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#PotW: Getting research published – 29 Jan


Roche DG, Lanfear R, Binning SA, Haff TM, Schwanz LE, et al. (2014) Troubleshooting Public Data Archiving: Suggestions to Increase Participation. PLoS Biol 12(1): e1001779. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001779This session with Dr Jane Winters (Institute of Historical Research) will address the process of publication in a variety of academic/professional outlets including digital publication; preparing articles for submission to academic journals, the process of editing, writing book proposals, and (from the perspective of the publisher) turning a thesis into a non-academic book.

Jane recently gave advice on how to get published on the Guardian Higher Education Network. Read the article here.

All welcome, advance booking is required here.

Time: 29 January 2015, 14:00 – 16:00

Venue: Room 243 (Senate House), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Libraries and archives working together for researchers



By Kate Wilcox

Librarians and archivists are great at collaborating. Library collections are often built up with a specific remit so as not to overlap too much with other local or specialist libraries. The Institute of Historical Research library collections, for example, have always focused on Western European and American history, leaving other regions to the nearby libraries of the School of Oriental and African Studies and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Similarly the Senate House Library and IHR history collections have been built up to be complementary, with the IHR focusing on primary source material and Senate House Library collecting monographs and other secondary material. We continue to work closely together when selecting material.

Libraries and archives also complement each other. The IHR library includes a range of guides, bibliographies and calendars which can be a useful starting point for research. Michael Little from the National Archives library has written more about this in a recent blog post. As he says, ‘it’s helpful to see archives and libraries as working in conjunction with each rather than as being separate entities’.

On January 20th 2015, we will be hosting the second History Libraries and Research open Day in the MacMillan Hall on the ground floor of Senate House. The idea for an open day originated with the Committee for London Research Libraries in History which was itself founded out of a desire to have a forum for libraries to share ideas and collaborate. The event will bring together libraries and archives from across London to provide information about library collections and workshops and presentations about research methods and skills. Researchers will have the opportunity to talk to staff and find out more about relevant collections.

Librarians also work collaboratively in enquiry work – helping readers to find material in our own institutions, but also pointing out where other organisations have related or more specialist collections. The fair is a great opportunity for students – and for library/archive staff – to meet each other and discover the sometimes hidden gems available in libraries and archives in London and beyond.

Kate Wilcox is the librarian for the Institute of Historical Research Library. For more details about the History Libraries and Research Open Day check out their website.

#PotW: Voting Rights of Refugees – 5th International Refugee Law Seminar Series – 22 Jan


Cessation of refugee status_Humanitarian food for poor children in refugee camp - credit ZurijetaIn this Seminar, Dr Ziegler will argue that recognised 1951 Geneva Convention refugees should have the right to vote in the political community where they reside, assuming that the political community is a democracy and that its citizens have the right to vote. The basis of his contention is that the right to political participation in some political community is a basic right from the point of view of dignity and the protection of one’s interests; and that such refugees are effectively excluded, physically and symbolically, from the political community of their state of origin to which they are unwilling and/or unable to return. The state of asylum is, for the time being, the only community in which there is any realistic prospect of political participation on the refugees’ part. The argument also turns on the fact that the state of refuge has become the refugee’s home, namely the place where she is settled indefinitely, that is until the legal and factual circumstances change leading to cessation of her refugee status. Hence for these reasons, such refugees should be considered as a special category of non-citizen residents.

Dr Ruvi Ziegler is a lecturer at the University of Reading School of Law, Editor-in-Chief of the Refugee Law Initiative’s Working Paper Series, and a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute (analysing questions of immigration and asylum, particularly regarding the treatment of African asylum seekers in Israel). Previously, he was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, affiliated with its ‘Immigration and Refugee Clinic’ and ‘Human Rights Program’; a tutor in Pubic International Law at the University of Oxford; and a legal advising officer at the IDF’s Legal Counselor’s Office to the West Bank (mandatory military service). He holds a DPhil, MPhil and BCL from the University of Oxford, an LLM (with specialisation in Public Law) from the Hebrew University, and an LLB & BA (Economics) from the University of Haifa. His scholarly interests are in Human Rights Law, Migration and International Refugee Law, International Humanitarian Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Democratic Theory.

When: Thursday, 22 January 2015 18:00 – 19:30

Speaker: Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler, University of Reading

Organised by: Human Rights Consortium

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies , Charles Clore House , 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR

This event is free, but please register via Eventbrite.

#PotW: History libraries & research open day – 20 Jan


2015 library a6 postcardThis year’s History libraries & research open day provides an opportunity to meet and learn about libraries and archives!
Join us in the Macmillan Hall on the ground floor of Senate House on 20 January 2015, between 10am and 4:30pm.

This one-day programme is ideal for postgraduate students and early career researchers. It includes:

  •     An open history fair with information and advice about using history collections
  •     One-on-one clinics in practical research skills, including reference management and digital imaging
  •     Introductory sessions on training and research skills in libraries, archives and digital resources.


See History Day programme (speakers include the British Library, the National Portrait Gallery, LSE and the National Archives) for more information.

Please register at Eventbrite.

Mandela:Myth and Reality – a chance for considered reflection



South Africa The Good News /

Keith Somerville, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), who was able to observe at first-hand, developments in South Africa, helped to organise the recent Mandela: Myth and Reality conference. Coming a year after the death of the country’s first black president, it brought together a remarkable group of experts to analyse his contribution to the creation of the new, free South Africa.


By Keith Somerville

On 5 December, the anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies held a conference which examined in detail the complexities of his legacy as a nationalist leader, his relationship with the South African Communist Party, his management of the transition from apartheid, his record as president and the construction of his powerful media image. The well-attended, day-long event was marked by contending views, informed argument but also mature debate with papers presented by leading African and British academics, people who knew and worked with him, and prominent journalists. Continue reading →

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