Meet the Team
Rheanna Dove: Conference Organiser
Organising the Margins to Centre conference has been an incredible experience so far. I am really passionate about promoting the study of global histories and literatures, and I think that getting undergraduates involved in the project to diversify the university curriculum is really important. I am always excited when I discover something I never knew about, and I am always shocked by the amount that is still undiscovered. That is why I chose this years theme of 'Abandoning Ignorance' - to remind us that we will always be able to find more marginalised voices, and make more progress towards greater representation in academia.
Margins to Centre Undergraduate Conference Submissions are OPEN!
On the 17th June 2022, we will be hosting the Margins to Centre Undergraduate Conference, a one day event focused on Marginalised Histories and Literatures at the University of York, with our exciting keynote speaker still to be announced.
Margins to Centre is completely undergraduate led, and the only conference of its kind in the country! This means you get to have a hand in the running of the conference, getting to be the academic force behind the discussions we have. This conference has run successfully for the last two years at the University of York with amazing and renowned speakers across the two years, such as Dr Catherine Hall and Dr Meleisa Ono-George, and this year you could be joining them!
The theme for this year's conference is 'Abandoning Ignorance: The Unexpected Discoveries of Marginalised Groups'. So, we are asking for submissions focused around: what marginalised histories or literatures have you discovered, through a University module or private study, since coming to University? Why did they interest and inspire you? Why do you think it is important for us to discuss these topics more in universities across the UK?
We invite undergraduate students to submit an abstract between 100 and 250 words on Marginalised Histories or Literatures relating to any of this year’s panels that interest and inspire them. Submissions open on the 30th of November 2021 and the deadline for submission is the 25th February 2022 at 11.59pm. The writers of the selected abstracts will be asked to prepare a 10 minute presentation for the conference, and an article for our journal.
The panels for this year's conference are:
Interpreting Medieval Sexuality and Gender
Exploring the Medieval Middle East
The Modern Medical World
Investigating Classical and Medieval Asia
Narratives of Migration
We feel these themes are in need of greater discussion in Universities across the UK, and that there is no better way to shape the future of academia than by hearing from those who will be involved in that future: undergraduate students! We want to give emerging history and literature students the opportunity to meet and talk to experts in the field they are interested in, and give the experts a chance to see what topics the next generation of academics think are underrepresented and in need of further discussion.
Being a part of a conference such as this is a great opportunity for students who wish to pursue academia further, as it will help them develop vital skills for writing essays and articles, and taking part in conferences and discussions later in their careers. It is also a great opportunity for all, as it will help develop your public speaking and presentation skills, and give you great experience to put on your CV!
Travel funding will likely be available for student speakers who need it so please don’t let this stop you from making a submission and get in touch if you have any concerns!
This is the conference's third year, and this year we are determined to explore marginalised groups from an interdisciplinary lens, focusing on both their histories and literature. We believe this is a key step in the representation of both larger marginalised histories and the personal stories of marginalised individuals. Every year, more and more progress is made towards representing marginalised histories and literature in academia, but we know that more progress can always be made, and hope that this conference will give undergraduate students the opportunity to see where they can fit in to the endless march of progress towards a better future for representation in academia.
Please send submissions, along with a short academic CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 25th February 2022 at 11.59pm.
If you are selected, we will contact you after the deadline has passed with further instructions.
Feel free to also send any questions to the same email address!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
The Margins to Centre Conference Team
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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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!