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Margins to Centre 2021

The Varied Centres of Marginalised History.

Inspired by the works of bell hooks, Kimberlé CrenshawAudre Lorde and Pat Parker

Margins to Centre 2021
A one day conference exploring Marginalised histories. Through this conference we aim to bring Marginalised histories to the centre, and to give undergraduates an opportunity to own the discipline. #UGhistconf
05 Mar, 11:30 – 18:40
Online Event

Margins To Centre Undergraduate Conference submissions are closed!

​We're looking for undergraduate students to submit an abstract of between 100 and 250 words on the topic “alternate centers of marginalised history”.  If you are successful, you will then be asked to prepare a 10 minute presentation for the conference and a 2000 word paper that will be published in our online journal.


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This year's conference will challenge the assumption that the history of marginalised peoples is solely the history of marginalisation. To this end, we are looking for submissions that consider the people, places, ideas, and movements which marginalised people have historically centered themselves around. Some examples of this might be: Harlem as a centre of African American culture during the ‘Harlem Renaissance’ of the 1920s, the Stonewall riots as a catalyst for the development of the Pride movement and Gay Liberation Front, or the role of the Mughal Emperor as an ideological focal point for the Indian Rebellion of 1857.


We want to centre discourses that are often neglected or sidelined in mainstream discussions of history. These include (but are not limited to) disability history, gender history, LBGTI+ history and BIPOC history. We welcome any submissions on marginalised history - whether that be political, religious, or class marginalisation - and are especially interested in submissions that engage with the concept of ‘margin’ and ‘centre’. We encourage students to consider an intersectional perspective in their work and reflect upon how multiple identifications can interact and shape individual experiences. 


This is the second Margins To Centre conference, the first having been held at the University of York in February 2020. The Margins to Centre conference is a brilliant space for undergraduate students to explore their own ideas about marginalised history, and also to expand their intellectual horizons by engaging with the work presented by other students. In addition to providing a platform for students to explore and engage with marginalised histories, the conference encourages them to take ownership of history as a discipline, and to feel confident about exploring their own ideas about history in the future. 


By submitting a paper, students will develop important skills that will prepare them for further study or work in academia, and build confidence and presentation skills that will be useful in other fields as well. Participating in the Margins To Centre conference also allows students to gain conference experience in a friendly and open environment.

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The Conference will be held online on the 5th of March 2021. More details about format and bookings to follow!

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Guide for Authors 

Please submit an abstract of between 100 and 250 words by the 5th December 2020. Please email the abstract and a short academic CV to marginstocentreug@gmail.com


If you are successful, you will be notified by 20th December and asked to prepare a 10 minute presentation for the conference, and a 2000 word paper for the online journal.

For additional information, resources, and details for last years conference, please visit www.marginstocentre.com or email us at marginstocentreug@gmail.com

Meet the Team

Rohin Alexander: Conference Organiser

I am excited to be leading the Margins to Centre Conference for its second year. Presenting at the conference last year taught me so much, about presenting and research but also finding out so much about marginalised histories. I hope that this year we can do the same for our speakers, and give them a forum to develop their ideas and learn from each other.

By running the conference this year, I hope we can contribute to the work of decolonising the academy and help to decentre norms around race, gender, sexuality, and ability in order to create a more fair and open environment.

Missed the Conference last year?

Watch this short video to see the some of the wonderful events from the day, or read our online journal!



Please email all submissions to the email address below. If you have any queries, use this form to reach out to us! Alternatively, you can tweet to us with: #UGhistconf

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