Call For Papers LGBTQ history conference

What is LGBT(Q) History and where do we stand? History Postgraduates and LGBT History
Wednesday 7th  November 2012
Queen Mary, University of London

Decades have passed since the first published histories examining aspects of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer life, or analysing social movements made up by LGBTIQ people. Historical work on LGBT or queer “issues” is now more accepted in the academy than ever before, and has enriched our knowledge enormously. However, postgraduate historians working on LGBT research topics – at least in the UK – have no recognisable network to call upon, lack any clear idea of what this “generation” of researchers’ agenda, approach and methodology might be, and many academics and researchers appear curiously aloof from community projects such as LGBT History Month.

This conference aims to bring together postgraduate historians and early-career researchers working on any aspect of LGBT or Q history, in any country or era. We want to highlight and discuss the range of topics and methodological approaches being pursued by this generation of researchers; to consider the intersections and differences between historical work on L, G, B, T and Q topics, and  to explore how LGBTQ history relates to wider narratives, and the modern historical profession.

This will be followed by an evening panel event chaired by Sue Sanders, co-chair of LGBT history month. She will be joined by Professor Julian Jackson, whose latest book concerns homosexual politics in France in the post-war period, and Lindsay River, an activist in the 1970s with – among others – Gay Liberation Front, and more recently the founder of Age of Diversity, which aims to provide a national voice for older LGBT people in the UK (other speakers tbc). This evening event will give us the chance to explore some of the definitional, historical, political and activist implications of “LGBT history” and to explore how researchers might better engage with LGBT history month and community history.

Postgraduates at any level, and early career researchers are invited to send abstracts of not more than 400 words to Charles and Craig by Friday 13th July 2012. We would especially welcome papers discussing adapting research work for a non- academic audience. We are also interested in interdisciplinary approaches to LGBT(Q) history and welcome papers from those whose research is not necessarily based in history departments. The conference is kindly supported by LGBT History Month and Queen Mary, University of London. Travel grants may be available for postgraduates.

Charles Smith

Craig Griffiths

Call for Contributors – Historical Novel Society Conference


Are you a published author, editor, agent, or other genre expert who can speak about your experience? Would you be interested in serving as a moderator or organizing a panel for our 2011 Conference? If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, we’d like to hear from you.

Our 4th North American conference will be held in San Diego, California, on June 17-19, 2011, at the Holiday Inn on the Bay. This weekend-long event will feature workshops, panels and keynote addresses on various aspects of fiction set in the past, and will present authors, readers, industry professionals and other historical fiction enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to celebrate the genre. We hope to provide a stimulating, thought-provoking program that touches on many aspects of historical fiction.

Author guests of honor will be Cecelia Holland and Harry Turtledove, with a Saturday lunch keynote by Jennifer Weltz of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

Conference registration will open in November 2010.

If you’d like to participate as a speaker or on a panel, please click on the link below and fill out the form to indicate your interest. We’ve provided some options, but all ideas are welcome. If you’d like to see what our program looked like in 2009, click on this <> link.

Please send in your proposal(s) by September 30, 2010. Decisions will be
made by October 31, 2010.

The URL for the proposal form is:

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas.

Mary F. Burns
HNS North American Conference Publicity Chair
San Francisco, California

Historical Competitions/Submissions/call for speakers

1. The Historical Novel Society has two competitions:

a. Win copies of Harry Sidebottom’s Warrior of Rome Fire in the East

b. Tony Pollard’s The Minutes of the Lazarus Club, both from Michael Joseph/Penguin UK. Deadline 31 Aug.

You need to be a member of the HNS to enter.

2.Fish Publishing, in cooperation with the HNS, announces Short Histories IV. This short story competition offers a top prize of €1,000 plus publication in the Fish Anthology 2008. Five runners up will each receive an award of €100 and will also be published in the Anthology. Deadline 31 Aug. Click for details. (note-Fish has other competitions open right now)

3. The 30th June, 2008 is the centenary of the birth of Winston Graham – one of the most successful and prolific novelists of the twentiethcentury. To mark his centenary the Royal Cornwall Museum Truro is holding a Centenary Exhibition – Poldark’s Cornwall: the life and works of Winston Graham Graham and is launching the Winston Graham Historical Prize for an unpublished work of historical fiction.

4. Solander are looking for historical short stories

“We pay $150 (US dollars) or £100 (UK pounds) for each story.Submissions should be historical fiction according to our definition. They must be self-contained short stories, not first chapters of novels. The preferred length is 4,000-4,500 words, to a maximum length of 5,000 words. We do not acknowledge receipt of manuscripts, nor return manuscripts, nor enter into discussion about manuscripts.

What kind of stories are we looking for? It’s hard to answer, and the next story may be the exception that proves the rule, but in general we are not looking for ‘genre’ stories. We are not looking for old-fashioned historicals (we love authors like Buchan, Sabatini and Conan Doyle, but don’t wish to publish pastiches of their styles). What we are looking for is storytelling ability in its broadest sense. We want to publish stories where the history is intimately researched but deftly conveyed, and, if possible, where it is integral to the plot. Our stories must advance and be resolved – in other words, must have a beginning, middle and end. Above all, the characters in our stories must be passionately engaged with their world, and with THIS particular moment in their lives. Manuscripts should be emailed to Richard Lee preferably attached as a Word document.”

5. The Historical Novel Society is having its USA conference in Illinois on 12-14 June 2009. I personally would KILL to be there.

“Are you a published author, editor, agent, or other genre expert who can speak about your experience? Would you be interested in serving as a moderator or organizing a panel? If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, we’d like to hear from you. Please fill out the following form to indicate your interest. We’ve provided some options below, but all ideas are welcome. We’d like to receive your proposal(s) by September 30, 2008. Decisions will be made by October 31, 2008.

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