Fully-funded PhD scholarship (Swansea, UK and Grenoble, France)


The field of memory studies is relatively young and has been rapidly growing since the early 2000s, but significant unresolved questions remain. In particular, the interdisciplinary ideal at the core of the field remains largely unrealized: and nowhere is this gap more pronounced than between the humanities scholars who study memory at the collective level, and the psychologists who focus on memory in the individual. This lack of a real interdisciplinary dialogue between those who analyse the nature and function of collective memory, and those who study the process of memory in the individual mind, marks a missed opportunity for the field as a whole to unpick just how individual and collective memory work together.

This doctoral project is a rare opportunity for a student to work with leading teams both in Britain (Swansea University) and in France (Université Grenoble Alpes). The project will draw on case studies from the local and regional histories of these respective regions (South Wales and the Val d’Isère), regions that share a modern history of disasters in the natural environment linked to industrialization. It will explore how coping with the after-effects of such disasters is an important component of local and regional memory cultures. In particular, landslides, colliery waste tip slides, avalanches caused by industrial processes, and similar disaster events have marked the modern history of both South Wales and Isère, and bear striking similarities – witness, for example, the 1966 Aberfan disaster, in which 116 children were killed when a colliery waste tip slid onto a school, and the 1970 Plateau d’Assy disaster, in which 56 children were killed when an avalanche buried a sanatorium. The processes of memory linked to these sorts of disasters have been largely neglected by historians and psychologists alike, even though they have had profound and traumatic effects on individuals, families, communities, and our respective regions as a whole. They make for elegant comparative case studies, and excellent vehicles for digging into the central question of how memory in the individual and memory in the community are linked.

The successful student will be supervised both by historians (Dr. Rebecca Clifford, Swansea; Professor Anne-Marie Granet Abisset, Grenoble; Professor Martin Johnes, Swansea;) and psychologists (Dr. Céline Souchay, Grenoble; Dr. Jeremy Tree, Swansea). The student will spend half of their time in Grenoble and half in Swansea. As oral history will be a key methodology for this project, the team hopes to recruit a strong candidate who either has previous experience with oral history, or a proven desire to learn oral history theory and method.

Post Location: Swansea (UK) and Grenoble (France)
Post Duration: 36 months
Post Hours: full time 
Full fees plus an annual stipend of £14,777 per anum 

Application Closing Date: 14 June 2018

Fore more information please see: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/history-psychology-joint-phd-remembering-disasters.php

Oral History Co-ordinator, Canari Project (Blackwood, Caerphilly)


Volunteer Duties

– Are you looking for a heritage project to develop your creative audio skills?

– Are you interested in gaining experience in co-ordinating the work of volunteers?

– Are you passionate about creating platforms for unheard voices and perspectives?

The Canari Project is looking for an Oral History Co-ordinator interested in organising a team to gather oral histories, working with our disabled participants and volunteers to record contributions from ex-miners and others across the Caerphilly valley and surrounding boroughs.

The role includes organising volunteers, contacting contributors, arranging and recording interviews and cataloguing audio (editing and crafting sound-pieces can be incorporated in the role too if you are interested). Training and support will be provided. We’re a small team and all work together, aiming to maximise the positive outcomes for all our participants.

Who we are

The Canari project is an exciting community history venture that is looking at the history of disability in local heavy industries from 1850 to the present day. Most importantly, the project aims to use the insight of our volunteers and participants in their own experiences of disability to see how the challenges have shaped and changed our community. We are a Heritage Lottery Funded project run by the charity Disability Can Do.

You will be helping to support a team of disabled people who are working with archives and local heritage centres to uncover the experiences of disabled people in industry. We are doing this by gathering archived documents and photographs, traditional songs, poetry and personal stories. These personal stories – oral histories – are a vital element. Our participants will have the chance to use the material gathered in creative workshops to produce digital stories to present their findings. The finished results will be shared through a pop-up exhibition, school presentations, on-line digital stories and at community events.

