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IHR Bulletin February 2021

Welcome to the IHR Bulletin for February 2021. Here we provide news from the Institute, plus updates on current and forthcoming IHR activities and events.
 
IHR #OurCentury Events Open Call

Does your organisation do history? Do you want to get involved in a landmark programme of events to celebrate the discipline and practice of history, and shape its future? The Our Century Open Call is a great opportunity to host an event as part of the prestigious IHR Centenary programme, bringing together varied and imaginative activities across the UK.
 
We’re reaching out to universities, museums, archives, galleries, publishers, subject associations, societies, libraries, local community groups and more. We are especially keen to encourage partnership / collaborative events, those which involve wider publics as well as specialists and professionals, and activities which foreground diversity and inclusion. We’re looking for creative, imaginative ideas which will help celebrate what you do, as well as the wider field of history, its past, present and future.
 
The deadline for proposals is 26 March, and funding is available. Visit the IHR Blog page for further details and information on how to apply.
 
The #OurCentury Events Open Call is part of our wider exploration, celebration and reappraisal of history’s past, present and future as part of the 2021 centenary of the Institute of Historical Research. 
Over 12 months (July 2021-June 2022) we’ll celebrate the discipline and practice of history in its many forms and wherever it’s found:  promoting the value and power of historical thinking; celebrating diverse histories from our previous century; and looking ahead to history’s future in the coming century.  
 
Discover more about our programme of events and activities – and ways you can get involved.

History & Policy returns to the IHR

The Institute has just welcomed back History & Policy (H&P) to its original home in the IHR. Since its establishment in 2002, History & Policy has built up a formidable reputation as a non-partisan forum for the presentation of high-quality, policy-relevant historical research. It seeks to promote better public policy through a greater understanding of the value of history, enabling historians, policy makers and journalists to connect and learn from each other. It currently links over 500 historians across the UK and sponsors a wide range of publications and policy-engagement events and training. Professor Jo Fox, who was instrumental in H&P’s move from KCL back to the IHR, believes it can play an important part in ensuring the sort of ‘informed, contextualised policy’ which will be ‘critical to a successful post-COVID recovery and to confronting the many challenges that lie ahead’. The initiative will be led within the School by Professor Philip Murphy who takes over as History & Policy’s new director. 

IHR History Lab Olivette Otele Prize

Applications are open for History Lab’s inaugural Olivette Otele Prize, a new annual prize for Black PhD research students based in the UK.
The aim of the prize is to address intersectional challenges in academia and to diversify the early career voices in historical research today. The prize is named in honour of Professor Olivette Otele in recognition of her scholarly achievements in the history of race and slavery, and her appointment as the first Black female History Professor at a UK Higher Education Institution. The deadline for applications is 15 March – please see further information, and encourage any eligible candidates to apply!

Taking Public History Online Workshop 

4 March 2021, 11:00am - 1:00pm

With lockdowns and social distancing we all have had to rethink how we engage audiences and for much of the past year that has meant moving online.

This workshop will give advice on developing digital engagement programmes, running online events, and promoting your activities to a broad audience. It will feature examples of innovating online engagement work, highlight the potential pitfalls of reaching audiences on the internet and offer some guidance on overcoming the digital divide in these times of social distancing. 

Hosted by the IHR the event will be chaired by Dr Michael Eades- SAS Public Engagement Manager & Research Fellow. Michael also runs the national Being Human festival of the humanities. 
Book here

Open for Discussion series

‘Open for Discussion’ is a new conversation series led by the School of Advanced Study that applies humanities perspectives to critical social issues.
 
The 2020-21 series investigates: ‘What the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Revealed about Us’.
The upcoming session is Unlocking Collections - 18 March
 
As museums, archives, and libraries adapt to a series of lockdowns, we have a stronger sense than ever of the challenges involved in providing access to the objects that carry our collective memories. While one-way routes and Perspex shields may be new, the complexities around acquiring, preserving, finding, and using collections are not.
 
