SCEMS Online Seminar Series 2020-2021

Choices and Projects For 2020–2021 we’re running an online seminar series based around two themes. Our Choices speakers have been invited to look back on their careers and discuss the choices they have made along the way. The kind of Continue reading SCEMS Online Seminar Series 2020-2021

Online Seminar Series | Intoxicating Spaces Project: ‘What’s Your Poison?’

The Sheffield-based ‘Intoxicating Spaces’ project, funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area), is hosting five free digital talks, open to all, exploring the history of specific intoxicants. Seminars will take place on Wednesdays at 1–2pm BST/GMT between 14 October and 9 December Continue reading Online Seminar Series | Intoxicating Spaces Project: ‘What’s Your Poison?’

Alex Shepard, ‘Childcare, family and economy in early modern Britain’

In November Alex Shepard, Professor of Gender History at the University of Glasgow, came to Sheffield to share her thoughts on her new project, on childcare, family and economy in early modern Britain. This project is in its infancy, but Continue reading Alex Shepard, ‘Childcare, family and economy in early modern Britain’

Reconstructing Archives with Tim Raylor

Tim Raylor with map of Hobbe's Peaks trip

The last of this season’s SCEMS Visiting Speakers was Tim Raylor, Professor of English at Carleton College, Minnesota. A literary scholar who has spent a career developing keen archival skills, our visitor used this occasion to share work-in-progress. Sheffield postgraduate (and Continue reading Reconstructing Archives with Tim Raylor

A masterclass in medical advertising: Emma Spary in Sheffield

Emma Spary mid-lecture, with slide defining "Drugs" in background.

On 20-21 October 2016, SCEMS welcomed Emma Spary, Reader in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge, as part of our Visiting Speaker Series. The visit, co-hosted by the Department of French, provided the occasion for an evening lecture Continue reading A masterclass in medical advertising: Emma Spary in Sheffield

Many Worlds of Eighteenth-Century Britain: Apurba Chatterjee reports from the #EMForum

On 12 May 2016, the Early Modern Discussion Group welcomed two Sheffield-based eighteenth-century researchers with a shared interest in masculinities, Kate Gibson and Lauren Nixon. Session Chair Apurba Chatterjee (a first-year PhD student in History) reports:

Book History at Sheffield (#BookHistShef)

A new Sheffield network for enthusiasts of all things book historical met for the first time last week.  Its aim is to create a space for collaboration and reflection that is both interdisciplinary in nature and transhistorical in reach, building Continue reading Book History at Sheffield (#BookHistShef)

New book: “London Lives: Poverty, Crime and the Making of a Modern City, 1690-1800”

Published this week in print and as an eBook, London Lives has been co-authored by SCEMS’ Bob Shoemaker (Principal Investigator on the Digital Panopticon project) and Sussex’s Tim Hitchcock. Writing on Sheffield’s History Matters blog, Bob explains: “The historical argument Continue reading New book: “London Lives: Poverty, Crime and the Making of a Modern City, 1690-1800”

Visiting Speaker Series: 2015–2016

   The programme for the 2015–2016 Visiting Speaker Series includes scholar and vocalist, Richard Wistreich (Royal College of Music), linguist and historian, Naomi Tadmor (Lancaster University), eminent historian Robert Tittler (Concordia University) and scholar of renaissance rhetoric, Lorna Hutson (St Continue reading Visiting Speaker Series: 2015–2016