Call for papers – historical perspectives sixteenth annual conference

by | Feb 24, 2020 | Calls for paper | 0 comments

St Andrews Building, University of Glasgow

17 – 18 June 2020

Historical Perspectives is a history society based at the University of Glasgow and run by postgraduate students for postgraduate students, both at PhD and Masters level. We are delighted to announce our annual conference, entitled ‘Space, Place and Scale’. The aim of the conference is to give a platform to students from a range of postgraduate programmes (both research and taught), as well as doctoral researchers across the UK to present and discuss their work in an encouraging and supportive environment.

The crucial role that the concept of space holds in historical research and thinking indicates the constant need for scholars to reflect on it and problematize it. The spatial turn in the humanities since the late twentieth century underlines the inherent interdisciplinarity of the concept and points to an academic future with an increasingly spatialized focus. Whether we reflect on material landscape or culturally and intellectually constructed spaces, this framework provides the opportunity  for  fruitful  discussions  within  academia  and  beyond.  Thus,  interdisciplinary approaches are greatly encouraged.

Historical Perspectives welcomes research papers from all disciplines throughout the arts, humanities and social sciences. Papers should engage with the themes of ‘space’, place and ‘scale’, broadly discussing (but not limited to) one or more of the following themes:

  • Archaeology, heritage and memory sites
  • Geography and cartography
  • Globalization and localities
  • Historical geography
  • Medical Humanities
  • Nations, nationalisms and boundaries
  • Spatial politics, including gendered and racialised perceptions of space
  • The built and natural environment, including environmental history

We are looking for 20-minute papers. Alternatively, proposals for discussion panels are also eligible.

Please send your abstracts of maximum 250 words by 12 March 2020 to Athanasios Koufopanos at Include name, institutional affiliation, level of studies and, in the subject line, ‘Conference 2020 Abstract’. Proposals will be assessed by the Historical Perspectives Committee and successful candidates will be contacted by the end of April 2020.

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



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