History Lab Plus Events: More Dates for your Diaries!

We have a busy few months ahead at History Lab Plus, with events coming up left, right and centre all across the country. Here are a few details of upcoming events, a Call for Papers and some preliminary dates for your diary.

First of all, we are running an event on Teaching and Technology: Making Digital History‘ at Liverpool John Moores University on 14th March 2015. A stellar line-up of historians will share their experience of engaging history students with digital technologies and will help you to develop your own course ideas. You can read more details and book for this exciting event on our Eventbrite page.

Our very popular event ‘Life After the PhD’ will again be exploring a whole range of post-PhD careers, both academic and non-academic, on 21st April 2015 at Senate House, London. More details will follow very soon.

On June 12th, we’re pleased to be sponsoring a one-day symposium on ‘Teaching World History’ at the University of Derby. This Call for Papers invites proposals for 10-15 minute presentations about how to engage students on international topics. The deadline for proposals is 31st March 2015.

Also in June, we’ll also be running our annual joint event with the Royal Historical Society and this time we’re moving out of London! Watch this space for a announcement of date and brand new location very soon. In the meantime, here’s some of the excellent advice our professors gave last year to be going on with.

In July we’re also proud to be sponsoring early-career workshops at the ‘Rethinking Modern British Studies‘ conference at the University of Birmingham and the Leeds Medieval Congress.

There are also other events in the planning, including one on becoming a freelance historian or heritage professional. So there’s even more to come! Hard to believe, I know; we do our best for you …


Teaching World History: Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Teaching World History
One-Day Symposium at the University of Derby, 12 June 2015

World history has become a vibrant field in UK Higher Education, with strong research outputs, a plethora of conferences and exciting collaborative projects. This only seems appropriate at a time when HEIs are also asked to engage with a diverse (but at times ill-defined) internationalization agenda, manifesting itself in attempts to attract a more international student audience and in efforts to internationalize existing curricula. All this has brought opportunities as well as challenges for those engaged in teaching undergraduates and postgraduates, too. How do we engage students in studying the history of countries that are often very much beyond their usual frame of reference? How will research and teaching influence each other in this particular field? Do we have a responsibility to turn our students into ‘global citizens’?

This symposium will provide opportunities to discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with the teaching of World History. We are looking for presentations of 10-15 minutes’ duration, to serve as starting points for further discussion and debate, and as an opportunity to share good practice. This symposium is being sponsored by History Lab Plus, the network for early-career historians, and we would therefore particularly welcome contributions from postgraduate and postdoctoral teachers of World History as well as those more established in their careers.

Possible topics include:

• How can we encourage students to understand the political dimensions of World History, and can we use World History to challenge student perceptions about the world?
• How can we make use of film and other media to teach World History?
• What assessment strategies are best suited to teaching World History?
• What are the challenges involved in using study visits and field trips to engage students in World History?
• How can we encourage undergraduate students to conduct primary research on world history?
• Does the secondary education curriculum adequately prepare students for an international HE curriculum?
• How can we develop interdisciplinarity in teaching World History?

Please send expressions of interest, including a brief abstract of a 10-15 minute presentation to Tom Neuhaus, t.neuhaus@derby.ac.uk, by 31 March 2015.

NEW EVENT: Teaching and Technology: Making Digital History, 14/3/2015

Teaching and Technology: Making Digital History

Liverpool John Moores University, 14th March 2015, 10am-4pm

From newsreels and newspapers to medieval manuscripts, in the last decade the number of primary sources available digitally has exploded. At the same time, there are increasing pressures on University History programmes to develop the ‘digital literacy’ of their students. This practical workshop will explore how we can use digital resources and methods of assessment – such as blogs, youtube videos, and wikis – to actively engage our students in the process of historical research. We will also explore the difficulties and practicalities of developing digital history modules, especially from the perspective of early-career historians. What are limits of what technology can achieve in the classroom? What skills do we need to develop in order to properly support our students? Please note that this is an interactive workshop: you will be asked to share and develop your own ideas as well as hear about the experiences of others.

Speakers include:
Dr Helen Rogers, Liverpool John Moores University/’Blogging Beyond the Classroom’ @blogging_beyond

Dr Jamie Wood, University of Lincoln/’Making Digital History’

Dr Bob Nicholson, Edge Hill University

Dr Kimm Curran, University of Glasgow

To book your place, please visit our Eventbrite page.

This event is being organised by Dr Cath Feely (Derby) and Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones (LJMU). For further information, please e-mail Dr Cath Feely at historylabplus@gmail.com

Draft programme can be downloaded here: Teaching & Technology Prog Mar 2015.