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By Lucinda Matthews-Jones
I hope the advice below helps all those about to start short term teaching contracts. I’m no expert but I have had three temporary lectureships and what I offer below has been learnt in hindsight and through experience.
You’ve been appointed because you’ve convinced an interview panel that you’re the best person to teach their students. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ve been dazzled by your proposed module options but rather that you’ve persuaded them… »
By Andrew D. Linden and Lindsay Parks Pieper
The first five men to cross the stage ranged in age from 60 to 69. As the caller announced the required bodybuilding positions—“front double biceps” or “back lat spread”—the men flexed, leaned, turned, tightened, and contracted on cue. After finishing the group poses, the individual athletes performed solo routines, highlighting different parts of their muscular physiques. While this contest followed the policies of most bodybuilding competitions, s… »
Five years ago, I began to write daily in these pages without any expectation of where it might lead or what the outcome might be, and now the business of seeking a story and getting photographs and putting it all together has become my way of life. I consider myself privileged to pursue an occupation that offers such a constantly renewing source of interest, avoiding any possibility of boredom and providing an ongoing education upon the subject of human life.
Regular readers will be familiar w… »
In the wake of the murder of Michael Brown, and amidst this long moment of national black mourning, I want to pause with one voice (or, set of voices). That is the voice of Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, whose open letter to Michael Brown’s parents, Leslie McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., calls out to an historical community of black women who have lost their children at the hands of white America’s racism. Fulton refuses to offer platitudes, denies easy answers, … »
For many Americans, the phrase “California history” sounds like an oxymoron. Born out of a Gold Rush and two World Wars, the Golden State, to easterners, has always seemed like the new kid on the block. Californians might have aided in such perceptions, notes the 1970s dean of West Coast literature, Joan Didion. “You might […]
Periodicals were an essential part of, and reflected all aspects of Victorian culture, including the Victorians’ interest in the past. The Popular History in Victorian Magazines Database (PHVM) derives from a project on popular presentations of history in Victorian magazines:
“Histories for the Many: Historical Lifeworlds in Victorian Family, Women’s and Children’s Periodicals” – “Geschichte(n) für viele: Historische Lebenswelten in Familien-, Frauen- und Kinderzeitschriften des viktorianischen… »
The Hoover Institution Library & Archives are pleased to offer competitive fellowships of $2,500 to support research based on our collections. Fellows will be expected to spend a minimum of five days in the Library & Archives; stipends may be used towards transportation, living, and other expenses. Eligibility Graduate and undergraduate students from the US and abroad University faculty from the US and abroad Independent scholars Requirements
Just over a year ago, our graphic arts curator, Lauren Hewes, announced that we had completed the photographing of over 600 political cartoons produced in the United States between 1764 and 1876, and that these images were now available in GIGI, our digital image archive. This comprehensive collection includes everything from early cartoons relating to […]
Explore the Imperial War Museum’s massive crowd-source digitization project, "The Lives of the First World War." Luke Smith, the project’s digital director, believes the site may serve as an archive for future research and a pedagogical tool. Please share your thoughts on crowd-sourced history with our readers at the end of the post.
In 2010 Angela Bartie, Susan Batchelor, and Alistair Fraser interviewed a range of individuals who had first hand experience of Easterhouse in the 1960s. These included a minister, social worker, police officer, social researcher and a youth worker. This summer, Angela Bartie and Alistair Fraser are building on this research, interviewing young people about their…
Tonight my graduate seminar on “Philosophy of History and Historiography” meets for the first time. Your many wonderful comments and suggestions on my post a few weeks back, which I will share with my students, have helped me better conceptualize the course. […]
The American Historical Association is seeking qualified applicants for the position of associate editor, web content and social media.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the American Historical Association’s website and social media presence. The associate editor’s work is central to the organization’s efforts to recruit and serve members, facilitate communication among its various constituencies, and advocate for the discipline of history. Working … »
Shackleton Expedition, Antarctica, 1915. Photo: REX
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Review of Ben Maddison. Class and Colonialism in Antarctic Exploration, 1750-1920. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014. xii + 247pp. £60 (hardback), ISBN 978-1848934184. ‘Empires in Perspective’ Series.
The histories of Antarctic exploration have generally tended to focus on the narratives of intrepid explorers such as Ernest Shackleton and Robert F. Scott,… »
Want to help people share amazing stories? National Trust Rainham Hall in partnership with Rainham Library is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to take part in an new and exciting project to record and preserve a living history of the people who live in the village. What’s in it for you? Being part of a team […]
An index of links to basic blogging posts for beginners found in One Cool Site: WordPress blogging tips, tools & tutorials. WordPress.com Beginners’ Guide Learn WordPress.com Tutorial Tip: There is no one correct way to move visitors around your site but good design means easy navigation. Structuring a reader and search engine friendly site is the target…
Established at the University of Cambridge in 2001, the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) works actively with the Schools and Faculties across the University undertaking collaborations that cross faculties and disciplines in order to stimulate fresh thinking and dialogue in and beyond the humanities and social sciences and to reach out to new collaborators and new publics.
