Lancaster professor takes up key role of international society

Professor Naomi Tadmor
Professor Naomi Tadmor

An international social history organisation has just announced a Lancaster University professor will take up the leading role.

Professor Naomi Tadmor has been elected Chair of the UK-based Social History Society and will lead the society until 2022.

Professor Tadmor is a well-known historian of family and kinship, language, and practices of reading from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

She is currently completing a book on welfare and migration in England, 1660–1780.

Alongside her research and teaching, Professor Tadmor is an experienced member of the SHS committee and was integral to the establishment of the SHS Book Prize in 2018.

The Social History Society members elect the Chair, officers and members of the committee to represent their interests and those of the discipline of which they are part.

In response to the news, Professor Tadmor, who has been at Lancaster University since 2010, said: “I am delighted to have been elected to this role. I first joined SHS as a post-doc and am very grateful to colleagues for placing their trust in me to Chair the society for the next three years.

“As Professor of History in Lancaster, where the SHS was established in 1976, it will be a special honour to serve the Society in this way.

Professor Pamela Cox, the outgoing chair, said: “I’m delighted that Professor Naomi Tadmor has been elected as Chair of the Social History Society.

“She is a distinguished early modernist with interests in many historical fields and has led the successful launch of the Society’s book prize and contributed in many other ways during her time as a committee member.”

Dean of Lancaster University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Simon Guy said “We are delighted that Professor Tadmor will be taking up this prestigious position.

“We are particularly proud as the Society was founded as the Social History Society at Lancaster University, in 1976, where it was chaired for its first ten years by Professor Harold Perkin who also worked in the History Department.”

The Social History Society is based in the UK but is concerned with social history internationally. It welcomes contributions and members from overseas together with historians and interested people from both inside and outside the formal academic community.

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