CFP:  Postgraduate Seminar in History and Classics, 2010/2011.

Dear Postgrad’,

The Postgraduate Seminar in History and Classics invites postgraduates to propose papers for presentation during semester one of the forthcoming academic year (the seminars continue all year and there will be a further CFP at Christmas). Seminars take place every fortnight on Tuesdays at 5pm in the Poetry Centre (Samuel Alexander Building A4). After the success of last year’s papers, the seminars will continue to offer students an opportunity to present their research in a relaxed and friendly environment without running the gauntlet of criticism from the senior staff. Seminars are always followed by drinks in a nearby venue and the seminars offer a valuable opportunity for us all to socialise. As ever, we encourage proposals from across the disciplines of the school in line with the department’s increasing emphasis on interdiscipliniarity. In the last year, alongside papers from History and Classics, we enjoyed fantastic contributions from Art History, English and American Studies, Archaeology and Ancient History, which exposed both the audience and the presenter to new and interesting approaches. We would particularly like to encourage new PhD students to submit abstracts; papers are often based on research in progress so please feel free to draw upon your MA essays or use the opportunity to introduce us to your thesis topic. Please do not be concerned if you feel your research is not quite ‘the finished article’ – although all papers should be of academic quality, we are just as keen to hear about the background to your work and present you with an opportunity to air your thesis or interesting items you may have unearthed in the course of your research. It is also a great way to test out papers you may wish to submit at forthcoming conferences and anticipate some of the questions you may be asked.

Those interested should submit a 200-300 word abstract for papers lasting around 20 minutes to james.greenhalgh-2@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk . Please send your abstracts as attachments (preferably word documents) and include your name, previous degree(s), and thesis topic/supervisor. The closing date for the submission of abstracts is the 19th of September.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Best wishes,

Jim Greenhalgh

Bob Nicholson  – bob.nicholson@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

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