Speakers will be Rebecca Bailey (Head of Exhibitions and Outreach for Historic Environment Scotland and Programme Director for ‘Towards a National Collection’), Catherine Ince (Chief Curator, V&A East), Adam Lowe (Founder, Factum Foundation), Catriona Cannon (Deputy Librarian and Keeper of Collections, Bodleian Libraries), Maria Fusco (Professor of Fine Art, Dundee)
Book here

IHR Partnership Seminars

Our new programme of online partnership seminars – timely interventions into urgent research themes, bringing together researchers and practitioners from varied sectors and international contexts – is now in full swing. Take a look at the IHR Partnership Seminars listings to explore the exciting programme.

Professor Michael Clanchy FBA (1936–2021)

Michael Clanchy, the great medieval historian, Honorary Fellow and Emeritus Professor of the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), has died at the age of 84. The IHR was a key base for Michael, where he was a regular attender at the IHR's ‘Earlier Middle Ages’ seminar. Successive generations of younger graduate students met him here, at seminars, or in the IHR common room. The number of students transformed by the unformalized generosity of his IHR discussions outnumbers the group he could have formally supervised. Michael's major work is considered to be the enormously influential From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307 (1979). 
 
Read more about Michael’s life and work here.

Library opening and access

The IHR library remains open for pre-booked appointments and we are also offering a scanning and enquiry service. Library staff remain busy adding new items to the collection, planning training and promotional materials and improving catalogue records. Read about some recent acquisitions for the Library, three varied oral history works, in this blog post from Alex Kither, the IHR’s Graduate Trainee Library Assistant.

Researching North American History

Next month the Senate House Library and the Institute of Historical Research will giving a training session in researching North American history. The session will begin with an introduction by Dr. Sarah C. Dunstan, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. She will outline what sources and research methods she used for her book, Race, rights and reform: Black activism in the French Empire and the United States from World War I to the Cold War.

The second part of the session will introduce key resources from Senate House Library and the IHR to support your own research into North American History. We will offer a series of case studies and ideas on how to conduct your research, ranging from creating and managing your reading lists to discovering online and print primary and secondary sources.

The session will take place on the 10th March, at 2pm. 
Sign up here

New ‘Environment & History’ blog series

 
The IHR has launched a new blog series exploring 'Environment & History'. The series invites 10 historians working in the UK, North America and Europe to discuss their current research in environmental history, to explain their motivations for studying the environment, and to consider the implications of historical research for contemporary environmental and climate policy. 
 
The series is edited by Dr Sarah Johanesen, the IHR's Publishing Intern for 2020-21, funded by the Scouloudi Trust. New posts will be added each Wednesday until April on the IHR blog, On History.

New update of the Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)

The February 2021 update of the Bibliography adds new records of 4670 recent publications (monographs, articles, chapters, edited collections and theses), including thousands of titles from 2020 and 2021.

For UK LGBT+ History Month, the Bibliography’s editors have identified 500 recent titles that chart recent historical research on homosexuality and transgender and transsexual people.
 
The free listing records books, journal articles and book chapters in this field, published between 2010 and 2020 – providing an insight into research trends and development in this field. Thank you to the Bibliography’s publisher, Brepols, for making this selection available.

British History Online (BHO) is a digital collection of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a special focus on the period 1300 to 1800.

 As we enter a new lockdown period (January 2021), we’ve decided to make all transcribed content on BHO freely available to individual users. This move repeats a similar freeing up of 200 volumes of BHO Premium Content in 2020. This material will remain available until 30 April 2021.

We hope this freeing up helps with research and teaching at this time. This blog post (first published for the 2020 offer and now updated) describes what’s included in this latest move.

Publications now available

Ewan Gibbs’ Coal Country. The Meaning and Memory of Deindustralization in Postwar Scotland.
 
Ewan’s is the seventh book in the IHR / RHS New
Historical Perspectives series, and—as for all
titles—is available free Open Access and in
hard & paperback print / ebook / JSTOR OA Books.
 
Print edition discounts (of 30%) now available:
in the UK, EU & ROW using the code COAL30 from here; and in North America via University of Chicago Press using code RHSNHP30 from here.
​You can also join us online for the launch of Ewan’s book: 19:00 on 25 February 2021. Booking now open.

Keeping in touch with the IHR

Keeping in touch is now more important than ever.

News and updates are available via the IHR’s Twitter account. Our blog, ‘On History’, also includes regular commentaries on Institute activities and essays from guest historians. You can also contact us via social media or via the website.

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