The purpose of the Berkeley's British Scholars Workshop is to enable scholars at all levels in the field (and all disciplines in the field) to present and get feedback on a work-in-progress in a structured but social setting. Three times a semester the Workshop will meet to discuss a pre-circulated paper. The format will be a short commentary (~15 min) by the author followed by an audience-generated discussion (~45 min). Drinks etc. will follow.
The goal is to give more focus—but also more transparency—to the apprenticeship, or process of becoming a historian. In other words, younger scholars will have the advantage of seeing every stage of scholarship over the course of the year, present and get feedback on their work from an interested, high-caliber audience, and socialize with both the up and coming and well established scholars in their field. This will minimize the intimidation factor as they advance through the process. Mid-level and senior scholars will also benefit from the feedback on their work, have the opportunity to see the new work their colleagues are engaged in, and test new ideas with an informed audience in an informal setting.
Please contact Tehila Sasson at tehila [at] berkeley [dot] edu if you wish to receive more information or present in the workshop.