Scoping study: The role of academic and research libraries as active participants and leaders in the production of scholarly research

Research Libraries UK, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, invites colleagues to contribute to a major scoping study regarding the role of academic and research libraries as active participants and leaders in the production of scholarly research. This scoping study will explore the experience and expertise held within academic and research libraries to lead and partner in multi-disciplinary research projects, and it will identify the opportunities and challenges associated with this work. This research will make recommendations to the AHRC and the wider research community in terms of enabling library staff to be active partners and leaders in the production of academic and scholarly research, and will identify the potential for collective action between research and academic libraries to enable this.

Call for participants

We actively encourage colleagues working across the academic and scholarly community to contribute to this study and to share their experiences of working in partnership with colleagues within an academic or research library, and the opportunities and challenges this might bring. We also wish to hear from colleagues who would like to formally partner with colleagues working within an academic or research library, for example within a funded research application, but may perceive barriers in doing so.

Although this research will focus on research within arts, humanities, and social sciences, it is not restricted to these fields. We therefore welcome participation from academics and scholars involved in inter- and multidisciplinary research, and within other subject areas.

Register your interest

We are have recently issued an invitation to colleagues ( to register their interest in participating in this research. Please register your details on the RLUK website if you would be willing to be contacted by the contractor appointed to undertake this work. The research phase will begin in early February and the project will be completed by the end of June.

In particular, we would like to encourage academic colleagues who have:·

  • Experience of working as partners with an academic or research library on a research project where the library has been a named as a formal research partner (e.g. as a Co-I or equivalent).
  • Experience of working with an academic or research library on a research project where the library has not been named as a formal research partner but has played an integral part in the project through the skills and expertise of its staff
  • Experience of working on a research project where the library has been named as leader (e.g. as principal investigator).· Would like to partner with a research or academic library in a research project (whether funded or unfunded) but perceive barriers preventing this.

Please do enter your details in the Google form on the RLUK website if you would be willing to contribute to this study and please do forward this to any colleagues who also might also be willing to share their experiences.Please do not hesitate to get in contact with Matt Greenhall ( directly if you have any questions about this work.


Talk: Frank Whittle and the Jet Engine

Duncan Campbell-Smith will be giving a talk entitled ‘Frank Whittle and the Jet Engine’ via Zoom at the Rossiter Books virtual literary festival, at 7pm on Wednesday 9th December.

Jet Man: The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, the Genius behind the Jet Revolution

Duncan Campbell-Smith will talk about his new book, The story of Frank Whittle – RAF pilot, mathematician of genius, inventor of the jet engine and British hero.Drawing on Whittle’s extensive private papers, Campbell-Smith tells the story of a stoic and overlooked British hero, a tantalizing tale of ‘what might have been’.

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Thirsk Prize 2021

The British Agricultural History Society is pleased to invite submissions for its Thirsk Prize, awarded annually for the best book in British or Irish Rural or Agrarian History. Books published for the first time in 2020 in the broad area of British and Irish rural history, or which use Britain and Ireland as comparators, are eligible. Submission is by sending a pdf of the work to the secretary of the prize committee by noon on 11 January 2021. The Winner will be announced in April 2021. Full details of eligibility and how to submit can be found at

Previous winners of the prize have been

  • 2017: Peter Jones, Agricultural Enlightenment: Knowledge, Technology and Nature, 1750-1840 (OUP)
  • 2018: Briony McDonagh Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700-1830 (Routledge)
  • 2019: Paul Warde, The Invention of Sustainability: Nature and Destiny, c.1500-1870 (CUP).
  • 2020: Rosamond Faith, The moral economy of the countryside. Anglo-Saxon to Anglo-Norman England (CUP).


Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution & Empire

Book launch and panel discussion: Sujit Sivasundaram’s ‘Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire‘ (William Collins, 2020), Thursday 17 December 2020 16:30–18:00 GMT

Hosted by UCL Anthropocene and the UCL Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World.

