Postgraduate Seminar Series

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The History postgraduate community at St Andrews is especially vibrant, with many
opportunities for students to present their research, acquire new skills, and meet other postgraduates. In this blog post, PhD students Kimberly Sherman and Timothy Owens introduce the two postgraduate seminars series of the School of History.

Kimberly Sherman

Over the past few years, the Early Modern and Modern History (EMMH) Postgraduate Forum has become a fixture among the early modern and modern history cohort of PhDs and MLitt students. The forum aims to provide a comfortable and relaxed environment for postgraduates to present their research, workshop ideas, receive feedback, and generate discussion among their peers. Our sessions include postgraduate paper presentations, student-run skills sessions, and generally, a fun community for new ideas. Some papers presented at the forum have gone on to be published in peer-reviewed journals or have become the capstones of thesis projects. From digital history initiatives and staying organized with one’s research, to visiting archives and preparing for the job market, the EMMH has attempted to provide an atmosphere where students can learn from and encourage one another. Last spring, we ran a session designed for MLitts in which current St Andrews PhDs who earned their MLitts at the university gave advice on researching and writing the dissertation. The great response to the session guaranteed its recurrence on this year’s schedule.

The EMMH Postgraduate forum meets on scheduled Mondays during the academic year in St Katherine’s Lodge Room 1.10 at 17:15. Drinks and nibbles are provided and attendees are invited to join in our traditional pilgrimage to St Andrews Brewing Company for post-forum drinks and discussion. Keep up with news and events, listen to audio of past papers, or even propose a paper at our website or by contacting forum conveners Richard Daglish (rsd3) or Kimberley Sherman (ks222) for more information.

Timothy Owens

The postgraduate Mediæval History Seminar Series provides an opportunity for postgraduates at every level, from the most junior of MLitts to late-stage PhD students, to give an academic paper to an audience of their fellow postgraduates as well as any interested faculty members and the wider university community. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly, and collegiate, offering a great chance for postgraduates to practice papers that they are going to present at conferences, or simply to try out ideas for their research. Most of the time, the papers are focused on the scholarly interests of the postgraduate, but we also occasionally host speakers who instead offer their personal insight into the world of academia: whether that be a look at the pitfalls of trying to forge a career in a highly competitive sector, the idiosyncrasies of academic publishing, or issues of mental health in academia.

There is also a strong social aspect to the seminar series, which take place on Wednesdays at 5:15, in the New Seminar Room at St John’s House. Refreshments are provided at each event and after every paper the speaker and audience retire to a local pub to continue discussions in a more relaxed setting. Over the course of the year, the seminar series also hosts a number of special postgraduate parties, including the now (in)famous Halloween party! If you want to present, come along or simply know more, please visit the website to stay up to date!

About standrewshistory
With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from S cotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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