Historical Perspectives is a history society established and run by postgraduates for postgraduates. Our eighth annual conference, ‘Real and Imagined Communities’, will be held at The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow on the 2nd and 3rd June 2011. This will build on the success of our previous conferences, which have included, ‘Conflict and Conformity: Challenging Narratives of the Past’ and ‘Interpreting Relationships of Power.’ Our conferences provide postgraduates with an opportunity to present their research in a supportive environment, developing the skills needed to complete a successful doctoral career.
The theme for 2011, ‘Real and Imagined Communities’, is intended to encourage participation by postgraduates working in a range of disciplines in the Arts and Social Sciences. Papers can be on any topic relating to the theme of ‘Real and Imagined Communities’ from a historical perspective and could include, but are not limited to, these issues:
• Do some historical communities or groups take precedence over others in our understanding of the past?
• How do governments react to different historical communities or groups?
• Is a notion of sympathy important for researchers of historical communities or groups? How do we wrestle with issues of professional integrity and overcome bias?
• Are narratives of certain historical communities or groups easier to suppress than others and are these narratives harder to find?
• To what extent does research into spatial history reshape our understanding of historical communities or groups?
• Does the availability of sources and archive material dictate what is researched? If so, what problems does this create in the telling of history? Which historical communities or groups are potentially overlooked?
These questions are meant only as suggestions and we welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to the theme, from any discipline. It may also be possible to publish papers in a special edition of eSharp, an international online journal for postgraduate research in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education, based at the University of Glasgow. To help us assess enthusiasm for this idea, it would be appreciated if proposals for papers could be accompanied by an indication of any interest in the paper being included in an edition of eSharp.
Please submit proposals of c.250 words by 11th March 2011
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