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Everyday Empires: Descriptive or Analytical Category?

Back in May, the Centre for Modern & Contemporary History co-sponsored a conference on the theme Everyday Empires. A post reporting on the conference is now online and we reblog it here.

Everyday Empires

On May 25 and 26 2017 the Department of History at the University of Birmingham hosted Everyday Empires: Trans-Imperial Circulations in a Multi-Disciplinary Perspective. Sponsored by Past & Present, the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures, and the Centre for Modern and Contemporary History, the purpose of the conference was three-fold. First, it set out to improve intellectual engagements between scholars working within particular historiographies of empire, with the goal of promoting greater cross-fertilization of methods and ideas. The second goal was to encourage perspectives that spanned career stages. Accordingly, each panel consisted of a Ph.D. student, an Early Career Researcher, and an established academic, with a view to generating an inclusive conversation that gave equal time to scholars’ research, no matter where they were on their career path. A series of blog posts for Past & Present, co-written by each of the panels…

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Rethinking Modern British Studies Conference: Upcoming 2-3 July 2015

CaptureHere’s the programme, and here’s an introduction to the programme.

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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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