HCA Doctoral Masterclass: Prof. John Tosh


The third doctoral masterclass of this academic year will take place on Tuesday 16 February, 6pm – 8pm in the Dreyfus room (28 Russell Square, room 2.02):

Professor John Tosh, Professor of History, Roehampton University, will explore the contentious and imprecise theme of public history. Often seen as the preserve of amateurs and popularisers, the talk will explore the ways in which historians can place their research expertise at the disposal of the public, thereby enhancing the quality of public understanding on a wide range of topiocal issues. It would be useful to take a look at the History & Policy website before the session, especially those papers posted by PhD students and early career historians (http://www.historyandpolicy.org/)

Professor Tosh’s publications on public history include Why History Matters (2008). His main research field is British gender history, which he is currently exploring in relation to colonial emigration during the 19th century.


Please send a quick email in advance to Jana Comfort (j.comfort@bbk.ac.uk) to confirm your attendance. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

For more information on the full series of doctoral masterclasses, visit: https://birkbeckhistoryphd.org/2015/09/14/doctoral-masterclasses/

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