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HISTSPOTIHRYesterday I uploaded the last podcasts from the 2012-13 session.  I’ll admit as soon as the last file went up I left the office in search of a much needed caffeine boost!  You might have noticed, but the last few days have been very busy with lots of podcasts appearing on the site all at once.  I’ve uploaded files from various conferences including this year’s Anglo-American on the topic of Food in History; the Materialities of Urban Life in Early Modern Europe interdisciplinary conference which looked into debates regarding the public, private, commercial, domestic and civic material cultures.  Then finally podcasts from the Mobilising London’s housing histories: the provision of homes since 1850 conference (click on the links to access these podcasts).  Lots of conferences, lots of seminars, a great swath of new content!

We now have 590 podcasts in total on History SPOT.  That’s no small number and has been achieved over a four year period, most of which have been created over the last year.  Of these the majority come from the IHR’s seminar programmes (now numbering 26 groups who have given podcasting a go!) and from 20 different conferences held by the IHR.  History SPOT is also home to a smattering of lectures, workshops and interviews all recorded as audio or video.

Below is a long list – or index – of all the podcasts that have been created this year.  Hopefully there will be something for everybody.  Personally one of my favourites was this year’s policy forum from the Anglo-American conference (see the third from top).  Some of the audio is a bit wonky as there was only one microphone but five speakers, yet the topic of discussion was highly interesting.  The title is perhaps misleading.  This ‘forum’ was all about the food industry in the present and how it will cope in the future with a rising population, threats of global warming, and (seemingly) no one prepared to deal head-on with the major issues facing us in terms of food production.   It was all a bit scary really.  As a result I might start looking into getting an allotment for when the world ends.

Also of note:

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

The Untold History of the United States

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

From computers and history to digital history: a retrospective

Sir Roderick Floud (Gresham College), Professor Robert Shoemaker (Sheffield), and Dr Don Spaeth (Glasgow)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

John Milton as a theorist of liberty

Professor Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London)

And finally, the podcasts from the Going Underground: Travel Beneath the Metropolis 1863-2013 conference which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. 

This year I would also like to welcome the following seminars to History SPOT: Christian Missions in Global History; Disability History seminar; Gender and History in the Americas; Imperial and World History; London Group of Historical Geographers; Marxism in Culture; Modern French History; Modern German History; Oral History; Public History; and the Socialist History seminar.  Lots of groups have given podcasting a go this year.  As per usual we have also had podcasts from our staples including the Voluntary Action History seminar; Metropolitan History seminar; Digital History; British History in the Long Eighteenth Century; Latin American; and Archives & Society.

Index to all podcasts from the 2012-13 academic year (most recent at the top)

Friday, 12 July 2013

Famine is not the problem: an historical perspective

Cormac O’Grada (University College Dublin)

Friday, 12 July 2013

Moral economies and the cold chain

Susanne Friedberg (Dartmouth College)

Friday, 12 July 2013

The politics of food: past, present and future (Policy Forum)

Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck/Institute of Sustainable consumption, University of Manchester); David Barling (Centre for Food Policy, City University); Annabel Allott (Soil Association); Keir Waddington (University of Cardiff); Craig Sams (Green & Blacks)

Thursday, 11 July 2013

You Are What You Eat: Historical Changes in Ideas about Food and Identity

Steven Shapin (Harvard)

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Toward a historical dialectic of culinary styles

Ken Albala (University of the Pacific)

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Top Down/Bottom Up: Using oral history to re-examine government and other institutions

Donald A. Ritchie (Historian of the U.S. Senate)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Housing during the Great War

Jerry White (Birkbeck, University of London)

Friday, 28 June 2013

From ‘heroin’ to heroines: the Haggerston Estate

David Roberts (University College London)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Inequality and prejudice: New Commonwealth immigrants and the Committee on Housing in Greater London

Ruth Emsden (formerly London School of Economics)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Poor Irish communities’ experience of housing in London 1880-1914

Giulia Ni Dhulchaointigh (Trinity College, Dublin)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Listing social housing: Trellick Tower and Edenham Way by Erno Goldfinger

Emma Dent Coad (Independent scholar)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Location, location, location, the politics of space in an interwar metropolitan borough: the case of Islington

Tanis Hinchcliffe (Independent scholar)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Working class politics in London and land, planning and housing reform

Duncan Bowie (University of Westminster)

Friday, 28 June 2013

In conversation: Jay Kleinberg and Jessie Ramey on gender and social policy in the US, 1880-2000

Jay Kleinberg (Brunel) and Jessie Ramey (University of Pittsburgh)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

‘Miles of silly little dirty houses’: Victorian Battersea and the making of a working-class suburb

Colin Thom (Survey of London)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

One up one down: the London cottage flat

David McDonald (Victorian Society)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

‘Improved dwellings for the industrious classes’: H.A. Darbishire’s Peabody model and its relevance for contemporary housing

Irina Davidovici (Kingston University)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

What can we learn from housing history?

