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was because an increase in printed news led to conflicting data, issues of trust, and the need to deal with ‘bad’ or out-of-date information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.


Black Oxford Untold Stories Virtual Walking Tours

On any university walking or sightseeing tour you can hear about the history of the colleges, and the famous alumni – Oscar Wilde, Percy Shelly,  C.S.Lewis, Bill Clinton, and Margaret Thatcher – to name a few, but what about its black scholars?

Black Oxford Untold Stories launches four themed virtual walking tours.

A visual and immersive journey through the cobbled streets of the city.  The opportunity to visit several colleges to hear about the University’s black scholars, all from the comfort of your home.

Tour 1: General tour    Tuesday 18th August 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm

This tour takes you on a journey around the streets and colleges of the University city and features a variety of scholars from politicians to a priest.

Tour  2: The University’s first black pioneers Sunday 23rd August 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm

This tour visits the colleges of the black pioneers from the first black scholar in 1873 to the first black Rhodes scholar in 1907.

Tour 3: Women at Oxford  Tuesday 25th August 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Women entered the University in 1879 but only awarded their degrees in 1920. ​This tour features the first African woman to achieve a degree and some of the women who followed in her footsteps.

Tour 4: Africans at Oxford  Sunday 30th August 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Africa has a long tradition of sending its sons and daughter to Oxford, starting with the first black scholar from Sierra Leone.  This tour follows the path of several Africans who came to the University, studied, and succeeded.

All tours are 90 minutes in duration. Costs: £10.00 per person for each tour.

Booking details at http://www.blackoxford.netExperience a new perspective on the traditional image and narrative about the University of Oxford.


Studies in Church History: The Church in Sickness and Health

The Ecclesiastical History Society is inviting proposals for a special issue of its publication “Studies in Church History” on the theme ‘The Church in Sickness and Health’.

From the earliest times, the Church has cared for the sick and the health of society both in a physical and spiritual sense. Anointing and praying for the sick was combined with medical care for the afflicted. The intercession of the Virgin Mary, St Roch and St Sebastian, for example, was sought to protect the faithful from plague, while other saints offered hope against further diseases. Religious foundations such as leper and plague hospitals cared for the diseased but also isolated them to protect the health of society. The institutionalisation of the Church’s care for the sick led to the foundation of hospitals and medical schools. Leading London hospitals, such as Bart’s and St Thomas’s, developed from medieval monastic foundations and today the Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental provider of healthcare.

In spite of the Church’s concern for the sick, from the Early Church to the present there have been tensions between medicine and religion, the balance between the will of God and scientific intervention. For some Churches being a doctor was regarded as being incompatible with being a minister. This uneasy relationship can be seen in the resistance of some faiths to certain medical procedures. Scientific research has also made possible procedures which raise ethical issues on which many churches have reflected, including the use of STEM-cells, cloning, or the genetic manipulation of embryos. On the other hand, Christian theologies of healing have offered medical practitioners important perspectives in debates around what constitutes a good life, and a good death, had provided important insights on what might constitute healing, often particularly relevant to those facing terminal illness.

Alongside physical health, the Church has been concerned with spiritual health and salvation. The Church has rituals intended to restore the spiritual health, such as exorcism to banish demons from the afflicted. Metaphors of disease have been used to convey the threat to the spiritual well-being of the Church and Christendom, such as identifying heresy as a plague that threatened the faithful.

Papers are invited that consider how the Church has responded to – and defined – sickness and health from the Early Church to the present day. Possible themes, may include but are not restricted, to the following:

  • The Church’s response to disease, plagues and pandemics
  • Practices relating to visiting and caring for the sick
  • The Church and medicine; clergy and physicians
  • Religious institutions and medical care; hospital chaplains
  • Medicine and Christian missions
  • Churches’ responses to science, medical research, and medical intervention
  • Historical perspectives on what constitutes a good life, a good death and healing.
  • The Church and spiritual health
  • Theological metaphors of sickness and health

Please submit proposals for by 15 October 2020, using the form on our website:

Accepted papers will require full submission by the end of January 2021.


British Internment and the Internment of Britons 1939-1945: Camps, History and Heritage

Call for Articles.  British Internment and the Internment of Britons 1939-1945: Camps, History and Heritage

This edited volume will present a new, up to date discussion and analysis of civilian ‘enemy alien’ internment in Britain as well as the internment of British civilians on the continent. These perspectives will be supplemented by chapters on civilian internment camps run by the British within and on the margins of Europe.A number of volumes on aspects of this subject have been presented before, although the majority focus on aliens interned in Britain (e.g. Cesarani and Kushner 1993, London 2000, Dove 2005, Grenville 2010, Pistol 2017), with statistics of the numbers involved changing with the latest research. This volume intends to gather up to date research in the one volume as well as bringing as many different camp histories together as possible to allow an overview of the British experience.Less has been written about the experience of interned Britons on the continent during the Second World War compared with continentals interned in Britain.