Our participants have received basic training in gathering oral histories from People’s Collection Wales, Our links with ex-miner groups, Swansea University, and other contacts mean we are building a list of contributors to interview. All we need now is a dedicated volunteer to assist in co-ordinating the process of setting up and managing an exciting schedule of recordings!

The Role on Offer

The main focus for this role will be running the oral history project by co-ordinating our volunteers, contacting contributors and organising recording sessions. We can offer training and advice on oral history, provided by People’s Collection Wales, as well as support and training in working with volunteers. This role offers a real opportunity to take part in an important project uncovering an overlooked past.


– You should have a lively interest in people and enjoy helping groups to work together.

– You need an interest in history and particularly oral history, storytelling and narrative.

– No formal qualifications are required and this opportunity is open to all experience levels, (though any previous audio recording and/or editing skills would be much appreciated).

– You will need to have a suitable grasp of English language. Welsh language skills are always an asset however most interviews will be conducted in English.

Time Commitment

Minimum 7 hours per week. This can be a mixture of in the office/at home or on visits. This role will extend through the summer period until September. The role is offered on an unpaid voluntary basis.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming involved, get in touch by telephoning Disability Can Do on 01495 233555 or email Eleanor.Hill@disabilitycando.org.uk    

Write a covering email explaining your previous experience and why you’re interested in working with us (you can send a CV if you like) but please feel free to ring up for a chat first. It would be very useful if you could tell us the days and times you are generally available.

Out of pocket expenses that can be paid

Lunch and travel expenses will be paid for off-site visits. Subsistence up to £5 a day can be claimed back as well as expenses for travel to the office.

Training offered

This opportunity will involve:

– Training in oral history techniques, methods, ethics

– Training in logging and cataloguing recordings

– Developing your historical research and media production skills



Oral History Researcher (London)


CW+ are delighted to be working with the Heritage Lottery Fund to uncover the history behind Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Throughout 2018-19 we will be delving into our archives, gathering stories from our communities, and celebrating a number of anniversaries. We are looking for an experienced oral historian and researcher to work with our volunteer heritage committee to help develop and deliver our project.

The Oral History Researcher role is part time at 1 day per week starting in June 2018 to December 2018. Working days are flexible.

Please download the full role description from https://www.cwplus.org.uk/about-us/work-with-us/

To apply, send a CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability for the role to Grace Saull, Art and Design officer, on arts@cwplus.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is 28th May 2018.

Interviews will be held w/c 4th June.

Post Location: London SW10
Post duration and hours: 1 day per week – June 2018 to December 2018
Post Hours: 8 per week
Salary:£150 per day

Call for papers. The First World War in Italy and Beyond. History, Legacy and Memory (1918–2018). (London)


Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy 

30 November – 1 December 2018

Italian Institute of Culture, London

Call for papers and panels

The conference will explore the history, legacy and memory of the First World War in Italy from 1918 to 2018. As the War was one of the formative experiences of the modern Italian nation, the aim is to place the conflict in a longer chronological perspective and to highlight its lasting impact from a range of viewpoints. Drawing on recent innovations in the historiography, the conference will shift focus away from the battlefields towards hitherto neglected areas of study, including the experience of civilians and everyday life, the transition from war to peace, and the post-war climate and reconstruction. It will shed light on how the memory of WWI shaped Italy’s national identity and served political ends during the Fascist period and after the Second World War. The intention is also to escape the confines of national historiography by placing Italy in comparative and transnational contexts. Thus, the centenary presents an opportunity to look with fresh eyes at the mark left by the War on the history, politics and society of Italy.

We welcome proposals from scholars working in a variety of disciplines including history, literature, film, politics, anthropology, art, economics, sociology and geography.

