Forthcoming events: opportunities to hear Andrew talk about our research project

Two in quick succession! Apparently there are still a few places available at the Gerald Alymer seminar if you get in quickly…

Title: The Gerald Aylmer Seminar
Location: Weston Room in the Maughan Library, KCL (the former Rolls Chapel in the former Public Record Office), Chancery Lane.
Description: The Royal Historical Society and The National Archives run an annual seminar in memory of the late Gerald Aylmer, past President of the Society and Chairman of the Historical Manuscripts Commission. The seminar aims to address subjects of joint interest to historians and the providers of their source materials, focusing on aspects of the relationship between historians and the sources they use. The theme for 2008 will be the sharing of expertise, medieval to modern, with the title “The wisdom of the experts and the wisdom of the crowds”. It will consider the ways in which access to and use of archives can be further enhanced, and historical research promoted, through exploitation of the potential of online and electronic resources and the creation of communities of users and researchers.

Five speakers will address this theme from different perspectives:

Caroline Williams and Ruth Sellman (TNA): ‘The information highway; now a two-way street’
Professor Andrew Prescott (University of Wales, Lampeter): ‘Mash and mix: the challenge of Web 2.0 for historians’
Professor John Beckett, Victoria County History: ‘England’s past for everyone’
Dr Andrew Flinn (School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, UCL): ‘Independent community archives and community generated content. A challenge or an opportunity for archivists and historians?’
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2008-11-20
End Time: 17:15

Title: Launch Symposium for the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories
Location: University of Brighton
Description: The Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories is a collaborative, inter-Faculty and interdisciplinary venture bringing together colleagues with a variety of interests and experience involving research on memory, narrative, and histories. The Centre will provide a locus of disciplinary and interdisciplinary enquiry involving a wide range of approaches in the humanities and social sciences including, inter alia, history, cultural studies, literary studies, sociology, cultural and human geography, visual studies, performance studies, critical theory, psycho-social studies, and narrative theory. This one-day launch symposium invites experienced researchers and practitioners to provide a personal overview of recent trends, current debates, and new trajectories in the main areas of the Centre\’s work. These areas are: Archives and Histories; Creative Writing/Life Writing; Community History; Cultural Memory; Oral History and Life History; Public History.
The aim of the symposium is to act as a catalyst, stimulating discussion amongst a diverse group of researchers across the University of Brighton (and with colleagues from the University of Sussex and wider afield) about developments in and across these linked fields of activity, and encouraging critical reflection on evolving traditions, new directions and future possibilities.

Dr Andrew Flinn (University College London), Archives and their Communities: Collecting Histories, Challenging Heritage
Dr Carrie Hamilton (Roehampton University), Cultural Memory and the Emotions: Exploring the Connections
Dr Margaretta Jolly (University of Sussex), Life Writing and/vs Life History
Glenn Jordan (University of Glamorgan), Black and Asian Community History (title to be confirmed)
Dr Hilda Kean (Ruskin College, Oxford), Peoples and their Pasts: Public History Today
Prof. Dorothy Sheridan (University of Sussex), Archive Fever and Archive Struggles: Tensions in the Creation, Care and Use of Archives with Stories from the Mass Observation Archive
Speaker on oral history (to be confirmed)
Michelene Wandor (writer and Royal Literary Fund Fellow), The voices of Creative Writing, Past and Present

The registration fee is £50 or £20 concessions (postgraduate students/unwaged). The fee includes refreshments of tea and coffee, lunch and a wine reception.
Places are strictly limited so early booking is advised. The deadline for registration is Wednesday 26 November.
For further information or to register to attend please email the Centre Administrator Nicola Clewer:
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2008-12-06
End Time: 18:00

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