‘Brexit’ and associated events in 2016 in Britain, including the construction of a new government under a second woman prime minister, strains within the Labour Party, and renewed calls for Scottish independence, have reminded us of the centrality of politics in history. Culture, language, identity and gender have attracted historians’ attention in recent years, and enriched our sense of the British past, but recent events have reminded us that the political narrative can tell us most about the state of the nation and of subgroups within it. The opportunity of revisiting the history of politics and perhaps writing it more broadly, incorporating insights from other historical genres and approaches, now presents itself.
This conference, co-organised between the Institute of Historical Research and the North American Conference on British Studies, and to be held at the IHR in Senate House, London, on Thursday and Friday June 29-30 2017, will consider the return of political history to the history of Britain.
The 300 word proposals must include:
- Three papers with a nominated chair
- The title of the panel session
- Synopses of the individual papers
- Speakers’ names and affiliations
Please submit your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 April 2017