Becoming Part of the Conversation


‘Emma Copestake is a first-year History PhD student at the University of Liverpool. Her research currently focuses on the humour and wellbeing of dock communities in Liverpool and Glasgow throughout the twentieth century. Other interests include the history of emotions, labour history, class, gender, occupational health and medical humanities. Follow Emma on Twitter @em_copestake and read further blog posts at

I know nothing about the history of dock work. This is something I tell myself daily, despite the fact I have already spent two and a half years researching waterfront communities, carried out interviews with those who worked on the docks and spend most days reading something relating to the industry. Just to be clear, I also know nothing about the history of emotions, humour, labour history, occupational health or anything related to my field.

Since beginning my PhD in October 2017, I have had to learn to value my own contribution…

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Great Opportunity for PGRs in the North West!

Exciting news! This is our official call for papers for Crafting the Past, all PGRs interested in presenting a paper should send their 100-word proposal, paper title and short bio to Presentations will be 10 minutes in length and a question-and-answer session will follow, but for now we just want to read your excellent […]

via CFP – 9TH FEBRUARY 2018 — Annual Postgraduate Conference

A ‘Networking’ Trip to Glasgow

On Monday 11th December, I travelled from Liverpool to Glasgow to visit the Scottish Oral History Centre and to attend the book launch of The Deindustrialized World: Confronting Ruination in Postindustrial Places. I decided to attend because I enjoyed the book and wanted to watch the author presentations but I ended up learning a lot about the value of one of academia’s key buzzwords: ‘networking’.  Continue reading