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IHR Bulletin December 2020

Welcome to the IHR Bulletin for December 2020. Here we provide news from the Institute, plus updates on current and forthcoming IHR activities and events.

Director Jo Fox leaves IHR to become Dean of the School of Advanced Study

The IHR Director Professor Jo Fox has been appointed Dean of the School of Advanced Study and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Public Engagement for the University of London. Jo left the IHR to take up her new role on 1 December. We will in due course begin the search for a new IHR Director.

We look forward to working in partnership with Jo in her new role as Dean and especially during the Institute’s forthcoming Centenary Year (2021-22)—of which more in January’s bulletin.

IHR Library update

The library reading rooms will be closed from the week beginning 21 December and will reopen on Monday 4 January. We’ll continue to offer a remote enquiry service on 21-23 December.

In the new year we are planning to continue with Monday to Wednesday opening, but hope to extend the capacity on those days. We’re also planning some slight adjustments to the procedures. The latest information and booking links will be available on the IHR website.

This year’s History Day (19 November), co-organised by the IHR and Senate House Library, was a success with a lot of buzz around the event. There were many advantages in taking the event online, allowing more organisations and attendees to get involved—although people also missed the physical fair we usually hold.
Recordings of panel discussions on the day, along with other content, are now available on the event website.

Visit the event site

Fundraising at the IHR Annual Fund, 2020 

On 3 December we launched the IHR’s 2020 Annual Fund campaign. This year’s fund is slightly different to the last. As we are all still working from home, we’re unable to send or receive post. The 2020 Fund therefore takes place online, with communications sent by email (unfortunately, this situation also means we are unable to process cheques).
Thank you so much to all our donors who have already made a gift to IHR’s Annual Fund.  If you would like to make a donation to the Fund, which supports a variety of activity across the IHR, you can do so here. Thank you.

Supporting paid internships at the IHR

In October we launched our IHR internship programme for which we need to raise £5,000 to provide approximately 10 paid internships to early career researchers in 2021. 

Since then we have raised more than £9,000. Thank you to our generous supporters. 

If you would like to make a donation to this programme please follow this link.

The IHR in 2020

In a difficult, challenging and transformatory year for us all, here’s a look back at twelve activities during 2020 from the IHR—staff, fellows, members and supporters.

IHR Publishing

Now available: Masculinity and Danger on the Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour – Dr Sarah Goldsmith’s rethinking of risk and gender among the Hanoverian social elite.
Sarah’s is the latest title in the New Historical Perspectives series, from the IHR and Royal Historical Society, published by University of London Press. 
Masculinity and Danger on the Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour is now available as a free Open Access pdf, via JSTOR OA, in hard and paperback print (£40 and £25), and as an ebook.
Print copies currently have a 30% discount on all purchases: for UK / RoW use code: HERMANO30; for North America: RHSNHP30.
Available from 15 February 2021: Dr Ewan Gibbs’
Coal Country. The Meaning and Memory of Deindustralization in Postwar Scotland.
Ewan’s is the seventh book in the New Historical Perspectives series, and—as for all titles—will be available free Open Access and in hard and paperback print / ebook.
Further NHP titles from April 2021.
If you’re looking for something to read over the coming weeks, 27 IHR monographs and edited collections (published 2012-2020) are now available free online, with over 300 book chapters—also freely downloadable—via JSTOR’s OA service.
Read our publications online
The November issue of the IHR’s journal Historical Research is now available. It includes articles on (among other subjects): the trade in and consumption of sugar in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic (by Mimi Goodall, winner of this year’s IHR Pollard Prize); emerging markets for exotic plants in nineteenth-century London (Keith Allcorn, available Open Access); and Mark Connelly and Stefan Goebel’s study of the Imperial War Graves Commission, 1914-32.
The Editor’s Choice for the November issue is ‘Writing histories of 2020: first responses and early perspectives’—the text of this year’s Historical Research lecture, with contributions from Richard Vinen, Claire Langhamer and Kevin Siena. This article is freely available.

This month ‘On History’, the IHR blog

Latest articles on the IHR blog include Jonathan Blaney (Editor, British History Online) on linking 11,000 PhD records in BHO to the British Library’s EThOS catalogue.
Plus, Sarah Goldsmith outlines her new book, Masculinity and Danger on the Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour; Adam Chapman introduces the latest VCH Short title for Ibstock; Mimi Goodall discusses her new work on the eighteenth-century sugar trade; and Philip Carter uses early modern petitions in research.

Fellowships at the IHR

The IHR's Junior Fellowships provide funding to enable early career historians to complete a doctorate or to undertake post-doctoral research. Several of our postdoctoral fellowship competitions have recently opened. We look forward to hearing from early career fellows from across the UK and around the world and to welcoming the successful applicants to our vibrant fellowship community in 2021-22. 

Our Jewish History Postdoctoral Fellowship and RHS and Scouloudi IHR Doctoral Fellowship calls will be opening in February.
Past & Present Fellowships
The Past & Present Society and the IHR offer up to three two-year postdoctoral Fellowships for 2021–23, with a stipend of £36,028 per year. Applicants should demonstrate a broad interest in processes of social, economic, political and cultural change, as manifested in their particular field of study.
Deadline 15 January
Economic History Society Fellowships
The EHS, in conjunction with the IHR, offers up to four one-year postdoctoral fellowships in economic and/or social history, with an annual stipend of £22,000-£24,000. These Fellowships are intended to further research in economic and/or social history by enabling new researchers to follow a career which will enable them to undertake high-quality research in the field.
Pearsall Fellowship in Naval and Maritime History
The Pearsall Fellowship is a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in naval and maritime history. This Fellowships is for work on any aspect of naval and maritime history, in the broadest sense, anywhere in the world, from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West up to the present day.
Apply for fellowships here
The Curriers’ Company London History Essay Prize and the Richard III Society Bursary competitions are also now open, with deadlines in January. 

Our Apply for prizes and bursaries here.

Also of interest

The Royal Historical Society has recently launched its Teaching Portal, offering a free series of guides for research and teaching. The Portal includes articles on using the IHR’s Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) by teachers and students. Guides in the Online Resources section of the Portal include frequent reference to IHR resources including British History Online and the Victoria County History.
‘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’. It began on 14 December 2020 with ‘On the Outside Looking In: Do We Need a SAGE for the Humanities?’ Further sessions will run from January 2021.

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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