Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Associate-Professor Sean Field has been employed in the Historical Studies Department at University of Cape Town since 1997. He has also served as Director of the Centre for Popular Memory from 2001 to 2012. He has published many articles and his monograph, Oral History, Community and Displacement: Imagining Memories in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Palgrave: 2012), won the American Oral History Association 2013 Book of the Year award. His has on-going research interests in post-violence and inter-generational legacies and is currently writing a monograph that critiques the uses and abuses of ‘trauma theories’ in post-apartheid South Africa.
Department of Information Studies, University College London
Andrew Flinn is a Reader in Archival Studies and Oral History at in the Department of Information Studies at University College London and former archivist at the People's History Museum (formerly the National Museum of Labour History) in Manchester. Andrew is an active member of the Community Archives and Heritage Group, lead researcher on the AHRC Research for Community Heritage Dig Where We Stand project and has written extensively on issues relating to political activism and independent, grassroots community heritage and archive activity, including ‘Archival activism. Independent and community-led archives, radical public history and the heritage professions’, InterActions 7:2 2011. He is particularly interested in history-making as an activist practice and participatory approaches to heritage practice.
Raphael Samuel History Centre and University of East London
Kate Hodgkin is Professor in History in the School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London, and is the UEL Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. Her research focuses on early modern cultural history and she has published on a range of topics including witchcraft, dreams, religion and madness in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, as well as autobiographical writing and historical fiction. With Susannah Radstone, she has also edited two volumes of essays on memory, Contested Pasts: the politics of memory (Routledge, 2003), and Regimes of Memory (Routledge, 2003); both of these have been reprinted by Transaction Publishers under new titles (Memory, History Nation: contested pasts, and Memory Cultures: memory, subjectivity, recognition, Transaction 2005). Her current research focuses on gender and madness in early modern England, and on early modern memory.
Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research, University of Sussex
Margaretta is Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, with a specialism in Life Writing, Life History and Audio/Visual Life Story-telling. I am also Director of the University's Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research. Enjoying oral history, autobiography, biography, diaries, she specialises in the art and history of life narrative across media. Her publications include: Dear Laughing Motorbyke: Letters from Women Welders of the Second World War (Scarlet Press, 1997); The Encyclopedia of Life Writing (Routledge, 2001); In Love and Struggle: Letters and Contemporary Feminism (Columbia University Press, 2008); and We Shall Bear Witness: Life Narratives and Human Rights (U of Wisconsin Press, 2014).
University of Greenwich
Hilda Kean is a Visiting Professor of History at the University of Greenwich and Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Public History at UTS, Sydney. She established and ran the first MA in Public History in Britain at Ruskin College, Oxford. Hilda’s books include Animal Rights. Political & Social Change in Britain since 1800 (2000), London Stories. Personal Lives, Public Histories (2004), Public History and Heritage. People and their Pasts (ed. with Paul Ashton 2012) and The Public History Reader (ed. with Paul Martin 2013). She is currently writing a book for the University of Chicago Press on the animal-human relationship on the British Home Front 1939-45.
Senior Research Fellow University of Central Lancashire
Nick Mansfield was formally Director of the People’s History Museum in Manchester. He is now Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Central Lancashire where he continues to work closely with the museum. He is currently writing a book on class, work and British soldiers in the nineteenth century, and is involved in the AHRC-funded First World War Engagement Centre led by the University of Hertfordshire, ‘Everyday Lives in War’.
University of Sussex
Dorothy Sheridan is honorary Professor of History at the University of Sussex, a Trustee of the National Life Story (British Library) and a Patron of the community publisher, QueenSpark Books. She was the Mass Observation archivist for many years and directed the ongoing Mass Observation Project from 1990. She is now a Trustee of the Mass Observation Archive. She is continuing to research and write on issues relating to life history and political testimony, the ethics and politics of archiving and the documentation of social history in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Brighton.
University of Manchester
Penny Summerfield took up the post of Professor of Modern History at University of Manchester in September 2000. Previously she worked at Lancaster University (1978-2000) where she was for the last six years Professor of Women's History. Since moving to Manchester she has been Head of the School of History and Classics (2002-3) followed by Head of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures (2003-6).
Institute for Public History, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Alistair Thomson is Professor of History and the director of the Institute for Public History, Monash University, Australia. He formally worked at the University of Sussex in the UK where he was Director of the Centre for Life History Research and a Trustee of the Mass-Observation Archive. His work draws on letters, journals, autobiographical writing, oral history interviews and photographs to explore the ways in which different kinds of life story evidence can illuminate the past and its meanings in the present. His many publications include Anzac Memories: Living with the Legend (1994, 2nd edt. 2013), and Moving Stories: An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries (2011), and (edited with Robert Perks) The Oral History Reader (1998, 2nd edt. 2006). More recently he has led the Australian Generations Oral History Project.