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  • RESAW – The History of the Internet (Conference Report)

    Gareth Millward Back in June, I attended the RESAW conference in Aarhus, Denmark. It was an international gathering of scholars, archivists and practitioners working with material archived from the internet. Since then, I’ve written about various aspects of dealing with web-based sources, including the lack of an established research practice and the exciting-but-methodologically-impractical nature of having ...

  • Evidence and policy: what we need is a more intelligent politics

    Evidence and policy: what we need is a more intelligent politics   A new special edition of the Academy of Social Sciences’ journal Contemporary Social Science focuses on international insights into the relationship between evidence and policy, with examples from countries including Australia, India, Estonia and Italy. The importance of context Politicians commonly cite comparative evidence to support their policy proposals but without paying enough attention to historical or ...

  • Modern British Studies Conference 2015, Birmingham

    The Modern British Studies Conference took place in Birmingham earlier this month. Its mission was to bring together scholars working on humanities projects around modern Britain. And, perhaps most importantly, to sketch out what exactly “Modern British Studies” is. What sort of time periods? What disciplines? Who will be part of this, where is it ...