Our Call for Papers for our 2014 conference, ‘Histories Past, History’s Future’ is currently open. This annual conference has been designed to draw together postgraduates and early-career researchers who are currently working with historical themes and approaches (though they may work outside of a history department). As in years past, we also seek to facilitate a broader discussion by opening this conversation up to people from a range of universities and institutions.
The current theme allows many different approaches and interpretations. There have been a number of debates in the past few years about the role that history should play in society, the types of history that should be funded, what sort of histories (and approaches) get published and written, and the types of history that we should focus on in education. Partly, this feeds into a broader debate about the role of the Humanities generally. We wish to consider these broader themes in our conference, through key speakers, roundtables and panels. However, this theme is very much open to interpretation.
If you seek to be part of this discussion, you can do so by submitting an abstract or registering to attend. We want to hear about how you contribute to the researching and writing of history through your own work. You may wish to tell us about a specific aspect of your work or how you currently use history in your own work. Alternatively, you might want to name those scholastic, social or political forces (both in and outside academia) that may influence your current work and how you are approaching and writing your own history. Perhaps you are countering current trends and approaches to your field, revising something that has long been taken for granted?
As you can see, there are a whole range of directions in which this theme can be taken. If you are interested in presenting a paper, we suggest that you submit an abstract. It is an excellent opportunity for you to deliver your paper in front of an interested audience made up of people from a variety of fields (and disciplines). It is a friendly space and one that retains intellectual rigor, meaning that we can all benefit from the collective insight, knowledge and experience of others.
We have already received submissions and registrations from a number of universities both in New South Wales and interstate and would love for you to be part of the discussion.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Until next time,
The Sydney Postgraduate History Conference Committee.