Call for Applications: PhD/ECR workshop ‘Empire’s Metropolitan Afterlives’ – UCL 5-6 June 2019 (DL: 25/2/2019)

On 5 and 6 June 2019, UCL History, in association with UCL Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) and the UCL Festival of Culture 2019 will host a two-day workshop for 12 PhD candidates and/or recently completed PhDs (defined as being less than 12 months from defence of the viva by the application closing date) working on the history of decolonisation and the post-imperial/post-colonial ‘afterlives’ of empire.

The workshop will initiate the development of a European network of young scholars from the former colonial metropoles of London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, working on historical perspectives on migration history, race and identity, collective memory, national identity and the ‘post-imperial’ condition, exchanging perspectives on methodologies, concepts and archival sources across national boundaries.

The workshop will be conducted in English as a peer review exercise, requiring precirculated papers of up to 10,000 words that will be discussed in depth by the other participants as well as invited academic discussants, including: Kennetta Hammond Perry (Leicester De Montfort); Camilla Schofield (UEA), Caroline Bressey (UCL), Chris Jeppesen (Cambridge) and Itay Lotem (Westminster). The workshop will be supplemented by a keynote lecture by Professor Elizabeth Buettner (Amsterdam) which will feature as part of the UCL Festival of Culture 2019.

The 12 participants will be selected on academic merit and the significance of their research contribution. Candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Limited funds are available to subsidise return travel to London and two nights of accommodation close to UCL. All participants and discussants will also be taken for a workshop dinner after the keynote lecture on Wednesday 5 June.

Please note that applicants should be based in universities in London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam or nearby. Applicants should email a current CV and a 500-word outline of their research paper to Dr Michael Collins, Associate Professor, UCL History, michael.collins@ucl.ac.uk by Monday 25 February 2019. Informal inquiries to the same email address are also most welcome. We will endeavour to notify all applicants of our decisions by the end of February.