Dr Philip Carter

Contact details

Name:
Dr Philip Carter
Qualifications:
MA, DPhil
Position:
Senior Lecturer in History, Head of IHR Digital
Institute:
Institute of Historical Research
Phone:
0207 868 8828
Email address:
philip.carter@sas.ac.uk
Website:
http://www.history.ac.uk/about/philip-carter

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Digital resources, Digitisation, Early Modern, Gender studies, History, Modern History
Research keywords:
Historical biography, National biography, Politeness andsocialconduct, History of Publishing, Eighteenth-century Britain, Historyof Technology
Summary of research interests and expertise:

I began as a historian of eighteenth-century British history, and went on to study the rise of politeness and gentlemanliness as key value swithin Hanoverian society. I later turned to the relationship of biography and history, and undertook research a wide range of areas of British history, 18th-20th century, as Senior Research and Publication Editor for the Dictionary of National Biography based at Oxford University's History Faculty and Oxford University Press. Via several projects I remain closely involved with publishing for historians.

I'm currently researching in two areas: the history of reference and reference publishing in 19th and early 20th-century Britain, with a focus on the consolidation of knowledge and the intersection of technology with reference collections; and, second, the social and professional networks of early women undergraduates at the University of London in the early 1900s. The latter is part of a larger prosopographical survey of the early generations of women undergraduates at the University, 1868-1928. In digital history I'm interested in the place of primary and secondary digital content in how we study, and the implications of digital access for our understanding of the past. My broader research interests include historiography, and the development of the early historical profession; innovation in forms of historical writing; and the relationship of history to mental well-being.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
05-Jul-2019 'Brief lives: a short history of shifting value'

Conference papers

 Creative Histories conference, University of Bristol

03-Jun-2019 'Print, data, network, photograph: recreating women student ties at the University of London, 1900-1910'

Conference papers

Fordham University International Digital Humanities Conference, Fordham University / Birkbeck, London

01-Jun-2019 'Enlightenment masculinities: towards embodiment and experience', in Lise Andries and Marc André Bernier eds. 'L’Avenir des Lumières/The Future of Enlightenment' (Hermann, Paris, 2019), 123-38

Chapters

15-Apr-2019 'What is national biography for? Dictionaries and digital history’, in Karen Fox ed., True Biographies of Nations? The Cultural Journeys of Dictionaries of National Biography (ANU Press, 2019), 57-78

Chapters

13-Apr-2019 'The five ages of national biography, 1769-2019'

Papers

invited lecture, University of London Extra Mural Studies

 

18-Sep-2018 'Oh Pioneers! Remembering the London Nine', WC1E, University of London magazine, 3 (2018), 16-20

Articles

16-Sep-2018 'The Stephens in St Ives: Leslie, Virginia and the Dictionary of National Biography', Virginia Woolf Bulletin, 59 (2018), 11-24.

Articles

01-Aug-2018 'Women undergraduates and the University of London, 1868-1928', Past and Future, no. 23 (Summer 2018), 10-12

Articles

28-Jun-2018 'Holloway and History: London women undergraduates and their networks, 1900-1910'

Conference papers

conference paper, 'Negotiating Networks: new research on networks in economic and social history', Insititute of Historical Research, June 2018

20-Jun-2018 'From gloom to Bloom: Virginia Woolf in Gordon Square'

Articles

04-May-2018 'History and women in higher education', Times Higher Education podcast

Research aids

14-Apr-2018 'The Stephens in St Ives: Leslie, Virginia and the Dictionary of National Biography'

Conference papers

invited lecture, Virginia Woolf Society annual conference, University of London, April 2018

17-Jan-2018 'The London Nine: remembering Britain's first women students', Times Higher Education

Articles

01-Nov-2017 'History in an extra dimension', Past and Future, 22 (autumn 2017), 16-18

Articles

01-Sep-2017 'Putting your degree to work', BBC History Magazine

Articles

08-Aug-2017 The king of King's Cross: Henry Croft and the Pearly Kings

Papers

01-Aug-2017 Review article, 'Boswell's Enlightenment', Robert Zaretsky, Journal of Modern History, 89/2 (2017), pp. 394-6

Review

15-Nov-2016 ‘Recreating lives with digital resources’

Papers

'New approaches to biography', panel, Oxford Centre for Life Writing, Wolfson College, Oxford, November 2016

01-Aug-2016 ‘Digital future journeys for national biography'

Conference papers

conference paper, 'Cultural Journeys of Dictionaries of National Biography', Australian National Biography (ANU), Canberra, July 2016

 

06-Jun-2016 150 biographies for the 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' (2004-16), including Richard ‘Beau’ Nash (1674-1762), master of ceremonies, and the Kit-Cat Club (c.1696-1720).

