The Past and the Curious: Re(viewing) History – Call For Papers

The Past and the Curious: Re(viewing) History
The University of Sydney Postgraduate History Conference
Quadrangle, The University of Sydney
30 November-1 December, 2017

Some people call historians the detectives of the past. At the University of Sydney’s 2017 postgraduate history conference, we want to know: what are the mysteries you’re uncovering? What are you curiously (and furiously) researching? How are you re-framing our understanding of the established, and seemingly ordinary, past? This two-day conference will allow postgraduate historians from across Australia, and beyond, to share their investigations of the past — and to share in the spirit of historical curiosity.

Possible themes, covering the ancient to the twenty-first century, include (but are not limited to):

  • (Re)viewing history through a transnational lens;
  • Investigations through Oral History;
  • (Re)viewing Race
  • Delving into Digital Histories
  • (Re)viewing Histories of Sexuality
  • (Re)viewing Gender
  • (Re)viewing Indigenous Histories
  • Public Histories
  • Histories of Emotion
  • History and (Auto)Biography
  • (Re)viewing Labor Histories

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers exploring any of the above themes.

We welcome abstracts from honours students, postgraduates and early-career researchers involved in history, although they may take an interdisciplinary approach. Applicants from other states and universities are also encouraged to apply. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words accompanied by a 100 word bio, and are to be submitted via our website:

The deadline for submissions is by close of business on 1 August, 2017.

Please note that we have some funds available for travel bursaries for honours and Masters students travelling from outside the Sydney area. More information is available on our website.

We also warmly welcome those who simply wish to attend but ask that you go to the website and register for catering purposes. There is no registration fee levied.

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