History for Ukraine: 24-hour online History event

History for Ukraine is a 24-hour online History event to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal.

It’s scheduled to take place over Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March, and will see a host of historians and genealogists, worldwide, each speak on their research and love of history for 15 minutes, and then take 15 minutes of audience questions.

Those who’ve already signed up to take part include:

  • Professor Suzannah Lipscomb
  • Dr Fern Riddell
  • Professor Kate Williams
  • Dr Janina Ramirez
  • Charles Spencer, Earl Spencer

They will be joined by many other professional historians (including Fellows of the Royal Historical Society) and genealogists from around the world to offer a programme of informative talks and discussions on a huge variety of topics.

History for Ukraine is also supported by a number of prominent organisations, including The National Archives, Royal Historical Society and the Society of Genealogists, along with over 200 volunteers and local history groups.

History For Ukraine is the idea of genealogist Natalie Pithers, who describes the event as ‘a combination of Live Aid and Red Nose Day, but for history’. Natalie adds: ‘The people of Ukraine  need our help now, and this unique event provides the history community with an opportunity to come together and help in the best way we can.’

Attendees will be asked to make donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal via a special JustGiving page. The event is provisionally scheduled to take place on Saturday 26th to Sunday 27 March 2022 (times and schedule to be finalised).

Would you like to get involved?

If you’re a Fellow or Member of the Royal Historical Society, and would like to get involved in the event as a speaker, please do let us know.

Natalie is still looking for historians to take part in the 24 hour event. If you wish to get involved, please email administration@royalhistsoc.org and mark your email ‘Ukraine’ setting out your availability and the subject on which you’d like to speak. The RHS will then forward your expression of interest to Natalie.

Seeking historians in East Asia, Australasia, Latin and North America

History for Ukraine is currently especially seeking historians resident in East Asia, Australia, New Zealand as well as in Latin and central America and North America (west to east coasts of the US and Canada) to join the list of speakers for the 24-hour event.

Please do get in touch with the RHS, marking your email ‘Ukraine’ and we’ll put you in touch with the event organisers.

More information and publicity on History for Ukraine

Recent interviews with the organisers of History for Ukraine:

 

Invasion of Ukraine: a statement from the Royal Historical Society

 

The Royal Historical Society is shocked and horrified by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is an attack on an independent country, on democracy, and on the history and culture of Ukraine.

We wish to express our deep solidarity with the Ukrainian people. We condemn utterly the unprovoked act of aggression by the Russian government, justified by historical myths, distortions and lies, attacking the right to self-determination of a European nation.

This war, as every war, will cause enormous human losses and tragedies, and it fundamentally undermines the foundations of the established international security system. As a scholarly organisation with many members from eastern Europe, we stand with all those who oppose this war.

Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, and especially those members of the Society from Ukraine or with family, friends and colleagues in the country and wider region.

 

 

Ukraine Scholars at Risk: History and Slavonic and East European Studies

 

Fellowships and fundraising

On 23 March 2022, the Royal Historical Society (RHS), British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) and the Past and Present Society (P&P) announced funding towards three short-term fellowships (minimum 3 months) at higher education institutions in the UK, European Union or elsewhere in continental Europe to provide a place of academic refuge for three scholars from Ukraine.

From 29 March, we are delighted to be joined by the Ecclesiastical History Society (EHS) which is funding a fourth fellowship to provide a place of academic refuge for a scholar from Ukraine active in the study of the history of Christianity.

From 13 April, the German History Society (GHS) has announced funding for a fifth fellowship to support a Ukrainian researcher working on the history of Germany and the German-speaking world in the broadest sense. We are very grateful for the GHS’s involvement and provision of an additional placement.

In addition to these five fellowships, the RHS and BASEES are also currently fundraising to provide additional fellowships.


About the fellowship scheme

Each grant is worth £5,000 (€6,000) to the Fellow and must be matched by equivalent funds AND / OR in-kind assistance from the host institution (for example, travel, accommodation, meals, office space and IT support, plus insurance) of a financial sum equivalent to the £5,000 (€6,000) grant for a minimum duration of three months, to begin as soon as possible.

To best support Ukrainian scholars at risk, we also welcome applications from host institutions willing to offer more than match-funding, whether as a financial sum or in-kind assistance.