Panels might include, but are not limited to:

  • The immediate aftermath of WW1 (1918–1922) and the rise of social conflict, political violence and Fascism
  • The creation of the League of Nations and the emergence of pacifism, humanitarianism and internationalism
  • The experience of veterans in the post-war period
  • New historiographical approaches to the study of Italy and WW1
  • Global, transnational and comparative perspectives
  • Local, regional and national experiences
  • Gender, both femininity and masculinity
  • Family and societal ties
  • Changes to ideas of nationhood, democracy, citizenship and community after WW1
  • The legacy of WWI under Fascism
  • Parallels between the aftermath of WW1 and the aftermath of WW2
  • The material heritage of the War: monuments, memorials and cemeteries
  • Italy’s commemorations of the centenary in national or transnational contexts

The organizers welcome proposals for individual papers and for panels composed of 3 speakers. They reserve the right to break up and re-structure proposed panels.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Prof. Gunda Barth-Scalmani (University of Innsbruck). Author of numerous works on Italian-Austrian relations and the experiences of women during WWI, including Ein Krieg – Zwei Schützengräben, Österreich – Italien und der Erste Weltkrieg in den Dolomiten 1915–1918 (Bozen 2005) and Militärische und zivile Kriegserfahrungen 1914–1918 (Innsbruck, 2010).

Dr. Marco Mondini (University of Padua/Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento). Author of numerous bestselling books on Italy and WW1, including most recently Il Capo. La Grande Guerra del generale Luigi Cadorna (Il Mulino 2017) and La guerra italiana. Partire, raccontare, tornare 1914-18 (Il Mulino 2014). He is a frequent contributor to programmes on Rai Storia, e.g. http://www.raistoria.rai.it/articoli/cadorna-il-capo/32462/default.aspxPlease send an abstract of max. 250 words and a short biography to asmi.conference1918@gmail.com

Abstracts can be in either English or Italian.

The closing date for receipt of abstracts is 1 June 2018

Accepted speakers will be required to join ASMI, which includes subscription to the journal Modern Italy.

Organising Committee: Selena Daly (University College Dublin), Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti (University College London), Hannah Malone (Freie Universität Berlin), Martina Salvante (University of Warwick)

WWII Front line Kent Childhoods (Folkstone, Hythe, Margate, Ramsgate)


Organisation: Pavement Pounders Community Interest Company

Volunteer Duties: We are seeking two young adults aged 18-25 from each of the seaside towns of Folkestone, Hythe (Kent), Margate and Ramsgate to assist with oral history interviews and filming in early 2019 after having attended our training workshops (see Volunteering Training Opportunities box below).

A brief description of the project:
WWII Front-Line Kent Childhoods A Pavement Pounders CIC Project

Life for young people in Kent seaside towns under fire, during WWII. The towns chosen are Folkestone, Hythe, Margate and Ramsgate. Prompted by being sent unsolicited audio files made by locals about childhood encounters with V1 rockets in Folkestone when the current TV news was full of reports of the suffering of children in Syria. The accounts we were sent highlighted the contrast between the towns’ pre- and post-war role as holiday destinations welcoming visitors with their wartime role as restricted areas repelling attack. With the help of local young people we shall gather the memories of those who lived their childhood years in these seaside towns during WWII experiencing the attacks from across the channel. We are a community interest company based in Folkestone on the Kent coast. We devise and manage heritage and arts projects.

This project is supported by Kent County Council and the Big Lottery

Training Opportunities: We offer young adults aged 18-25 two training workshops which shall be held in Folkestone and or Ramsgate depending on take up. One on oral history interviewing techniques, the other on using video for heritage projects. The workshops will take place between September and December 2018.

Expenses: We shall pay reasonable pre-agreed travel expenses.

Closing Date of Project: May 2019

Postdoctoral Researcher – Oral History of Birkbeck


Purpose and Main Duties

As a Postdoctoral Researcher, you will be responsible for the oral history component of the College’s history. You will undertake oral histories from people (staff and students) who have been involved with Birkbeck over the past 80 years. You will create a permanent archive of these histories and will upload components into a specially designed website. You will also provide training in oral history (using Birkbeck as the focus) for the new MA in Public History. In this way, the students in this MA will also be generating content for the History of Birkbeck.

