History seminars at the IHR

Life-Cycles

This thematic seminar series addresses issues relating to the life-cycle including age and ageing, intergenerational relationships, parenthood, rites of passage, childhood and youth. We are captive neither to chronology nor particular country, welcoming instead topics pertaining to any historical era or setting, and interdisciplinary perspectives.  Our seminars offer a friendly and welcoming space for discussion for all, including postgraduates and early career scholars.

Convenors: Dr Mary Clare Martin (University of Greenwich); m.c.h.martin@greenwich.ac.uk,  Dr Tim Reinke-Williams (Northampton), Dr Simon Sleight (King’s College, London), Catherine Rose (Queen Mary, University of London)

Venue:  Peter Marshall Room N204, 2nd floor, IHR, Senate House

Time: Tuesdays, 17.15

We usually go for a drink and a meal afterwards.  ALL WELCOME.

Autumn Term 2015
DateSeminar details
29 September Reshaping the family? Family relationships, the law and social justice in England 1945-2000

Kate Bradley (Kent)

Chair: Mary Clare Martin


13 October Shameful secrets: men's sexual health in the long seventeenth century

Jennifer Evans (Hertfordshire)

Chair: Tim Reinke-Williams
Co-hosted with the History of Sexuality seminar


20 October The child as catalyst for change - free upbringing, free sex and socialism in early 20th century

Camila Paldam (Aarhus)

Chair: TBC
Co-hosted with the History of Sexuality seminar

Venue: Room SH246, 2nd floor, South block, Senate House


27 October Domestic service in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Why would anyone employ a child in their household?

Jenny Dyer (Oxford Brookes)

Chair: Tim Reinke-Williams


10 November Life-stories from the Blue Funnel Line (exact title TBC)

Kitrina Douglas (independent scholar)

Chair: Mary Clare Martin


24 November Thinking with the Bible: Childlessness in Carolingian Europe

Zubin Mistry (Edinburgh)

Chair: Catherine Rose


8 December "Revolting Crime ... Shocking Details!" Introducing children who kill to the histories of childhood and crime

Eleanor Betts (QMUL)

Chair: Simon Sleight


Spring Term 2016
DateSeminar details
19 January I wanted to give a cultural face to older women: Jane Fonda, ageing and the Older Women's League

Rachel Ritchie (Brunel)

Chair: Tim Reinke-Williams

Co-hosted with the Women’s History Seminar


2 February Who was then the "second patriarch"? Gendering the eldest brother in Georgian England

Tul Israngura (Chulalongkorn)

Chair: Tim Reinke-Williams


16 February Title TBC

Chris Millard

Chair: TBC


1 March The archaeology of old age: past and present perspectives

Catriona McKenzie (Exeter)

Chair: Tim Reinke-Williams


15 March Title TBC

Rhian Keyse (Exeter)

Chair: Simon Sleight


Summer Term 2016
DateSeminar details
19 April Love and fratricide: siblings, half-siblings and family dynamics in early modern England

Bernard Capp (Warwick)

Chair: Tim Reinke-Williams


3 May Title TBC

Rebecca Fleming

Chair: Catherine Rose


17 May Grandma always clears up after us: the family experiences of better-off children in post-1870 Britain

Mary Guyatt (QMUL)

Chair: Simon Sleight


31 May Penning their personal narratives: the letters, diaries, logbooks and memoirs of British prisoners of war held in Europe in the Second World War

Clare Makepeace (UCL)


Chair: Mary Clare Martin


14 June Title TBC

Leticia Fontecha (Greenwich)

Chair: Mary Clare Martin