History seminars at the IHR
This seminar will address issues relating to the life-cycle such as age, intergenerational relationships, parenthood, ageing, childhood and youth, from long-chronological and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Convenors: Dr Mary Clare Martin (University of Greenwich); email@example.com, Dr Ofra Koffman (King's College London); firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr Tim Reinke-Williams (Northampton), Dr Simon Sleight (King’s College, London)
Venue: Holden Room 103, Senate House, South Block, 1st floor
Time: Tuesdays, 5.15 pm
We usually go for a drink and a meal afterwards. ALL WELCOME.
The Red Tempts Me: Folk Songs and Sexual Choices in the Landes de Gascogne, 1820-1914
William Pooley (Oxford)
The history of being middle aged: the life-course in sociological perspective
Professor Judith Burnett (University of Greenwich)
When does childhood begin and end? And youth? When did the concept of middle age emerge? Why do modern manners mean that birthdays may be marked at each decennial? The concepts of social life specifically concerned with a concept of time and space hold a special fascination for humanity. We have generated a wide range of social clocks, maps and calendars by which the sea of the temporary allocation of our personal time, lived out in the context of the endlessness of social time, may be navigated in a manner which generally either maintains social order, or allows for recognisable disorder (war, famine, disaster etc). Death as a concept has therefore waxed and waned in its popularity. With ingenuity this has for some cultures and civilisations prompted thoughtful efforts which have extended and worked on the meaning of personal time in the symbolic order, for example by the provision of an afterlife or strategies for the recycling of mind and matter.
Phyllis Mack (Rutgers University, USA)
Please note: this session has been cancelled
History of Childhood and Youth in Ireland: state of the art and the field
Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley (National University of Ireland at Galway)
The history of childhood and youth in Ireland is a burgeoning field. Driven in part by revelations of abuse perpetrated in Ireland’s industrial schools and reformatories, memoirs of survivors have filled a gulf in the historiography and captured the public imagination. Prior to this, a great deal of work was completed by sociologists, journalists and those studying childhood across a range of disciplines. In 2009, a special edition of Éire-Ireland focused specifically on childhood and aimed to bridge what it recognised as an historiographical void. Since then, studies on child welfare, infanticide, adoption and parental rights have emerged and are very welcome, as are interdisciplinary links across institutions and disciplines. 2014 will see the first conference on the history of childhood in Ireland, and previous to this, workshops on youth culture and adolescence have offered new avenues for research. This paper will present an overview of the state of the art in the field – assessing previous work and the current state of history of childhood studies, while also offering new insights into potential avenues and sources for future investigations.
Please note: this session has been cancelled. It is hoped that it may be held in the next academic year.