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Warwick Postgraduate History Conference 28th-29th May 2020 - CALL FOR PAPERS

We cordially invite proposals to present at the 2020 History Department Postgraduate Conference, to be held in the Wolfson Research Exchange on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th May.

In previous years, the conference has served as an invaluable opportunity for postgraduate students to present and discuss their research in a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. We thoroughly encourage all graduate students to attend and participate.

Submission Guidelines

Papers should be approximately 15 minutes in length. All papers will be organised into panels and will be followed by a further 30 minutes of questions and discussion led by the panel chair.

We welcome proposals from all current postgraduate students. Proposals should include the following information:

  • Title
  • Abstract: 300 words
  • Biographical Statement: 100 words
  • Summary: 50 words

Summaries will be used in the conference programme to describe each individual paper. They should briefly describe the main point your paper makes and why you feel this is significant.

All proposals should be submitted to by no later than Monday 23rd March, 2020. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of April.


For general queries, please contact the organising committee at:

Fri 07 Feb 2020, 11:05 | Tags: Postgraduate Call for Papers Conference Announcement

History Department MA Bursary 2020/2021

The History Department is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a bursary to an outstanding student applying for entry in 2020/2021.

The award will cover Home/EU fees and up to £10,000 stipend. All applicants will be considered. If you pay overseas fees the bursary will cover up to the value of home/EU fees.

Applicants must submit an online University application to be considered. Please indicate on your application form that you would like to be considered for History Department funding. Please also upload the following as supporting documents:

  • a one-page research proposal (outlining the subject, aims and methodology of your proposed MA dissertation)
  • an academic CV

As this is a new award, if you have already submitted your application and been offered a place, please email to supply your supporting documents (a one page research proposal and your academic CV as stated above).

Deadline: 22nd April 2020

Tue 04 Feb 2020, 12:13 | Tags: Postgraduate Funding Competition

POSTPONED - Prof Catherine Hall, ‘Being an historian – then and now’ - Wednesday 26 February


Prof Catherine Hall, ‘Being an historian – then and now’

Wednesday 26 February, 5 PM, OC0.01 (Refreshments will be served from 4:30 PM onwards, all welcome)

Hosted by the Feminist History Group and the History Research Seminar

Chair: Laura Schwartz

Reflecting upon her personal and political life as a feminist and postcolonial historian, Professor Hall will consider the politics of intellectual work, how ideas emerge from movements and communities, and what politically-engaged historians should be doing in the present conjuncture.

Catherine Hall is Emerita Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London. She is known for her work on gender, class and empire in the 19th century, particularly her pioneering Family fortunes: men and women of the English middle class, 1780-1850 (new edn. Routledge, 2002) which she published with Leonore Davidoff in 1987 and Civilising Subjects; metropole and colony in the English imagination 1830-1867 (University of Chicago Press, 2002), one of the first substantive feminist histories to take up questions of race as central to the formation of modern Britain, a work influenced by black feminism. Hall published Macaulay and Son: architects of imperial Britain (Yale University Press) in 2012 and is Chair of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership.

Professor Hall was active in Birmingham women's liberation and attended the first national women's liberation conference at Ruskin in 1970. From 1981-1997 she was a member of the Feminist Review Collective. Her journalism and scholarship most recently includes a history of the ‘hostile environment’.

Mon 03 Feb 2020, 15:15 | Tags: Research Seminars (Internal)

Podcast on free speech

Dr Charles Walton has recently published a podcast on free speech which can be found at:

Mon 20 Jan 2020, 08:52 | Tags: Publication

Warwick Oral History Network

The Warwick Oral History Network has recently been awarded just over £700 of Public Engagement Funding to support the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust 'Memories of Binley Colliery' oral history project. The project is being led by Daniel Loveard of WWT. The application was drawn up by the OHN's administrative assistant, Pierre Botcherby, a PhD candidate in the department. 

The aim is to interview local residents to collect memories of the colliery site as a working mine, in its derelict state post-closure, and in its current form as Claybrookes Marsh nature reserve. The project ties into WWT's larger National Heritage Lottery funded project for the Dunsmore Living Landscape, which aims to both restore the rural landscape (e.g. 300ha of historic woodland, 20km of historic hedgerows, 10 ponds, 20ha of grassland) and reconnect local people with the natural beauty on their doorstep. Tapping into residents' personal memories of the area is a key way of doing this. The funding will support the use of undergraduate volunteers from Warwick for archiving, interviewing, and transcribing, as well as contribute towards the costs of a community event in Binley upon completion of the project and the preparation/producing of a small booklet about the project findings.

 More information on the project can be found here:

 More information about WWT/Dunsmore Living Landscape can be found here:

 Enquiries about the project can be directed either to Daniel ( or Pierre (



Wed 15 Jan 2020, 16:12 | Tags: Announcement

Article by Dr Anna Hájková in "Der Tagespiegel" on 14 December 2019 about an enforced queer relationship in a Nazi concentration camp

Sun 15 Dec 2019, 19:59 | Tags: Publication

Midlands4Cities Funding Competition Open for 2020/2021 Applications

Looking for PhD funding in 2020? Midlands4Cities are recruiting their next cohort of researchers to join the vibrant community in the Midlands! There is a lot to be excited about this year with 15 amazing collaborative doctoral projects and 94 studentships available!

For full details and eligibility criteria please see:

Fri 29 Nov 2019, 11:05 | Tags: Postgraduate Funding Competition

Dr Anna Hájková on Maria Schmolka in the Observer newspaper 10 November 2019

Tue 12 Nov 2019, 12:21 | Tags: Impact and Public Engagement Publication

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