History Brown Bag Seminar Series

The History Brown Bag Seminar Series is the main forum to inform and be updated about new and cutting-edge research in our area. Running in both semesters on Thursdays from 1 to 2pm, this seminar is one of the main academic events in which SHAPS History staff, postgraduates, fellows and associates gather. It is also open to external participants and attendees. It is traditional to bring together a variety of history papers on any region of the world and periods from the Early Modern era to the present, with a diversity of methodologies, including historians from outside the History discipline (e.g., Economics, Law, Medicine). The program usually includes postgraduate completion seminars, research presentations by visiting scholars, academics returning from a research trip or writing retreat, and new members of staff. The event also is the occasion for contact between scholars from the University of Melbourne and beyond. The program for 2019 has included speakers from eight different universities and research centres from both Australia and overseas.

The program is distributed at the beginning of semester, and posters of the presentations are circulated one week in advance. Presentations generally last 40 minutes long, with 20 minutes for questions and answers. The timing of the seminar is intended to allow SHAPS teaching staff to attend regularly, and therefore bringing your own lunch to the room is permitted, either in a brown bag or Tupperware!

Instructions for potential speakers: The convenor sends out a Call for Papers at least once per year, but expressions of interest can be sent at any time.

The 2019 convenor is Dr Ángel Alcalde, Lecturer in History. For further information, feel free to contact him by email.