History and Consultancy, History Lab Plus Workshop, University of Manchester, 16 November 2012, 10.30am-1pm

With the inclusion of ‘impact’ in the upcoming Research Excellence Framework, early-career researchers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of engaging audiences and creating partnerships beyond the academy. Yet, in the scramble to add experience to the CV, we can sometimes lose sight of the more intrinsic benefits of communicating our research ‘in the real world’. In this workshop, a mix of senior and early-career historians will share their experiences of working with a variety of different partners, including governments, think-tanks, charities and the media. We will explore how early-career historians can become involved in consultancy, the benefits and problems of such work, and provide practical tips for networking with professionals and dealing with the media.

Speakers include:

Professor Bertrand Taithe, Professor of Cultural History and Co-Director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. Bertrand has worked with governments and NGOs on humanitarian issues.

Dr Kate Bradley, Lecturer in Social History and Social Policy at the University of Kent. Kate has advised the Cabinet Office on social policy issues and has experience of talking to the media about social history.

Dr Scott Anthony, University of Cambridge, who has done extensive work with the British Film Institute and is co-convenor of the IHR’s Public History seminar.

Dr Stephanie Snow, Senior Research Associate at the Centre of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, who will introduce the new Manchester History and Policy Network.

To register, please e-mail cathfeely@gmail.com with your name and a very brief statement about what you hope to gain from attending the workshop.

http://www.history.ac.uk/historylab/plus/events 

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