Annual FACE Postgraduate Conference, ‘Identity and Hybridity’, Hull History Centre, Thursday 1st June 2017

All are welcome to the Annual FACE Postgraduate Conference on Thursday 1st June, timetable below! Please email if you wish to attend.

FACE Conference Poster


9am Arrivals with Tea and Coffee

9.20am Welcome – Edd Mair

9.25am PANEL 1 – WHAT IS IDENTITY? Chair: Alice Whiteoak

  • 9.30am Speaker 1 Anthony Okpanachi, “Identity in an Objectivity Based Ethical Context”
  • 9.50am Speaker 2 Silvana Matassini, “Narratology of Identity”
  • 10.10am Q&A

10.20am BREAK

10.30am PANEL 2 – GENDER, SEXUALITY AND HEALTH Chair: Dr Rachel Williams

  • 10.35am Speaker 1 Kath Beal, “Lost Identities”
  • 10.55am Speaker 2 Gordon Tait, “The Poet as Cultural Androgyne: Joseph Skipsey meets Dante Gabriel Rossetti”
  • 11.15am Speaker 3 Darren Woodward, “A Critical Analysis of the Community Experience of Child Sex Offenders”
  • 11.35am Speaker 4 Amee Gill, “Invisible Bodies: Barriers to Gynaecological Health Services Among Queer People”
  • 11.55am Q&A

12.30pm LUNCH


  • 2.05pm Speaker 1 Maaike Zoelman, “The Hunger for Identity Formation”
  • 2.25pm Speaker 2 Sandie Mills, “Animating the ‘Other’: Dolls and Doubles in Henry Selick’s Coraline
  • 2.45pm Speaker 3 Gul Dag, “Fractured Identities and Constructed Beings in William Gibson’s Neuromancer
  • 3.05pm Q&A

3.15pm BREAK

3.30pm PANEL 4 – IDENTITY, PAST AND PRESENT Chair: George Borrinaga

  • 3.35pm Speaker 1 Peter Allen, “To Re-Assess the Evidence for the Continuity of the Indigenous Population of Early Medieval Lincolnshire, AD 400 – AD 650”
  • 3.55pm Speaker 2 Michael Reeve, “Policing D.O.R.A. on the North East Coast: Public Safety, Civil Defence and Social Control During the First World War”
  • 4.15pm Speaker 3 Chris Cook, “Narratives of National Identity: Banal Nationalism, Brexit and the English”
  • 4.35pm Q&A

4.45pm Closing Remarks – Charlotte Garside



Annual FACE Postgraduate Conference – UPDATE!

We’ve been informed that the PG conference clashes with ‘The Modern Researcher’ workshop which is mandatory for first year PhD students.

In light of this we’ve had to change the date to June 1st, and the CFP deadline has been extended to the 10th of May in light of this.

Hope you can all still make it!

(The original post will be amended accordingly).

CFP: Annual FACE Postgraduate Conference “Identity and Hybridity”

Call for Papers for the Annual FACE Postgraduate Conference, “Identity and Hybridity”, Hull History Centre, Thursday 1st June 2017


We are delighted to announce the first annual Postgraduate Conference of the new School of Histories, Cultures and Languages which will take place at Hull History Centre. This year’s conference aims to bring together early career researchers and PhD students within FACE to discuss new concepts of hybrid identities and challenge established theories on social identity and collective memory. Approaches the conference looks to cover are not limited to but include:

  • Identity and Mobility
  • Hybrid Identities
  • Loss and Gaining of Identity
  • Geography of Identity
  • Individual vs. Group Identity
  • Narratology of Identity
  • Gender Identity

Participants are asked to submit proposals for talks (20 min PhD level and 10 min MA level), roundtable discussions, and poster presentations. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should include your name, subject group, year of study, contact details as well as a short introduction about your research interests. PGTS credits can be claimed for participation.

Please submit all abstracts by 10th May 2017. (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE.)

Please let us know if you are attending the conference, in any capacity, via email by 10th May 2017 at

Hope to see you there!

The History Postgraduate Committee Conference Organisers: Charlotte Garside, Edward Mair, Samuel North and Juliane Schlag

Historical Trajectories in Academia and Heritage: A Careers Workshop for PG Researchers in History

The Hull History Postgraduate Committee is delighted to announce the second Careers Workshop for Post-Graduate Researchers in History organised in collaboration with the Careers Service at The University of Hull.

This free one day workshop welcomes all post-graduate students from the History Subject Group, both MA and PhD level, interested in hearing more about how to get ahead in the professional world of History after university.

This workshop shall cover crucial areas to consider in doing a PhD in History and when applying for jobs both inside and outside of Higher Education, including:

  • How to Apply for a PhD
    PhD Life: Final Year and Viva
    Post-Doctoral Research and Management
    Alternative Careers for Historians in Heritage and Higher Education


Please email to book a place or for queries.

Hope to see you there!

Careers Workshop 2017 Poster


09.45: Welcome  

– George Borrinaga, Job Opportunities Representative, History Postgraduate Committee

10.00: Final PhD Year and Post-Doctoral Project Management 

PhD Writing Phase and Post-Viva Reflections  

– Susannah Hopson, PhD Candidate

Balancing Research and Administration in a Post-Doctoral Project  

– Dr Yvonne Inall, Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Project Administrator, Remember Me: The Changing Face of Memorialisation Project

11.00:  Research Pursuits at the Post-Doctoral Level 

Making your research interests fit into collaborative projects  

– Dr Jennifer Aston, Research Associate, Gender, Place and Memory Project

12.00:  Lunch Break (Refreshments will be made available inside the room) 

13.00:  Alternative Careers for Historians 

Working in the Heritage Sector

– Helen Keighley, PhD Candidate/English Heritage

Working in Higher Education Management

– Dr Jacob Zobkiw

14.00:  PhD Applications and Research Consortiums 

CV, Personal Statements, and Cover Letters

– Emily Peach, Careers Adviser, Careers & Employability Service

Academic Coordination and PhD Applications for NECAH

– Dr Martin Wilcox, Lecturer in History and Academic Coordinator, North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities:

15.00: Closing Comments  

– Charlotte Garside, President, History Postgraduate Committee


Our next student seminar is going to focus on PhD applications and hopefully be a way for students to discuss applications, offer any advice, chat about experiences and try and make the process, including interviews, seem less daunting.

