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Keynote speaker: Dr Jaipreet Virdi (University of Delaware)
Extended deadline for proposals: 31 May 2023
Contact email: 
History Lab+ is a national network of early-career historians, of people in the latter stages of a PhD or with a PhD in History or a related discipline, working within or outside of academia. It is affiliated with the Institute of Historical Research (IHR). History Lab+’s committee works with the IHR, learned societies, academics, and professionals across multiple sectors to provide members with tailored support including training and networking opportunities, resources, and a programme of events showcasing recent historical research and projects. On 27 and 28 July of this year we will be hosting our first annual conference.

Ours is a time of challenges. The value of historical caretaking, research, and teaching is increasingly being measured and questioned. Jobs are scarce and too often fixed-term; never has it been more expensive to pay for accommodation and utilities, even to eat. It is surely time to tackle an urgent, complex question head-on: how, where, and why do humans ‘make’ history?
Proposals might address, but are by no means limited to, histories of
  • traditional and non-traditional research and learning spaces: libraries and archives; schools, universities, and homes; museums; minds; virtual realities;
  • academic disciplines;
  • history and History pedagogies;
  • the historiographical canon, what and who it excludes;
  • how history has been shared or made public;
  • the role of history and historians within societies;
  • industrial action in the academic, heritage, and publishing sectors;
  • health and history-work;
  • history making.
We also welcome proposals relating to any historical research that fits one or more of the following criteria:
  • applies atypical methods and/or technologies;
  • results from collaboration between job sectors or countries;
  • is interdisciplinary;
  • has attracted new audiences.

Conference bursaries are available to defray speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses. 

Please send either an individual proposal or a proposal for a panel or roundtable to by 23:59 on 31 May 2023.
Individual proposals should contain: an abstract (250 words), a short biography (100 words), and, in order of preference, how you are able to present your research (in a 20-minute paper, 10-minute paper, 5-minute lightning talk, or a poster).
Panel or roundtable proposals should contain: a description of the panel or roundtable theme and format (250-words) and, for each speaker, an individual abstract (250 words) and a short biography (100 words).
For either proposal type, please also indicate whether and why you would like to be considered for a conference bursary. 
If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at the same email address.