Call for Papers: History Lab

History Lab is now inviting papers for Term 1 of its 2018-19 seminar series.

History Lab is the national network for postgraduate students in history and related disciplines. Based at the Institute of Historical Research in London, it is an intellectual and social forum whose meetings provide an opportunity for the next generation of historians to discuss ideas and to drive the study of history forward. In an increasingly competitive job market, involvement with History Lab and the broader postgraduate history community is also an excellent addition to an academic CV.

The History Lab Seminar Series takes place fortnightly during term time.* Here, graduate history students from all backgrounds, disciplines, and time periods can share their work, practice their presenting skills, and engage in productive debate in a relaxed, supportive environment. It is also a great way for graduate students to meet, socialise, and share their experiences.

As History Lab is all about diversity and integration, we welcome papers on any aspect of or time period in historical study. We also encourage papers from students at every level – whether you are nearing submission, starting your first year, or are somewhere in-between, we would love to hear from you. Papers should be around 45 minutes in length. We also accept submissions for joint seminars of two 20-25 minute papers. If you would like to give a shorter paper, but don’t have a suitable seminar partner, let us know and we will try to match you up with someone in a related field or with a similar topic. All our seminars are followed by a 15-minute discussion session, wine, and nibbles, and then usually a well-earned trip to the pub.

If you are interested, please send an abstract of between 250-350 words outlining your proposed paper to Please also include a brief bio, detailing what stage in your studies you are at and your research interests. You must be a member of History Lab to apply, but membership is free and you can join at:

Deadline for submission is Monday 17th September 2018

Note: For speakers coming to the IHR from outside the South East, History Lab may be able to offer assistance with travel costs, funds permitting. If you think you might need assistance, please let us know when you submit your abstract.

*This year our seminars will run bi-weekly from 4thOctober – 29th November 2018 in the Autumn Term, 10thJanuary – 21st March 2019 in the Spring Term. Seminars start at 5:30 pm. If your paper is accepted, we will be in touch to arrange a seminar date with you. If you have an initial preference for any particular time of year, feel free to mention this when you contact us and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Kindest regards,
The History Lab

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