Category: Working in the Field

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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...

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Collaboration and Creation: The Research Process

The stories historians tell are never pre-determined, but emerge organically from the research process. While we aim to read and interpret as many primary sources and as much of the secondary literature as possible, there is always the potential that sources are missing, or that our interpretation runs counter to...

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Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis: A UCL Workshop

Earlier this month I attended a history workshop at UCL on memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis. For thirteen precarious days in October 1962 the world was a hair’s breadth away from nuclear war, and subsequent memories of the event have shaped the way in which nuclear issues are discussed...

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Fomenting Political Violence: Phantasy, Language, Media, Action

During an intensive two-day conference, speakers and audience delved into the deep layers of what lies at the heart of political violence. This interactive event was organised by Steffen Krueger (lecturer at the Department of Media and Communication at Oslo University), Karl Figlio (Prof. Emeritus at the Centre for Psychoanalytic...

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‘Could I offer my child a better life?’: Russian-Jewish Immigration to Germany

Career perspectives, social security, a higher standard of living: these are just some of the reasons why around 120,000 Russian Jews left their homeland and migrated to Germany in the 1990s. As explained in the interview with Isaak B. published on HTTP earlier this year, this immigration was the result...

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Belonging and Transgression Conference Presentation

Belonging and Transgressions: History to the Public Tiia, Simon, Holly and Cherish represented the History to the Public team at the UCL ‘Belonging and Transgression’ conference held in London at the end of June. Here we share a summary of key points from our presentation, which looked at the benefits...

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Working in the Radio Archives

50 years ago, radio was people’s main source of entertainment and information. Tuning in was easier than reading the paper and more common than watching TV. Historians today cannot afford to ignore that fact. But radio archives remain a little known and underused resource. What do they have to offer?...

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How do you organise your research?

Are you organising your research efficiently? This question may come up more rarely than not, but it is something all researchers ought to think about actively. Are you organising your source material in the most effective way? Even if you have an amazing filing system (or lackthereof), it is always...