This symposium is organised in association with the AHRC-funded research project on Irish song, which is based in the School of English Queen’s University Belfast, and which aims to develop an historical typology of Irish Song, from the earliest examples through to c. 1800. The project is wide-ranging in its scope, encompassing song texts written in…
NASA has explored the solar system since the 1960s, but it has rarely been the top priority for the space agency. Jason Callahan breaks down how planetary science has been funded over the years within NASA’s larger budget.
This month as expected there has been a wealth of discussion about the centenary of the first world war including this piece at the History Matters blog on America’s uneasy commemoration of the centenary and this consideration of how the war changed British attitudes towards authority. The British Library Untold Lives blog was also…
Unexpected discoveries, fresh perspectives: thinking outside the (archival) box
This week, MA student Barry Sheppard explains how the discovery of an unexpected source prompted him to reconsider the role cast for the British-Irish relationship by political history and what impact this was to have on his own research.
How far can one small bit of primary source material change the direction of your research? As I have found out, quite considerably. Uncharacteristically for me, I had chosen my … »
As History Lab Plus has expanded its remit over the last few years, we have collaborated with a range of institutions and professional organisations to ensure a voice for early-career historians in wider discussions about the future of the discipline, on issues including open-access publishing, postdoctoral funding and employment and postgraduate training, amongst many others. One issue, however, which has been raised by our members more than any other has been the proliferation of short-term t… »
Joseph Bufton spent a lot of time thinking about God. He assiduously went along to hear sermons by the local vicar and by travelling preachers. He read scores of books and pamphlets offering religious guidance. What’s more, he filled many volumes with notes and extracts from these sermons and published texts. He even tried his hand at spiritual poetry, with decidedly unimpressive results.
What, then, do we know about Bufton’s faith?
The (mostly) 15th-century parish church in wh… »
In the chapter I’m working on now, I’m situating the history of Stanford’s undergraduate curriculum from the 1890s to the 1980s alongside (or within) the history of American liberalism. Alas, no one has (yet) published The Big Book of American […]
Under the shadow of Exeter Castle, a sea of besom brooms and black hats stretched as far as the eye can see. The smell of jasmine incense filled the air. At one point a collective cackle was heard. The Grand Witches’ Tea Party was under way.
Though much of our modern medicine stems from ancient Greece, fossil records show that humans have been using plants as medicine for at least 60,000 years. It’s a trend that continues to this day, when plants and substances derived from them represent more than 50 percent of all drugs in clinical use.
The medicinal value of plants has been recognized by almost every society on this planet. Today, an estimated 50 percent of the world’s population continues to rely on herbs and minerals to restore »
Events of interest in the New York region Ongoing Mar 15-Sept 8 Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17 St. Adults $15.00; Seniors $10.00; Students 13+ $10.00; Members and children under 13 free Gallery admission free every Friday from 6-10 p.m. Jul 15-Sept 3 Deadly Medicine: Creating the…
It is my pleasure to introduce Peter Cajka for today’s exciting guest post. Peter is a PhD candidate in the Boston College History Department. He studies religion in American history. He is a Graduate Fellow with the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy. Peter Cajka
With the exception of 1967, the Psychology Department at Fordham University had sponsored a conference every other year since 1955 as part of a running series called the “Pastoral Psychology Institute.” An edited volume … »
Another article from the currently produced special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C dedicated to psychical research is now online as a pre-print version on the journal website. In her analysis of letters on precognition to the British playwright Joseph Priestley, Katy Price (Queen Mary University, London) addresses the complicated relationship between the ‘paranormal’ and psychiatry.
TESTIMONIES OF PRECOGNITION AND ENCOUNTERS WITH PSYCHIATRY IN LETTERS TO J. B. PRI… »
Blogging carnivals, like those hosted by Sharon Howard, began to appear in the early 2000s. The carnivalesque is a suggestive way of thinking about the transformative potential of social media. By orchestrating multiple voices blogging has a levelling effect, breaking down traditional hierarchies separating amateur and professional, young and old, new and established, theorist and practitioner, reader and writer. The carnivalesque and levelling qualities of blogging have been seized by early mo… »
Greek medical texts and their audience: perception, transmission, reception. A conference seeking to examine the interplay between Greek medical texts and their contemporary readers. Convened by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s College London) & Sophia Xenophontos (University of Glasgow). Hosted by the Centre for Hellenic Studies and sponsored by the A.G. Leventis Foundation & the Institute for Classical Studies.
