Call for ECR organisers

‘Spaces of Sickness and Wellbeing: Histories of Art, Architecture & Experience’ is one of the new seminar series awarded an online platform at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), London. Central to our ethos is to challenge gatekeeping practices with an openness to non-traditional ways of working. We are therefore issuing this call for a group of early careers researchers to organise our event in early September 2021.

The ‘Spaces of Sickness and Wellbeing’ international seminar series considers past spaces of health and illness in new and interdisciplinary ways, embracing histories of emotions, material culture, art and architecture. You can read more about us here: https://www.history.ac.uk/partnership-seminars/spaces-sickness-and-wellbeing-histories-art-architecture-and-experience. Each of the seminars is currently envisaged as embracing three or four speakers, each recording a five-minute paper in order to kickstart a live conversation about the given theme. However, we are incredibly open to different formats, so long as accessibility and interaction have been fully considered.

The series is aiming to embrace online working to diversify the voices in History in all senses of the phrase – and we want to open the room for participation with interactive questions and comments which can be posed before and during the event. We especially encourage non-tenured and independent researchers to form group submissions. If you would like to get involved and have an idea, but do not yet have a group of people to work with, please tweet using hashtag #SpacesIHR21, so we and others can find you and connect and/or retweet. We will be on hand to mentor organisers at each stage and will offer the technical support needed to run the event.

Interested groups should submit a one-page application by 10 May to r.i.wynter@bham.ac.uk, which should include:

  • The names and affiliations or statuses of members of the organising group
  • A title and one-line description of the event
  • Three or four speakers who have already agreed to present (these can be ECRs or senior, public or community historians, genealogists, archivists, heritage specialists, architects, librarians or academics)
  • The titles and one-line overview of each of the papers.

Queries can be sent to the same address.

Once our team have had a chance to look at the submissions, the selected group will be informed on or before 7 June 2021.