Sujit Sivasundaram’s ‘Waves Across the South’ is a wide-ranging and far-reaching new history of the origins of the British empire c.1790–1850. Inverting the usual northern focus on the ‘age of revolution’ it shows how empire, war, and counter-revolt were shaped by southern geographies and environments while being contested by indigenous communities. It does so by stressing the physical setting of the oceans as highways for mobile indigenous peoples who were independently exploring ideas of liberty and progress even while the British violently appropriated both peoples and ideas for themselves. ‘Waves Across the South’ offers an integration of environmental, global, imperial, material, and southern histories. As Sivasundaram suggests, in our age of rising sea levels reflecting on how this global imperialism failed to flatten ocean-facing communities can help us ‘while the clock ticks for what can be done to turn around the environmental impact of globalisation and imperialism’.

Sujit will be discussing ‘Waves Across the South’ with the leading historians of empire, environment, material culture, and Asia with: Sunil Amrith (Yale), Debjani Bhattacharyya (Drexel), Margot Finn (UCL), Jagjeet Lally (UCL).

Sujit Sivasundaram is Professor of Professor of World History and Director of the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge.

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Autumntide of the Middle Ages

This panel discussion celebrates the publication of a major new and unabridged English translation of Johan Huizinga’s book ‘Autumntide of the Middle Ages’, which captures the impact of Huizinga’s significant piece of historical scholarship and literature.

Co-organised between the Durham University History Department and Durham’s Institute for Medieval and Early Modern History, this session includes short talks by the editors and the translator of the book, followed by a Q&A:

Anton van der Lem, ‘The Historian as Public Intellectual: Johan Huizinga, 1872-1945’

Graeme Small, ‘Autumntide of the Middle Ages: History as World Literature’

Diane Webb, ‘Translating Huizinga’


9 November 2020, 5.30 – 7.00pm

Please register for this event here –


Being Human festival launch with David Olusoga

The Being Human team warmly invite you to the first ever virtual festival launch, showcasing snippets from this year’s ‘New Worlds’-themed nationwide celebration of the humanities (12–22 November).

The launch will be previewing a programme that explores everything from science-fiction futures, to immersive explorations of the past, to the role of the humanities in the present.We will also be joined by festival patron Professor David Olusoga OBE for a thought-provoking talk in conversation with festival director Professor Sarah Churchwell, on decolonisation and ‘new worlds’.

Come along for a preview of this year’s festival, which tackles some of the most important issues of our time, and bring along a drink to toast the success of humanities public engagement in 2020.

To reserve a space at this event please visit


Queenship in the Modern World – call for proposals

Queenship in the Modern World

Edited by Charles Beem and Arianne Chernock

We are seeking essay proposals for an edited volume on the history of queens and queenship in the Modern World, 1789 to the present. We would also welcome the work of literary scholars working in a historical context. The editors welcome all historical approaches; political, cultural, material, gender and sexuality studies, as well as studies of queens in both literature and film. We are particularly interested in proposals that consider the interplay of and exchanges between queens in western and non-western cultures. In keeping with the mission of the Queenship and Power series, this volume seeks to broaden our understanding of the strategies that queens and empresses—both consort and regnant, as well as female regents and other women who wielded regal or quasi-regal power—pursued in order to wield the powers of queenship, both “soft” and “hard,” within the rapidly changing social, political, and cultural contexts of the modern world.

The volume will be published in the “Queenship and Power” book series for Palgrave Macmillan, edited by Charles Beem & Carole Levin.

Chapter proposals should be 250-300 words, accompanied a brief CV and short biography. We are looking for essays in the 6,000-8,000-word range. Please email proposals to and

Deadline for proposal submission: January 1, 2021.

Charles Beem is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. His publications include The Lioness Roared: The Problems of Female Rule in English History (2006), and Queenship in Early Modern Europe (2019).

Arianne Chernock is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. Her publications include Men and the Making of Modern British Feminism (2010) and The Right to Rule and the Rights of Women (2019).


National Trust Report into Colonialism & Historic Slavery – Feedback Opportunity

The National Trust has recently published its first report into the connections between colonialism and historic properties now in the care of the National Trust, including links with historic slavery. The survey, commissioned by the Trust last September, is part of a broader commitment to ensuring links to colonialism and historic slavery are properly researched, represented, shared and interpreted as part of a broader narrative at relevant National Trust places. You can read the report and full press release at:

The report begins with thematic sections including the global slave trades, goods and products of enslaved labour; compensation for slave ownership; abolition and protest; the East India Company; and the British Raj. A factual gazetteer lists 93 individual places and collections that have strong historical links to Britain’s colonial past.

