I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I like social media, and find it brings a lot to my academic practice in many different ways. Rather than arguing with ‘think’ pieces that, well, don’t, I wanted to put some blogs out to celebrate some fun, and productive things I’ve seen on social media recently. Part […]Read more "I <3 Social Media I: Icky Archives"
I spent a lot of time during my PhD research tracking down individuals. It was all part of a scheme (that looks increasingly foolish with hindsight) to identify the people who sang songs and told stories for the folklorist Félix Arnaudin from about 1870-1914. There were a lot of them. And some were only identified in […]Read more "The Singing Postman"
This is the (lightly edited) text of a talk I gave for History Lab Plus at a really useful day on ‘Getting Grants, Getting Published and Staying Sane: Life After the PhD’ which was held at the Institute of Historical Research on Friday 15th July. My panel was called ‘Making the Transition’, so I talked […]Read more "Life After the PhD"
This week the Modern British Studies program at Birmingham launched their first paper towards a discussion of #MBS2017. It included the question “As we enter a moment of genuine crisis, are some kinds of history more important than others?” The question is more controversial among historians than I would have assumed. This is my attempt […]Read more "Cognitive Dissidents"
Since last Friday, I have been thinking about all sorts of clever things to write about history and Europe, and my despair at the referendum result here in the UK. But I can’t even get them out. I am numbed, intellectually. I am not a constitutional lawyer, nor an economist, nor even a historian of […]Read more "I am European"
It’s a busy time of year in the universities. As I near the end of an intense period of marking and related work, I’ve been saving myself a treat: more work on French witchcraft, 1791-1939. Well, ‘French’ in its broadest sense. Like many historians over the past few years, I’ve been forced to engage with […]Read more "Dangerous Territory"
The British trade union for academic staff UCU is on the second day of a two-day strike, and I am angry. As a UCU member, I am on strike. I don’t get paid for the two days, and I can’t do any of the work that I need to clear before I turn my attention back […]Read more "I’m Angry About the Strike, and You Should Be, Too"