Culture, Things, and Empire – deadline 19 October 2020

Date / time
Date(s) - 1 November - 30 April
All day


Call for Papers


November 2020 – April 2021

Generously funded by the AHRC Midlands4Cities DTP

In the wake of current events, discussions around Britain’s imperial past, its postcolonial present, and its multicultural future have never been more important. Suddenly countless news stories have emerged over the past few months across the globe reporting on topics of race and colonialism, which have specifically sought out the views of academics and researchers. This series will contribute to the emerging and vibrant research culture in the humanities that has recently shifted into the virtual world. It will bring together researchers from across the globe to exchange ideas in interdisciplinary discussions about pertinent issues relating to race, gender, class, and materiality in the fields of imperial, colonial and global studies. The series will run through Zoom and speakers will get the opportunity to become part of the wider Culture, Things, and Empire (CTE) team to work on and produce a Figshare repository project that can be added to the ‘Publications List’ on your CV. We have also scheduled a ‘masterclass’ as part of the programme led by a specialist in the field which all registered participants will be able to attend.

The CTE Virtual Seminar Series invites researchers, primarily PhD candidates, postdoctoral and early career researchers, to submit abstracts to present their work-in-progress research in the form of 20-minute papers at one of the 5 online seminars. There will be time for a 40-minute question and answer, discussion, and feedback space. We also ask that any researchers applying to present seek out a ‘respondent’ for their session who can help chair, initiate discussion, and offer a more focussed perspective on the topic. Respondents can be anyone from within or outside of academia with the ability to comment on your topic. Please get in touch with us via the contact details below should you need help finding a respondent.

If you would like to present at one of the seminars, please submit your name, email address, abstract (max. 300 words), a short biography (max. 100 words), and your respondent’s name and email address to the CTE team at by 5pm on Monday 19th October 2020.

Proposals that cover any historical era, geographical place, or topic area/discipline within the humanities are welcome, we just ask that applicants are able to present on an area of their research within the given timeframe and are willing to contribute to the discussion space and the other activities taking place throughout the series. Attendees can also register for a space at the seminars on our website (below) when registration opens soon.

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