Call for Expressions of Interest: Workshops for Secondary Teachers

15 March 2019

HISTORICAL WORKSHOPS FOR SECONDARY AND SIXTH-FORM TEACHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH : SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HISTORIES OF DIVERSITY IN MODERN BRITAIN (c.1760-1960)

If you are conducting research on topics related to social and cultural histories of racial diversity in modern Britain in the wake of Empire (c.1760-1960), that may resonate with pupils and teachers, then we want to hear from you.

The RHS Report on Racial and Ethnic Equality calls for engagement with secondary schools and sixth-form colleges, to showcase our research for the next generation of black and minority-ethnic (BAME) historians. We seek to generate conversations with teachers on ways to encourage pupils to choose History courses, and to consider History as a profession. This will also enhance our own thinking about research and teaching in the context of racial and ethnic equality, diversity and inclusion.

From October 2019 to June 2020, in partnership with the Royal Historical Society, the University of Edinburgh plans to host a series of AHRC-funded half-day workshops for secondary History teachers from across the UK (held on Saturdays). The focus will be on social and cultural histories of racial diversity in modern Britain, in the wake of empire (c.1760-1960). Although workshops may address slavery and abolitionism, we will concentrate on the making of racial and ethnic diversity within British urban and rural communities.

In consultation with lead teachers, we will ensure that these workshops showcase historical research and primary sources that fit within current examination frameworks. Workshops also will feature specialists on teaching and learning, to facilitate discussion and lesson planning. Our application for AHRC funding will cover transportation and accommodation in Edinburgh, for all participants. Its outputs, for academic collaborators, will include evidence of research impact and community engagement.

If you wish to collaborate on this project by proposing a half-day workshop for teachers that draws on your research, and can supply primary sources (images, sound, and/or text) suitable for use in classrooms, please send us an expression of interest by Friday 22 March. We will ask for a more detailed proposal shortly after that date.

Please send a Word attachment, including your name, institutional affiliation, and a short paragraph on your proposed topics and associated resources (max. 200 words) to: Dr Adam Budd, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh: adam.budd@ed.ac.uk.

Please add a note of any experience of engagement with secondary education.