Taking social media seriously in the humanities

Taking social media seriously in the humanities

By Dr Naomi Wells With many social media platforms now entering their second decade, the ‘new media’ label has become increasingly redundant. Nevertheless, at least within the humanities, social media research continues to be treated as a novelty or curiosity, even...
Reflections on a Residency

Reflections on a Residency

By Sue Horth, IHR Practitioner in Residence, 2022 In April 2022 I was given the enormous privilege of joining the Institute of Historical Research as its first practitioner in residence, and for the last four months I’ve experienced joy and renewal as part of the...
High Noon for the Cowboy Historians

High Noon for the Cowboy Historians

By Professor Philip Murphy, Director of History & Policy Intellectually, we are all aware of the pitfalls of using history to guide policy and political strategy. The past doesn’t repeat itself and historians thrive on dispute and debate, making it almost...
Why History Matters

Why History Matters

Professor Claire Langhamer, Director of the IHR History today is challenging, complex, and creative; it is collaborative, energetic and purposeful. In a world that stumbles from crisis to crisis, historical analysis is more critical than ever before. Only by...
New Approaches to the ‘Local’

New Approaches to the ‘Local’

By Professor Catherine Clarke, Director of the IHR’s Centre for the History of People, Place and Community Understanding our places – their past, present and possible futures – has never been more firmly on the political agenda than today. The so-called ‘Place Agenda’...
Experience and the Humanities

Experience and the Humanities

The broad field of arts and humanities still possesses this capacity to take us away from what is known By Professor Ruth Livesey It would be exaggerating to say rereading a novel by Anthony Trollope saved my professional life in summer 2021. But there was a moment of...
Ethical Issues and Experimental Humanities

Ethical Issues and Experimental Humanities

Ethical issues are at the forefront of experimental humanities. By Professor Ophelia Deroy Maja is cruising in a new self-driving car. In the back is her baby son, singing and giggling. An overhead, electric cable has fallen on the side of the road, and the car will...