Candidate Requirements

Qualifications: PhD in History; experience in conducting oral history interviews; experience in web-creation.

Outputs (1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019): Create a permanent oral history archive including c.200 interviews and transcripts; contributions to the bicentenary website; an article in a popular magazine such as BBC History Magazine or History Today; two classes providing oral history training to students in the MA in Public History, including supervising a practical component in that programme which will involve interviewing, transcribing, lodging, and preserving interviews with people who have been involved with Birkbeck.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and fixed term for 12 months. The salary quoted below is on the College’s London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area.

Post URL: http://jobs.bbk.ac.uk/fe/tpl_birkbeckcollege01.asp?s=4A515F4E5A565B1A&jobid=66904,2354124823&key=119842185&c=54716560232356&pagestamp=sezxwhxkssrtunorvf

Contact email, Professor Joanna Bourke: j.bourke@bbk.ac.uk

Please do not attempt to contact Professor Bourke via telephone. Email is best.

Post Location: Birkbeck, University of London, WC1E 7HXPost Duration: 12 months

Salary:£37,169 per annum.£per anum pro rata

Application Closing Date: 28 May 2018

Rainbow Pilgrims – Preparing LGBTQI collections for deposit (London)


Archive Skills – Preparing LGBTQI collections for deposit – looking for volunteers – Training provided!

Organisation: Rainbow Pilgrims: The Rites and Passages of LGBTQI Migrants in the UK Project
Address: The Montagu Centre, 21 Maple St, London, W1T 4BE

Webpage: https://www.rainbowpilgrims.com/event/archiveskills/

Volunteer Duties: You will be expected to hone your (new) skills and help with Rainbow Pilgrims archival work (eg cataloguing, preparing collection for deposit); minimum amount of volunteering hours 1.5/week for 4-8 weeks from 14 May 2018 onwards at the LMA and other London (office at W1T 4BE) or PC-home based locations. You may be invited to work also on finalising the deposit of our other two collections Rainbow Jews and Twilight People, as the collections are connected.

This is a fantastic hands-on skills exchange opportunity, and a great opportunity to network and gain skills from senior archivists and be part of a landmark oral history project.

Location: The London Metropolitan Archives

Training Opportunities: Free Training/Induction for volunteers will be provided on 12 May 2018, 11-4pm, at the London Metropolitan Archives.

Training content: introduction to archives & exploring LGBTQ records to gain a general understanding of archives and their importance to learn about record types normally encountered through original examples, to gain an understanding of potential issues concerning use of original documents and recordings including ownership and copyright, to gain knowledge of key fundamental archival principles and ethics, to know how to advise private individuals if they have records and want to know more about how to care for them, to learn about how to care for and organise your collections.

Expenses: Reasonable travel expenses

Lunch packs (full day £10)

Archive materials expenses reimbursed

Closing Date of Project: 30 June 2018

Resorting to the Coast (Clacton-on-Sea/National)

Resorting to the Coast is a wonderful Heritage Lottery Funded project to promote the colourful seaside resorts of the Tendring coast in Essex.

We are seeking tenacious and proactive volunteers for two styles of roles which play a crucial and valuable part in making our oral history interviews accessible to the wider public:
– Sound editors
– Typing/producing oral history interview summaries

Ideally you will already have experience in these fields but if you are a fresh beginner – we can provide training if you’ve not done this before and you’ll need to be able to travel to Tendring or London.

About the project:
Resorting to the Coast has several different activities to engage with the public including oral history interviewing, seaside entertainments, a school programme, a travelling exhibition of coastal curiosities, two conferences, heritage walking trails, an online compendium of Tendring’s seaside heritage plus more!

Tendring’s coastal resorts played a key role in the establishment of the nostalgic ‘British Seaside Holiday’ since they became popular in the late Victorian era.