Alex Gourevitch is an assistant professor of political science at Brown University. At this summer’s SHEAR conference in Philadelphia, he presented (without reading! It’s still a novelty to us historians!) a paper called "Paine and Property: Radicalism and Anti-Radicalism in Property-Owning Democracy". In today’s interview, he returns to those themes for The Junto.
In this guest blog, Caroline Nielsen explores how war changed the lives of women on the home front not just in terms of their daily work, but in the clothes they wore to do it.
One day in early 1915 in the pit village of Horden, County Durham, 22 year-old Elizabeth “Lizzie” Holmes set off to post a letter for her father-in-law. She was on her way home from work, and the Post Office was on the way. This seemingly innocuous errand ended with her being mobbed by children.
Two female bag fillers … »
On July 31, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bill to expand the Student Loan Forgiveness program to adjunct faculty. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will be reviewing this bill shortly. Please contact your Senators and urge them to support the proposed bill. The AHA has endorsed Senator Durbin’s proposal.
The post Action Needed: Support the Durbin Bill to Expand Student Loan Forgiveness Program to Adjunct Faculty appeared first on American Historical »
‘Living in Poverty in Eighteenth-Century Terling’, in S. Hindle, A. Shepard & J. Walter (eds), ‘Remaking English Society. Social Relations and Social Change in Early Modern England (The Boydell Press, 2013)
On the face of things, Irishwomen Honora Cleary, Eleanor Hogg and Maria Sheppel had little in common. For a start, they were from different parts of Ireland; Honora hailed from Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, Eleanor lived in Boyle, Co. Roscommon and Maria had grown up in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Neither did the women share the same religion; Honora and Eleanor were Roman Catholic, while Maria was Church of Ireland. What they did share was that all were married with children, all were illiterate, and… »
The spectacle of the Commonwealth Games has reminded me of how the Coronation of King Edward in 1902 was celebrated by the management and inmates of Swansea Workhouse.
A Coronation Celebrations Committee had been established several week prior to the event to plan decorations, food and celebratory events. There was to be a special dinner for the inmates, similar to the one provided at Christmas along with gifts of tobacco and snuff. The officers of both the workhouse and cottage homes were… »
Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was arrested on Monday during unrest over the death of Michael Brown, KMOV reports.Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri &q…
Eventbrite – Missionary Material Heritage Network presents Missionaries, Materials and the Making of the Modern World – Monday, 15 September 2014 – Wednesday, 17 September 2014 at Queens Building, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Find event and ticket information.
At last week’s meeting of the Historical Society for Twentieth-Century China in Taipei, roughly 200 historians from Asia, the United States and Europe gathered to share their latest research. But during lunch hours and coffee breaks, the one question that kept popping up wasn’t about any given paper or project. Instead it was: “How’s your archival access been lately?”
AHA members cultivate all possible fields of the historical discipline. We study every country and region of the world from their ancient beginnings to the present, employing a wide range of thematic lenses to do so. By our latest tally, we even have 10 members who identify themselves as historians of Antarctica.
In order to better know and support our members’ professional interests, as well as to collect data on trends in the discipline, we ask historians to provide us with information about »
This is a draft of the first part of a short article I’m writing on blogging the history of crime. It’s for a special issue of the online journal Law, Crime & History which will examine on-going discussions at the Our Criminal Past network, organized by Heather Shore and Helen Johnston. I’m not sure how much…
This morning, the American Historical Association announced that it has put together a draft revision of its taxonomy of the discipline and that it’s inviting comment from members as it moves toward a final form of the document. The deadline […]
Mats Ingulstad, Andrew Perchard & Espen Storli
Tin and Global Capitalism, 1850-2000 traces the development of the industry from the ups and downs of the Cornish trade to the emergence of the Bolivian, Congolese and Malays as global players. Released on 27 August 2014, as part of the Routledge International Studies in Business History, the volume is the first collection to emerge out of the establishment of the History and Strategic Raw Materials Initiative (HSRMI), which we founded in 2012.
The marriage with England was based on convenience, not love, says prizewinning author Sir Tom Devine. Now it is time to split
Scotland’s leading historian has delivered a major boost to the campaign for Scottish independence with the announcement that he will be voting yes in the forthcoming referendum.
The eagerly awaited announcement by Sir Tom Devine, made in an interview with the Observer, will provide much-needed support to the pro-independence campaign, which has seen support for a yes v… »
In this photo from the AP, Lesley McSpadden, the mother of slain 18 year-old Michael Brown, drops rose petals at the scene where her son was killed by a police officer. This is only the latest example of racial tensions have always run deep when it comes to the law in America.
To say that the application of the law in America is highly racialized is an understatement. In the eyes of many Americans, blackness is the unofficial color of criminality, and black men have long been stereotyped as a c… »