Two grants (funded by the RHS and P&P) will be reserved for Ukrainian scholars displaced by the Russian invasion who are undertaking historical research in the broadest sense. A third grant (funded by the EHS), will be Ukrainian scholars studying the history of Christianity

One grant (funded by BASEES) will be for any displaced Ukrainian scholar in the field of Slavonic and East European studies.

Host institutions can offer these fellowships to PhD candidates, Early Career or established scholars.


Further information and how to apply

We now invite applications from higher education institutions willing and able to host a Ukrainian scholar with support from an RHS, BASEES, P&P, EHS, GHS grant.

More on the scheme and how to apply. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 20 April 2022.

All applications must be made via the RHS online applications portal. Successful host institutions will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date of Weds 20 April.


Fundraising for additional fellowships

The RHS and BASEES are also fundraising to increase the number of grants we can make available. This campaign can be accessed here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/baseesandrhsSARfellowships 

Additional funds raised will support extra fellowships. We will announce these to interested universities as soon as the funding for one or more additional fellowship becomes available.

We also welcome involvement from other learned societies / organisations in the historical and social sciences who wish to partner on future Ukraine fellowship grants. Those wishing to do so may contribute via the RHS/BASEES JustGiving page or contact the Society’s CEO: adam.hughes@royalhistsoc.org.

Thank you, in advance, for any contribution you are able to make.


Further enquiries about the fellowship scheme from potential host institution, or about fundraising for additional fellowships, email: administration@royalhistsoc.org.

 

Ukrainian Scholars at Risk: Fellowships in History and Slavonic and East European Studies 

 

Fellowships and Fundraising

On 23 March 2022, the Royal Historical Society (RHS), British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) and Past and Present Society (P&P) are offering funding towards three short-term fellowships (minimum 3 months) at higher education institutions in the UK, European Union or elsewhere in continental Europe to provide a place of academic refuge for three scholars from Ukraine.

From 29 March, we are delighted to be joined by the Ecclesiastical History Society (EHS) which is funding a fourth fellowship to provide a place of academic refuge for a scholar from Ukraine active in the study of the history of Christianity.

From 13 April, the German History Society (GHS) has announced funding for a fifth fellowship to support a Ukrainian researcher working on the history of Germany and the German-speaking world in the broadest sense. We are very grateful for the GHS’s involvement and provision of an additional placement.

The RHS and BASEES are also fundraising to provide additional fellowships.


Each grant is worth £5,000 (€6,000) to the Fellow and must be matched by equivalent funds AND / OR in-kind assistance from the host institution (for example, travel, accommodation, meals, office space and IT support, plus insurance) of a financial sum equivalent to £5,000 (€6,000) grant for a minimum duration of three months, to begin as soon as possible.

To best support Ukrainian scholars at risk, we also welcome applications from host institutions willing to offer more than match-funding, whether as a financial sum or in-kind assistance.

Two grants (funded by the RHS and P&P) will be reserved for Ukrainian scholars displaced by the Russian invasion who are undertaking historical research in the broadest sense. A third grant (funded by the EHS) will support a Ukrainian scholar of the history of Christianity.

One grant (funded by BASEES) will be for any displaced Ukrainian scholar in the field of Slavonic and East European studies. Host institutions can offer these fellowships to PhD candidates, Early Career and established scholars.


How to make an application

  • The host institution names a scholar at risk who will be designated an RHS/BASEES/P&P/EHS/GHS Fellow.
  • The host institution will support the integration of the Fellow into the local academic community.
  • The host institution will appoint a designated mentor to support the Fellow.
  • The host institution will support the Fellow in drafting and submitting applications for long-term funding and/or more permanent academic positions at the host or another HE institution.
  • The host institution will match-fund each Fellowship via a direct payment to the Fellow; and/or provide an equivalent in-kind contribution (comprising accommodation, meals etc.)
  • In addition, the host institution will provide the Fellow with library, internet, and research resource access, and health insurance, as well as visa support if applicable.
  • The length of the fellowship is a minimum of three months.

 

Applications from the host institution must be submitted via the RHS’s online application system.

The closing date for applications from host institutions was Wednesday 20 April 2022, however applications for the Fellowship on the History of Germany and the German Speaking World now closes on Monday 9 May 2022.

 


The following information will be required:

  • information on the support provided by the hosting institution, including intended dates of the fellowship

In addition, the application requires information regarding:

  • EITHER a description of the situation of the proposed Fellow, and short CVs for both the proposed Fellow and the designated mentor.
  • OR a description of the proposed recruitment process, including time-lines.  Please note that funds are paid to Fellows, not institutions, therefore funds will only be released once the institution has successfully appointed a fellow.

