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Seminar with Steve Hindle

18 March, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


What was Sir Richard Newdigate thinking in 1684?:
A Warwickshire Gentleman and his Library

Steve Hindle, social and economic historian of early modern England and Director of Research at The Huntington Library, will be leading a seminar in Sheffield as part of SCEMS Visiting Speaker series. His paper takes as its starting point, the portrait of Sir Richard Newdigate painted by Arthur Devis.

About the speaker:

Steve Hindle (photograph)
Steve Hindle (photograph from The Huntington)

Steve Hindle is W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at the Huntington Library, where his responsibilities include co-ordination of the fellowship program, design of the schedule of lectures and conferences, and oversight of the Publications Department.

He is by training a social and economic historian of early modern England, and he previously worked at the University of Warwick, where he was successively Director of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, Deputy-Chair and Chair of the History Department. He was born and educated in Warrington (Lancashire) in the north-west of England, and received his first degree in History from Fitzwilliam College Cambridge in 1986. He subsequently studied for an MA in History and Political Science at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, before returning to work on his Cambridge PhD, completed in 1992. He was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Girton College Cambridge in 1991 and was appointed as one of the first Warwick Research Fellows in the Department of History at Warwick in 1995, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2001, and Professor in 2004.

Between 1999 and 2004, he acted as annual reviewer of periodical literature for the Economic History Review, and subsequently became Junior Editor of that journal in 2007 and Managing Editor in 2009. He currently sits on the editorial boards not only of the Review, but also of the journals Rural History, the Journal of Historical Sociology, Histoire Sociale/Social History and the Huntington Library Quarterly. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; and has served on the Executive Committee of the Economic History Society; the British Academy Publications Committee for Records of Social and Economic History; and the Councils of the Dugdale Society and the North American Conference on British Studies.

His first book, The State and Social Change in Early Modern England (Palgrave, 2000) was an attempt to explore the scale of popular participation in the process of governing rural England in the period c.1550-1640. Its concluding chapter, focusing on the governance of the rural parish, led him to an analysis not only of the social status and political attitudes of office-holders in rural communities, but also to an investigation of the politics of the poor rate. He subsequently researched and published a number of case studies of the patterns of local social relations in a wide range of English communities, including analyses not only of the loops of association which bound together subordinate groups but also of the allocation of entitlement under the Elizabethan poor laws. His second monograph, entitled On the Parish?: The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England, c.1550-1750, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004 (re-issued in paperback, 2009). He is also co-editor of The Experience of Authority in Early Modern England (Macmillan, 1996); and of the festschrift for Keith Wrightson entitled Remaking English Society: Social Relations and Social Change in Early Modern England (Boydell, 2013). Since 2004 he has completed the research for his next project, a monographic study provisionally entitled ‘The Social Topography of a Rural Community: The Warwickshire Parish of Chilvers Coton, c.1600-1730’, for which he was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship in 2010. The first fruits of this research appeared in 2011 with a study of domestic service at Arbury Hall during the period 1670-1710; and in 2013 with an analysis of the recruitment and remuneration of agricultural labor in the parish.

Additional information can be found in his profile on The Huntington website.

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18 March, 2016
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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