The University of Oxford has been working in partnership with the National Trust since 2016 as one of a number of academic collaborators, and has supported a range of research activities which explore the global histories of the Trust’s places and collections. We are now supporting the Trust in evaluating the potential impact and uses of this report within the academic community both within the UK and internationally.

This interim report has been designed as a catalyst for further research and future editions are already planned. As a valued collaborator, we are writing to invite you to participate in a short survey that we are conducting in partnership with the National Trust which seeks to gather feedback on the report from the academic and specialist community

Access the survey at:


Call for Contributions: Business News in the Atlantic World, 1620-1763

Call for Contributions: Business News in the Atlantic World, 1620-1763

Editors: Dr Sophie H. Jones (University of Liverpool); Dr Siobhan Talbott (Keele University)

The proposed collection of essays arises from an AHRC-funded Leadership Fellows grant on which Dr Talbott is PI and Dr Jones was PDRA. This volume will offer an original and cohesive perspective on the ways in which information was used by mercantile agents in the early modern Atlantic World.

In today’s society, ‘news’ exists in many forms. News as we recognise it began to emerge in the early modern period, bolstered in part by the proliferation, availability, and affordability of printing. Several studies of the history of news have, quite rightly, emphasised the ‘print revolution’ as essential in explaining the emergence of a variety of news conduits, including the newspaper. This, however, doesn’t tell the whole story of the myriad ways in which news developed and was used in this period.

This collection of essays, and the AHRC-funded project from which it emerges, focuses on a specific sub-type of news: business news. Business news was distinctive in its form, manner of circulation, dissemination and usage. Despite the rise in printed forms of ‘news’, manuscript forms of business news continued to proliferate throughout the seventeenth century and beyond, with early modern commercial agents continuing to exchange information through private letters, oral conversation and communications networks. In part, this was because an increase in printed news led to conflicting data, issues of trust, and the need to deal with ‘bad’ or out-of-date information

This collection will both offer an insight into the various ways in which business news was collated, disseminated and used within the early-modern Atlantic world, and investigate and test the various methodologies that scholars can use to probe questions surrounding these issues. We intend to showcase work from scholars at a range of career stages, and encourage proposals from graduate students and early career scholars.

Possible essay topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • The creation and dynamics of networks of business agents – merchants, manufacturers, producers
  • Forging new networks and contacts in the early-modern Atlantic world
  • The role of networks in creating and disseminating business information
  • The methods through which information was exchanged in the early-modern Atlantic world
  • Establishing trust and/or credibility in long-distance and uncertain correspondence
  • The reception of business news: how information was used and the problems of ‘bad’ information
  • Control of and access to business information
  • Different forms of business ‘news’ (e.g. printed newspaper, handwritten newsletters and news packets) and the relationships between them
  • The oral exchange of business information and the spaces in which this occurred
  • The methodologies scholars can use to investigate merchants’ information networks

Proposals should be 250-300 words and be accompanied by a brief biography, for essays of approximately 8,000-10,000 words (including footnotes). Please email proposals to no later than 1 December 2020. Accepted authors will be notified by the end of January 2021.

Contributions will be submitted in the first instance by December 2021, with publication planned for 2022-23. We are in touch with the editors of Brill’s Library of the Written Word series, who have invited a full volume proposal once contributors are confirmed. We hope to be able to make this volume fully open-access.


Call for Articles – Marine Corps History journal

Marine Corps History journal is accepting submissions of scholarly articles focused on new and unique research into the Marine Corps’ history, from its earliest actions to the Cold War and beyond, including cultural history. The editors also are interested in book reviews.

The editors are currently accepting article and book review submissions for the Summer 2021 and Winter 2021 issues.

Articles should be 4,000 – 10,000 words long, properly footnoted, and formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition). Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are encouraged to submit. All articles undergo double-blind peer review and revisions may be requested.The editors are currently accepting article and book review submissions for the Summer 2021 and Winter 2021 issues.

Submission deadlines:Issue – Deadline

  • Summer 2021 – 1 January 2021
  • Winter 2021 – 1 June 2021

Marine Corps History is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal published twice each year by Marine Corps University Press. To receive a print copy of the journal, article submission requirements, a list of books available for review, or to discuss the submission and selection process, contact the managing editor: