The Institute of Historical Research is getting out of London, and on the road!

In the second of our series of IHR@ events, the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the John Rylands Research Institute (JRRI) at the University of Manchester are hosting a special half-day workshop for PhD researchers/ECRs, and for History Librarians/History-related library staff. 

PART 1 – Afternoon Workshop for PhD / Early Career Researchers and for History Librarians
Booking required via the Book now link below

Afternoon Workshop Schedule: 
12:00pm - Arrival and welcome 
12:15pm – How the IHR and JRRI can help PhDs/ECRs with your research 
12:45pm - Lunch
1:30pm – Research speed-dating: meet fellow History researchers and History librarians
2:30pm - Break
2:45pm Strand One: ‘What do History Librarians Want?’ (facilitated by IHR and JRRI library staff)
2:45pmStrand Two: ‘Getting Published: a guide for PhD researchers and ECRs’ (with IHR Publishing staff, University of Manchester historians, and MUP editors)
4:15pm – Break before evening session / Tour of John Rylands Library’s Peterloo exhibition

We invite PhD candidates, Early Career Historians and History Librarians from across the north-west England to a career development workshop, networking event and academic panel event, held at the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester. 

Academic staff from the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and John Rylands Research Institute (JRRI) will be in attendance throughout the day to discuss fellowships and other research opportunities available via the IHR and JRRI. Senior, mid-career and emerging historians from Manchester’s History department will also be in attendance, along with historians from neighbouring universities. 

Special afternoon sessions will consider (for History Librarians and History-related library staff): ‘What do History Librarians Want?’ and (for PhDs/ECRs): ‘Getting Published’ -- covering topics such as approaching publishers, working with editors, and Open Access. Special sessions will be led by IHR and JRRI librarians, publishers and academics, along with guest speakers.

Attendance at the Workshop is free for both PhDs/ECRs and History Librarians.

PART 2 – Panel discussion: ‘Truth, Lies and History:being a historian in an age of fake news'

Venue: Historic Reading Room, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

What are the opportunities and challenges facing historians in an age of fake news? How do we handle social media? What do multiple truths mean for historical objectivity? Does fake news have its own history? Have we been here before?

Join Professor Jo Fox, director of the Institute of Historical Research, for a discussion of this topical and important subject.
Jo will be joined by the historians Professor Sarah Knott (Indiana University), Dr Charlotte Faucher (British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at Manchester), and Dr James Crossland (Liverpool John Moores). The panel will be chaired by Professor Hannah Barker (Manchester and director of the John Rylands Research Institute).

The panel is the closing event of IHR@Manchester: a day workshop for ECR historians and history librarians, jointly organised by the IHR and John Rylands Research Institute. In the spirit of the day’s workshop, ‘Truth lies and history’ will engage with audience members on historians’ approaches to truths and falsehoods.

The event is free and all are welcome. It will be followed by a drinks reception (6.15-7.15pm) at the John Rylands Library.

About the panellists:

Hannah Barker is Professor of British History at the University of Manchester, and director of the John Rylands Research Institute. She is a historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, with a focus on industrial and business history.

Jo Fox is director of the IHR and Professor of Modern History at the University of London. She is a specialist in histories of rumour, propaganda and fake news. Her latest book, Propaganda and Conflict: War, Media and Shaping the Twentieth Century, was published by Bloomsbury in May 2019.

Sarah Knott is Associate Professor in History at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Visiting Professor at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University (2019-20). A historian of gender identities and of the revolutionary era, Sarah’s latest book, Mother. An Unconventional History, was published by penguin in March 2019.

Charlotte Faucher is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Manchester. She is a historian of cultural propaganda in mid- twentieth-century Europe, specialising in the history of wartime France.

James Crossland is Senior Lecturer in International History at Liverpool John Moores University. His research interests include strategic propaganda and pre-1945 intelligence history.  Among his recent publications is 'Fake News is Old News', History Today (2018), and War, Law and Humanity: the Campaign to Control Warfare, 1853-1914 (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Evening Schedule:
4:45pm - Panel discussion: ‘Truth, Lies and History’, with Professor Jo Fox (Director, IHR) and other speakers to be confirmed
6:15pm - Concluding drinks reception for all attendees
7:00pm - Close of IHR@Manchester event