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Please note that bookings will close on Thursday 18 July 2024.

HistoryLab+, the UK’s national network for early career historians, invites you to the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation on 25-26 July 2024 for our annual conference: a space to share cutting edge research, to develop research collaborations, and to find a community.

This event will showcase the wide-ranging research being done by early career historians across the world that develops our knowledge of how, historically, humans have exploited other humans — by forcing them to work against their will and/or by opposing fair working conditions — for personal or commercial gain, and these actions’ aftereffects.

It will include a workshop about how to engage the public with challenging colonial histories in the heritage and arts sectors, featuring the leaders behind Theatre in the Mill’s ‘Bussing Out’ exhibition, the Uncomfortable York Walking Tours, the eCommemoration programme by the Körber Foundation, and Leeds Museums and Galleries’ ‘Devolving Restitution’ and ‘Shifting Perspectives’ projects.

We are also proud to bring together the following keynote speakers:

Prof. Burnard and Drs John and Terrazas Williams will reflect on the (psychological, institutional, disciplinary, sectoral, cultural, national, any) contexts in which researching and sharing histories of exploitative colonial practices and their legacies now happens, and the role of the early career historian in this picture. 

We aim, also, to provide a supportive, informal forum — at a time when academic labour in the Humanities is under threat, particularly in higher education institutions — for early career historians to share experiences and opportunities.

Please see our dedicated conference webpages for further details, including the full programme.