Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Summer symposium at Swansea University

Postgraduate History & Classics Forum, Summer Symposium 2013:

'Truth, Power and Belief'

Swansea University, 7 and 8 June 2013

Swansea University Postgraduate History & Classics Forum invites postgraduate students and early career researchers to participate in our interdisciplinary symposium on ‘Truth, Power and Belief’. Previous symposia have been a great success, the friendly atmosphere provides a great opportunity for first-time speakers, especially Masters and PhD students, to test out their new ideas.

The symposium aims to provide a supportive environment in which to explore the themes of truth, power and belief across genres, countries and historical periods. We also welcome proposals from disciplines other than History and Classics and contributions may come from, but are not limited to, the following areas:

All periods and themes within History & Classics
Disability Studies
Gender and Queer Studies
Health Sciences
Visual and cultural representations of ideas/ideology
Literature and literary criticism
Warfare and conflict

A keynote lecture is currently being negotiated. Delegates are invited to submit 20-minute papers related to the broad themes of the conference, from any historical period. Please email a 150-200 word abstract, with your discipline noted in the subject line, to, and brief summary of research interest, institution and career stage to by 19th April 2013. A list of local hotels can be supplied to those travelling from outside Swansea.

Teaching workshop
The symposium will include a teaching workshop for postgraduates to discuss their experiences teaching the themes of truth, power and beliefs. In particular the theme of teaching students how to interpret primary sources in a postmodern world and the idea of bias will be discussed. You are invited to submit a proposal on this topic. This workshop will provide a space for postgraduates and early career researchers to examine their own experiences and learn from each other best practice in serving our students.

To take part in the workshop, please email your name, institution and a small 50-word abstract for your presentation with the subject ‘TEACHING WORKSHOP’ by 19th April 2013.



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