Call for Abstracts – Black History Month

Please note that this call for abstracts is currently closed. Recordings from our Black History Month 2021 Lunchtime PhD Talks are available to watch here

In partnership with SGSAH, SGSSS, Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP, Midlands AHRC DTP, South, West Wales AHRC DTP, Midlands ESRC DTP, SeNSS ESRC DTP, NINE ESRC DTP, Northern Bridge Consortium AHRC DTP and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)


We are looking for inspiring Doctoral Researchers to showcase ways in which social science and arts and humanities research can bring to life the stories of African, Caribbean and Asian people in this country; going beyond the stories of slavery, colonialism and racism to highlight black cultures, societies and achievements.

Black History Month (BHM) focuses on people whose sacrifices, contributions and achievements against a backdrop of racism, inequality and injustice are often forgotten about. It takes place in October and is coordinated in Scotland by CRER. See our 2020 programme here, and for full details of Black History Month check out the CRER website.

The Brief

We will deliver a programme of short lunchtime talks from academics, early career researchers and external speakers. We invite Doctoral Researchers (including those in their Masters year) to submit a 200 word abstract for a 5 -15 minute online presentation. This call is open to all Doctoral Researchers connected with organisations as listed above. Doctoral Researchers from black, asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

Talks will take place 1.10 - 2pm on every Tuesday in October 2021

We are looking for ideas inspired by the BHM themes for this year:

A panel from across the participating DTPs and CRER will select abstracts that: 

  • Describe the proposed presentation in accessible and engaging ways that will appeal to a wide audience in 5-15 minutes 
  • Demonstrate the ways in which social science and/or arts and humanities research can contribute to keeping alive the important stories and lessons from the history of African, Caribbean and Asian people in the UK.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 1st September 

Benefits for Applicants

This is an opportunity to present to a wide audience, including fellow PhD researchers, students and academics, professionals and members of the public. 

All selected candidates will receive free tailored support to develop effective presentations and hone their public speaking skills. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to attend: 

  • A group interactive workshop on public speaking skills (30th September)
  • Follow up session offering individual feedback and coaching.

This opportunity will enable participants to:  

  • Engage with several techniques to develop the structure and narrative of presentations 
  • Gain experience engaging with non-specialist audiences 
  • Develop confidence in delivering effective presentations 


Wed 1 Sept 5pm Deadline to submit abstract
Fri 10 Sept N/A Notification and feedback
Thurs 30 Sept 9.30 - 12.30pm Interactive workshop on public speaking skills and developing the presentation
Tues 5, 12, 19, 25 Oct 1.10 - 2pm BHM talks

First published: 4 August 2021

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