Andrew Saint (Survey of London)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

‘Female agony and visionary experience: Jane Lead (1624-1704), her last days and its impact upon the Philadelphian Society, c. 1697-1704’

Ariel Hessayon (Goldsmiths)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Web Archives: A New Class of Primary Source for Historians?

Peter Webster (British Library) and Richard Deswarte (UEA)

Friday, 7 June 2013

‘Art’ with a Capital ‘A’ and the Practice of Community Art

Kate Crehan (City University of New York)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Domesticating medicine: medical technologies and the modern home

Roberta Bivins (University of Warwick)

Monday, 3 June 2013

Spectacular Bodies: The Swimsuit, Censorship and Hollywood

Ellen Wright (University of East Anglia)

Thursday, 30 May 2013

1820: disorder and stability in the United Kingdom

Malcolm Chase (Leeds)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Loose, Idle and Disorderly: Vagrant Removal in Late Eighteenth-Century Middlesex

Tim Hitchcock (Herts), Adam Crymble (King’s) and Louise Falcini (Reading)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Audacity of Veracity – the Rev. Tiyo Soga’s role and part in the translation of the Bible into Xhosa

Jo Davis (University of South Africa)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

From computers and history to digital history: a retrospective

Sir Roderick Floud (Gresham College), Professor Robert Shoemaker (Sheffield), and Dr Don Spaeth (Glasgow)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The summits of modern man: mountaineering after the Enlightenment

Peter Hansen (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)

Thursday, 23 May 2013

A Plea for the Weak Against the Strong : l’anti-impérialisme d’Annie Besant (1847-1933)

Muriel Pécastaing-Boissière (Paris IV-Sorbonne)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Material Culture Panel: The Significance of Things.

Margot Finn (UCL) and John Styles (Hertfordshire)

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The People of Medieval Scotland database: A prosopographical survey

Matthew Hammond

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Chaos and Confusion? Record Systems in the Home Office prior to 1841

Chris Barnes

Monday, 13 May 2013

Michael Gove’s Island Story – why history teachers are up in arms

Andrew Stone

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Healthy homes, healthy bodies in late Renaissance Italy

Sandra Cavallo and Tessa Storey (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Adaptees aux milieux canadiens-francais et catholiques: Educating Librarians to be Censors at the Universite de Montreal, 1937-61

Geoffrey Little (Concordia University Libraries)

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The public history of Magna Carta

Justin Champion and Graham Smith

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Of Imperial Centers and Edges: The Problem of the Atlantic (World) for Understandings of the Spanish Habsburg Empire

Alejandra Osorio (Wellesley)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Behind and within the wardrobe of Robert Dudley, early of Leicester (1532/3-1588)

Tracey Wedge (Southampton)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Production and the missing artefacts: candles in the early modern Scottish town

Aaron Allen (Edinburgh)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Paris and the court of Francis I

Glenn Richardson (St Mary’s University College, Twickenham)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Colour symbolism in the civic material culture of Renaissance Norwich

Victor Morgan (University of East Anglia)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Towards a geography of portraiture in Elizabethan and early Stuart England

Robert Tittler (Concordia)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

The Dutch Revolt as part of the urban memory landscape

Marianne Eekhout (Leiden)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

‘I know the lute’/’I know thee, lute’: musical instruments as domestic objects on the early modern stage

Simon Smith (Birkbeck, University of London)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Including the kitchen sink: a lodging household in early seventeenth-century London

Mark Merry (Institute of Historical Research)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Exercise in the early modern Italian city: health, objects and emotions

Tessa Storey (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Constructing the material experience: a seventeenth-century trespass case from Sweden

Riitta Laitinen (Turku)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Dispossession and material insecurity in the early modern city

Sara Pennell (Roehampton)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The ‘active lives’ of objects on the urban domestic scene: cross-referencing archaeological and iconographic sources in early modern Europe

David Gaimster (University of Glasgow)

Thursday, 11 April 2013

The English republican exiles in Europe

Gaby Mahlberg (Northumbria University)

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Les Juges Jugez, ses Justifians (1663) and Edmund Ludlow’s protestant network in seventeenth-century Switzerland

Gaby Mahlberg (Northumbria University)

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

The Untold History of the United States

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

Thursday, 21 March 2013

‘Springing from the double head of Monarchy and Democracy’: The Persistence of Monarchical Republicanism and the Rise of Democracy in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Britain and France

Rachel Hammersley (Newcastle)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

History for citizens: the record of the historical profession in Britain

John Tosh (Roehampton)