Location of position: Home based with own laptop/PC
Training Opportunities: We can provide technical training for editing oral history recordings and guidance on how to produce interview summaries.
Expenses: We can reimburse reasonable travel expenses if required and out of pocket expenses incurred by volunteers for attending training sessions.

Further information for Resorting to the Coast and details of how to apply to volunteer can be found here:  https://www.tendringcoastalheritage.org.uk/

Closing Date of Project: 31st July 2019

For more information, please contact Juliana Vandegrift:  juliana.vandegrift@essex.gov.uk

Organisation: Essex County Council, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE 

​Twitter handle is @RTTC and #ResortingtotheCoast

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/resortingtothecoast/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Autoethnography Conference 2018 – Call for papers


Call for Submissions: Reimagining Experience 2018 – the fifth British International Autoethnography Conference, Harbourside Bristol July 23 & 24.

Reimagining experience provides an inter/cross disciplinary platform to explore different ways we come to know, understand, collaborate and communicate autoethnographic research.

For more information and to submit a proposal/abstract, please see: Flier 2nd Call 2018 British Autoethnography Conference

Or this link:  http://boomerang-project.org.uk/auto-ethnography-conference-abstract-submission


“The ‘Discovery’ of India in the long 1960s”: A Study of Transnational Youth Cultures in Western Europe, the United States and India


Taking up the historico-cultural thesis of value change and the “life-style revolution” in the long 1960s, this research project will explore the cultural effects of travel and temporary migration to India among the youth of the 1960s and 1970s and its effects on popular culture (i.e. music, nutrition styles, body cultures, alternative tourism, fashion, the transformation of religion in everyday life).

The project links the history of transnational youth culture, oral history, and research on self-narratives and relates them to autobiographical memory and the impact of traveling and migration on youth cultures. It is intended to contribute to the cultural history of the 1960s and 1970s, the history of tourism and migration, and the transformation of religion in contemporary history.

Did you travel to India in the 1960s and 1970s?

The project is seeking witnesses in the UK who traveled to India in the 1960s and 1970s who are willing to take part in an oral history interview. The interviews usually take 30-45 minutes. Skype and FaceTime interviews are possible but I will also be traveling in the UK in June/July 2018 and could meet interviewees in person. If you are willing to share your experience, know of someone who might be interested in talking to me, or would like more information, please contact me at: isabel.richter@berkeley.edu

Isabel Richter
DAAD Professor
University of California Berkeley
Department of History
3229 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720



‘Hidden Histories’: The Beaford Archive


The Beaford Archive is a photographic record of people and community in rural north Devon containing more than 80,000 images covering the 120-year period 1870 to 1990.  According to the Royal Photographic Society, it is “…a unique body of work, unparalleled, at least in this country, for its scale and quality”.  However, few of these images are currently accessible to the public.

Hidden Histories is a three-year project and will include:
•        Digitising, cataloguing, archiving and publishing to the web approximately 10,000 existing 35mm black and white negatives from the James Ravilious and Roger Deakins Beaford Archives
•        Production of a new fully searchable website to provide a showcase for existing digitised work, newly digitised images and audio, and new work as it is produced
•        A programme of oral history, learning and community activity which will create new work and engage people in learning and education

Duration 14 (months)
Documentary photographs by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive © Beaford Arts

Reflections on the project:
The oral history strand of the ‘Hidden Histories’ project links oral testimony to selected photographs of James Ravilious with the intention of describing life in rural North Devon between the 1970s and the late 1980s. Research participants are people photographed by Ravilious, and other key figures in the life of North Devon rural communities during these years. The oral history interviews have been conducted by a range of interested parties, including people from the communities featured in the photographs.

The oral history phase of the project will finish in May 2019 with an exhibition of Ravilious’ photographs linked to selections from the oral history interviews.

The recordings and transcripts will be stored at the Beaford Archive.

Contact details
Crown Yealm House, Pathfields Business Park,
South Molton, Devon
EX36 3LH

South Molton EX36 3LH
Email: malcolm@beaford-arts.com