Presenting at The Rosetta Forum

The best way to get involved with the Forum is to present a paper, but there are other opportunities available. Papers can be any length from 10 minutes up to 45 minutes (for reference a 20 minute paper is about 3000 words long). This work can be part of your thesis, an article you're thinking of submitting to Rosetta Journal or another journal/conference, or any piece of research you would like to share. It doesn’t have to represent a finished piece of work, as the Forum is a great place to get advice and constructive feedback.

You don't have to be part of the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology to present, but we do ask that your topic is relevant to some aspect of the many fields covered by the Department. These include, but are not limited to: Pre- and Ancient History, Archaeology, the Ancient Near East, Egyptology, Classics, Byzantine Studies, the Ottoman Empire, Heritage Studies, Linguistics, and Palaeography. In addition, we will be happy to consider papers from related disciplines in Medieval and Modern History, Theology, and English.

If you would like to present at the Forum, please send us your abstract (no more than 200 words) to rosettaforum@contacts.bham.ac.uk along with the following details:

  • Your name, department, course, and research area
  • Your paper title and estimated length
  • Whether you require any AV facilities
  • Any dates that would be suitable for you

We operate a rolling cut-off point, so there are never any deadlines to miss!

Other Ways to Get Involved

If you don’t have a paper to present there are other ways to get involved with the Forum. You can chair a session, which will give you a great opportunity to practice facilitating a discussion. If you are interested in being a chair drop us an email with your field of research, or speak to a committee member at one of the sessions.

We also welcome a range of ideas including roundtable discussions, interdisciplinary workshops, or practical sessions. If you would like to present a topic for discussion yourself or bring in speakers from other forums across SHaC, then get in touch.

Of course, the easiest way to get involved is to come along to the sessions – this exposes you to new research and gives you a chance to practice asking questions (a key part of attending a conference). It will also give you the opportunity to meet other students and have a chat over refreshments.