Call for Abstracts! – Opportunity to present at Black History Month series

The SWDTP has been invited to partner with a number of sister ESRC and AHRC funded Doctoral Training Partnerships, and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) to contribute to a Black History Month (BHM) initiative this October. 

To this end, Doctoral Researchers are sought to showcase ways in which social science and arts and humanities research can bring to life the stories of African, Caribbean and Asian people in this country; going beyond the stories of slavery, colonialism and racism to highlight black cultures, societies and achievements.


The Brief

The programme will include a series of short lunchtime talks from academics, early career researchers and external speakers. Doctoral Researchers funded by the SWDTP (including those in their Masters year) are invited to submit a 200 word abstract for a 5 -15 minute online presentation. Talks will take place 1.10 – 2pm every Tuesday throughout October 

The organising committee is particularly looking for ideas inspired by the BHM themes for this year which are: 

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A panel drawn from the participating DTPs and CRER will select abstracts that:  

  • Describe the proposed presentation in accessible and engaging ways that will appeal to a wide audience in 5-15 minutes
  • Demonstrate the ways in which social science and/or arts and humanities research can contribute to keeping alive the important stories and lessons from the history of African, Caribbean and Asian people in the UK.  

To apply please complete the online form here 

Deadline for applications is 23.59pm, Sunday 5 September 


Benefits for Applicants:
  • Gain experience engaging with non-specialist audiences
  • Present to a wide audience, including fellow PhD researchers, students and academics, professionals and members of the public
  • Develop confidence in delivering effective presentations  

*Should it be useful to view, the 2020 programme is available here. Full details of Black History Month can be found at the CRER website.