Monday, 18 March 2013

The rehabilitation of Red Daisy the Countess of Warwick

Terry Ward

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

“Riding on Top of the Car”: The cinematic tram and urban transformation

Karolina Kendall-Bush (University College London)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Reading Lives of English Men and Women, 1695-1830

Polly Bull (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

‘Unintended Consequences’: Digital reading and the loci of cultural change

Ben Schmidt (Princeton University)

Monday, 11 March 2013

A permanent environment of brightness, warmth and homeliness: children’s experiences of institutional care in the Waifs and Strays Society, 1881-1914

Claudia Soares (University of Manchester)

Monday, 11 March 2013

Labour and the Politics of Drink in Interwar Britain

Dr Peter Catterall (University of Westminster)

Friday, 8 March 2013

Writing a biography of a woman who made history

June Purvis (Portsmouth)

Friday, 8 March 2013

Life-writing, autobiography and fiction

Max Saunders (Centre for Life-Writing Research, King’s College London)

Friday, 8 March 2013

Biography (and biographers) in theory and in practice

Meg Jensen (Centre for Life Narratives at Kingston University)

Friday, 8 March 2013

The art of biography?

Hermione Lee (Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, Oxford)

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Whose house is it anyway? Public history and contemporary art in a Georgian home

Karen Harvey (University of Sheffield)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Anarchist Movement in Argentina in International Perspective

Jose Moya (Columbia)

Saturday, 2 March 2013

The Dublin Lock-Out 100th Anniversary

John Newsinger (Bath) and others

Thursday, 28 February 2013

The East India Company at Home: Domestic Interiors, Public Histories and Material Cultures

Margot Finn (University College London)

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Ugly Renaissance

Alex Lee (Warwick)

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

‘For the benefit of example’: hanging felons at the scene of their crime in the long eighteenth century

Steve Poole (University of the West of England)

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Auctions, maps, leases and “narrations” of property: representing commodified space in Delhi, 1911-47

Anish Vanaik (Oxford)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Exposing the Archives of White Australia

Tim Sherratt (Independent scholar)

Monday, 25 February 2013

Taking the Field: Telling the Stories of Grassroots Cricket

Dr Emma Peplow (London School of Economics)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Keynote speech on Why Material Culture?

Mark Jones (St Cross College, University of Oxford)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 4 – Trans-national connections

John McAleer (Southampton University)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 4 – Trans-national connections

Marta Ajmar (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 4 – Trans-national connections

Anne Gerritsen (University of Warwick)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 3 – Investigation, Interpretation and Dissemination of Material Culture

Nancy Bell (The National Archives)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 3 – Investigation, Interpretation and Dissemination of Material Culture

Lesley Miller (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 3 – Investigation, Interpretation and Dissemination of Material Culture

Hannah Greig (University of York)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 2 – Material Culture in a digital world

David Prytherch (University of Birmingham)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 2 – Material Culture in a digital world

Dinah Eastop (The National Archives)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 2 – Material Culture in a digital world

Glen Adamson (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 1 – The historical value of material culture

Evelyn Welch (Kings College London)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 1 – The historical value of material culture

John Styles (University of Hertfordshire)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 1 – The historical value of material culture

David Gaimster (University of Glasgow)

Friday, 22 February 2013

01. Welcome and Introduction

Miles Taylor (IHR)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Spirit of 1976: Commerce, Community, and the Politics of Commemoration

Tammy Gordon (Director of Public History, University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Joaquim Nabuco, Abolitionism and the End of Slavery in Brazil

Leslie Bethell (KCL)

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Whose Home? Jewish migration and local reaction in the East End of London 1870-1914

Oliver Betts (York)

Monday, 11 February 2013

African Struggles Today: Social Movements Since Independence

Peter Dwyer (Ruskin)

Monday, 11 February 2013

‘The People’s Popular Emporium’: A Short History of Gamages of Holborn, Cycling and Athletic Outfitters, 1878-1935

Dr Geraldine Biddle-Perry (Central St Martins College of Art and Design)

Thursday, 7 February 2013

La régulation des pollutions à Londres au 18e siècle : perspectives comparatistes avec Paris

Thomas Le Roux (CNRS – Maison Française d’Oxford)

Thursday, 7 February 2013

‘My other mother’: Separated families and mourning as agency in narratives in the 1947 Indian partition

Anindya Raychaudhuri (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Seventeenth-Century Library Benefactors Books in Oxford Colleges: Some Examples and Some Uses

Dr William Poole (New College, Oxford)

Monday, 4 February 2013

A Jamaican Odyssey: Nancy Prince’s Travels to Jamaica in 1840

Beverley Duguid (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Protestant Missions, Progressivism and Global Modernity: The YMCA in China, 1895-1935