Make an application vis the RHS applications portal.

Successful host institutions will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date of Weds 20 April. Questions about the application process may be sent to: administration@royalhistsoc.org.


Fundraising for additional Ukraine fellowships

The RHS and BASEES are also fundraising to increase the number of grants available via a JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/baseesandrhsSARfellowships 

Additional funds raised will support extra fellowships. We will announce these to interested universities as soon as the funding for one or more additional fellowship becomes available.

We also welcome involvement from other learned societies / organisations in the historical and social sciences who wish to partner on future Ukraine fellowship grants. Those wishing to do so may contribute via the RHS/BASEES JustGiving page or contact the Society’s CEO: adam.hughes@royalhistsoc.org.

Thank you, in advance, for any contribution you are able to make.

 

 

Featured News

 

RHS journal articles now available on ‘First View’

21 April 2022

From April 2022 all articles accepted for publication in the Society’s journal, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society will appear on Cambridge ‘First View’. This means new articles, many of them available Open Access, will become available through the year. Annual volumes of the journal (published each November) will make First View articles available in print.

From November 2022, the print edition of Transactions will be published with a new cover design and in paperback. More details to follow.

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‘Giving Brith in Eighteenth-Century England’: 12th title published in Society’s NHP book series

13 April 2022

Giving Birth in Eighteenth-Century England, by Dr Sarah Fox (University of Birmingham), — the 12th and latest title in the Society’s New Historical Perspectives series — is published on Wednesday 13 April.

This fascinating new book radically rewrites all that we know about eighteenth-century childbirth by placing women’s voices at the centre of the story. From quickening through to confinement, giving caudle, delivery and lying-in, birth was once a complex ritual that involved entire communities.

Drawing on an extensive and under-researched body of materials, such as letters, diaries and recipe books, this book offers critical new perspectives on the history of the family and community.

In Giving Birth in Eighteenth-Century England, Sarah Fox explores the rituals of childbirth, from birthing clothing to the foods traditionally eaten before and after birth, and also how a woman’s relationship with her family, husband, friends and neighbours changed during pregnancy and beyond. In this important and deeply moving study, we are invited on a detailed and emotive journey through motherhood in an age of immense intellectual and sociocultural change.

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Ukraine Scholars at Risk: Fellowships for History and Slavonic and East European Studies

23 March 2022

 

 

The Royal Historical Society (RHS), British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES), the Past and Present Society (P&P), Ecclesiastical History Society (EHS) and German History Society (GHS) announced funding towards five short-term fellowships (minimum 3 months) at higher education institutions in the UK, European Union or elsewhere in continental Europe to provide a place of academic refuge for five scholars from Ukraine.

In addition to these five fellowships, the RHS and BASEES are also currently fundraising to provide additional fellowships.

More about this RHS news item

 


 

‘The Margins of Late Medieval London’: latest title published in NHP book series

15 February 2022

 

 

The latest volume in the Society’s ‘New Historical Perspectives’ book series is now available: The Margins of Late Medieval London, 1430-1540, by Dr Charlotte Berry.

The Margins of Late Medieval London is a powerful study of medieval London’s urban fringe. Seeking to unpack the complexity of urban life in the medieval age, this volume offers a detailed and novel approach to understanding London beyond its institutional structures.

Using a combination of experimental digital, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, the volume casts new light on urban life at the level of the neighbourhood and considers the differences in economy, society and sociability which existed in different areas of a vibrant premodern city.

The book focuses on the dynamism and mobility that shaped city life, integrating the experiences of London’s poor and migrant communities and how they found their place within urban life. It describes how people found themselves marginalized in the city, and the strategies they would employ to mitigate that precarious position.

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Re-cataloguing and rediscovering the Society’s Prothero Papers

26 January 2022

 

 

In January 2022 the Society publishes a new catalogue of its papers of George W. Prothero (1848-1922), historian, literary editor and President of the RHS between 1901 and 1905. The Prothero collection runs to more than 1000 items and is the largest named collection in the RHS archive.

To accompany the launch, a new blog post features highlights and selected images from the collection. The new 252-page catalogue, which is available on the Archive pages of the Society’s website, provides item-level listings of Prothero’s correspondence, professional papers and manuscripts, dating from the late 1860s to the early 1920s.