Articles

01-May-2016 Biography and British History Online

Research aids

01-Apr-2016 ‘National biography and the Bodleian’

Papers

invited lecture, Friends of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, April 2016

01-Mar-2015 ‘National biography as national collection’

Conference papers

conference paper, 'Audiences, authority and collaboration', National Portrait Gallery, London (March 2015)

 

01-Mar-2014 Review article, Jack Radnor, 'Johnson and Boswell: a Biography of Friendship', Journal of Modern History, 86 (2014), pp. 900-02

Review

01-May-2013 'Opportunities for national biography online: the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2005-2012', in Melanie Nolan ed., The ADB's Story (ANU Press), pp. 345-71

Chapters

07-Mar-2012 Review article, Stephen Banks, 'A Polite Exchange of Bullets. The Duel and the English Gentleman', Journal of British Studies, 51 (2012), pp. 483-5

Review

01-May-2009 ‘Faces and crowds: biography in the city’, in Clare Brant and Susan Whyman eds., Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London, John Gay’s ‘Trivia’ (OUP, 2009), pp. 1-15

Chapters

01-Aug-2008 ‘Life on the Square: National biography in WC2’, Trafalgar Chronicle, 18 (2008), 264–71

Journal articles

01-May-2007 ‘Tears and the man’, in Barbara Taylor and Sarah Knott eds., Women, Gender and Enlightenment (Palgrave, 2005)

Chapters

01-Oct-2004 'From the cracks of history', History Today, 54 (Oct. 2004), 36-9

Articles

05-Mar-2003 Review article, David Kuchta, 'The Three-Piece Suit and Modern Masculinity', American Historical Review, 108 (2003), pp. 571-2

Review

01-Jun-2002 ‘Polite ‘persons’: character, biography and the gentleman’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, vol. 12 (CUP, 2002), 333-54

Articles

01-Jun-2001 Men and the Emergence of Polite Society, Britain 1660-1800 (Longman, 2001), 250pp

Monographs

01-Apr-1999 ‘James Boswell’s manliness’, in Tim Hitchcock and Michele Cohen eds., English Masculinities, 1660-1800 (Longman, 1999), 111-30

Chapters

01-Aug-1998 ‘Men about town’, in Hannah Barker and Elaine Chalus ed., Gender in Eighteenth-Century England (Longman, 1998), 31-57

Chapters

01-Apr-1998 ‘An effeminate or efficient nation? Masculinity and eighteenth-century social documentary’, Textual Practice, 11 (1997), 429-43

Journal articles

Publications available on SAS-space:

Date Details
Aug-2017 The king of King's Cross: Henry Croft and digital history

NonPeerReviewed

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Details
'Oh pioneers! Lives and legacies of University of London women students, 1868-1928'

 A prosopographical study of the early generations of the London University women students.

Just for Reference: publishing, technology and the consolidation of knowledge, 1860-1920

Current PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
From: 01-Jan-2019
Until: 01-Mar-2022
Peer to peer lending: a history of annuities and the annuity market in England, 1775-1815

 A social and cultural history of the annuity market of private lending, co-supervised with Professor Anne Murphy (Hertfordshire)

From: 01-Jan-2018
Until:
A new cultural history of the Foundling Hospital, London, 1740-1820

 A study of the social, economic, cultural and intellectual influence of the London Foundling Hospital as a metropolitan and national site of innovation.

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
British and Irish Furniture Makers Online Project Board member
Social History Society member
Goldsmiths' Company of London Advisory, library and archive committee member
Royal Historical Society Editorial board, 'New Historical Perpectives'
Raphael Samuel History Centre Advisory panel member
London Arts and Humanities Partnership PhD review panel (History)
Faculty of History, Oxford University Associate member
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Associate editor
Royal Historical Society Fellow
British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies member
Consultancy & Media
Available for consultancy:
Yes
Media experience:
Yes
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