This will take place on Thursday 26th January, 4pm, in Larkin Seminar Room 154.

Hope to see you there! All are welcome, including existing PhD students – it’s good to share and pool everybody’s experiences!


Thank you George Borrinaga for making this great poster!

Gender, Place and Memory Research Cluster Seminar Series

The interdisciplinary Gender, Place and Memory Research Cluster have just announced their inaugural seminar series. Five leading academics from across the UK will be visiting Hull to share their research across the medieval, early modern and modern periods from March to June.

This launches on International Women’s Day with Professor James Daybell (Plymouth) discussing gender, power and materiality in early modern England.

All are welcome – the full programme can be found on the excellent Gender, Place and Memory website here:


Lunchtime Club

Happy New Year!

One of the things we want to start this month is a Lunchtime Club – once a month we’re going to all be in the History Postgraduate Office (Larkin 165) between 12pm and 1pm so if any other History postgraduate students are working on campus, everyone is very welcome to join up for lunch and get to see everybody. We’ll change the day each month as well.

The first Lunchtime Club is next Monday, 16th January, at 12pm.

Hope to see you there!

POP UP SEMINAR! “Violence in American History”, Susannah Hopson

History at Hull is holding a pop up seminar on Wednesday 14th December, 1pm, in the Library Teaching Room 1. It will take the form of an assessment of Ned Blackhawk’s award-winning book “Violence Over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West” (Harvard, 2006). Susannah Hopson, PhD Candidate, will offer a reflection on this book in light of her soon-to-be submitted thesis on memory and the history of the Bear River and Sand Creek Massacres.

Blackhawk’s argument can be seen in this lecture: He argued that the basic narratives of American history were faulted, in that they omitted Indian history and the condition of violence; his work reflected positions and arguments that were central to the ‘new’ Indian history of the 1970s and 1980s, and its ‘success’ in academic terms helped to bring these ideas into the mainstream. How can we write the history of violence back into American history? Is there an Indian history that does not involve violence?

All are welcome to attend what promises to be a really interesting seminar.

Student Seminar! “The Lady of the House: Female Collectors in the Eighteenth Century”, Lizzie Rogers

As part of the History seminar series, this Thursday 1st December at 4pm in Larkin Seminar Room 154, Lizzie Rogers will be leading a seminar on “The Lady of the House: Female Collectors in the Eighteenth Century”.


We hope to see as many postgraduate students there as possible! All are welcome.

Many thanks to George Borrinaga for making the seminar series posters!

History of Art Public Lectures 2017


The University’s popular annual History of Art Public Lectures is, in 2017, devoted to the theme of Drawing, to coincide with a major exhibition of drawings, Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now,  being shown in the University Library in January and February.  Some 70 drawings from the British Museum’s outstanding collection are featured and include works by: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Durer, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Rubens, Claude, van Dyck, Daumier, Victor Hugo, Rodin, Degas, Seurat, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Henry Moore.

Tuesday 17 January 2017, 6.00 pm, in the Middleton Hall on the University’s Cottingham Road Campus

Michelangelo drawings: the artist revealed

Hugo Chapman (Keeper of Prints and Drawings, British Museum)

Hugo Chapman is the Simon Sainsbury Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum.  He joined the Museum in 1995 after a decade in the Old Master Drawings Department of Christie’s.  He was curator of the British Museum’s exhibition Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master in 2006 and was co- curator of Italian Renaissance Drawings from Fra Angelico to Leonardo with the Uffizi in 2010.  His lecture will look at how Michelangelo invented on paper, used drawings as a dialogue and a weapon with patrons and friends, and how his drawings changed and did not change over the course of his long career.

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 6.00 pm, in the Allam Lecture Theatre on the University’s Cottingham Road Campus

Drawing Water:  Drawing as a Mechanism for Exploration

Tania Kovats (artist)

Tania Kovats is Director of the MA Drawing course at Wimbledon College of Arts.  She studied at Newcastle and at the Royal College of Art.  She gained some notoriety with her early work Virgin in a Condom but is now concerned with nature, landscape and drawing.  She was visiting Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Oxford University in 2006 and is joint author of The Drawing Book: A Survey of Drawing: the primary means of expression (2005). She will speak about drawing as a practicing artist, linking her comments on the cross-disciplinary nature of drawing to the Lines of Thought exhibition.

Tuesday 7 February 2017, 6.00 pm, in the Allam Lecture Theatre on the University’s Cottingham Road Campus

The Renaissance Revolution in Drawing

John G. Bernasconi (University of Hull)

John Bernasconi is Director of the University of Hull Art Collection and also a specialist in Renaissance Art. He will discuss the developments in the technique and practice of drawing during the Renaissance, particularly focussing on the influential innovations of Leonardo and Raphael and on works in the exhibition Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now.

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 6.00 pm, in the Allam Lecture Theatre on the University’s Cottingham Road Campus

Lines of Thought: Drawing Dissected

Isabel Seligman (British Museum)

Isabel Seligman is the Bridget Riley Art Foundation Exhibition Curator at the British Museum.  She has curated the exhibition Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now, showing at the University and is the author of the book (published by Thames & Hudson) accompanying the exhibition.

Further information: