Get involved in Historical Perspectives

We are keen to recruit Historical Perspectives representatives at universities across the country.

The rep’s responsibilities include raising awareness of the society at their institution, and passing on calls for papers for our seminars and conferences.

Representatives will have the opportunity to chair a panel at our Summer 2018 conference, and will also be given preference to present their own research at the conference and/or seminars.

If you would be interested in acting as representative for your institution, please contact William Burns.


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.

Call for Papers: Seminar Series, 2017-2018

Historical Perspectives Seminar Series 2017-2018

Historical Perspectives is a Scotland’s longest running postgraduate history society. Run by postgraduates for postgraduates. it showcases and supports the research of a UK-wide network. Our monthly seminar series provides a comfortable environment for speakers to present their research, receive vital feedback, and generate discussion and explore ideas with their peers. All of our seminars are free to attend and are open to academics, students, and the general public.

We are currently accepting proposals for 20 minute papers to be presented at monthly seminars in the first semester, starting in October 2017. Papers can be on any topic relating to the theme from an historical perspective and could include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Crime, justice and punishment
  • Environmental history.
  • Gender and sexuality.
  • Heritage, memory and material culture.
  • Law
  • Media, art, and performance
  • Medical and scientific history.
  • Nations and nationalism.
  • Social and economic history.
  • Politics, policy and the state.
  • Pre-modern societies.

These issues are intended as suggestions only and we welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to the theme from any discipline. Seminars are held on the second or third Wednesday of each month at 17:00 at the University of Glasgow. Refreshments are provided and you’re invited to join us for a drink after each seminar for a chance to socialise and further discussion.

Please submit proposals of c. 250 words by 6th October 2017 to with “Seminar 2017 Abstract” in the subject line.

If you would to find out more about Historical Perspectives, please visit our website at or find us on Facebook and Twitter @HistorPerspect

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