As part of our continuing work on the HistEvents system, users are temporarily not receiving emails. Please just send details of your event to ihr.webmaster@sas.ac.uk and we will list it for you.

'Contemporary British History Now'

September 13, 2017
King's Contemporary British History (KCBH), King's College London

The Strand
London WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

View the Call For Papers

Topic areas

Talks at this conference

Add a talk

Details


‘Contemporary British History Now’

King’s College London

13 September 2017

www.kcbh.kcl.ac.uk 

Keynote speaker: Professor Patrick Wright, Professor of Literature and Visual & Material Culture, Department of English, King’s College London

What is Contemporary British History Now? This conference launches King’s Contemporary British History (KCBH), a cross-departmental interdisciplinary research initiative at King’s College London, which will seek to set new agendas in the field.

As the inaugural KCBH event, this day will break the traditional conference format by revisiting major debates and ‘big books’, and asking where they stand now. These conversations will be grounded in the current cultural and political moment, looking to the future as much as to the past. 

Our approach is based on a sense that historical debate about key issues in the history of the United Kingdom in the twentieth century has become rare, as a look at historical journals will testify. We contend that such retrospection is essential to revitalize discussion and refashion new research agendas. As Susan Pedersen has observed, ‘we could really use (and our students still more would benefit from) a set of competing, strong, partial, integrative frameworks’.

Debate has too often been projected back onto earlier historical periods, or left to those who are not professional historians with more presentist agendas. By debate we do not mean areas of new interest which have emerged, or new methods (of which there are many), but rather sites of sustained contention between positions. As part of this exercise we must also revisit path-breaking books, which engaged debates when immediately published or subsequently, and which have had high explanatory ambitions and sought to make large claims about the history of twentieth-century Britain.

Supporting material

Add supporting material (slides, programs, etc.)

Reminders

Registration

Yes

September 8, 2017, 5:00pm BST

Who is attending?

No one has said they will attend yet.

Will you attend this event?


Let us know so we can notify you of any change of plan.

This event has been submitted and is maintained by:

You should login and contact this user if you believe the information on this page needs updating.

If you judge that this event entry is inappropriate, please login and report it.