CFP: Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300 – 1800


Interdisciplinary conference, University of York, 21-22 June 2013

The burgeoning field of sensory history offers a fertile ground for reconsideration of religious studies across disciplinary boundaries. We welcome papers from anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, historians, literary scholars, musicologists, philosophers, theologians, and any other interested parties. …

Proposals (max. 300 words) for papers of 20 minutes are welcomed both from established scholars, and from postgraduate students. Applications from panels of three speakers are encouraged, as well as individual proposals.

Digital Connections


Momentous news! Connected Histories is nearing completion, and to mark the event we’re holding a one-day workshop on 31 March at the Institute of Historical Research, London.

Digital connections: new methodologies for British history, 1500-1900

A workshop introducing two major new digital resources, Connected Histories and Mapping Crime

*Tim Hitchcock (University of Hertfordshire): Towards a history lab for the digital past

*Connected Histories for research – parallel workshops
**1500-1700 – facilitated by Peter Webster (Institute of Historical Research)
**1700-1900 – facilitated by Bob Shoemaker (University of Sheffield)

*David Tomkins (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford): Mapping Crime: making connections and exploring narratives in 18th- and 19th-century crime material

*Keynote address: David Thomas (The National Archives): Let a hundred flowers bloom – is digital a cultural revolution?

*Reception with wine and nibbles

Registration is free but numbers are limited so you should book early to be sure of a place!

To register, contact Jane Winters:

IHR postgrad seminars and History Lab


Ed has asked me to give the IHR Postgraduate Seminars (in London) and History Lab a bit of a plug. Ed is hoping to use the History Lab blog in association with the Seminars this year, to post reports and hold discussions of each paper. This sounds like a Good Thing to me.

I hadn’t really heard of the History Lab before, but it’s intended as a ‘network for postgraduate students and new researchers in history and related disciplines’, with membership free to any postgraduate student enrolled on an MA, MRes, MPhil or PhD.

The autumn programme for the seminars is below.

16 October Brian Casey (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Matt Harris: a forgotten Irish revolutionary

30 October Rob Dale (QMUL)
‘Rats’: Bureaucracy and corruption in post-war Leningrad through the eyes of demobilised soldiers (1944-1950)

13 November Oren Margolis (Jesus College, Oxford)
King René, Janus Pannonius, and the politics of cultural transmission in Renaissance Italy

27 November Iain Sharpe (IHR)
An Edwardian party funding scandal? Cecil Rhodes and the Liberal party

11 December Rosie Macarthur (Northampton)
Unnecessary wants? Luxury goods and the Hanbury family of Kelmarsh, 1720-1845

All seminars start at 5.30pm and take place in the Low Countries Room of the IHR (Senate House), 3rd Floor. (They finish, naturally, in a nearby pub at some subsequent point in time.)

Early modern reading group


This message from Adam Smyth of Renaissance Lit should be of interest to early modernists in and around London:

I’m getting together an Early Modern English Literature reading group: we’ll meet once a month, mid-week, 6:30-8pm, in a pub near the British Library. We’ll alternate between reading literary texts and criticism. All are welcome. If you’d like to take part, please email me (

CFP: Open Access Research


Yep, yet another new journal. But this is one that I’m involved with in a backstage sort of way, and is concerned with issues that I feel are vitally important for academics in all fields (but perhaps especially for us rather backward humanities types):

We have recently started Open Access Research (OAR) [], a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that will enable greater interaction and facilitate a deeper conversation about open access, including topics such as:

• open access journals
• institutional support for open access
• open access publishing services and software
• open access repositories (both institutional and subject-based)
• electronic theses and dissertations
• the impact of open access on scholarly research and communications.

If you are engaged in research relating to open access, or if you have an article in mind, please contact us. OAR’s first issue will be in August, 2007 and will subsequently be published three times a year. Submissions received by March 31, 2007 will be considered for the August issue; subsequent submissions will be considered for future issues.

Send inquiries to:

William Walsh
Head – Acquisitions
Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St. SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Editors-in-Chief: John Russell (University of Oregon), Dorothea Salo (George Mason University), William Walsh (Georgia State University), Elizabeth Winter (Georgia Institute of Technology). Please see our website for a full list of editors and editorial board members. Open Access Research is published by the Georgia State University Library using Open Journal Systems ( software.

If you don’t know what Open Access is about (and really, you should), here are some useful sources of information:

Open Access Overview
Open Access News, Peter Suber’s blog
Open Access links
Directory of Open Access Journals

History Carnival and Cliopatria Awards


History Carnival ButtonThe next History Carnival will be hosted on Wednesday 15 November by David Noon at Axis of Evel Knievel.

Email nominations for recently published posts about history (a historical topic, reviews of books or resources, reflections on teaching or researching history) to jfdhn[AT]uas[DOT]alaska[DOT]edu, or use the submission form provided by Blog Carnival.

The History Carnival is not just for academics and entries don’t have to be heavyweight scholarship, but they must uphold basic standards of factual accuracy. If you have any further questions about the criteria for inclusion, check out the Carnival homepage (link above).

Update (15 Nov): Due to internet problems, the Carnival’s running a bit on the late side – it should be up by the morning of 16 November. Bear with us!


The Cliopatria Awards are open for business! Throughout November, you can submit nominations for the year’s best history blogging in six categories:

Best Group Blog
Best Individual Blog
Best New Blog
Best Post
Best Series of Posts
Best Writer