The fresh meetings are aimed at researchers in any field of economic and social history. The meetings build on the concept that scholars present their ongoing research at an early stage, i.e. before it becomes published as a working paper or the like, and certainly before it is published in journals or books. The main aim of the meetings is to gather researchers in a friendly and non-imposing environment where they can present their research and receive constructive criticism from their peers. Normally, any theme is welcome. Participants should prepare their presentation in order to target a general-field audience. The idea is that, in this way, they will get to think about their research in broader terms.
The meetings have no permanent venue but will take place at any institution around the world where there is an interest in having the fresh meeting. Hosting institutions will be asked to provide a venue, including electronic equipment, plus refreshments, lunch and dinner for participants (usually about 12-20 for a one-day workshop). A small non-refundable registration fee (usually €70) will be payable by participants in order to cover the FRESH organizers' expenses (please see the Instructions for hosts). Upcoming fresh meetings will be announced on the fresh website.
There are two ways to sign up for updates on our activities. You can either 'like' fresh on our facebook page here, or you can subscribe to eh.news at eh.net here. If you would like to organize a fresh meeting at your institution, please contact the meeting organizers.
The meetings are organized by Rowena Gray, Paul Sharp and Martin Uebele.