John Heavens (University of Cambridge)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The World is not Enough: Global History, Cotton Textiles and the Industrial Revolution

Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The stormy latitude of the law: Chancery Lane and spatial politics in late eighteenth-century London

Francis Boorman (IHR)

Monday, 28 January 2013

Good Feeling and Brotherliness: Leisure, the Suburbs and the Society of Public Librarians in London, 1895-1930

Dr Michelle Johansen (Bishopsgate Institute)

Monday, 28 January 2013

La Bataille du Rail? New Interpretations of Cheminots in Vichy France

Ludivine Broch (Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism/Birkbeck)

Monday, 21 January 2013

Socialist Women and Women’s Liberation 1968-1982: An Oral History Approach

Sue Bruley (Portsmouth)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Movement, vision, Underground

Marko Jobst (University of Greenwich)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Tunnelling today for Crossrail tomorrow

Michael Hebbert (University College London)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Hitchcock’s Underground

David Pike (American University Washington)

Friday, 18 January 2013

A transatlantic connection: Philadelphia, London, and the urban transit at the turn of the twentieth century

Jim Wolfinger (DePaul University)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Crossing oceans to cross rivers: trans-Atlantic knowledge and capital in tunnelling history

Tim White (New Jersey City University)

Friday, 18 January 2013

The Underground above ground

Lucy Maulsby (Northeastern University Boston)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Training up the escalated body

Richard Hornsey (University of the West of England)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Electricity underground: the politics of a new technology in London and Paris at the turn of the twentieth century

Carlos Lopez Galviz (University of London)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Pick’s posters and progress: a design strategy for the Underground

Oliver Green (Independent Scholar)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Notes from the Underground: Seamus Heaney’s ‘District and Circle’

Tom Herron (Leeds Metropolitan University)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Listening and sounding in the London Underground: sonic memories as embodiments of technological Infrastructure

Ximena Alarcon (University of the Arts)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

‘Stand clear of the doors, please’: an aural journey on the London Underground

Jacob Paskins (University of Cambridge)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The advantage of a trip abroad. The emergence of architectural Modernism

Ulrike Weber (Technical University Kaiserslautern)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The London Tube Map as a shared public diagram

Christoph Lueder (Kingston University)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

A job for life: changes seen in a 50-year career on London Underground, 1916-1966

Piers Connor (University of Birmingham)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Class and commuting on the underground, 1863-1939

Simon Abernethy (University of Cambridge)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Letting off steam: the perils and possibilities of underground travel in Victorian and Edwardian London

Richard Dennis (University College London)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

A Sinew of Power? Ireland and the Fiscal-Military State, 1690-1782

Patrick Walsh (University College London)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

‘Rolland, Gandhi and Madeleine Slade: Spiritual Politics, France and the Wider World’

Ruth Harris (Professor of European History and Fellow of New College, Oxford)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The rise and fall of John Sperni, Mayor of St Pancras 1937-1938

Robin Woolven

Monday, 14 January 2013

How the British Isles Became British: The Residential Class in Jersey, c. 1815-1850s

Robin Mills (University of Cambridge)

Monday, 14 January 2013

A Liberal Education for ‘Citizens’: The Case of the Working Men’s College (1854-1914 ca.)

Dr Marcella Sutcliffe (University of Cambridge)

Monday, 14 January 2013

The fraudster, his mistress and humanitarian fundraising in the 1890s: anticlericalism and the inheritance of Mgr Lavigerie

Bertrand Taithe (University of Manchester)

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Sighs and settees: recovering the lost history of reading aloud in the eighteenth century

Abigail Williams (University of Oxford)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Mapping Everyday Life: Digital Harlem, 1915-1930

Stephen Robertson (University of Sydney)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

La Dictablanda: Soft Authoritarianism in Mexico, 1940-1968

Ben Smith (Warwick)

Monday, 7 January 2013

Mistreated and Molested: Jailhouse Violence and the Civil Rights Movement

Althea Legal-Miller (Independent Scholar)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Les gauches anglaises face au New Reading Public

Elen Cocaign (Paris 1)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Liberating the Self: Epiphanies, conflict and coherence in the life stories of post-war British women

Lynn Abrams (University of Glasgow)

Monday, 10 December 2012

History of Riots project: research update

Keith Flett

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Sir Francis Walsingham in Paris and London

John Cooper (University of York)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Secularisation: Or Otherwise in Eighteenth-Century England?

Panel members: Penelope J. Corfield (Royal Holloway, University of London); Jeremy Gregory (University of Manchester); John Seed (Roehampton University).

