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"