Schedule of Meetings 2013-14
16 October 2013
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.
23 October 2013
Methodological aspects: the making of history
History and its relationship to the social sciences. International history and other forms of history. What do historians do when they do history? What are its claims to objectivity? Interpretation and controversy in history. History and post-modernism. Please do some reading beforehand and come prepared with questions.
Participating: Dr Tim Hochstrasser
30 October 2013
Notes and record keeping
One of the main tasks of the historian is to accumulate evidence from written and oral sources on which to base their work. We will discuss how we can do this effectively and to minimise problems of storage and recovery.
Participating: Dr Paul Keenan
6 November 2013
Electronic sources for historians (Room: LRB.R08)
A valuable opportunity to run through the search tools available on-line via the Library.
Note: this meeting will take place in the Library, room to be confirmed
Participating: Paul Horsler (History librarian, LSE Library)
13 November 2013
Working in the archives
An informal discussion of aspects of archival research at home and abroad, with practical advice offered by several faculty members.
Participating: Dr Lauren Warlouzet; Dr Valeria Zanier
20 November 2013
Oral history and interviewing
A useful, and occasionally the only, method of obtaining information on contemporary issues is by interviewing witnesses. There are, however, important issues of technique, confidentiality, reliability and record-keeping that arise from this procedure. Before attending this meeting, please consult one of the relevant items on the reading list and/or the website of the Oral History Association
Participating: Professor Dorothee Wierling and Dr Kristina Spohr
27 November 2013
The writing process
An informal discussion of aspects of thesis writing. Please note: bring to this meeting at least one example of GOOD historical or other non-fiction writing and be prepared to explain why you chose it.
Participating: Dr Valeria Zanier
4 December 2013
Presenting papers at seminars and conferences
An informal discussion on how to give a paper: preparation and delivery, how to deal with criticisms and questions. IT aids: PowerPoint. How to get published: academic journals and book publishers: sources of advice. What makes a good paper/article?
Participating: Professor David Stevenson
There will probably be three or so meetings in the Summer term, depending on the number of first-year students who are preparing for the up-grade. The meetings will be given over to presentations by students of the draft chapter they will be submitting for the upgrading exercise. Two students will normally make presentations at each meeting. They will be asked to summarise their chapter, explaining its thesis and how it is underpinned. The order of appearance will be decided toward the end of the Michaelmas term.