#EmptyShelf 2016 #2: @SuePerkins – Spectacles

I received Sue Perkins Spectacles: A Memoir (Penguin, 2015) for Christmas, and I enjoyed reading it over the course of the last couple of evenings (before term kicks in, and I end up reading seminar-prep books instead!). Right from the off, you could hear gentle giggles as I read my way through this book – as she talked to her family about if they were happy about how they might appear, and the gentle ribbing as Continue Reading →

About @ww2Poster

Extracts from the original page from @ww2poster blog: This blog was designed to complement a website, created in 1997, constructed as an electronic resource to gather data and disseminate the research-in-progress for my PhD: “The Planning, Design and Reception of British Home Front Propaganda Posters of the Second World War.” In 2010, the blog and the website were integrated. My thesis was examined by Lord Asa Briggs and Dr Adrian Smith (University of Southampton) in June Continue Reading →

Cult of personalities @timeshighered

This looks like an interesting article in the Times Higher Education today, re the growth of biography to respectable levels. I’m curious to see who they are biographies of, and what determines someone as a subject worthy of attention: As the social science model of history has been overtaken by events, biography has grown as a serious discipline. This is welcome, says Jonathan Steinberg: after all, people make history (but not in the circumstances of Continue Reading →

Challenges To Biography (AHRC)

Why the network? Clearly academic biographers from different disciplines, freelance biographers, and theorists of biography can and do meet – but too often their engagement with each other is haphazard. A research network can consolidate fragile lines of communication across disciplines, between practitioners and theorists, and between scholars and non-academic writers. How easy to join in? That was incredibly simple to do. I went to ‘comment’, which prompted me to register. Before too long I Continue Reading →