Programme for the History Lab Conference, 12-13 June 2013 year’s theme is ‘Institutions’, and the History Lab Conference will be hosting papers on a wide variety of institutions, ranging from medieval nunneries to twentieth-century prisons. It will also feature keynote papers from Professor David D’Avray (UCL), Professor Simon Dixon (UCL) and Professor Naomi Tadmor (Lancaster).

Registration costs £15 to be paid in cash upon arrival on the day. This covers lunch, tea and coffee and the wine reception. To register, please send your answers to the following to

(i) Your name.
(ii) Your affiliation.
(iii) Any dietary requirements you may have (for lunch).

Deadline for registration is 7 June 2013. Spaces are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

INSTITUTIONS: IHR History Lab Annual Conference 2013

Institute of Historical Research, London

12-13 June 2013

Wednesday 12 June

10.00: Registration [Macmillan Hall]

11.00-11.10 Opening Address [Macmillan Hall]
Professor Miles Taylor FRHS (Director, Institute of Historical Research)

11.10-12.30: Key-note Panel [Macmillan Hall]
Chair: Sally Osborn (University of Roehampton [UK])

  • Professor David d’Avray FBA (University College London)
  • Professor Simon Dixon (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies)
  • Professor Naomi Tadmor (University of Lancaster)

12.30-13.30: Lunch [Macmillan Hall]

13.30-15.00: Parallel Panel Session 1: Institutions and Enforcement

Session 1A, MacMillan Hall: Institutionalising the Mind and Body
Chair: Stef Eastoe (Birkbeck College, London [UK])

  • Lynsey Shaw (University of Oxford [UK]): ‘LMF’:  Disciplining the Mind in the Royal Air Force During the Second World War
  • Alice Mauger (University College Dublin [Ireland]): ‘Beyond the Lunatic Poor’: Institutionalising the Non-Pauper Insane in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
  • Janet Weston (Birkbeck College, London): Abundant material for study’: medical research into sexual deviance at HMP Wormwood Scrubs, 1934-c.1950

Session 1B, Gordon Room [G34]: Law, Reform and Institutions in Nineteenth Century Russia
Chair: Mara Sankey (University College London [UK])

  • Georgios Regkoukos (King’s College London [UK]): Judicial institutions and the concept of Rechtstaat in a nineteenth-century traditional society: The Peace Courts of Late Imperial Russia (1866-1881)
  • Julia Leikin (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies [UK]): Institutionalising Prize Law in Imperial Russia
  • Bartley Rock (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies [UK]): Institutions, Civil Society and Crisis: Regulating Private Charity in Tambov Province in the 1891-92 Famine

Session 1C, Bloomsbury Room [G35]: Crime, Punishment and Rehabilitation
Chair: Claire Trenery (Royal Holloway, University of London [UK])

  • Thora Hands (University of Strathclyde [UK]): Treating The Mad, The Bad and The Drunk: Medical Institutional ‘Solutions’ to the Problems of Inebriety in Scotland c. 1879-1898
  • Ben Bethell (Birkbeck College, London [UK]): The ‘Star class’: first offenders in English convict prisons, 1879-1895
  • Rob Waters (Queen Mary, London [UK]): Pigs: Redefining the English Bobby

15.00-15.30: Tea & Coffee

15.30-17.00: Parallel Panel Session 2: Institutions and Representation

Session 2A, Macmillan Hall: Lobbying and Trade Unions
Chair: Janet Weston (Birkbeck College, London [UK])

  • Martin Hanks (Bangor University [UK]): “Can I help you?” Douglas Houghton’s tenure as general Secretary of the Association of Officers of Taxes
  • Jonathan Moss (University of Glasgow [UK]): “Are you off your head? When are you gonna be in the house when you’re always down at that picket line?” The experience of female trade unionists in Britain during the 1970s

Session 2B, Gordon Room [G34]: Accountability and Representation in Nineteenth Century Britain
Chair: Bartley Rock (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies [UK])

