Call for papers – Undergraduate History Conference 2019


This conference aims to enable undergraduate historians to engage independently and critically with historical topics that interest them. It will provide a challenging but supportive environment in which to explore those interests, test ideas and develop professional and academic skills. The most engaging, scholarly and thought-provoking paper presented at the conference will win the coveted Dean’s Prize, worth £100.

The theme of this year’s conference is History and the People. We are interested in papers that take as their central focus the interaction between scholarly or academic histories and those directed towards the general public. This theme can be widely interpreted, some issues that could be explored include:

• What makes History Professional?
• Rituals and Public Engagement with the Past
• Heritage sites and their significance
• The Historical Novel. Is it a genuine form of History?
• The rise of ‘New’ Histories (e.g. Food History, Literary History, Film History) and their impact

Papers: We invite submissions of papers of 15-20 minutes (approx. 3000-4000 words) relating to the theme of ‘History and the People’. This can be widely interpreted and papers are welcome from any time period which is of interest to you. They must take as their central focus the relationship between History and the general public, have a strong thesis, be well researched and show a degree of independent thought upon the subject.
Submissions: If you are interested in presenting a paper you should submit a proposal (approx. 500 words) to the Conference Coordinator Ruth McKechnie at by 5pm on Friday 19th October 2017 (week 5).

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