Category: Working in the Field

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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…

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What is Oral History?

‘Oral history is as old as the first recorded history and as new as the latest digital recorder.’ These are the first words of the ‘Oxford Handbook on Oral History’ which forecasts the transformation of this discipline throughout time. Following conversations with his contemporaries, in 431 BC, Thucydides famously recited...

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A First Foray into the Archives…

It feels as though it’s taken me an absurdly long time to get around to doing any archival research. Not that I’m labouring under that old Rankean delusion that the archive is where true historians are forged – I’m not really a historian by training, and have never learnt enough...