The purpose of this workshop is to familiarise new MPhil/PhD students with the practical research and writing skills necessary for the preparation of a first-rate PhD thesis in history, and to discuss some general methodological and theoretical issues in international history as a research field.
Schedule of meetings 2019-20
Convenor: Dr Tanya Harmer
** MICHAELMAS TERM 2019 **
9 October 2019
The PhD & Global/International/Transnational/World History: An Introduction
The nature of a PhD thesis. The university regulations. The PhD upgrading requirements. The originality requirement. Examples of previous theses and thesis topics. Selecting a topic. Relationship to other researchers in the field.
16 October 2019
What makes a good book/article/historiographical review or roundtable? What are they designed to do?
23 October 2019
The LSE Library & Research Data Management (RDM)
A valuable opportunity to learn about the search tools available on-line via the Library and to learn about Data Management.
Participating: Dr Paul Horsler (LSE Library) and Helen Porter (LSE Research Data Librarian)
30 October 2019
Working in the archives
A discussion of aspects of archival research, with practical advice offered by faculty members.
Participating: Dr Taylor C. Sherman & Prof. Steve Casey
13 November 2019
Oral History and Interviewing
A discussion of oral history with faculty members who use it directly in their own research. What are the key issues technique, confidentiality, reliability and record-keeping that arise from oral history? What are its opportunities and challenges?
Participating: Dr Anna Cant and Dr Una Bergmane
20 November 2019
One of the main tasks of the historian is to accumulate evidence from written and oral sources on which to base their work. How can do this effectively and minimise problems of storage and recovery?
Participating: Dr Paul Keenan and Molly Avery
27 November 2019
An Introduction to Digital Humanities
What are the Digital Humanities? How might digital history, its methods and its processes be useful to you and your research?
Participating: Professor Jane Winter (School of Advanced Study), Martin Steer (IHR); and Jonathan Blaney (IHR)
4 December 2019
Formulating Research Questions
In preparation for the submission of your Research Questions Report (deadline 13 December) we will be discussing why research questions are important and how best to formulate them.
11 December 2019
Writing Workshop (1): Writing Strategies and Processes
How do historians approach the writing process? What strategies and processes do they use to think about the craft of writing?
Participating: Dr Paul Stock and Prof. Marc David Baer
** LENT TERM 2020 **
22 January 2020
Careers with a PhD in History: How/if/why to plan ahead? (1)
When is a good time to think about life beyond the PhD and what is the best way to prepare for it?
Participating: Prof. David Stevenson
5 February 2020
Careers with a PhD in History: How/If/Why to Plan Ahead? (2)
An opportunity to hear from Catherine Reynolds, LSE’s PhD Careers Consultant, about the opportunities and challenges of today’s job market and how IH graduates can best navigate. Alumni of the IH PhD program working in academic and non-academic jobs will also join this session. We will ask questions such as what previous PhD students in the IH Department have gone on to do and how. What do they wish they’d known when they were still a PhD student in the Department? What are their top tips for a successful career beyond the doctorate?
Participating: Catherine Reynolds (LSE Careers) and Alumni of the International History PhD programme.
19 February 2020
Presenting Papers at Seminars and Conferences
An informal discussion on how to present your research findings with advice on preparation and delivery, how to deal with criticisms and questions, and follow up publication opportunities.
Participating: Dr Imaobong Umoren and Dr Ronald C. Po
4 March 2020
Writing Workshop (2): Planning & Introducing Your Upgrade Chapter
An opportunity to workshop your upgrade chapter as a work in progress.
** SUMMER TERM 2020 **
Full Day Workshop
MPhil students will be given the opportunity to present their upgrade chapter.