May 12, 2011

Upcoming Events in History

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The History Subject Centre is pleased to announce a number of upcoming events within the history community:

Teaching the Green Humanities?
25th May 2011
University of London, Senate House, London, WC1E 7HU

This free conference is about the relationship between teaching the arts and humanities in HE and student learning about environmental and social issues. It will debate the extent to which the pedagogy of the humanities is inherently ‘green’ and should be concerned with engaging its students in environmental and social issues. It will also create opportunities to share current practices in addressing these issues in (and outside) the classroom and demonstrate how pedagogical innovation in the arts and humanities might contribute to environmental and social awareness.

Various factors are encouraging us to consider the connection between the arts and humanities and contemporary local, national and global problems. The new HEFCE working definition of Education for Sustainable Development sees it as activity where there is 'a significant element related to either or both of the natural environment and natural resources, PLUS a significant element related to either or both of economic or social issues’. The impact agenda is pushing the humanities to demonstrate its connections to people and places beyond the university, and a recent survey by the NUS* has found that most students expect skills in sustainable development to be important for employment. Looking beyond HE, the National Trust has recently launched a campaign ‘Outdoor Nation’ driven by a concern that we undervalue the physical and spiritual refreshment to be gained from the ‘outdoors’ and people need to be encouraged to re-connect with outdoor spaces.

For further information and to register please visit

Interdisciplinarity: Methods and Frameworks for Teaching the Nineteenth Century
MIVSS Friday 24th June 2011, Birmingham City University
School of Art, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX

2.00 Rosemary Mitchell, Associate Principal Lecturer in History at Leeds Trinity and Director of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, ''A treasure hidden in a field'?: The Interdisciplinary Teaching of Victorian Studies'

2.45 Jane Hamlett, Lecturer in Modern British History, Royal Holloway, University of London, 'Using Photography in Teaching History'

3.15 Coffee

3.45 Anthony Howe, Senior Lecturer, School of English, Birmingham City University, ‘Teaching G. M. Hopkins’

4.15 Discussion (led by Philippa Bennet) on teaching the Victorians

4.45 Plans for future events

5.00 Close.  Those who wish to continue the discussions might like to join us in The Old Joint Stock pub (opposite St Philip’s Cathedral).

Details of the venue, which is in Birmingham city centre, and directions can be found here:

The event is free, but please register by emailing Serena Trowbridge ( before 1 June 2011.

There are a small number of travel bursaries of approx. £20 for postgraduate students attending the event, provided by funding from the British Association for Victorian Studies. These will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and priority is given to postgraduates who are already on our membership list. If you want to apply for this, please contact Kate Hill ( stating your name, affiliation, and how much your travel costs will be.

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