RAF Museum 2024 Call for Speakers: Lecture Series

Published on: 4 January 2024

Organiser: Royal Air Force Museum

Place and Date: Virtual, or onsite at the Royal Air Force Museum (London and Midlands), Lancaster and Wolverhampton. Dates TBC upon selection of applications.

Application Deadline: 1 March 2024.

Submission Type: Abstract, plus a biography and talk title.

Form of Submission: Maximum 300 words in English. Biographies should be no more than 200 words.

Applications to be sent to: megan.kelleher@rafmuseum.org

General Information:

The RAF Museum seeks proposals from postgraduate students, early-career and established researchers for our 2024 Research Lecture Programme. Lectures will be hosted online and at sites in London and the Midlands, and will share new research being undertaken in the fields of Air Power, aviation history and histories of air forces. The lectures enable those interested in these fields of study to share their knowledge, and to highlight the interdisciplinary approaches and research methods being utilised.

The Museum’s 2024 Research Programme will examine Air Power in its broadest sense, encompassing the history of air warfare and the RAF as well as related fields such as archaeology, law and ethics, museology, international relations and strategic studies. Papers relating to the future direction of Air and Space Power are particularly welcome.

A Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoon F2 from Number XI Squadron at RAF Coningsby is pictured escorting a Russian Bear-H aircraft over the North Atlantic Ocean, 2013. QRA procedures entail aircraft being held at continuous ground readiness, so that they can take off within minutes - without pre-warning - to provide air defence. Image is Crown Copyright OGL V3

For online lectures, speakers have forty-five minutes to present their talk; for lectures held in-person, speakers have up to one hour to present their talk. Talks will be followed by a question and answer section of 30 minutes. All lectures will also be streamed online via Crowdcast.

As part of the Museum’s ongoing commitment to encourage debate regarding Air Power and the history of the RAF, we also host research panels involving a series of shorter-talks followed by an open discussion.

If you are interested in delivering a Lecture, or proposing a discussion panel, please send a lecture title, abstract and biography to the Museum’s Historian and Academic Access Manager, Dr Megan Kelleher megan.kelleher@rafmuseum.org by Friday 1st March 2024.

If you would like to informally discuss the opportunity of presenting a lecture, then you are warmly encouraged to contact the Museum’s Historian and Academic Access Manager.

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