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, 2022 marks the 26th annual Histfest at Lancaster. For the second time running, this year's Histfest will be a hybrid event, with panels occurring both in-person and online (via Microsoft Teams).
Histfest is organised by PhD students in the History Department of Lancaster University and is designed to provide a supportive and constructive space for students and ECRs to present their work.
Histfest provides a vibrant and stimulating conference attended by postgraduates and early career researchers from around the UK and overseas. The conference provides an opportunity to present research in a welcoming and supportive environment. The conference and first-day dinner also provide excellent networking opportunities for speakers.
This year the conference is hosted within Lancaster University's Management School, situated in the south of Lancaster University's Main Campus.
Amy is a PhD Student in the History Department at Lancaster University. Amy took her BA in History and AKC at King’s College London, before embarking upon a career in banking. Returning to academia, Amy took her MA at Lancaster as a member of the first cohort to take the CWD-sponsored MA in International and Military History. Amy is an ESRC-sponsored research student with her particular interest lies in the public finances of the British eighteenth-century ‘Fiscal Military state’. Her research project considers the development of differential taxation contributions within the population as taxation policy evolved and consumer consumption developed in response to the commodities newly available within the expanding imperial economy.
Dabeoc is an AHRC funded PhD student at Lancaster University, looking at smuggling networks operating from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man during the long Eighteenth-Century. His research uses Digital Humanities techniques, such as GIS, to investigate the hidden geographies of the early-modern illicit economy. Dabeoc's PhD aims to remedy the lack of scholarly attention that smuggling has received within the conceptual frameworks of maritime history, using social network analysis to unravel the complicated relationship between insular constitutional privileges and their survival as entrepôt of smuggled commodities in the face of the anger of the emerging British state.
Edward is a current PhD Student at Lancaster University. His research focuses on Viking-Age stone sculptures of the Irish Sea region. His thesis considers the transmission of different motifs and artistic styles as a proxy for identifying social and cultural contact between different polities in the Irish Sea region. His thesis also involves Digital Humanities, utilising GIS technology and network analysis methods. His MA focused on the relationship between Viking-Age place-names and hogback stone monuments.