Director, Centre for Imperial & Global History
For anyone contemplating a research career in History, perhaps the most daunting thing is coming up with an original project. Whatever your period or area of interest is, there is likely a considerable body of scholarship on it already, and in some fields the volume will look simply enormous. How, then, can you work out what remains left to be done? Even more importantly, how can you craft a PhD proposal that promises to do more than simply “fill a gap”?
After all, if you aspire to become a professional historian you ultimately need to write a thesis that can plausibly be presented as a major academic intervention. You will have to sell what you do to hiring committees in that way. That sounds scary, especially if you have only recently completed your undergraduate degree and, perhaps, are faced with the challenge of your Master’s work at the same time as drawing up applications for PhD places and funding.
The good news is that your BA and MA work will already have given you many of the skills you need, notably the ability to search the web effectively and to skim read large amounts of material rapidly. Your dissertation work should also have helped you find out which aspects of your field are under-researched.
You should also take advice from potential supervisors. You mustn’t expect them to give you a PhD topic “off the peg”, but they can certainly give you guidance that can save you a lot of time. Talk to them in person and take note when something that you say seems to strike them as intriguing. Continue reading “Crafting your PhD proposal: Routes to originality in historical research”
Interested in advanced studies in imperial and global history at the University of Exeter?
Please find a list of a variety of PhD funding opportunities below, as well as information about our new MA by research degree.
AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership – Closing date for applications – 11 January 2018.
Up to 60 scholarships available across the consortium in all subject areas. Please remember that students will for preference be supervised across two institutions within the DTP, unless there is a compelling reason to be located at one institution (the DTP = Exeter, Bristol, Reading, Bath, Bath Spa, Cardiff, Aberystwyth, and Southampton).
ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership – +3 or 1+3 Doctoral Studentship – Economic and Social History (including projects with quantitative or strongly social science methodologies). Closing deadline – noon on 30 January 2018.
Wellcome Doctoral Studentships, covering Medical History. These awards are open to Home, EU or International students. The deadline for applications is the 29 March 2018 but applicants require departmental support to apply so please contact email@example.com about applying before February 2018.
Further information about funding for students from particular countries and the University’s Sanctuary Scholarship for refugees and individuals seeking asylum can be found here: https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/graduateschool/funding/
new MA by Research degree
Also, to complement our taught MA in History degree programme, the History Department is now offering a new MA by Research (Streatham), which is now open for applications to start study in January 2018. This joins the pre-existing MA by Research in History (Penryn).
The MA by Research is examined by a 40,000-word written dissertation based on original research. Following University guidance and student loan regulations, the MA by Research is now accredited as a 2 year degree (3 years part-time) but students can submit earlier (i.e. do it as a one year degree). The programme can be pursued part-time and by distance-learning.
It is intended both as a degree in its own right, and can also act as a progression route for transfer onto the MPhil/PhD programme for students who make strong progress in the first six months and wish to pursue a PhD. Continue reading “PhD funding opportunities & introducing the new Exeter History MA by Research degree”
From technoglobalism and its discontents to uncovering 21st-century slave auctions, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history. Continue reading “This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History”
In case you missed it last week, the Centre for Imperial and Global History’s Professor James Mark was on BBC Radio 4 discussing ‘Red’ globalization:
Marxism – Laurie Taylor talks to David Harvey, Professor of Anthropology at CUNY and world authority on Marx’s thought. His latest book explores the architecture of capital & insists that Marx’s original analysis of our economic system still resonates today. They’re joined by Jonathan Sperber, Professor of History at the University of Missouri. He insists that Marx was a 19th century figures who ideas have run their course. Also, ‘red’ globalisation. James Mark, Professor of History at the University of Exeter, tells a little known story about the way in which anti capitalist ideas once circulated the globe. [Listen to the programme]
A reminder that the deadline for the Call for Papers for the 2018 Britain and the World Conference, Exeter is 15 December.
After our tenth anniversary conference in Austin in April 2017, Britain and the World returns to the UK for 2018: Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 June. It will be at Exeter University: the venue is Reed Hall and accommodation is at the neighbouring Holland Hall, and, as always, the conference is concerned with interactions within the ‘British world’ from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of transnational perspectives.
The Keynote Speaker will be Professor Richard Overy (Exeter), and the Plenary Speaker is Professor Audrey Horning (Queen’s University Belfast). There’ll be lunchtime roundtables on cinema and history, and on public history. Publishers present will include our journal publisher Edinburgh University Press, and our book series publisher Palgrave Macmillan, and the commissioning editor will be present throughout to discuss your publishing plans.
We accept both individual twenty-minute papers and complete panel submissions. Panels are expected to consist of three papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Complete panels should also include a chair. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a 100-150 word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. The conference does not discriminate between panels and individual paper submissions, nor between graduate students and established academics.
As ever the conference icebreaker will be held on the Thursday evening, the Dinner Party on the Friday, and the outings downtown on the Saturday. These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and more in the capital of Devon. Continue reading “CFP Reminder – Britain & the World Conference 2018, Exeter – Deadline 15 Dec. #BATW2018”