne Collignon, School of English, gave a talk entitled, “Car Crash to Robot Trash: Sex, Death, Technology”. The lecture considered J. G. Ballard’s novel Crash about people with Symphorophilia or car crash sexual fetishism, and then talked about the weird 1989 Japanese cyberpunk movie, Testuo: The Iron Man, directed by Shinya Tsukamoto.
Kevin Kuykendall, Department of Archaeology, considered, “Becoming Human: The Fossil Record of Human Evolution”. His lecture surveyed the known fossil record for human evolution and discussed what we currently understand about the timescale and pattern of our species’ evolutionary history. Evidence from the archaeology and primate behaviour was presented along with current interpretations about the key events along the evolutionary pathway to becoming human. Sheffield Debating hosted an “Evolution vs. Creationism” debate after the talk.
Andrew Heath, Department of History, and Pete David (The Payroll Union) gave a talk about, “Faith and Fear in Philadelphia: Exploring History through Music, Film, and Art”. It considered: how can we tell stories about the past? This simple question inspired Pete David of the Americana band, and Dr. Andrew Heath, a lecturer in American History, to join together in a project that explores writing history through words, film, and song. More about the project: http://www.shef.ac.uk/news/nr/payroll-union-faith-fear-philadelphia-1.320965
Staff from the School of English and Student Support and Guidance discussed Stephen Kelman’s Pigeon English. As part of this year’s Booker Prize Initiative, 4,000 copies of Pigeon English were delivered to students in the University residences. Panelists in the talk discussed their view of the book, as well as its themes and the situations in which its protagonist finds himself.
The Living-Learning lecture series of talks are delivered by experts from across the University, which offer thought-provoking topics in new and accessible ways. The talks take place in the student village and refreshments are available.
More information about Residence Life: www.residencelife.co.uk.
More information about Booker Prize Foundation’s Universities Initiative: http://www.shef.ac.uk/english/booker
“History is much more than just books in a library; it’s also people’s lives and experiences.” Witness is a student-led oral history project that aims to preserve the voices and stories of the people of Sheffield and to create an oral history archive for future historical research.
On Friday 4 October, the Witness Oral History project celebrated its second year, and started its third. Interested members of the public came along to Jessop West foyer to meet the History students who took part last year, and those who are volunteering this year on this student-led scheme. Around 40 interviews are now available online, concentrating on Sheffield in the 1980s and Sheffield during the Second World War, together with some preliminary analysis of particular themes carried out by the students. More interviews will be added in the coming year, creating a valuable resource for future historians. In 2013-14, the students hope to work alongside a community project in Walkley as well as continuing with their Second World War theme.
For more information, visit www.witness.group.shef.ac.uk