Category: Working in the Field

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The Sources Don’t Exist: What to do When your Primary Research Doesn’t Go to Plan

When I started my PhD in January 2015 I had no illusions that it was going to be straightforward – I knew it would be challenging, stressful and downright frustrating, yet also intellectually stimulating, motivating and, above all, worth it. Many PhD students encounter problems during their research; it’s part...

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Book Review: Michael Brenner’s Israel

Is Israel a state like any other? This is the controversial question that the famous German historian of Jewish history, Michael Brenner, has set out to answer in his latest book Israel. As you would expect, the history of Israel is highly contentious – prone to excessive politicisation, polemical debate...

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Public history: can we capture where the magic happens?

Universities are increasingly held accountable for the research they undertake, justifying the use of public funds. However, it is just as important for individual scholars, such as those in History, to consider the impact of our work. Can we be more creative in reflecting on our own contributions? And can...

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Let’s Talk About Studying, Baby!

Do you find that quite often you’re unable to study for unknown reasons? Always distracted? Struggle to prioritise? Then look no further as History to the Public has heeded your call. As students ourselves we have literally ‘been there, done that’. In fact we’re still there, and we’re still doing...

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HTTP Turns 2: Making HTTP Great Again

Yesterday our blog turned two! If it was a child, it would be asking “Why?” all the time; be able to walk, run, and jump with both feet; and, most importantly, climb furniture (instead, we have Muz for that). Last year, we were still learning how to crawl. As a...

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Using Photos as Historical Sources

My research into the work of the Women’s Timber Corps initiated me into the use of photographs as historical sources. Like many historians, I am in my comfort zone when using texts. Images, in contrast, I feel less sure about. As Holly highlighted in her recent post, historians need to...

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Being Volksdeutsch in Poland: Research Poster

This poster, titled “Being Volksdeutsch in Poland – Volksdeutsch-Polish Children in Upper Silesia in an Age of Extremes”, is a visual outline for my PhD project based at the University of Silesia. This research is part of the H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network CHIBOW – Children Born of War....

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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Perpetration, Complicity and Collaboration: Conference Report

On 21 October 2016, the Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at UCL, with the support of the IAS Octagon Small Grants Fund, organised the one-day workshop on ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Perpetration, Complicity, and Collaboration in Nazi-dominated Europe’. In the past two decades, research into perpetrators, collaborators, and...

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Slippery Historical Sources: Social Media, Holocaust Memory and Instagram

Instagram has approximately 13,400 photos under the hashtag “#holocaustmuseum”. This might seem arbitrary, but most of these images are the subject of my historical research. Professionally, I have labelled myself in several ways – as a public historian, a Holocaust scholar, and as a historian of social media. All of...