If you could time-travel to observe one moment in the history of America, where would you go?
“I’d probably travel back to 9 April, 1939 and stand with the 75,000 people that gathered to see Marian Anderson perform a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. It’s an often overlooked moment in civil rights history, but definitely a very significant one!” Continue reading
In June, Dr Sue Currell, BAAS Chair and Reader in American Literature at the University of Sussex, outlined some invaluable advice for when applying for academic jobs. In today’s post, Sue turns her attention to the interview process. Continue reading
Hannah-Rose Murray explores celebrity encounters in her review of the ‘How to Define Celebrity’ conference, held at the University of Portsmouth. Continue reading
Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
“That’s a long list but I’ll try and give the short version. Terry Pratchett, Mary Shelly and J.R.R Tolkien would make up the literary section; from politics, Hilary Clinton, Lyndon B. Johnson, Harry Barnes Jr. and Salvador Allende.” Continue reading
Following the popularity of Sue Currell’s post on “Academic Job Applications: Do’s and Don’ts”, we thought it would be a good idea to consider what happens when you actually get invited to interview. Next week, we will be publishing Sue’s post on “Academic Job Interviews: Do’s and Don’ts” but today USSO co-editor Ben Offiler writes about his first academic interview experience:
“After deciding that my powder blue wedding tux wasn’t suitable for an interview I bought a new green suit (I know, a bold choice), having my own Pretty Woman moment in the process.” Continue reading
Citing the work of Alan Petigny, and also that of contemporary sexologists such as Alfred Kinsey, editor Eric Schaefer claims that ‘what constituted the sexual revolution was not only a change in manners and morals; that had already been occurring discretely in minds and bedrooms across the nation. It was the fact that sex was no longer a private matter that took place behind closed doors’. (3) Featuring fifteen chapters by sixteen different authors, Sex Scene seeks to argue that ‘what we have come to understand as the sexual revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s was actually a media revolution’. Continue reading
What profession other than academia would you like to attempt?
“Been there, done that. I was a police detective for 25 years in another life. Researching history is a lot like detective work with less danger involved… and no late nights.” Continue reading
In July 2014, the Society for the History of Women in the Americas held its third Postgraduate Writing Workshop in Cambridge. After the dust had settled, Emma Horrex spoke to the organiser, Jon Coburn, about SHAW, the programme, and the importance of postgraduate-led events. Continue reading
Providing a first hand synopsis of the 2014 HOTCUS Postgraduate and Early Career Workshop, Tom Bishop shares the invaluable advice from senior historians on several uncertain areas for postgraduates: they address, amongst other things, applying for jobs in the U.S. and U.K, the advantages of publishing with smaller presses, and how to engage the public with history through digital spaces and museums. Other panels include: surviving the interview process, grant capture and life outside the academy. Continue reading
Over the last few weeks we have published a series of 60 Second interviews with the BAAS Executive Committee. They gave such brilliant answers that we decided to collect their advice for ECRs in one place. Continue reading