Starting out in Social History: An Edinburgh event for early career historians Friday 1 March 2013
Time: 10:00am – 1:30pm
Venue: Chrystal MacMillan Building (CMB), Seminar Room 3, 15a George Sq, Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Registration deadline: Friday 22 February 2013, 9:00am
Organisers: Kimm Curran, Institute of Historical Research, History Lab Plus; Melodee Beals, University of Sheffield

With our PhD in hand (or at least in within reach) we head out into the world of looking for that perfect, permanent job. Yet, for most of us, our first (and second or third) position will be fixed-term, part-time, or both. But we need not despair.

Those first few years as early career historians are an opportunity to publish your PhD and find what sort of institutions fit you best, and to gain some much appreciated experience in course and departmental administration. During these posts, early career historians also find themselves facing new teaching challenges, especially how to teach modules not directly on their topic, developing research-led modules and better integrating themselves into academic societies and disciplinary communities.

This half-day event will provide early-career historians in Social History with the opportunity to develop their knowledge in both of these areas. We will discuss module (re)design and how to take ownership of a course, demonstrate good practice of research-led teaching methods by historians in the field and the different possible strategies that you can deploy to raise your scholarly profile within and beyond academia.

If you would like to contribute to the event, and share your hard-won experience, please contact us at

How to register: email by 9am on Friday 22 February 2013

Image of the University of Edinburgh courtesy of Blue Funnies via Flickr

Thanks to Caroline Clark for the tip!

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