What the EHS can offer you

What the EHS can offer you

Professor Alexandra Walsham (President, 2012-13) writes:

The Ecclesiastical History Society has helped to nurture the talents of many young scholars and provided them with a friendly and supportive environment in which to share the fruits of their research. I gave one of my very first papers at an EHS conference (The Church and Childhood), which resulted in one of my earliest publications. It was an affirming and enjoyable experience and enabled me to benefit from the insight of more senior scholars. The warmth of the society and its members inspired me to want to return to future conferences, which I have done many times over the years. 

A network of supporters and scholars

The Society is a great way to meet other people working on similar fields and scholars studying related questions in periods and places beyond your own.  Our conferences, colloquia, and Register of Members’ Interests are all good ways to experience the supportive network which our members relish.

A chance to present your work

Consider giving a paper at our friendly conferences to get feedback on your work and promote it to an audience outside your own institution.  Your paper may pertain to the annual theme, chosen by the President for the year, or you can propose a paper or panel independently of the theme.  Postgraduates can also give papers at our dedicated annual postgraduate colloquium.  Papers given at the July and January conferences which are relevant to the year’s theme are eligible for consideration for publication in the Society’s annual volume, Studies in Church History.  This is a prestigious peer-reviewed publication, with a digital archive now being created.

Funding and prizes

The EHS delights in supporting postgraduates and early career scholars through two prizes: The Kennedy Prize, for the best paper presented by a postgraduate student (worth £500); and the new President’s Prize (of £1,000) for the best paper published in Studies in Church History by an early career scholar (defined as a scholar within seven years of the award of their PhD).

Some bursaries are also available for those wishing to attend the summer conference.

Emeritus Professor Janet Nelson (President, 1993-4) writes:

The first conference I ever attended in my life was an EHS one, at the University of Kent in 1969. I was a recent postdoc who had not yet succeeded in getting an academic post. There weren’t so many conferences happening in those days, and though there were rumours of such things as seminars, I never attended any as a postgraduate. The EHS gave me the first chance I had to give a paper: to have it discussed, critically and also sympathetically, by senior scholars and by some of my own peers, were major bonuses for me. The ambience was friendly, and there were many lively exchanges. A number of people I met in 1969 and at subsequent EHS conferences became and have remained lifelong friends. The Society has nurtured many careers.