‘New approaches to the history of popular protest and resistance in Britain and Ireland, 1500-1900’

‘New approaches to the history of popular protest and resistance in Britain and Ireland, 1500-1900’ will take place at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, on Friday 1 July, 11am-4.30pm. More information on the website http://protesthistory2011.org.uk/ Lunch provided!


Early Modern Material Cultures

A new six week seminar series jointly run by the IHR and V & A/RCA.

First seminar 5th May.

Programme below.

Early Modern Material Cultures

Political and Popular Culture in the Early Modern Period

Happy New Year!

A reminder about the above Pickering and Chatto series. We would welcome proposals for new monographs. Details of where to send proposals and the form they should take can be found on the series homepage. Here you can also find details of current and forthcoming titles within the series.

Ted Vallance

Call for Papers: The Perils of Print Culture

A conference to be held at Trinity College Dublin, 10-12 September 2010

Organised by Dr Jason McElligott and Dr Eve Patten

Over the past twenty years the study of print culture has become prominent in the disciplines of history, literary studies and languages. The study of print culture has many advantages, but there is a growing sense among advanced practitioners that scholars need to fine-tune or calibrate their understanding of this burgeoning field of enquiry.

Papers presented at this conference will encourage scholars to think more systematically about the conceptual, methodological and technological problems associated with the study of print culture. They will encompass a wide range of chronological periods, geographical locations and genres of print.

For more details of the themes of the conference go to: www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/news/initiative-funding/print-culture.php

Proposals (max. 300 words) for papers of 30 to 40 minutes duration should be sent to the conference organisers at perilsofprintculture@gmail.com by Friday 11 December 2009.

This conference has been funded by the Trinity Long Room Hub under PRTLI IV

More Cromwell on Film

I think Mark Steel’s lecture on Cromwell offers a nice antidote to ‘God’s Executioner’ (see below).

On the subject of early modern history and video, this new textbook from Routledge comes with its very own promotional video.

And finally, this has to be the funniest book review I have read in a long time.

Oxford Centre for Early Modern Studies

A bright, shiny, nearly-new portal for the above here.

Lisa Jardine’s ‘Going Dutch’ – are these reviews related?

So good, the Torygraph reviewed it twice, with mixed results. One by Adam Nicolson, another by Noel Malcolm. Hmmm, shome mishtake shurely?

Over here, the Guardian sub-editor claims, disingenuously, that Sir Keith Thomas “enjoyed” Jardine’s book, (perhaps they mean “enjoyed pointing out her mistakes”?.)

Also reviewed by John Adamson in the Literary Review (who obviously couldn’t resist the temptation to invoke Sellar and Yeatman) and by Peter Ackroyd in the Times.

HEI Digital Archives – yet more free stuff

I’ve been working on an article which has brought me back to looking at some of my earliest post-grad work, specifically material relating to Robert Sanderson, Regius Prof. of Divinity, Oxford, and later bishop of Lincoln. In the course of doing that, I have been struck by the horrible realisation that I have no easily accessible electronic copy of my thesis (I *think* it is lying around on a floppy disc somewhere) and I certainly don’t have accessible copies of my M. St. thesis on the Parliamentary Visitation of Oxford. Seminar/conference papers pre-2002 are also probably malingering somewhere on a small, square, piece of plastic.

I’ve now resolved to find these odds and sods and rescue them from oblivion by uploading as PDF and/or html files to this blog – that’s if the discs aren’t corrupted.

A parlous state of affairs, which got me a-surfing those googles …browsing Index to Theses (yet another crazy Saturday night), I was struck by the number of institutions which now have up and running free to access digital archives:

Cambridge has one, although not much here that might interest historians, bar a large number of mp4 files by Alan Macfarlane, including one on Japanese toilets. Although the English faculty have developed Scriptorium, there is little evidence yet of historians uploading stuff.

Oxford has one, though theses only just now being added, and again not much for early modern historians beyond this article by Joanne Bailey on ‘Married Women, Property and ‘coveture’ in England: 1600-1800.’ I was, though, tempted to download this thesis on badgers.

UCL and LSE also have repositories, though, again, a bit of searching didn’t uncover that much
of interest to early modernists.

There have been discussions at Liverpool regarding setting up a similar digital repository (closed departmental ones already being in existence) and, doubtless, other HEIs outside the ‘golden triangle’ may already be in the process of setting them up.

On the one hand, this is exciting stuff, with the potential to make theses and academic papers much more accessible. On the other, it does seem to pose a serious threat to the scholarly monograph. With the re-fashioning of the RAE, students may feel increased pressure to ‘publish’ their theses on-line before developing their work in book form. And as anyone who has written a thesis knows, a dissertation, even a good one, is not a book.

More free stuff

This article by Johannes Dillinger on ‘Comparing Communities:Local Representation and Territorial States in Early Modern Europe and New England’, German Historical Institute, DC, Bulletin, 27 (2000), summarises some of the important research undertaken by Dillinger’s group on early modern popular constitutionalism. The Bulletin of the GHI, DC is available free on-line and includes other articles that may be of interest to early modernists and historians in general. A book based on this group’s research is scheduled for publication this year.

Free stuff

In the course of doing various things, I’ve found links to a couple of recent free to access articles, one by Jason Peacey on representations of the court in the Parliamentarian press

Actually, the whole of this journal appears to be free to access – so worth having a root around.

and another by Justin Champion on What Are Historians For?

(the title of which seems to invite the Edwin Starr-style response ‘Huh, absolutely nuthin’, say it again!’)