2023 Call for Papers!

🚨Call for Papers Alert!🚨

We’re opening up our seminar series for more PhD speakers in 2023!

Bring us your presentations, creative writing or any other way you want to share your research!

Get in touch and make sure to share!

For more details, find our presentation guidelines for this seminar series here: https://histperspectives.wordpress.com/presenting-guidelines/

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Historical Perspectives Call for Papers, 2022-23 (Semester Two) 

Last semester, Historical Perspectives was delighted to welcome so many fantastic postgraduate researchers who shared their fascinating work through talks and panels. Our thanks go out to all our contributors! Our call for papers for the second semester is now open and we’re welcoming contributions for both talks and panels. Talks should respond to our theme for the year, or you could contribute to the following panels: 

Reject Tradition, Embrace Modernity* 

And now a reminder of our theme. We’re not ignoring the mediaevalists and classicists of the world, don’t worry. Nor do we mean the more traditional topics, methodologies, or sources are unwelcome; far from it. But we know current research is varied, inventive, and fresh. Some might be re-addressing the well-trodden topics with new perspectives; others might be carving out new fields. We’re all ‘establishing our niche’ somehow, and we hope that these talks and panels will help dive into the whys and hows. 

Our panels for the year are ‘Let’s deconstruct (just to build again): decolonising knowledge’ and ‘The part-time PhD experience in History’. These are provisionally scheduled for 1st March and 10th May respectively. 

To contribute to a talk session or a panel, please send in an abstract (max 250 words) and a short biography (max 150 words) by Friday 27th January at 5pm to arts-historicalperspectives@glasgow.ac.uk 

Let’s deconstruct, just to build again: decolonising knowledge (1st March, provisional) 

Discussions on decolonising knowledge challenge academics and non-academics to focus on the remnants of colonial power relations that continue to influence knowledge creation about how we see and understand the world, people, and societies. The idea that Western knowledge and culture are somehow the core of a ‘universal knowledge’ goes a long way in the past and continues to prevail until today. The uneven power ties between researchers in the Global North and the Global South continue to exist and affect research. Decolonisation of knowledge is that exact need to deconstruct our way of thinking about knowledge and rebuild it through learning again and in new ways, beyond the shadow of colonialism. Through this panel, we want to contribute to that! 

The part-time PhD experience in History (10th May, provisionally) 

In line with this year’s theme of ‘reject tradition, embrace modernity*’, our second panel will highlight the part-time PhD experience. Perhaps you have care responsibilities, or must work to fund your PhD, or have an internship or other role built into your programme, or part time just suits you! Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that this mode of study is here to stay. Are there issues that particularly affect part-time students; equally, are there advantages or doors opened to you? Do you have a unique story you’d like to share? In short, what would you like others to know about part-time PhD research in history? (Because we’d love to hear it.) 


Social Media Assistant Role opportunity

New Year, new us! 

Come join our team! We’re looking for a helping hand with our social media – this is a great opportunity for a PhD student! 

Please share and get in touch!

#phdopportunity #volunteering #phd #phdstudent #history #twitterstorians 

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Join Our Team! 

We’re looking for someone to help run our social media! 

Alongside our social-media co-ordinator, You would: 

  • Help run our Twitter, Facebook, Eventbrite and WordPress platforms 
  • Scheduling and advertising events 
  • Participating in team discussions and planning 
  • Have opportunities to chair seminars and panels 

This is a voluntary role, and is perfect for gaining some extracurricular experience alongside their PhD. 


Join our Team! Call for a blog editor  

Here at Historical Perspectives, we’re on the lookout for a blog editor to join our committee. We’ve been slowly but surely reviving our blog and now we’re keen to find it an official caretaker! 

Our blog features contributions from postgraduate researchers, written for more general audiences than your average academic output. As an editor, then, you’d have the opportunity to dip into different subjects while improving your feedback and communication skills. We would also ask a blog editor to help curate blogs from authors, and contribute to the overall activities of Historical Perspectives. 

This role isn’t meant to be overwhelming: we’re hoping for one or two blogs per month. If you’re interested (or just want more info), drop us a note at histper@arts.gla.ac.uk with a bit about yourself and any relevant skills or experience.  

ESHSS Essay Prize

The Committee of the Economic and Social History Society of Scotland awards two postgraduate essay prizes, which run in alternating years: the ESHSS prize and the Checkland Essay Prize.  The ESHSS prize is a postgraduate prize for a research essay on a Scottish theme in the general area of economic, social and cultural history.  Winning essays are automatically considered for publication in the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies.

The next deadline for the ESHSS essay prize is December 31, 2017.  Further details are available on the Society’s website.