Workshop: ‚ÄėPatients‚Äô control or practitioners‚Äô authority? Revisiting the early modern medical encounter‚Äô, 4 July 2012, The Open University in London.

The History of Medicine research group will hold its third workshop on 4 July 2012 at The Open University in London. Attendance is free, but places are limited, so please email  Yvonne Bartley to reserve a place by 20 June. Further details and the workshop programme are available online.


Symposium: ‚ÄėCommemorating the Past, Creating the Future: Kenya‚Äôs heritage crossroads‚Äô

This symposium was held at the British Library in London on 9 September 2011, and involved scholars from Kenya, the UK, Sweden and the US, including Dr Rodney Harrison (History Dept., OU). Hosted by Lotte Hughes (PI, OU), with Profs. Annie Coombes (Co-I, Birkbeck College, University of London) and Karega-Munene (United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya), this closed event featured presentations on a wide range of heritage and history-related subjects, including: memorialization as a human right; exhibiting photographic histories in Western Kenya; an examination of memorials to Barack Obama at K’Ogello; Akamba carving; memorialising Mau Mau; managing heritage as a resource for building nationhood and social cohesiveness; community conservation of sacred forests; an examination of displays on material culture and Kenyan identity at National Museums of Kenya;  the challenges of commemorating former president Daniel arap Moi; and efforts to commemorate Giriama heroine Mekatilili wa Menza.

Seminar: ‘Oral History & Criminal Justice Museums, Libraries & Archives’ Friday 28th October 2011

The Crime And Punishment Collections Network and the International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing, and Justice are holding a seminar on “Oral History & Criminal Justice Museums, Libraries & Archives” on Friday 28th October 2011, Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, The Open University Library, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes. Follow this link for¬†more information.



Public Record Office and OU Ireland ‘exploring local history’ lecture series

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in conjunction with the Open University Ireland is hosting a lecture series for members of the community to delve into the history of family, poverty, religion and local Northern Ireland. Starting on 29 September 2011 the series will be delivered by Dr Janice Holmes, Dr Olwen Purdue and Dr Barry Sheen from the Open University Ireland and will examine the major themes of local history and the sources available to local historians. PRONI staff will present examples of these sources from the archives. Follow this link for further information.


Conference: The Fischer Controversy 50 years on

Annika Mombauer is organising an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Fritz Fischer’s book Griff nach der Weltmacht, which sparked the so-called Fischer controversy, one of the most heated historiographical debates of the 20th century. The conference, jointly organised with Professor John Röhl (Sussex) and supported by the German Historical Institute, London, The Journal of Contemporary History, and the German History Society, will take place at the GHI, London, on 13-15 October 2011. See the conference website for further details and the programme.