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Submission Guidance

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Paper Submissions

Histfest 2023

Papers are to be around twenty minutes in duration, with three papers presented within a curated panel. There will then be time allotted for the audience to ask questions after all three papers have been given, so it is important that you adhere to the suggested timings.


Abstracts should be between 150 and 250 words, and may be on any subject so long as it links in some way to our theme, and has a historical focus. I.e. we welcome papers from across the social sciences, but papers in subjects such as politics, religious studies, etc., must be concerned with history (however recent) rather than current affairs. Please complete our Submission Form and email to


Please see our archive if you wish to get an idea of past papers.

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Poster Submissions

Histfest 2023

For the first time, we are also welcoming poster submissions.We believe this format is particularly appropriate for academics, whose research is work-in-progress.


Posters should be at least A2 (or equivalent digital format) in size and must act as a prompt for informal debate and discussion. Posters will be shown during the intermissions between panels and the presenter must be in attendance during the lunch and afternoon breaks. Posters should be in portrait orientation and must be provided by the submitter, but presentation equipment will be made available to you.

Poster submissions will require a 100–150-word outline detailing what will be included and an additional 50 words explaining how it constitutes original research. We welcome posters from across the arts and humanities but, must be concerned with history rather than current affairs. Please complete our Poster Submission Form (available here) and email to with both the submission form and a draft of the poster.

The deadline for submissions has now passed.

Panel Submissions

Histfest 2023

You may choose to submit a panel, if you and two other delegates have papers that will work well in conjunction. This does not necessarily mean they have to belong to the same discipline or time period - although these are welcome - papers may be linked by thematic similarities, for example.


If possible, please submit all three abstracts together (within the same email). If this is not possible, please indicate that you wish to submit as part of a panel within your email, preferably with the names of your prospective co-presenters. If appropriate, you may wish to write a line or two as to why you believe these papers work well together and would make an engaging panel. Equally, please let us know whether you would be happy to present your paper in another panel, as it may not always be possible to accommodate all panel submissions due to time and room limitations.

  • Migration and Diasporas

  • Communication and Transport

  • Networks and Connections

  • Religion and Belief

  • Archaeology and Material Culture

  • Institutions and Organisations

  • Nationalism and National Identities

  • Culture and Cultural Identities

  • Gender and Queer Histories

  • States and State Development

  • Developing Techniques and Methods

  • Ideology and Class Conflict

  • Revolution and Evolution

Suggested Paper Themes
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