Spring conference “Work in progress”

23-24 April 2020, @ Utrecht University. PhD candidates of the RSPH will present their work during the two day seminar “Work in progress: power and politics from a historical perspective”. The provisional Program is now available:

Work in progress: power and politics from a historical perspective

Organization: Netherlands Research School Political History, in cooperation with Koos-jan de Jager, Lidewij Nissen and Nanka de Vries

Date: Thursday 23 and Friday 24 April 2020.

Location: Utrecht University, Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, Utrecht. Accessible via the entrance of Drift 27 (University Library City Centre), entrance via the courtyard at the rear. There is virtually no parking space in the vicinity of the library. It is, however, easy to reach by public transport from Utrecht Central Station (bus lines 28, 18 or 2  to Janskerkhof bus stop) or a 15 minutes’ walk through the historical city center. 


First Announcement and call for abstracts (closed)
PhD candidates (RSPH) will present their work during the two day seminar “Work in progress: power and politics from a historical perspective”.

23-24 April 2020
Utrecht University
Present your research and build your network.
This two-day conference, organized by the Research School Political History, offers all PhD candidates and research master students working on the history of power and politics a platform to present their research to fellow PhDs and senior researchers from Dutch and Flemish universities. The scope of the conference is deliberately broad in order to transcend the boundaries of periods, methods, and institutional affiliations. Two keynotes will address methodological and disciplinary problems.

Participants will give a ten-minute presentation on a particular aspect of their work. In this way, they will be able to highlight a more specific topic, concept, question or source type they have been working on or a specific problem they are struggling with, as opposed to outlining their entire research project. This will provide the panel sessions with ample time and opportunity both for specific feedback and for general discussion. Moreover, during the conference participants will take part in workshops that aim to improve valuable skill sets in areas like specific research methods, academic writing, and the presentation of work in progress.
During the first evening of the conference, the RSPH-PhD council will organize a social event, which will provide an opportunity to continue discussions and to foster informal contacts between historians in diverse stages of their research and career.

We will conclude the two-day conference with a session on the meaning and challenges of writing a book for a wider audience. This part of the program (which will be in Dutch) intends to give a glimpse into the opportunities of publishing your dissertation and into your career after you have submitted your dissertation.

This conference aims at the participation of all PhDs in the RSPH; we also welcome abstracts on topics related to the history of power and politics from research master students and PhD researchers of all levels and research schools. We encourage submissions from researchers working on:

– Politics and the media
– Politics and arts
– Politics and religion
– Politics and the military
– Politics and gender
– Politics and institutions
– Politics and ideologies
– Politics and biography

PhD candidates: panel proposals and individual proposals
Individual proposals should include a short description of your project in general and the problem that will be highlighted in the presentation (max. 300 words) and a short bio which includes your institutional affiliation (max. 150 words).

Panel proposals should include a general description of the theme of the panel (max. 250 words), a bio of each presenter incl. institutional affiliations (max. 150 words) and an abstract for each presenter (max. 300 words).

First year PhD candidates can opt for a poster presentation (see below for instructions).

Research master students and first year PhD candidates
Proposals for poster presentations should include an abstract of the project (max. 300 words), and your institutional affiliation.

All proposals should be submitted electronically in Word format to the organizing committee: rsphspringconference@gmail.com and bureau@onderzoekschoolpolitiekegeschiedenis.nl and should include last name and first name in the subject line. For questions, please contact rsphspringconference@gmail.com.

The deadline for all proposal submissions is extended to the:
9th of December, 2019

All applicants will be informed no later than February 3rd, 2020.

– PhD researchers who attend the conference and participate in the workshops will obtain 1 ECTS.
– PhDs researchers who present their project will obtain 2 ECTS.
– Research master students who attend the conference will obtain 1 ECTS.
– Research master students who present a poster will obtain 2 ECTS.

Please Note: if you are not a member of the research school political history you will be kindly asked to pay a fee of € 75,-, including lunch, dinner, coffee and tea.