LHPC Histfest 2021

Our theme this year is 'Representations and Identities'. We are carrying on from LHPC Histfest 2020, which was sadly cancelled due to COVID-19. We will be running a hybrid conference in 2021, with panels both online and in person. 


We welcome historically themed papers from across the Arts and Humanities 

Suggested themes include:

Nationalism and National Identities               Journalism and the Media

The Visual and Performing Arts                      Personalities and Biographies

Cultural and Community Identities                  Institutions and Organisations

Gender and Queer histories                         Political Ideologies and Class Conflict

Theoretical or Historiographical Analysis


The conference will take place on June 17th and 18th, 2021. Register now HERE.



Keynote Speaker

Our 2021 Keynote Speaker is Dr Nick Barratt, medieval historian, genealogist and author. Nick Barratt is known for books such as Restless Kings, The Forgotten Spy, and Guide to Your Ancestor’s Lives, as well as for being the presenter of Who Do You Think You Are?, and founder of Sticks Research Agency. Nick Barratt has attributed a wealth of experience working in both academic and public history.

Faculty Panel

We will also be hosting a faculty panel, where senior academics discuss their careers and experience with public facing history.

The faculty panel is designed to aid postgraduates in their professional development, and to showcase various avenues for public engagement within the arts and humanities. 


Professor Catherine Spooner

Professor Spooner is professor of Literature and Culture at Lancaster. She has published extensively on the gothic, and has worked with institutions such as the British Library, the V&A, and the National Theatre.

Dr Chris Donaldson

Dr Donaldson is a Lecturer in 18th and 19th century cultural, regional, spatial and digital history. He works with the Ruskin Library and edits The Ruskin Review.

Dr Marco Wyss

Dr Wyss is a Reader in International History and Security at Lancaster. He is also Director of the Centre for War and Diplomacy, author, and journal editor. He will be sharing his expertise in publishing and editing. 

Submit a Paper

15th April 2021

Submit your abstract (250 words) to adminLHPC@lancaster.ac.uk. Deadline 15th of April 2021.

Papers will be 20 minutes in duration. You may also submit a panel - see our Submit page.


With EPOCH Magazine

If you think that your research would make a good magazine article, visit the EPOCH website or email epoch@lancaster.ac.uk. The September issue has the same theme as the conference ('Representations and Identities'), and hopes to represent the delegates from Histfest. If you are interested, contact EPOCH before the 18th of June.

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About us

Histfest at Lancaster

Lancaster Historical Postgraduate Conference, 'Histfest', is an annual academic postgraduate conference hosted by the history community at Lancaster University. 

The conference has run since 1995, and in 2020, we celebrated our 25th anniversary. Sadly, the conference did not take place as planned due to the COVID-19 crisis, but we are back for 2021 and determined to make it the best one yet!

Histfest is organised by PhD students in the department, and is designed to provide a supportive and constructive space for students and ECRs to present their work.

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