New Times Revisited?

sheffieldprotestHow should historians of Britain understand the long 1980s? On 28–29 June 2013 we’re organising a conference with colleagues at the University of Warwick, to try and find out. The title of the conference is ‘New Times revisited? Examining society, culture and politics in the long 1980s’.

The conference takes its name from the discussion of the meaning of ‘new times’ in the journal Marxism Today. ‘New times’ sought to characterise a period during which ideas of post-war consensus were critiqued, Keynesian economic frameworks were challenged, identity politics proliferated and class solidarities shifted. The conference aims to develop and question such a narrative by asking how a sense of ‘new times’ relates to longer term cultural and social change. We invite papers examining society, politics, and culture during the 1970s and 1980s from a local, British and global perspective.

The plenary speakers will be James Vernon (UC Berkeley) and Stephen Brooke (York University, Ontario). You can read more about the conference, including a full call for papers, here.

Photo: Asian Youth Movement protest outside West Bar Police Station, 1983 (Sheffield Newspapers Ltd.) 

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