The History PhD: past, present and future

The History PhD: Past, Present and Future

Friday 28 January 2011

Wolfson/Pollard, Institute of Historical Research

Co-hosted with the Royal Historical Society and the History Subject Centre at the Higher Education Academy

It is 90 years since the first PhDs in History were awarded in the UK. This day conference brought together representatives from the leading graduate schools in history, as well as Research Councils UK and History Lab, to investigate where the history doctorate has been, how it has been reshaped in recent decades and where it might go in the future. Speakers included Michael Bentley (St Andrew’s), John Morrill (Cambridge), Joanna Newman (British Library), Paul Meller (ESRC) and Kevin Sharpe (Queen Mary, University of London).

Programme (podcasts of these talks will follow shortly)

10.00     Registration

10.30     Welcome
                Miles Taylor

10.40     Keynote
                Michael Bentley (University of St Andrews)

11.15     Tea and coffee

11.30     Panel session: The PhD past
                Ewen Cameron (University of Edinburgh)
                Stuart Jones and Christopher Godden (University of Manchester)
                Janet Howarth (University of Oxford)

12.45      Lunch

1.45        Panel  session: The PhD present
                Laurence Brockliss (University of Oxford)
                Anne Curry (University of Southampton/Historical Association)
                John Morrill (University of Cambridge)
                Lucy Allwright, Alyson Mercer and Tom Smith (The History Laboratory)

3.00        Tea and coffee

3.15        Panel session: The PhD future
                Andreas Gestrich (German Historical Institute)
                Joanna Newman (British Library)
                Paul Meller (Economic and Social Research Council)

4.30        Roundtable
                Colin Jones (Queen Mary, University of London/Royal Historical Society)
                Jinty Nelson (King's College London)
                Kevin Sharpe (Queen Mary, University of London)
                Miles Taylor (Institute of Historical Research)

5.15        Reception