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The inter-war home: the design and decoration of the suburban house in England

Deborah Sugg Ryan (University of Falmouth)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Floundering in the Slough of Despond – singleness, unfitness, and the British woman missionary in India, c.1920-1950

Andrea Pass (University of Oxford)

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

An Ecology for Digital Scholarship

Jason M. Kelly (IUPUI)

Monday, 3 December 2012

Ladies, legislation and letters to Lester Pearson: policy and debates about married women’s right to work in Canada, 1945-1970

Helen Glew (University of Westminster)

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Conceiving Freedom: Women and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro

Camillia Cowling (Edinburgh)

Monday, 26 November 2012

Shakespeare’s Local

Pete Brown

Thursday, 22 November 2012

British Politics in the Long Eighteenth Century: a Defense of Political History

Frank O’Gorman (Manchester)

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Westminster as the seat of national government: the long view

Roland Quinault (IHR)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Using GIS to explore Historical Texts

Ian Gregory (Lancaster)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Unique and Distinctive Collections within University Libraries: Current RLUK Initiatives and Related Matter

Alison Cullingford (University of Bradford)

Monday, 19 November 2012

Advertising war: The Visual Imagery of Charity Campaigns in the First World War

Leanne Green (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Social Dissolution: A History of Article 145 of the Mexican Penal Code, 1941-1970

Halbert Jones (Oxford)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

John Milton as a theorist of liberty

Professor Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London)

Monday, 12 November 2012

Georges Cheron and the 1936 Hotchkiss factory soviet

Chris Blakey

Monday, 12 November 2012

Converting Emotions: Possession and Power in Female Missionaries’ Writing about Native Converts

Angharad Eyre (Queen Mary, University of London)

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Harrington, the people and petitioning in 1659

Edward Vallance (University of Roehampton)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Sanctifying the street: urban space, material religion and the G.F. Watts mosaic ‘Time, Death and Judgement’ in London, c.1880-1970

Lucie Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Glad to be gay behind the wall: gay and lesbian activism in 1970s East Germany

Dr Josie McLellan (University of Bristol)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Consumer non-choices in the eighteenth century home

Conor Lucey (University College Dublin)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Negotiating the past: Collaborative practice in cultural heritage research

Professor Alison Wylie (University of Washington)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

What’s in a Name?: The ‘Conversation’ Piece in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Kate Retford (Birkbeck, University of London)

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Computer-Assisted Review

Kirsten Ferguson-Boucher (University of Aberystwyth)

Monday, 5 November 2012

“The Drab Suburban Streets Were Metamorphosed into a Veritable Fairyland”: Spectacle, Ritual and Festivity in the Ilford Hospital Carnival, 1905-1914?

Dion Georgiou (Queen Mary, University of London)

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Rent versus Production: Political Economy and Economic Culture in Venezuela, 1830-2010

Sarah Washbrook (Manchester)

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Mysticism and the Meaning of Seventeenth-Century Religious Radicalism in the British Isles

Sarah Apetrei (Keble College, Oxford)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Profiling Irish Crime in London, 1801-1820

Adam Crymble (King’s College, London University)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Latin America, modern architecture and the poor

Felipe Hernandez (Cambridge)

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Exploring Participatory Approaches to Archives

Dr Andrew Flinn (UCL) and Anna Sexton (UCL)

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Quantifying the Language of British Politics, 1880-1914

Luke Blaxill (King’s College London)

Monday, 22 October 2012

Football Statues: Honouring Heroes by Branding in Bronze?

Dr Chris Stride and Ffion Thomas (University of Sheffield)

Monday, 22 October 2012

The new leisure, voluntarism and well-being in inter-war Britain

Dr Bob Snape (University of Bolton)

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Internet et bases do donnees: la recherche sur l’histoire britannique a l’ere numerique

Emmanuelle de Champs (Paris 8 – Vincennes – Saint-Denis)

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Embodying Race in Colonial Spanish America

Rebecca Earle (Warwick)

Monday, 15 October 2012

Reshaping the past: the lingering colonial present

Tom Bentley (University of Sussex)

Monday, 15 October 2012

Retranslating Victor Serge’s Memoirs of a Revolutionary

George Paizis (UCL)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Mission studies and historical research: past trends and future trajectories

Brian Stanley (University of Edinburgh)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A history of urban space: changing concepts of space in the study of the early modern metropolis

Stuart Minson (Oxford)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Rethinking Historical Research in the Digital Age: A TEI Approach

Camille Desenclos (Enc, Sorbonne)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

From classification to network analysis: the Burlington Magazine Online Index

Barbara Pezzini

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The discourse of practice: continuity and change in early modern domestic cultures

Anthony Buxton (University of Oxford)

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

From Marx to Metrics in Latin America’s Economic History

John Coatsworth (Columbia)

Monday, 1 October 2012

Cigars and Politics: An Intersectional and Transnational Approach to Cuban Women’s Immigration and Work in the United States, 1880-2000

Jay Kleinberg (Brunel University)

