As an academic, in order to promote your own work and to learn about the work being done by others in your field, it's essential that you attend conferences. This is especially true of disciplines like history which can be performed individually rather than as part of a research group. You need contact with other researchers in order to motivate yourself and to understand the broader context of debates currently being held in your field.
However, there is only a limited amount of time that you have available for travelling to and attending conferences, so you need to pick the conferences that you will attend carefully. For practical and budget reasons, it is easier to attend a conference that is nearby to your location. So below we're listing 5 of the top conferences in history that are being held in Europe in 2018.
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European Association of History Educators Annual Conference
Dates: 21st - 26th April 2018
Host: Mucem (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations)
Location: Marseille, France
Description: For those who teach history or work in public outreach, this conference has the chance to visit various historical sites and learn about how they are presented in an educational context. The conference this year includes trips to on-site locations such as the picturesque Medieval city of Arles as well as talks and workshops.
The European Conference on Arts & Humanities
Dates:9th - 10th July 2018
Host: The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Location: Brighton, UK
Description: This conference, themed around “Fearful Futures”, invites participants from the arts, humanities, and media and cultural studies to discuss currently pressing issues such as economic disparity, the rise in right-wing populism, and religious intolerance. Speakers will explore these themes including in a practical way through discussion of how these topics can be tackled in the classroom and the role of the media in mediating debate.
European Social Science History Conference 2018
Dates: 4th April - 7th April 2018
Host: Queen's University Belfast
Location: Belfast, UK
Description: A conference specialising in historical sciences across any period of history. With an interdisciplinary approach, it brings together scholars from history and social sciences to work on topics such as economic history whether in Europe or elsewhere in the world.
16th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR)
Dates:17th - 21st June 2018
Host: University of Bern
Description: A comparative religion conference that covers aspects of history and sociology as applied to the study of religion. Several keynote speakers are historians working on topics such as the medieval history of religious minorities, religious deviance, atheism and non-belief, and a historiographical approach to Buddhism and Indian studies.
Emotions: the Engines of History
Dates:23rd - 24th November 2018
Host: University of Silesia
Location: Sosnowiec, Poland
Description: This multidisciplinary conference offers the chance for historians to come together with scholars working in the fields of literature, culture, media, and psychology to discuss the role that emotion has played in the shaping of societies and the ways in which it manifests in culture today.
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