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Call for Academic Papers

The conference programme committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of economic and social history covering a wide range of periods and countries and, particularly welcomes papers of an interdisciplinary nature. Scholars are not expected to present a paper in more than one session (including as a co-author) and, when slots are limited, priority will be given to those who did not present at the previous year's conference. Those currently studying for, or who have recently completed, a PhD should submit a proposal to the New Researcher session.  Please contact Maureen Galbraith for further information.

The committee invites proposals for individual papers, as well as for entire sessions of 1.5-2 hours duration; (no more than 4 papers will be accepted for any one session).  Please note that the committee reserves the right to determine which papers will be presented in the session if it is accepted.  If a session is not accepted, the committee may incorporate one or more of the proposed papers into other panels.

Proposals should be submitted online via the link below.  You will be asked to submit:

For single paper submissions:

  • The title of the paper proposed.
  • A short abstract of the paper proposed (300-500 words).*
  • Up to 5 keywords, which can be used to help the conference coordinating committee allocate papers between sessions.
  • Contact details (name, affiliation and e-mail address, including those of co-authors).
  • A brief c.v.

For sessions:

  • The title of the proposed session.
  • The rationale for the session (up to 100 words).
  • The titles of each paper proposed.
  • A short abstract for each paper proposed (300-500 words).*
  • Contact details for each speaker (name, affiliation and e-mail address, including those of co-authors).
  • A brief c.v. for each proposed speaker.

* The abstract(s) should: explain the background to the paper; the questions it addresses; the sources and methods it employs; and likely conclusions.

For full consideration, proposals must be received by 4 September 2017. Notices of acceptance will be sent to individual papers givers by mid-late November 2017.

Should your paper be accepted, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • A revised abstract of the paper (750-1,000 words) for inclusion in the conference booklet. Deadline: 15 December 2017.
  • An electronic copy of your full paper or a web address where it is available for consultation. Deadline: 2 March 2018.

Selected speakers may also be asked to provide the following:

  • A brief non-technical summary of the paper for the 'Media briefings' section of the website. Deadline: 16 February 2018

It is the normal expectation that speakers who submit a proposal to the committee should be able to obtain independent financial support for their travel and conference attendance. However, a very limited support fund exists to assist overseas speakers who are unable to obtain funding from their own institution or from another source.  Details of this fund and an application form can be obtained from the Society's administrative secretary. It is important that a completed application form is submitted by the September deadline. Only in exceptional circumstances will later applications for support be considered.

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