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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.

December 02, 2010

Bringing the Outside In Student competition Winners

The History Subject Centre is pleased to announce that there has been a tie for first place for the Bringing the Outside In student essay competition.


Owing to the high quality of the submissions, a collection of all case studies will shortly be published in the eLibrary. In the meantime, our congratulations to all the students who submitted.

June 28, 2010

Bringing the Outside In

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Call for Case Studies and Student Competition

As part of our Education for Sustainable Development programme the History Subject Centre, together with the English Subject Centre and PALATINE, is launching two initiatives to encourage students and lecturers to engage with the environment beyond the classroom.  In order to enrich both academic learning and environmental awareness, we want to motivate staff and students who teach and learn primarily indoors to go out and experience the places which form the context for the subject of study.

So if you are a humanities lecturer who takes students out of the classroom, or a humanities student whose studies have been inspired by a visit somewhere off-campus, please follow the links below.

Call for Case Studies by Teaching Staff

Competition for Students

June 03, 2010

Podcast on the impact of volcanic eruptions in European History

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Dr Jan Oosthoek of the University of Newcastle and a member of Rescue!History has recently produced a podcast about the impact of volcanic eruptions on European history and in particular the consequences in the 14th century crisis.

Rescue!History's new book History at the End of the World was featured in our latest e-bulletin:




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