Newcastle University: Exploring Connections

Newcastle University, 24 May 2013 

Exploring Connections: Networks, Communications and Identities

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University would like to invite you to their 10th Annual PGF Conference. This interdisciplinary one-day conference seeks to address the concept of connections. Throughout the course of history individuals, countries and cultures have endeavoured to connect with others through ideas, material goods, conflict and cooperation. Networks of people and ideas have permeated history, linking one another in profound ways. Through communication, be that written, oral, or even through material goods, varied peoples have sought to create a common bond. One’s identity, national, familial, class-based, or gender-based, can either connect or separate one for the greater world. The conference intends to explore the various connections made by peoples and the historical context and impact of these connections.

 The keynote speaker this year will be Professor Colin Jones, of Queen Mary, University of London. Professor Jones is a Fellow of the British Academy and until recently was President of the Royal Historical Society. He will be giving a paper entitled ‘Humour, Satire and Politics: A Clandestine Network in Eighteenth-Century Paris.’

They are seeking proposals for individual twenty-minute papers from historians, archaeologists, classicists and ancient historians. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

·         Intellectual history and reception

·         Trade

·         War and diplomacy

·         Colonialism and empire

·         Material culture

·         Print culture

·         Family and gender

·         Religion and ritual

·         Comparative history

·         Disease and epidemic

·         Politics and national identity

·         Class and race

·         Memory and commemoration

They would also like to invite poster submissions from postgraduate students. The posters do not necessarily need to be on the conference theme, but rather are a way to begin to present your work in the earlier stages of your research. Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for papers and 150-200 words for posters along with title and CV to Jen Scammell ( by 24 March.



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