New Researcher Papers

The annual conference opens with papers presented by new researchers.  They offer those completing (or who have recently completed) doctorates the opportunity to present their work before professional colleagues and to benefit from informed comment.  Speakers who have participated in a New Researcher session at a previous Economic History Society annual conference (aside from the 2020 conference) should please submit a proposal to present a paper in the Academic Session. However, they may be shifted to the New Researcher session if there is space.

The new researcher sessions will be held on the afternoon of Friday, 9 April 2021. Those wishing to be considered for inclusion in the programme must submit, by 28 September 2020, the following:

  • A short CV (which should include: academic qualifications, current position and/or programme of study, conference papers and publications)
  • Abstract title
  • Abstract summary (min 300; max 500 words); this should include:
    • Outline of the question to be asked
    • Summary of methods and sources
    • Probable conclusions
    • Research progress

You will also be asked to provide the intended date for submission of the thesis (or the date when you achieved your PhD).

Proposals should please be submitted online via the link below.  Please note that proposals from researchers at an early stage of their work will not normally be accepted and applicants should consider making a proposal to the new researcher poster session.

Those selected for inclusion in the programme will be asked to provide:
  •  A short piece for the Society’s blog, The Long Run.
  •  A paper, 2,250-2,750 words in length, by 18 December 2020, for circulation in the conference booklet.

Each new researcher will have the opportunity to speak for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Up to two prizes of £500 each will be awarded for the best paper(s) presented at the conference by new researchers.* The procedure and criteria for judging papers will be circulated to all participants.

The Economic History Society is able to offer a financial contribution to assist new researchers to attend the conference when this is not available from their institution. This would take the form of assistance with registration fees but not travel costs. Any queries should please be directed to the administrator before registering for the conference.

* New researchers who have achieved their PhD by 31 December in the year preceding the conference will not be eligible for a prize (unless their paper had been accepted for the cancelled 2020 annual conference), nor will co-authored papers.