This volume aspires to bring together the British experiences in the one volume. We are particularly interested in the civilian internment camps in France, Germany, Italy, Denmark and Belgium which held British citizens, even if temporarily. These include:

  • France: Brens, Gurs, Vernet, Noe, Nexon, Rivesaltes, St Denis, Vittel and Compiègne, Giromagny, Drancy
  • Germany: Biberach, Laufen, Liebenau, Tost, Kreuzburg and Wurzach
  • Italy: Badia, Bagno a Ripoli, Civitella del Tronto, Corropoli, Le Fraschette, Montechiarugolo, Petriolo, Pollenza, Solofra
  • Belgium: Dongelberg

The focus on this volume will be the camps themselves: their history, their regime, and the memories of those interned within them. An important part of this will be a discussion of existing sources for analysis (such as official archival or family documents, oral testimony, material culture (including that which has been found through excavation), camp paraphernalia, photographs, etc.).Authors should also consider the period between 1945 to the present day as issues concerning the heritage of the sites in question will be discussed. These include: discussions of site biography (use of the site after the period of civilian internment); heritage responses such as memorial plaques, museum exhibitions, heritage trails, excavations and the like; observations of what remains at the site today in the way of traces, ruins, buildings or extant features of the camp. Examples of memory or heritage activism on behalf of second and third generations or local inhabitants would also be welcome.

Publisher: The proposal will be submitted to Routledge in the first instance.


title, abstract (250 words) and short author biog (200 words) by 15 August 2020 to Gilly Carr ( and Rachel Pistol (

Article submission by 30 April 2021 for peer review

Length: articles should be 6-7,500 words long

Number of images: this will be dictated by the publisher but is likely to be 3-6 images per chapter.


Call for delegates: The National Archives User Advisory Group

Would you like to represent the views of archive users and help to improve The National Archives’ services? If you are a regular archive user then we would love to hear from you.

We are seeking new voluntary representatives to join our User Advisory Group (UAG). The User Advisory Group aims to give people who use our services the opportunity to participate in The National Archives’ planning and decision making processes.

Delegates represent ‘the voice’ of different sections of our user community, not only their own interests. As well as attending meetings, each delegate has a responsibility to engage with members of their user communities, to share information and gather feedback.

We would particularly like to hear from users who feel they could effectively represent one or more of the following user groups:

  • Academics – historians and those with links to one or more of the learned societies and who are involved in encouraging post-graduates to work with archival material
  • Map room users
  • Family history users – someone with an interest in family history societies and who is part of the network of family history societies

Representatives will also need to demonstrate that they have the qualities to actively participate in the group, including:

  • Willingness to express the views of their communities in the setting of a large meeting
  • Time to prepare for meetings, including reading papers and networking
  • Ability to see the ‘bigger picture’

Meetings are usually held four times a year at The National Archives in Kew, but are currently being held virtually by video conference. The meetings are usually scheduled on Tuesdays during working hours. Dates and times are published well in advance and delegates are expected to make every effort to attend.

Delegates may claim travel expenses. We ask prospective delegates to commit to a minimum term of one year’s service.

Find out more about the groups already represented, current delegates and how to submit an expression of interest via the UAG pages.

How to submit an expression of interest

If you would like to express interest in representing one of the groups listed above, please email us at the address below with the following information:

  • Indicate in the subject line of your email that it is an expression of interest
  • Indicate which sections(s) of the user community you would like to represent; if you list more than one, please rank them in order of preference
  • Check the list of the sections of the user community which are already represented; if you feel that there is a group that we have not listed, and that you would like to represent, please specify this
  • Tell us about your experience as an archive user and why you feel that you would be suitable as a delegate (please write no more than 150 words)
  • Give examples to show that you have the personal qualities required as a delegate of UAG (please write no more than 150 words)
  • Indicate your ideas and suggestions for how you would disseminate details of the group to the user community or communities that you would be representing, and how you would gather feedback (please write no more than 150 words)

Delegates will be selected based upon the information provided.

It is important to us that our organisation is more diverse, so we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities. We’re especially keen to hear from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates who are currently underrepresented.

Please email your expression of interest to:

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 7 August 2020 at 17:00


Call for submissions – Navigating the Middle Ages: From Medieval to Neo

The aim of the new proposed series Navigating the Middle Ages: From Medieval to Neo is to provide a publication platform for interdisciplinary studies of the Middle Ages; that is, research which analyses the impact and approaches to the study of the medieval era from its origins to the present day in order to create a unique dialogue between scholars, professionals, and practitioners. In moving away from traditional approaches, and towards the inter- and multi-disciplinary, the premise is to gain a snapshot of how (and why) the Middle Ages have been formed and are perceived across copious platforms as well as over vast periods of change across countries, boundaries, and borders; to continue driving and moulding this innovation through examinations of the phenomenon/ movement (in traditional or ‘neo-’form), its historiography, representation, image, presentation, approach, and pedagogies.