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Publishing our Research

Elizabeth Williamson (VCH, IHR); Alan Crosby (Editor, The Local Historian)

Saturday, 15 September 2012

New Resources

Arthur Burns (King’s College London)

Saturday, 15 September 2012


Matt Phillpott (IHR); Stuart Bligh (Kent Archives); Christine Woodland

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Doing History in Real Time

Professor William J. Turkel (University of Western Ontario)

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Occasionally History SPOT plays host to podcasts created beyond the IHR.  The Global History seminar  and Franco-British seminar are excellent examples of this.  Most recently, we have played host to the proceedings of a 2011 conference by the Historians of Education in Scotland.  The conference, held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 21 October 2011 investigated various elements of education in Scotland over the last 200 years.  More information can be found on the Historians of Education in Scotland website that is currently in development. 

The abstracts from the conference papers are all available on the History SPOT blog or in the form of a pdf on the podcast page.  For ease of access the list below will bring you directly to the blog post/abstract for each talk:


Robert Anderson (University of Edinburgh), ‘Edinburgh schools and Edinburgh University: some evidence from the early twentieth century’


Atsuko Betchaku (University of Edinburgh), ‘Japanese education and social welfare policies and Scottish evangelicals, 1870s to the 1920s’


Christopher Bischof (Rutgers University), ‘Pay, prestige and lifestyle: the hiring of elementary teachers in Glasgow and the Highlands and Islands, 1846-1902’


David Dick (Edinburgh Napier University), ‘How was female education affected by Scottish claims for educational and intellectual democracy?’


Helen Lees (University of Stirling), ‘A history of elective home education in Scotland’


Glenda White (University of Glasgow), ‘David Stow and teacher education’


and of the closing plenary, featuring the follow linked papers:
Ian J. Deary and Martin Lawn, ‘Reconstructing Godfrey Thomson and the Scottish School of Educational Research, 1925-1950’
Martin Lawn and Ian J. Deary, ‘The new model school of education: Godfrey Thomson, Moray House and Teachers College, Columbia’


Inclusion of podcasts from events beyond the IHR is something that we are keen to encourage.  Not only does it expand our range of resources, but it also enables historians to find podcasts that would otherwise be difficult to discover when on their own.  Only historians directly interested in Scottish educational history are likely to find the podcasts on the HEd website, yet the content of these podcasts might well be interesting to historians whose primary interest intersect that discussed in one or all of the papers.   The wider availability and findability of podcasts is something that the IHR is taking very seriously and future updates to History SPOT will reflect this. 

In the meantime if anyone has audio or video recordings from History conferences, seminars or other events that they think might fit within History SPOT then please do get in touch with us at history.spot@sas.ac.uk.   

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I have been writing this blog ever since I took on History SPOT for the IHR over two years ago.  It took me a while to find my feet as I had never created or written a blog before.  My remit was to make the blog more interesting than just relaying update reports which would quickly become dull not only to read but also to write. 

“What we want is a ‘day in the life’ of a project officer” Jane Winters (head of IHR Publications) told me on my first day.  Looking back at my blog posts I don’t think I have ever actually done that.  I have discussed research training and the nature of podcasts.  I have narrated the highs and lows of live streaming.  I have summarised or reviewed numerous IHR podcasts and given the odd project update.  But I have never talked about my working day.  Perhaps, it is time to do just that.  Time to indulge in a little bit of ‘this is what I do’, although I won’t go on for too long I promise.

My working day begins at a railway station – queued up with other commuters in untidy columns approximated to where the train doors will open.  My train journey takes about 30 minutes, in which time I often listen to one of our podcasts and take notes.  This morning I was listening to a talk about the development of cricket as a sport in France.  Yesterday, the subject was ‘Memory’ as a focus for looking at the early modern period.  I never know what subject will come up next, which makes the process all the more fun. 

After dodging crowds of commuters its coffee time!  In the café I will generally write up my blog posts, usually from the recording I was listening to on the train.  Then it’s a short walk into the office where I pick up the audio recorders from seminars held the night before.  Once at work proper, I check my emails and upload the day’s podcast to History SPOT and add a new blog post to the History SPOT blog.  These are daily tasks Monday to Thursday which I tend to do early on so that I can start to work though my tasks list for the rest of the day. 

I then upload the audio file from the recorder to my computer and edit the file.  This usually consists of chopping off the beginning and end, adjusting the sound levels (as much as possible), and adding metadata to the finished mp3. 

For the rest of this morning I worked on the HISTORE project.  At the moment I’m working on a short case study about the John Foxe Online project as an example of semantic data.  Although John Foxe, and his Acts and Monuments was the focus of my PhD thesis, and despite helping out on some of the text transcription, I had thought next to nothing about what any of this meant in terms of the digital tools employed so this work is proving quite illuminating. 

In the afternoon I finished editing one of the Digital History videos – adding images to the video and zooming in and out where appropriate.  This is time consuming work but quite relaxing and enjoyable.  There is something satisfying about creating a short video. 

My next to final task of the day was to continue working on the Online Databases course that we are developing for launch in 2012/13.  Mark Merry (its author) provided me with additional text and images this morning so now it’s a matter of uploading this to History SPOT and making it into something that will display nicely.  This often involves working with some straightforward html coding and working out in what format the data should be displayed.  Again, time consuming work, but quite enjoyable to do once I get into it.

The final task of the day is to set up the audio recorders for tonight’s seminars.  This varies.  Some nights there won’t be any to record.  Today is one such day.  As far as the seminars are concerned we are still in the Easter period so groups have temporarily grinded to a halt.  Other nights there can be anywhere between one to three events scattered throughout Senate House and Stewart House.  This can mean some running around and up and down stairs. 

So, in a nut shell, that is roughly a day in the life of the History SPOT Project officer.  From tomorrow I’ll get back to posting some more summaries of our podcasts.                    


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Tomorrow around 4.30pm you’ll find me running around setting up audio equipment in preparation for the first part of the IHR’s Novel Approaches: from academic history to historical fiction conference.  The conference seeks to look at the intersection and relationship between the professions of academic history and historical fiction.  It should be a lot of fun!

I’ll also be there for the entire event taking notes.  Not because I think I could be a budding novelist in the waiting nor just because I find the topic fascinating.  No, this time I’ll be there because we are planning on doing something rather different with our podcasts. 

This coming Monday (21 November) we’ll open up our first ever virtual conference as a continuation of the two-day Novel Approaches event.  What is a virtual conference you might ask?  Well in this case at least it is an online site that continues our face-to-face conference well after it is finished.  At scheduled times each day we will publish podcasts from the conference, articles, book reviews, and opinion pieces.  We’re also planning on running a competition with some nice prizes on offer and will provide our ‘ultimate’ bibliography and list of relevant online resources.  All of this is free although I would encourage you to register so that you can enter the competition amongst other things.  

What do we hope to achieve through this virtual conference?  Well, for starters it’s not intended as a replacement for the actual conference.  How could it be?  However, we do want to continue and open up a discussion around the conference papers alongside various other resources.  We very much hope those going to the conference will take part and that those unable to join us in person will find our virtual conference almost as much fun and of just as much interest. 

The podcasts will of course still appear on History SPOT in due course (in fact we hope to also be able to provide some video content although that is very much an experiment and might not happen).       

So please do join us on Monday as we start with a conversation between novelist and historian (Hilary Mantel and David Loades) followed by a plenary talk by Alison Weir (plus of course much more!). 

Before then please also visit our IHR Digital blog where I have been (and will continue to do so throughout the next week and a bit) posting on the topic of A History of historical fiction.  I can’t (and won’t) say I’m an expert in this topic but I had fun researching the literature and learnt a lot along the way.  Hope you enjoy the results!


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Hello and welcome to this week’s SPOT Newsletter.  Today we’ll be looking at two seminars from our collaboration with seminar groups outside of the IHR taken from the previous academic year.  We have been very fortunate to build ties with the Franco-British History seminar group at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) and with the Global History seminar group based at the London site of Notre Dame University.  Each have their specific interests; one obviously focused on international or ‘global’ history whilst the other more narrowly focused (in geographical terms) to Britain (although in today’s example the Franco-British seminar group move their focus to Italy). 

The Franco-British group hear papers both in French and English so I’m only able to reliably review about half of their output but what I have listened to has been diverse and interesting.  The first paper presented about this time last year was by James Thompson.  Thompson gave a detailed glimpse of political life in late nineteenth and early twentieth century London through evidence in newspapers and posters.  The ‘rebranding’ exercise by the Conservatives for the 1907 London County Council election perhaps echoes the need for governments in a media age to consider themselves as a type of consumable ‘brand’.  In February this year Amanda Behm looked at the rise of Imperial history as a sub-discipline.  I could easily see this podcast being useful for teaching historiography and as a starting point for those entering the world of Imperial history.  A paper from the Franco-British history seminar that I particularly enjoyed was presented by Stephen Mosley.  The Industrial Revolution is often hailed as the height of British power, but it came at a price – the pollution of Britain’s capital.  This study of industrial pollution is described by Mosley as a ‘disaster in slow-motion’. 

Click here for our complete list of podcasts from the Franco-British History seminar group

The first podcasts from the Global History seminar group were created before I began the SPOT Newsletter so there are still some which I have not yet listened to.  The first of these was presented by Patrick O’Brien with the title Myths of Eurocentrism and Material Progress.  If anyone would like to write their own reviews please feel free to in the comment section below the podcast page.  I’d be interested to hear what people think. 

