Category: Working in the Field

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HTTP Profile: Tiia Sahrakorpi

Over the next few months, we at HTTP are going to showcase our writers in a more human light – after all, most of them are human – interviewing them about their personal lives and their research. Next up is Tiia Sahrakorpi, our blog editor… How did you get into...

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Reading Koselleck: A Guide for Historians

As a student of history, you are often asked (or perhaps even ask yourself) the point of what you are doing. What you study is over – ‘done and dusted’. The protagonists are often dead; the situation unchangeable. What can you achieve? Historians are notoriously bad at predicting the future;...

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Profile of an HTTPer: Muzaffar

Over the next few months, we at HTTP are going to showcase our writers in a more human light – after all, most of them are human – interviewing them about their personal lives and their research. Next up is Muzaffar Bhatti, one of our engagement editors and a contributing...

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Using Multiple Factor Analysis for Historical Research

In humanities research projects, big data is the next big thing. Where I study, at UCL, there is an entire department devoted to digital humanities. I don’t fully understand the relationship between the DH department and the history and German departments – all I know is that I want to experiment with big data methodologies in...

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The World of Academic Conferencing

In May of last year, an article in the New York Times deconstructed the world of academic conferencing in the humanities – these regular, rather intense meetings, in more or less exotic locations, intended to enable academics to discuss their research and network. Highlighting the gap between these noble goals...

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The Communist Table Tennis Conspiracy

On the 8th of November 1932, Major Valentine Vivian, head of MI6’s counter-espionage unit, received a curious message from his subordinates. The reason for the message, his staff noted, ‘will appear to you rather quaint.’ However quaint it may have seemed, it soon became clear that a communist plot was...

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Profile of an HTTPer: Cherish

Over the next few months, we at HTTP are going to showcase our writers in a more human light – after all, most of them are human – interviewing them about their personal lives and their research. Next up is Cherish Watton, one of our contributing authors…   How did...

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Profile of an HTTPer: Simon

Over the next few months, we at HTTP are hoping to start showing our writers in a more human light (after all, most of them are human), with profiles about them and their research. First in the hotseat is Simon, one of our managing editors…