Call for Papers

Scottish History Network Workshop: The state of the field

27th April 2016, University of Edinburgh

Please note that the deadline for proposals for this workshop has passed, further submissions can no longer be accepted. You can now register to attend the (free) public panel in the evening here.

We invite postgraduate scholars, early career researchers, members of the heritage industry, established academics, and outside parties with an interest in Scottish History to share their current work within the field.  This one day workshop will encourage practitioners to engage more holistically with the field, and to demonstrate our intention of helping create concrete opportunities for researchers to meet and share their work.

The Scottish History Network is a new organisation aimed at providing fresh spaces for the promotion, discussion and exchange of research relating to Scottish history.  Our aims are:

  1. To provide training and opportunities for junior researchers in support of their research.
  2. To encourage the development of personal and professional connections in the field.
  3. To help shape the direction and functions of the Scottish History Network through engagement with interested parties.


During the day, the workshop will take the form of a forum for postgraduate and early career researchers to comment on the current state of Scottish History.  We intend for participants to comment on their own research in relation to the wider field, other disciplines, and how their methodology and frameworks could be useful to others in the field.  The day will include an informal session about the Scottish History Network itself, and how it can be most useful to those within the field.

The workshop will be followed by an evening panel made up of established contributors and open to the wider public to discuss ‘History and the Public’ – in particular how Scottish History research is used outside of academia by different stakeholders, and future directions such collaboration might take.  This will be open to all.


We are eager that the workshop should have as broad an appeal as possible, bringing together individuals working in related disciplines within and outside academia. As such, we are not requesting traditional dense research papers for presentation. Rather, we propose that participants use their presentation time to reflect on how their research fits into and relates to the field of Scottish history, and its interconnections with other disciplines, and to contextualise their work within this framework. To emphasise the distinction between these presentations and standard research papers, we are requesting that papers be of 15 minutes duration.

Proposals should be no more than 300 words long and include a short biography.

Speakers will be notified regarding acceptance of their contribution after all submissions have been reviewed.

Please send proposals, and any enquiries to by 17:00 Monday 14th March 2016.

Conference organised by Fraser Raeburn (Edinburgh), Laura Harrison (Edinburgh), Nicola Martin (Stirling and Dundee), and Scott Reid (St Andrews and Edinburgh), with the support of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.


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