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CFP: Teaching History in Higher Education Conference 2017

Submission deadline: September 13, 2017

Conference date(s):
September 13, 2017 - September 14, 2017

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Conference Venue:

The Royal Historical Society, History UK
London, United Kingdom

Topic areas


Teaching History in Higher Education Conference- Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th September 2017

Call for papers, workshops and panel presentations

Contributions are invited on, but not limited to the following range of topics related to teaching, learning and assessment in history and history-related disciplines:  

  • ‘Teaching Excellence’;
  • public history and community engagement;
  • curriculum development;
  • assessment and feedback;
  • retention and success;
  • work-based learning;
  • the interface between school and university pedagogies;
  • new technologies;
  • enhancement strategies;
  • student engagement;
  • pedagogic theory;
  • research-based practise;
  • case studies;
  • conceptual understandings;
  • international dimensions;
  • policy;
  • institutional strategy

Review criteria   
Each proposal is subjected to a peer review against the following criteria:

  • relevance to its chosen theme;
  • clarity of the proposal;
  • originality/innovation of the idea/approach;
  • implications of the findings for the learning and teaching community;
  • anticipated interest.   

Types of session available 
Please select whether you are proposing to present a paper presentation (30 minutes – of which 20 minutes (max) presentation and at least 10 minutes discussion), workshop (1 hour) or panel discussion session (1 hour).   

Panel discussion session (1 hour) 
Panel discussions will provide three or more presenters with an opportunity to engage in active discussion with other conference participants regarding research in progress, completed work or generate debate on current higher education issues.  Please note that for panel submissions the lead presenter needs to provide names of at least two other contributors.  Scholars, presenting their arguments, should expect a discussant to offer critical comment for no more than 10 minutes each and then open up the discussion to other participants.  As with paper presentations, you should build in ample time for discussion and questions by delegates.     

Workshops (1 hour) 
Workshops are for one hour and must be activity-based. They should involve participation from the audience with presenters spending no more than ten minutes setting up the activity and then exploring, with participants, the outcomes of the activity or activities at appropriate points in the workshop.   

Paper presentations (30 minutes) 
Paper presentations should aim to give a brief summary of a piece of research, case study, theoretical position or a project, either completed or still in progress. Some papers will be presented during one hour sessions where two papers will be presented during the session. Each presentation should last for 20 minutes (max) giving at least 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Each session will be facilitated to ensure that timings are kept.  

Submitting your proposal   The format for submissions is as follows:  

Section 1: Personal contact details:

  • Lead presenter/other presenter(s) name;
  • position;
  • institutional affiliation;
  • institutional address;
  • e-mail address;
  • telephone number;
  • brief biography of between 100 and 150 words

Please present your institutional affiliation/position in the form in which you would like this to appear on your conference name badge and in the conference handbook.    

Section 2: About your session: 

  • Title of session
  • Subtitle (optional)
  • Choice of presentation type:
  • 30 minute paper presentation
  • 60 minute workshop
  • 60 minute panel discussion

Short description (Maximum 30 words) 
Your 30 word description should set out the core aims and objectives of the session.  This will be used in the conference information for delegates and will help them to decide which session to choose.   

Abstract (up to 300 words) 
This should specify the key issues, methods and debates.  It will also give details about how the proposal links with the chosen theme. This will be used for the review process.  

No more than 4 key words to describe content, approaches or issues.  

Special equipment requests 
The following equipment will be available as standard in the session room:

  • Computer (microsoft) and projector
  • Flipchart paper/pens
  • Post-it notes
  • Internet access

If you require any additional equipment we will try wherever possible to accommodate the request. Presenters will be asked to notify of any additional requests by 31st July 2017.  

Please e-mail your submission to Peter D’Sena, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research:   

The submission deadline is Saturday 6th May 2017 by 23.00.

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission within one working week.  If you do not receive this or would like further details please contact Peter D’Sena by e-mail.   In the case of joint submission, all communication regarding the session proposal will be made with the person whose details are given as the lead presenter.   

Planning information

It is the responsibility of the lead presenter to pass on all relevant details to any co-presenters. All presenters must attend the conference as paying delegates and each will be expected to complete a separate booking form if the session is accepted.  All presenters, including co-presenters need to have booked onto the conference by 26th June 2017.  After this time it will be assumed that presenters who have not booked onto the conference do not wish to take up the offer of a session slot and the slot may be offered to a reserve list of presenters.    It is the responsibility of the lead presenter to ensure that the session runs to time and that it is run as indicated in the session proposal.    

We will provide lead presenters with guidance on accessibility and it is expected that presenters adhere to this guidance and also ensure that any PowerPoint presentations and handouts meet our accessibility requirements.   

Presenter availability 
The conference runs on 13th and 14th September 2017.  Presenters will be made aware of the date and time of the session when a draft programme is published.  We will do whatever possible to take into account presenter availability when timetabling the sessions, but cannot guarantee that requests can be met; and as such it is expected that presenters will be in attendance for the whole event.  It is the responsibility of the lead presenter to co-ordinate this information for all the presenters.  

Presentation suggestions 
We suggest that presenters do not read their entire paper.  Visual supports, such as handouts, slides and digital displays are all useful ways to assist delivery.  Please note that the conference organisers will not be able to provide photocopying support.  

Data Protection 

All the information you supply on this form will be stored in paper and/or electronic format for the purposes of administration of the conference.  Additionally, except where stated otherwise, information supplied in Section 2 may be published in the conference handbook and on the conference website.  Please advise if you do not wish your e-mail contact to be shared.   

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