The Royal Historical Society seeks to appoint two academic Editors to lead on the scholarly content and creative development of its prestigious Camden Series of primary source volumes, published by Cambridge University Press.
The Camden Series has to date been edited by members of the Society’s Council. The Society now seeks two external appointments to take on the work of editing and developing the Series—in line with its recent creation of external editorial roles for the RHS journal, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society.
For the Camden Series, we are looking for two editors with complementary research expertise in British history, broadly defined—one in medieval/early modern, the other modern history. Applicants must also be Fellows of the Royal Historical Society. We anticipate that the two new appointments will take effect from 31 January 2022. Appointments will be for 2 years in the first instance (renewable for a further 2 years), subject to the successful completion of a probationary period.
About the Camden Series
The RHS Camden Series is an extensive and well-established collection of primary source editions, with a focus on British history, broadly defined, and including the history of the British world. New titles are published in book form and online. Each volume is accompanied by a specialist historical commentary and scholarly editing, undertaken by experts in the subject.
The Royal Historical Society currently publishes two new volumes in the Camden Series each year. Recent titles in the series (2018-2021) include:
- Sir Earle Page’s British War Cabinet Diary, 1941–1942, edited by Kent Fedorowich and Jayne Gifford
- The Letters and Reports of British Consular and Diplomatic Agents in Tripoli: 1792–1832, edited by Sara ElGaddari
- The Papers of John Hatsell, Clerk of The House of Commons 1768 – 1820, edited by Peter J Aschenbrenner and Colin Lee
- The Letters of Paul de Foix. French Ambassador at the Court of Elizabeth I, 1562-1566, edited by David Potter
- The Rise of Labour and the Fall of Empire. The Memoirs of William Hare, Fifth Earl of Listowel, edited by H. Kumarasingham
- British Envoys to the Kaiserreich, 1871-1897, edited by Markus Mösslang
The complete Series now comprises more than 325 volumes (dating from 1838 to 2021), making it a key collection for primary research. Through creative use of its online format, there is now also considerable potential to extend and develop this contribution in new ways—especially to early career historians less familiar with the Series.
About the Camden Editorship
To pursue the roles of future commissioning, editorial oversight, and creative online development, we now seek two editors with complementary research expertise—one in medieval/early modern, the other in the modern history of Britain, including the history of the British World.
Given the nature of this dual appointment, and the need for collaborative working, we welcome joint applications from two potential editors to work together; however, individual applications are equally encouraged. Applicants must be Fellows of the Royal Historical Society.
This is an important new phase for the Camden Series as we continue its annual publication, and seek to develop its use for researchers as an online resource.
The position attracts an annual honorarium currently set at £500 per editor. Ideally, the successful candidates will be able to take up the position on 31 January 2022. The new editors will receive a full handover from the outgoing Camden Editors (Professor Andrew Spicer and Professor Richard Toye) and ongoing support from the RHS’s Academic Director and other staff at the Society. The editors will also become ex-officio members of the Society’s Publication Committee, which will serve as an advisory board to the editors. The successful candidates will have a six-month trial period before committing to take on their positions.
If you wish to discuss the Camden Editor posts in advance of an application, please contact Professor Andrew Spicer, early modern (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Richard Toye, modern (email@example.com).
The Society currently welcomes applications for several other publishing roles — including editorships for the Transactions of the Royal Historical Society and the editorial board for New Historical Perspectives. If you wish to discuss which of these post might be suitable for you, please contact Professor Emma Griffin, RHS President (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The deadline for applications is 11:59PM, Friday 26 November 2021
Roles associated with the Editorship
- Responsibility for receipt of proposals for new volumes.
- Acting as a liaison between the Camden Series and academic community to solicit new proposals for future volumes.
- Responsibility for the review process of proposed volumes in your specialist field (early modern / modern), and decision-making on commissioning, in combination with the second Camden Editor and others at the Royal Historical Society.
- Responsibility for contracted editors in your specialist area (early modern / modern), serving as their point of contact in the editing and completion of their volume. Seeing to press contracted titles in the series.
- Responsibility for the approval of final manuscripts (scholarly introduction and commentary, primary content, and referencing) of allocated volumes, prior to their submission to Cambridge University Press.
- With the Society’s Academic Director and Cambridge University Press, to manage the production of titles to ensure the Society’s commitment to publishing two volumes per year (July and December).
- Contributing to the promotion of newly published volumes, along with others at the RHS and CUP.
- Extending awareness and use of the Camden Series as a primary research resource, especially among graduate researchers and early career historians, and with reference to the Series’ extensive online back catalogue.
- Creating, with others, a programme to develop the value and profile of the Camden Series online as a collection of primary texts and as a research resource.
- Reporting to the RHS President and trustees (principally the Society’s Publication Committee as well as Council) on editorial strategy, progress, and proposed developments; attending Publication Committee meetings held 2-3 times / year
- Taking initial responsibility for any authorial disputes or concerns as the lead figures for the Camden Series, and on behalf of RHS trustees.
- Working collaboratively and productively with the second Editor, and others associated with the Society’s Publications, to ensure the successful and meaningful development of the Series.
Specifications for the Editorship
In appointing the two Camden Editors, the RHS seeks applicants who have:
- Experience of academic editorial work, broadly defined.
- A PhD or similar in a relevant field. We anticipate that this position might be of interest to both early and mid-career academics; we are happy to receive applications from individuals at different career stages.
- Research expertise in the medieval, early modern or modern period of British history, broadly defined.
- Existing scholarly networks and experience of academic collaboration and/or organisation.
- Flexibility to be able to support the Series’ editorial process throughout the calendar year.
- Knowledge and experience of academic publishing and scholarly editing processes.
- Ability to attend regular editorial and RHS Publication Committee meetings (potentially online).
- Capacity and readiness to work closely and collaboratively with the second Editor, and with selected RHS staff, to develop the Series in ways most useful to researchers.
- Been elected to the Fellowship with the Royal Historical Society.
How to apply
Submission must be made via the Society’s applications platform.
Those interested in making an application for one of the two Camden Editor posts should send:
- a CV (no more than 3 pages)
- a letter / statement outlining their ability to perform the role and relevant experience
- The name of two referees. We will not contact referees without prior permission
Questions about the application process may be sent to: email@example.com.
Deadline for applications: 11:59PM, Friday 26 November 2021