Call for Papers 2014


Conference Theme: Continuity & Change

The conference committee invites proposals for individual papers on any aspect of the history of Oxford University, its halls and colleges. Participants may also present work in progress on current research questions.

All original paper submissions will be entered for the 2014 Herbert Salter History Prize.

HOCC 2014 will be held at Trinity College, Oxford on Saturday 15th November 2014

The timetable for the conference is as follows:

Opening Remarks 10am

Key-note Presentation 10:15am

Dr Alice Prochaska, FRHistS, Principal of Somerville College

Paper Presentations 11am-4:30pm

Closing Address 4:30pm

Professor Sir Rick Trainor, FRHistS, FAcSS, Rector-elect of Exeter College Oxford

Principal, President and Professor of Social History at King’s College London (2004-2014)

Drinks Reception 5pm (cash bar)

Deadline for proposals – Friday 31st October 2014 (4pm)

Submissions (papers, proposals or abstracts) & enquiries to Daniel Rossall Valentine (Conference Secretary) daniel.valentine (at)

Non-speaking attendees are very welcome.However, if you would like to attend the conference you MUST register in advance. Please register by emailing the Conference Secretary.

Final joining instructions will be issued to all registered attendees approx 3 days prior to the conference.


The History of Oxford Colleges Conference (HOCC) is a conference dedicated to the historical study of the colleges of Oxford University. The conference gives historians, archivists and antiquaries (as well as researchers in cognate disciplines such as geography, archaeology, cartography, architecture and theology) the opportunity to present their research findings or theories on the history of Oxford’s colleges and halls to an appreciative audience of their peers. Submissions are welcomed from academics, archivists, graduate students and unaffiliated researchers.

 Submission Notes

 Submissions are of three types as follows:

  • Original paper presentations. These must be original papers or revisions of previously published papers which include a significant amount of new material. Speakers are accepted based on a submitted abstract of c.300 words.
  • Recently published work presentations. These are presentations on an aspect of an article or book published in the last 18 months. Authors should submit a short proposal (of 300-500 words) along with a copy of (or link to) their published work. Authors are encouraged to bring copies of recently published books; a table is provided for their display.
  • Developmental paper presentations. The purpose of this category is to enable authors to discuss their work whilst it is in its developmental stage, so comments and feedback obtained at the event can be incorporated in the final stages of research and writing up. Speakers are accepted based on a submitted abstract of c.300 words

A brief autobiographical note should be supplied with all submissions including author publications, qualifications and affiliation(s).

All accepted speakers will be provided with a 30 minute slot to introduce their paper/publication, which includes 10 minutes reserved for comments and discussion. Projection facilities will be provided; speakers that wish to take advantage of this should bring PowerPoint presentation files saved on an USB stick.

Authors of original papers who are interested in contributing to an edited volume based on the proceedings of the conference should express their interest to the conference secretary.

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