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Social History Society Annual Conference

April 4, 2017 - April 6, 2017
UCL Institute of Education

UCL Institute of Education, with some sessions held at the neighbouring Institute of Historical Research
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL
United Kingdom

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The annual Social History Society Conference is the largest gathering of social and cultural historians in the UK. Over the last four decades, our members have transformed historical research, inspired challenging work and explored the many ways in which our social worlds are made, imagined, shared and shattered.

In 2017 our annual conference will be hosted by the UCL Institute of Education.The venue will be their Bloomsbury site, with some of the sessions taking place at the neighbouring Institute of Historical Research and the conference dinner at the University of London Senate House.

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Selina Todd, who will speak on the topic of ‘The Myths of Social Mobility in 20th century Britain’.


We warmly invite proposals for panels, papers and posters from new and established researchers, which should fit with at least one of our seven conference strands:

  • Global, local and transnational approaches
  • Political cultures, policy and citizenship
  • Narratives, ideologies and beliefs
  • Self, senses and emotions
  • Deviance, inclusion and exclusion
  • Economies, culture and consumption
  • Life cycles, families and communities 

The conference includes optional sessions on research funding, finding new publishers, and making links with policy makers, production companies and other public audiences. We invite all delegates to submit their papers for consideration for publication in our journal, Cultural & Social History, and to discuss proposals with the editors of our new book series.

There will be cash prizes for the best postgraduate paper and poster.

The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2016. Registration will open shortly after the call for papers has closed. Full registration costs will be available soon on the SHS website.

REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED AND DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE SHS WEBSITE SOON.

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