Monday, 5 December 2016

History Research Seminar: David Woolney (UCD), ‘”The Only Thing We Have To Fear is, Fear Itself”: FDR, Donald Trump and the Future of American Progressivism.’ Wednesday 7 December

On Wednesday 7 December we will have our final History research seminar for 2016. We are delighted to be joined by Professor David Woolner, currently the 2016/17 Mary Ball Washington Professor in American History at University College Dublin. Professor Woolner is Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, Senior Fellow of the Centre for Civic Engagement at Bard College, and Associate Professor of History at Marist College. The (extremely timely) title of Professor Woolner’s paper is ‘”The Only Thing We Have To Fear is, Fear Itself”: FDR, Donald Trump and the Future of American Progressivism.’ As usual, the seminar begins at 4.30pm in Lipman 121.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing and a Talk by Joe Hardwick

The play Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing is running until December 3 at the Live Theatre in Quayside. Here is the summary of it from the Live Theatre website:

Tynemouth, 1844. Harriet Martineau, leading radical thinker, feminist and anti-slavery campaigner of her day, seeks refuge from the claustrophobic demands of London society, with her needlepoint and a telescope in an attic room on Front Street. But instead of escape, she finds an unequal world in need of her attention. This is a world of racial intolerance and gender imbalance, of eccentric scientific practices such as mesmerism and phrenology. A world where a negligent husband may die from a pig falling on his head in the street.

Following on from the critically acclaimed 2010 production of A Northern Odyssey ( The Guardian), Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing is the second in Olivier Award-winning writer, Shelagh Stephenson’s trilogy of witty and engaging plays at Live Theatre exploring the contemporary relevance of Tyneside’s political and cultural heritage. The play features music by acclaimed folk band, The Unthanks, re-arranged from songs on their Mount the Air album, and dance inspired by Northumberland traditions, choreographed by Lee Proud (Billy Elliot – the musical) both part of the creative team in A Northern Odyssey.

On Tuesday Northumbria University Senior Lecturer in History Joe Hardwick gave a talk after the performance. Listen to that below.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

History Research Seminar on Wednesday 23 November: Jeremy Boulton, ‘Deconstructing Newcastle’s Maddison Monument: heritage, history and the fortunes of a civic dynasty in early modern Newcastle.’

The History seminar series resumes this Wednesday (23 November) with a paper by Jeremy Boulton of Newcastle University: ‘Deconstructing Newcastle’s Maddison Monument: heritage, history and the fortunes of a civic dynasty in early modern Newcastle.'

The seminar takes place in Lipman 121 at 4.30pm.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

American Studies Research Seminar, Monday 21 November: Seth Fein, "Between Neighborhoods" (Film)

On Monday, as part of the American Studies Research Seminar series, Northumbria will be hosting a documentary screening of Seth Fein’s film “Between Neighborhoods,” followed by Q&A. 

Seth’s film focuses on Queens (New York City) as a transnational hub for people and commerce from the 1964 New York World’s Fair until today. The film explores themes of inter-Americanism and globalization through its focus on the cosmopolitan “innerborough” of Queens

The screening will begin at 5pm in SQ 020A (Cinema Room), which is located next to SASC.

For more information on Fein’s documentary, see:

Monday, 24 October 2016

History Research Seminar on Wednesday 26 October: Andy Burn (Durham)

The next instalment in the History Seminar Series takes place on Wednesday afternoon, when we will be joined by Andy Burn from Durham. Andy will speak to us about a subject with increasing relevance in the twenty-first century – short-term work and unemployment in the North East. His paper is entitled: ‘”A hard and tedious winter”: seasonal work and poverty in seventeenth-century Newcastle’ (see poster attached).

The paper takes place in Lipman 121 at 4.30pm as usual, with drinks and dinner to follow.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Revolutionary Pasts: Representing the Long Nineteenth Century's Radical Heritage

How did activists remember, represent and reassess the revolutionary heritage of the ‘long nineteenth century’? On 4–5 November 2016, our conference on ‘Revolutionary Pasts’ will examine this question. The event is hosted by Northumbria University’s ‘Histories of Activism’ research
group, with support from the Society for the Study of Labour History (SSLH) and Durham University’s Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies. See the programme here.

Attendance of this event is free, but all guests are asked to register by 26 October via this link.

If you have any questions, you can contact the organisers (Daniel Laqua, Charlotte Alston and Laura O’Brien) either directly or via

Monday, 17 October 2016

American Studies Early Career Visiting Scholarship

American Studies at Northumbria University is offering a short Early Career Visiting Scholarship during Semester 2, 2017. This Scholarship forms part of Northumbria’s American Studies program.
Scene from the San Antonio, Texas, Stock Show, 2014.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The successful candidate will have been awarded (within the last 3 years) a PhD in any aspect of American culture, history, or literature, but will not yet hold a permanent full-time academic post. The Visiting Scholar will have a growing research profile and teaching experience and will be able to demonstrate exceptional promise in their chosen field. We welcome applicants with research interests in any aspect of American Studies, but particularly in US politics.

During their 2-day visit, successful applicants will:

 •  Deliver a research presentation to the American Studies Research Seminar.

 •  Lead a workshop on theory or methodology for Northumbria postgraduate students working in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

 •  Participate in at least one formal undergraduate teaching session (lecture or seminar). American-themed modules running in Semester 2 may include: ‘Introduction to American Studies ’, ‘The West in US History and Mythology’, ‘Modernism and Modernity’, and ‘American Gothic’.

 •  Receive a £500 honorarium to cover accommodation and travel expenses.

How To Apply
To apply, please download the online application form and submit to Dr Julie Taylor at

Application Deadline
Deadline for applications is 7 November 2016

General Enquiries 
Informal enquiries are welcome – for further details please contact

Dr Henry Knight Lozano

Dr Julie Taylor