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Seminars and Research Training

Seminars and Research Training

  Among the Faculty’s thirty seminars are several with particular relevance to modern British history – a dedicated Modern British seminar, a Modern Cultural History seminar, a Modern  Economic and Social History seminar, and  a Modern Irish History seminar (see links below).There are also relevant groups devoted to political thought and intellectual history, public and popular history, quantitative history, the ‘long eighteenth century’, modern European history and the history of secret intelligence. Each seminar is open to all members of the Faculty, MPhil students, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and teaching staff. Typically they meet fortnightly and feature a talk by a Cambridge historian or, frequently, visitors from elsewhere in Britain or  abroad, followed by discussion and, often, opportunities for more informal contact over drinks or dinner. The opportunity to see at close-quarters the world’s leading historians, from early-career scholars to the most familiar names in the discipline, in so many settings marks out Cambridge as a place of extraordinary intellectual density and vigour.

In addition to the research seminars, graduate students also organise their own workshop series in which students present work-in-progress for friendly mutual criticism. About 15 series run in any given year, with a fluctuating set of concerns, depending on student interest, but there are always workshop series in modern British history, cultural history, economic and social history, political thought and intellectual history, and gender; other recent workshop series have been devoted to contemporary history, maritime and oceanic history, urban history, and violence and conflict. MPhil students form a vital part of these workshops, which play a key role in the weekly schedule in termtime.

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