The UK Faculty of Public Health will call for national food policy including sugar tax as concerns rise over vitamin deficiencies
Poverty is forcing people to have dangerously poor diets and is leading to the return of rickets and gout diseases of the Victorian age that affect bones and joints according the UK Faculty of Public Health.
The public health professionals’ body will call for a national food policy, including a sugar tax, as concerns rise over malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies in… »
In a letter I received as an email attachment last night, Anita Levy of the AAUP agrees with many of us that Steven Salaita was shafted (not the word she used.) Levy also points out that, although Salaita’s #HireFire is widely believed to be an outcome of his Tweets on Gaza, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise gave him no reasons for her unwillingness to bring the appointment before the board of trustees, other than her belief that there would not be a positive vote. Most importantly, »
Dug-Out Canoes: Rewriting Adirondack History Jim Blackburn: The Memory of the Mahican The Onrust: Sailing Back in Time Port Henry Diner: Once A Moveable Feast 12 Years a Slave and the Law of Slavery Clinton Historical Society: Worth A Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder: Revealing Memoir Published Furthur Bus Rolled Through NYC: Gothamist Architecture: Adirondack Great […]
Although both trained in nuclearphysics, Edward Bullard and Patrick Blackett enjoyed careers that, taken together,spanned the broad range of Earth sciences, including seismology, geomagnetism, marine geology, andplate tectonics.
As a prelude to articles published in this special issue, I briefly sketch changing historiographical conventions regarding the ‘occult’ in recent history of science and medicine scholarship. Next, a review of standard claims regarding psychical
The world ain’t what it used to be. Kids don’t read anymore. Its all the parents fault. Maybe. While history is still full of great stories, they are all trapped in dusty books. But that is about to change. Podcasting has given birth to the genre-bending works of a few intrepid historians. A new generation of storytellers trying to make the way we handle history a thing of the past.
Welcome to the Official Preston Sturges Website. Preston Sturges was one of America’s great filmmakers. He was the first Hollywood writer to direct his own script, and thus the credit "written and directed by" first appeared before his name in THE GREAT MCGINTY.
The Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from the medieval to the modern. Today’s post on complaints against midwives in the nineteenth century is contributed by historian Megan Webber.
On the afternoon of 31 December 1804 —as an old year died away— Elizabeth Edwards struggled to bring forth n… »
The National Council on Public History invites nominations for their Outstanding Public History Project Award.
Acknowledging the value of historical understanding to the general public, and the fact that this understanding results from a variety of public history projects, the National Council on Public History’s Outstanding Public History Project Award recognizes excellence in work completed within the previous two calendar years (2013 and 2014) that contributes to a broader public reflection … »
In the fourth of eight articles from the upcoming Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C special issue on psychical research, Shannon Delorme (Oxford University) takes a closer look at one of the most vocal British 19th-century opponents of spiritualism and animal magnetism, the physiologist William B. Carpenter.
PHYSIOLOGY OR PSYCHIC POWERS? WILLIAM CARPENTER AND THE DEBATE OVER SPIRITUALISM IN VICTORIAN BRITAIN
Shannon Delorme, University of Oxford
William B. Carpenter… »
A posthumous diagnosis of the paralyzing mental malady that afflicted one of humanity’s greatest minds.
Charles Darwin was undoubtedly among the most significant thinkers humanity has ever produced. But he was also a man of peculiar mental habits, from his stringent daily routine to his despairingly despondent moods to his obsessive list of the pros and cons of marriage. Those, it turns out, may have been simply Darwin’s best adaptation strategy for controlling a malady that dominated his life, »
Marc-William Palen History Department, University of Exeter Follow on Twitter @MWPalen
From knowing your history to looting the White House, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.
Does It Help to Know History?
Adam Gopnik New Yorker
About a year ago, I wrote about some attempts to explain why anyone would, or ought to, study English in college. The point, I thought, was not that studying English gives anyone some practical advantage on non-English majors, but that it ena… »
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Todays report on hospital food standards emphasises the struggle we seem to have providing good food to modern patients: yet medieval patients got personalised diets, fresh figs, local honey and chicken in saffron stew, so whats gone wrong?
Writing for The New Yorker in a piece published this morning, Adam Gopnik asks “Does It Help To Know History?” I love it when these kinds of big philosophical questions are posed in highly public fora. Let’s analyze Gopnik’s answer—paragraph […]