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HEADER IMAGE: New York Daily News, 1888 (detail), by William Michael Harnett (1848–1892), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, public collection

 

Society and partners award seven fellowships to Ukrainian scholars at risk

The Society is very pleased to announce the award of fellowships to seven Ukrainian historians and Slavonic scholars unable to continue their work at home universities. The seven recipients will take up their positions at UK and European universities very shortly, with the hope of several more fellowships to follow in the near future.

The Ukraine ‘Scholars at Risk’ programme began in March 2022 with a partnership between the Royal Historical Society and the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) who jointly pledged to fund four fellowships, with assistance from the Past & Present Society (P&P).

Additional funding from two more learned societies — the German Historical Society and the Ecclesiastical History Society — has made further fellowships possible. An extra position has been generated through public donations to a recent fundraising campaign by the Royal Historical Society and BASEES. At the time of writing, the Society of Antiquaries of London has also elected to support the scheme and will be providing an additional, eighth Fellowship.

In each case, the fellowships will be matched by a host university which will also provide the Ukrainian scholars with an academic mentor, office and library use, and opportunities to collaborate with departmental specialists, for a period of at least three months.

Four ‘general history’ fellowships — supported by the RHS and P&P — will be held by Ukrainian researchers at history departments at the University of Sheffield, Roehampton University, and the University of the West of England, and at the University of Bremen, Germany.

The German History Society fellowship will support a scholar of the German past at the University of Aberdeen, with an additional fellowship in the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, funded by the Ecclesiastical History Society. The seventh fellowship — held by a scholar at the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies, University of St Andrews — is funded by BASEES.

Each of the fellows will also receive membership of the Royal Historical Society and of BASEES, for 12 months in the first instance.

 

The Royal Historical Society is delighted to be part of the Ukraine fellowships programme, and to have worked so collaboratively and effectively with other learned societies of history and area studies.

It’s been heartening to see other groups join the original RHS / BASEES scheme, and to receive such creative and generous applications from history departments across the university sector.

We are very grateful to these organisations, and also to the many RHS members and supporters who generously contributed funds for an additional Fellowship. We hope these placements offer refuge for scholars driven from their home universities in recent months. The Society and its partners will be keeping in touch with each of the new fellows, and we’re sure they’ll receive a warm welcome from the historical community.

Professor Emma Griffin, President of the Royal Historical Society

 

The growth of this scheme since it was launched by BASEES and the RHS is a credit to the academic community.

Learned associations, scholars, and universities in the UK and beyond have come together to show active solidarity with their Ukrainian colleagues. These fellowships will make a real difference to those scholars at risk and their dependents.

Dr Matthias Neumann, President of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies

 

 

 

 

 

Advocacy & Policy

The Royal Historical Society represents the interests of History and historians, of all kinds, via a programme of advocacy and policy research. The higher education, publishing, technological and cultural landscapes, within which much of our work is situated, have changed rapidly over the past decade.

The need for historians to be supported, and for History to be understood and practised well, is more important than ever.

Advocacy

The RHS is the UK’s foremost body for supporting the historical profession and championing History as a discipline. The Society’s advocacy work takes place at a range of levels: individual, departmental, sector and discipline.

We work closely with departments and individuals who contact us in need of support, through sharing resources, offering expertise and writing letters. Where appropriate, the Society collaborates with partner organisations to present a coordinated response. Recent partnerships include our Ukraine Scholars at Risk programme, with other learned societies in History and area studies. The Society also convenes regular meetings with History Heads of Department, providing opportunities for historians to discuss matters of shared interest.

Recent public statements by the Society have included calls for the UK Government to clarify its position on funding for historical research, concern at recent closures, mergers and contractions of UK History departments, especially at post-92 institutions. and support for historians at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Further statements on these and other disciplinary concerns are made via contributions to the media and commissioned posts on the RHS blog, Historical Transactions, including ‘Historians and Contested Heritage’ and  ‘Confronting History’s Cuts and Closures in 2021′.

Any department which needs support — for example, with advice on plans to cut or reduce History provision with their institution — may get in touch confidentially with the Society via the President or the Academic Director.  Individuals with concerns about the discipline may also contact the Society at any time.

Policy and Research

The Society’s research and policy programme is responsive to the environment in which historians work. Much of this work takes place via established RHS committees that monitor, respond to, and shape developments in the Research environment and culture in HE; History Education and teaching; and Publishing.

In 2021 the Society established a Council post for Professional Engagement, to better support historians (in and outside HE) with training, skills and career development