  • Martin Spychal (Institute for Historical Research [UK]): Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? The Times, accountability, and the Metropolitan Police 1829 – 1839
  • Amy Kavanagh (King’s College London [UK]): ‘Disqualified for employment of trust and confidence’: corruption and debt in the Indian Civil Service 1830-1875
  • Naomi Lloyd-Jones (King’s College London [UK]): Deconstructing Westminster: The crisis of British parliamentary institutions in the 1880s and 1890s

Session 2C, Bloomsbury Room [G35]: Local Institutions and Community Building
Chair: Gillian Williamson (Birkbeck College, London [UK])

  • Francis Boorman (Institute for Historical Research [UK]): Fragmentation or cohesion? Local political institutions in Chancery Lane, c.1760-1815
  • Matthew Kerry (University of Sheffield [UK]): Building the Spanish Second Republic: Miners, Mobilisation and the Municipality
  • Peter Hampson (University of Central Lancashire [UK]): Industrial shares in mid-nineteenth century Lancashire

18.00: Wine Reception [Room S349]

19.30: Dinner for Conference Speakers
Pizza Express, 99 High Holborn, City of London, WC1V 6LF

Thursday 13 June

09.00: Registration [Macmillan Hall]

09.45-11.15: Parallel Session 3: Religious Institutions

Session 3A, Macmillan Hall: Religious Institutions in the Medieval and Early Modern Period
Chair: Sally Osborn (University of Roehampton [UK])

  • Laura Wood (Royal Holloway, University of London [UK]): Vowesses and Nunneries, c.1450-c.1540
  • Rachel Basch (Royal Holloway, University of London [UK]): Reviled to Revered: Margaret Parker and the Institution of clerical marriage 1549-1570
  • Derek Hill (Birkbeck College, London [UK]): The Institutionalising of the Medieval Inquisition

Session 3B, Gordon Room [G34]: Religion and Society
Chair: Zoe Thomas (Royal Holloway, University of London [UK])

  • Susan Woodall (Royal Holloway, University of London [UK]): ‘A chaste and pleasing elevation’: the Cambridge Female Refuge and the moral architecture of prostitution reform
  • Anne Holdorph (University of Southampton [UK]): The Chaplaincy and Religion in the Jewish Lads’ Brigade, 1885-1939

Session 3C, Bloomsbury Room [G35]: Political and Social Change, and the Response of Religious Institutions
Chair: Stef Eastoe (Birkbeck College, London [UK])

  • Jakub Stofanik (Charles University in Prague [Czech Republic]): Catholic Church and the Capacity to Adapt to Social Changes in East Central Europe in the First Half of 20th Century.
  • Ralph Stevens (University of Cambridge [UK]): The roots of the established Church’s peculiar position, c. 1689-1720
  • Conor Lewis (University of Missouri [USA]): Saving the Worker’s Soul: Control and Catholic Social Activism in Ireland, 1912 – 1920

11.15-11.30: Tea and Coffee

11.30-13.00: Parallel Session 4: Institutions and the Public Sphere

Session 4A, Macmillan Hall: Politics, Morality and Approaches to Health
Chair: Lynsey Shaw (University of Oxford [UK])

  • Susannah Bailey (University of Central Lancashire [UK]): Saving the Children: a case study of the Band of Hope in the Town of Preston
  • Ian Miller (University College Dublin [Ireland]): Constructing Moral Hospitals: Childhood Health in Irish Reformatories and Industrial Schools, c.1851-1890
  • Linda Magaña (University of Oxford [UK]): Pox, Plague, and Partisanship: The Formation of Public Health Policy and Institutions in Puerto Rico, 1898-1916

Session 4B, Gordon Room [G34]: Protest and Resistance
Chair: Emma Lundin (Birkbeck College, London [UK])

