SOTS Meetings

The Society holds two conferences each year, a Winter Meeting (usually in the first week of January) and a Summer Meeting (usually in the third week of July).

Details of the papers given at past conferences are available.

If this will be your first meeting at SOTS, advice for newcomers is below.

Future Meetings

Winter Meeting 2018, 2—4 January 2018, Newark Hall, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham Please note the change of venue in Nottingham, after last year’s meeting in January 2017.  The new venue on Jubilee Campus has more modern facilities and easier movement between accommodation, meals and sessions.  We look forward to welcoming you to Newark Hall in January 2018 Summer Meeting 2018, 16–19 July 2019, St John’s College, Durham Winter Meeting 2019, 7–9 January 2019, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Recent Meetings

The most recent meetings were:

Centenary Summer Meeting, 17—20 July 2017, King’s College London

Centenary Winter Meeting 2017, 3—5 January 2017, Cripps Hall, Nottingham

Summer Meeting 2016, 25th-28th July 2016, Hulme Hall, Manchester

Winter Meeting 2016, 4th-6th January 2016, at Collingwood College, Durham

Summer Meeting 2015, 20th – 23rd July 2015, University of Edinburgh

Winter Meeting 2015, 5th – 7th January 2015, at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.


Past Conferences

Conference Grants

The Society is able to award each year a number of ‘conference grants’ (‘bursaries’) to assist those who would otherwise be unable to attend a Meeting. You should bear in mind that grants are for members or for persons who are seriously considering membership rather than for occasional guests, that they are intended to meet cases of genuine need (and so are not normally available to those who are in full-time employment), and that they are intended to ‘top up’ resources rather than meet all costs associated with attending a Meeting (and so the normal maximum for a grant is the package price minus the booking fee). An application form is available on the SOTS website, or alternatively applicants may write to the Secretary (Dr David Shepherd, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland) at least one week before the cut-off date for discount-price bookings for the relevant Meeting.

Paper Proposals

Members wishing to read a paper or conduct a workshop or other session at a forthcoming Meeting should write to the Secretary (, giving a title and brief summary of the proposed paper or session, by the end of June (for the Meeting the following summer) or the end of November (for the Meeting the following Winter). The Programme Sub-Committee will respond to all proposals received. For academic papers, offers of shorter presentations (25 minutes) are particularly welcome, but longer presentations (50 minutes) may also be proposed.