The Series offers radical, exciting, informed, and innovative readings of the importance and prominence of the Middle Ages in the twenty-first century, how and why its significance has endured since the post-medieval era and, most importantly, how critical curiosity of the era has been received, imagined, invoked, used, abused, and refashioned in the Medieval, Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary periods. Rich collisions and fresh perspectives reveal ideas and exercises across centuries of practice and provide a new set of reference points that reframe the ‘medieval’ itself thereby presenting a fresh, broad, and representative picture of the deep connections between the modern and pre-modern world.

Titles will cover all forms of engagement with the more emerging field of neo-medievalism—at least as a revivalist subdiscipline over the last two generations—from the academy to modern pedagogies and constructs in popular culture from a multitude of fields, including history, art, architecture, archaeology, literature, musicology, public engagement and interpretation, digital humanities and heritage. Welcoming burgeoning topics such as film and television, video games, social media, performing arts/cinema/drama, and particularly education, race, gender and decolonisation, as well as traditional approaches including historiography and renaissance/revival studies, it is based on the premise that the Middle Ages should be cultivated within and expanded beyond the academy, and thereby bring the media, education, popular, historical, and political discourses, into an engagement and dialogue with the past.

This Series calls for contributions from those who wish to examine the dynamics of the medieval/neomedieval in the realms of representational, perceptual, pedagogical and historiographical practice over the last 1,500 years (i.e., defining the ‘medieval’ as 500-1530 but the study of ‘neo/medievalism’ as from 500 to the present). The emphasis will be on the practical outworking of the period of the Middle Ages and its impact on the academy (in scholarly terms and edificational) and within popular culture and historic society, as we explore exactly what scholars and professionals now mean by the Middle Ages. The scope of this Series is largely global. We welcome contributions in the English language from both English-speaking and non-English speaking countries. Contributions are particularly warmly welcome from outside Continental Europe, notably Asia, South America, and Africa. The study of the era has faced criticisms of Anglo‐centricism as well as hostility from some historians thanks to the doubts its practitioners raise over established delineations between scholarly and creative depictions of the medieval period. Indeed, in the simplest sense, ‘médiévalisme’ is not often used in a similar manner to the English definition when encountered in French,[1] and becomes even more difficult in additional languages. Thus, this new Series offers a much‐needed challenge to the calcified disciplinary boundaries that shape academia/medieval studies today and decidedly promotes the sub-discipline of transatlantic and post-colonial medievalism—or the variations in the medievalisms of varying nations, epochs and cultures—and its inherent theme of borders, peripheries and shifting concepts across cultural and geographical traditions. Monographs are thus also sought from contributors who may wish to examine changes to the periodic and disciplinary definition, particularly in contemporary society, and thus its dynamism in modern pedagogies.

We currently have two edited volumes proposed, provisionally entitled Bringing ‘Sexy’ Back: Manipulating the ‘Medieval’ as ‘Other’. Edited by Dr Emma J. Wells (University of York) AND Decoding the Medieval: Teaching the Medieval in the Modern Age. Edited by Dr Claire Kennan (University of Reading).

Call for papers: Navigating the Middles Ages

Deadline for submissions:  15 August 2020.


Keele University Online Latin and Palaeography Summer School

Keele’s 43rd Latn and Palaeography Summer School will go ahead this year online, via Microsoft Teams, from Monday 3rd August to Friday 7th August.

Keele’s summer school provides expert tuition in small groups for those who need to read medieval and early modern documents for local and national history. This year features two introductory courses, Medieval Latin and Medieval palaeography, and two more advanced courses: Cases in King’s Bench, 1300-1450, and Medieval Petitions in the National Archives.

The school is frequently attended by local historians, postgraduate students, and archivists from the UK and abroad. Some bursaries are available to help cover costs, but please note the deadline for bursary application is 15th July. Booking closes on the 24th July.

For further information please visit the website:


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:


‘Mapping the Centenary’ – Record Your First World War Centenary Project

Mapping the Centenary’ is a digital portal containing information about projects and activities that marked the First World War Centenary from 2014 – 2019.

Launching in June 2020, the portal will feature a searchable database, provide links to project websites where applicable, and provide guidance on archiving and digital preservation. This initiative is being led by Imperial War Museums, and developed with the kind of support of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

We would like to invite organisations and individuals who are members of the Royal Historical Society to tell us about their commemorative activities – from projects, websites and events to learning resources and historical research – to help us understand how the centenary was marked.

To complete a listing for inclusion, please visit

The ‘Add Your Project’ Submission form takes roughly fifteen minutes to fill out, and will act to ensure that the legacy of projects is recorded within this national repository. Sharing this link will also help to raise awareness so that others can do the same, so please circulate it with anyone who may be interested.


German History Society undergraduate dissertation prize

The German History Society offers an annual prize of £300 for the best undergraduate dissertation on German History written by a student of history (single or joint honours, or in a cognate discipline) at a UK or Irish university.

Further details are available on this page :

Dissertations should be no less than 8,000 words in length and should address a theme in German history, broadly defined, from any period between the Middle Ages and the present day.

Candidates should be nominated by their Chair of Examiners.Submissions, in electronic format, to Laura Kounine at by the deadline of 5pm on 17 August 2020.