  • Brandon Broll (Birkbeck College, London [UK]): The founding of the Civil Rights League of South Africa in 1948: A liberal reaction to the new Apartheid State
  • Inga Paslavicuite (University of Vienna [Austria]): Letters to Power: Criticism of the Party and State Institutions in the Case of the Petitions to the Central Committee of the Lithuanian Communist Party 1953-1964
  • Laura Bowie (Newcastle University [UK]): The Spatial Dimensions of Protest: Architecture and Student Protest in West Berlin, 1968

Session 4C, Bloomsbury Room [G35]: Gendered Constructions of the Public Sphere
Chair: Zoe Thomas (Royal Holloway, University of London [UK])

  • Cheryl Deedman (Goldsmiths, University of London [UK]): Marriage is the Only Future: Popular Romantic Literature and Young Women’s Imaginations, 1850-1890
  • Gillian Williamson (Birkbeck College, London [UK]): ‘The eighteenth-century Gentleman’s Magazine: a virtual institution’

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.30: Parallel Session 5: Institutions, Empire and International Politics

Session 5A, Macmillan Hall: Political Reform and Structural Change
Chair: Susanne Stoddart (Royal Holloway, University of London [UK])

  • David Green (University of Strathclyde [UK): Czechoslovakia’s Institutional Revolution
  • Emma Lundin (Birkbeck College, London [UK]): The importance of internationalism: women’s path to power within the Swedish Social Democratic Party in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Chris Parkes (London School of Economics [UK]): Institutional Warfare: The State Department during the Administration of Franklin Roosevelt

Session 5B, Gordon Room [G34]: Internationalism and Ideological Expansion
Chair: Bartley Rock (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies [UK])

  • Vladimir Dobrenko (London School of Economics [UK]): Institutions of Peace: The Soviet Peace Council in early Cold War
  • Takaki Nishiyama (University College London [UK]): ‘The Internationalising Empire: The British Imperial Institution and Anglo-Chinese International Relations, 1842-1860’
  • Barbara Warnock (Birkbeck College, London [UK]): The League of Nations and Austrian Financial Reconstruction 1922-1926

Session 5C, Bloomsbury Room [G35]: Coping with the End of Empire: British Institutions in a Post-Colonial Age
Chair: Zoe Thomas (Royal Holloway, University of London [UK])

  • Anna Bocking-Welch (University of York [UK]): Shaking off the Imperial Hangover – The Royal Commonwealth Society at the End of Empire
  • Charlotte Riley (University College London [UK]): ‘That characteristically British institution, the public corporation’: the role of the Overseas Development Corporations in British post-war Colonial Policy
  • Jed Fazakarley (University of Oxford [UK]): “British Multiculturalism: a Local and National Institution”

15.30-15.40: Tea and Coffee

15.40-17.00: Parallel Session 6: Enduring Institutions

Session 6A, Macmillan Hall: Military and the State
Chair: Mara Sankey (University College London [UK])

  • Caitlin Gale (University of Oxford [UK]): “The Many Hats of a Consul: the relationship between British Consuls and the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean, 1792-1815”
  • Ross Mahoney (University of Birmingham [UK]): Understanding Military Institutions: Organisational Culture and Officer Development in the Inter-War Royal Air Force
  • Charles Sorrie (London School of Economics [UK]): The Institution of Press Censorship in France during the Great War

Session 6B, Gordon Room [G34]: Monarchy and Rule
Chair: Stef Eastoe (Birkbeck College, London [UK])

  • Mariana Brockmann (Royal Holloway, University of London [UK]): A Challenge to the Institution: Female Monarchy in Sixteenth Century England and Scotland
  • Teresa Segura-Garcia (University of Cambridge [UK]): ‘The British Empire, princely education and the making of “modern” Indian rulers, c. 1870-80.’
  • Valentina Villa (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart [Italy]): The institution of the Monarchy in the Making of Italy

18.00: History Lab Social
The Queen’s Larder, 1 Queen’s Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3AR

Image courtesy of Rain Rabbit via Flickr Creative Commons

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