The first paper that I reviewed from the Global History seminar came with the wonderful title: What might a global history of the 20th century look like?  Angus Lockyer sees the history of the twentieth century as needing a stronger narrative and structure as far as the writings of historians are concerned.  He sees the century as a period of tensions between multiple actors, separate logics and differentiated systems which can be dated back to the second half of the previous century.  Will anyone take up Lockyer’s gauntlet to write such a history?  I guess only time will tell. 

A paper of particular interest for me was Peter Barber’s discussion of the Image of the Globe in the Renaissance.  Maps are always interesting pieces especially from a time when the Earth was still a largely alien and unknown place.  So Barber’s discussion of globes in the 15th and 16th centuries provides a welcome study not only in past societies attempts to map their world but also in the culture that surrounded those attempts.

Click here for our complete list of podcasts from the Global History seminar group

Franco-British History
3 March 2011
James Shaw (University of Sheffield)
Equity, Law and the Economy of Obligation: A Comparative Analysis of Early Modern England and Italy

Palio Square medieval market, Siena

In a presentation to the Franco-British History seminar held back in March this year, James Shaw compared the role of equity in medieval and early modern financial transactions.  In Tuscany, Italy Princely Equity emerged as an element of absolutist government.  The Prince was given the power to correct the law through equity and kingly justice.  Over time therefore equity in Italy shifted from the realm of legal scholars to that of the king (especially from the fourteenth century).  Equity in Italy was not so much about the form of law but the intention behind market exchanges.  Contracts could, for instance, be invalidated if the intention on either side was seen to be false or made without free will.  Shaw therefore demonstrates that equity fitted between law and conscious, between legal order and moral order.   In England around the same time a different form of equity emerged – one based around what historians call the Economy of Obligation.  In England, Courts of Equity (i.e. the Chancery and Courts of Requests) worked in parallel to common and civil law.  Equity courts were able to bring in a much broader range of evidence to consider but over time its flexibility was lost as the Equity Courts became more structured and controlled. 

For more on this subject see also: James E. Shaw, “Writing to the Prince: Supplications, Equity, and Absolutism in Sixteenth-Century Tuscany” Past & Present, forthcoming May 2012.

Global History seminar
14 March 2011
William Clarence-Smith
The ‘Syrian’ global diaspora: migrants from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan since the 1880s

Syrian Children in New York

Also back in March, William Clarence-Smith presented to the Global History seminar a paper about migrants from ‘Greater’ Syria to the USA, South America and other parts of the world.  The paper is as much about why groups of people migrated to other countries as it is about what is meant for them to be Syrian.  In the nineteenth and early twentieth century Syria was a region that had many interpretations and meanings for its populace and indeed for migrants who left the area.  The Diaspora may have been caused for many reasons, but Clarence-Smith places some doubt on the established theory that it was entirely down to politics and civil unrest and suggests various pull factors as not only important but vital.

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I have been waiting to write that title for well over a year now.  After a delay of over 5 months History SPOT is finally ready to launch!   

Research Seminars, Lectures and Conferences

History SPOT is brimming full of podcasts from IHR seminars, conferences and lectures from 2009 to the present.  In addition to our extensive archives you will have access to all new podcasts from the IHR in the coming months and have the opportunity to discuss, comment upon and debate their content online.   


In addition to the podcasts themselves History SPOT contains an archive of SPOT Newsletter reviews and abstracts which have thus far appeared on this blog along with various other additional resources.  The SPOT Newsletter will be growing over the coming months adding opinions, additional facts and information, and mini bibliographies.

Historical Research Training

History SPOT presents to you for free and for the first time material from our research training courses and from our expertises as a research institute.  Initially we have provided two research handbooks: one on the subject of Databases for Historians and another on podcasting.  More will follow soon.


History SPOT is not just a place to search for content it is also designed so that you can interact with the subject matter.  When you listen to one of our podcasts let us and other users know what you think.  Is there something that you disagree with or do you have something to add to what our speakers discuss? 

In addition you can create your own profiles, take part in social networking through Groups and Friends and create basic web pages.  You can also write your own blog posts and discuss our activities with each other in various group forums. 

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History SPOT will be in Beta Mode for approximately one month while we iron out the final glitches and errors, however we would very much appreciate your feedback.  Do you like the new site?  Is there anything that you don’t like?  What could we do better?  Is there anything missing?  Please do let us know at History.spot@sas.ac.uk or through the Contact UsLINK option on History SPOT.

At some point soon I will write up another blog post here about the road to launch but in the meantime please do register for History SPOT, have a look around, and let us know what you think.

I hope you enjoy the site!


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