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Wednesday 3 July


8:00: Registration opens


The first morning of sessions is organised by postgraduate researchers and early-career researchers. All are welcome.


9.15 – 10.45: Roundtable: ‘Decentering Modern British Studies, from the peripheries’

Chairs: Jacob Fredrickson & Martha Robinson-Rhodes


Laura Sefton

David Geiringer

Ruby Daily

Olivia Havercroft

Jonathan Saha

Lara Choksey



11.15-12:15: Break-out sessions


A Getting published in academic journals


An advice session on writing and publishing in academic journals with guidance from experienced editors of journals in the field.


B Applying for an academic job outside the UK


Advice and tips from international scholars on the particularities of the application process for securing an academic post in the Anglo-speaking world.

C Securing a Book contract


A session led by academic publishers exploring how to approach formulating a book proposal, and turning your doctoral thesis into a book.








Precarity in Academia: Standing in Solidarity & Fighting Back


Session details tbc.




12:15-1: Lunch


1-2:30 Plenary Session: Inclusive Pedagogy in Modern British Studies


2:30-3: Break


3-4:30 Panel Session 1


A Subverting gendered institutions in the twentieth century

Chair: Hannah Kershaw


Anne Hanley, ‘I caught it and yours truly was very sorry for himself.’ Searching for the consumer-patient in Britain’s VD Service


Catherine Holloway, Crossing and Constructing Boundaries: The Construction of ‘Modern’ Girlhood in Girls’ Technical Schools in 1950s Britain


Ellie Simpson, Beyond the Boundary: Section 28, Sex Education and the Contested Authority of the Teacher in 1980s Britain

B Roundtable on Race and Ethnicity in UK History and British Studies

Chair: Sadiah Qureshi


Shahmima Akhtar

Saima Nasar

Kennetta Hammond Perry

Jonathan Saha

C Small Histories Across Boundaries

Chair: Matt Houlbrook


Simon Briercliffe, An intimate history of an Irish quarter


Itziar Bilbao Urrutia, Coffee Table Kink: an intimate history of an emerging subculture


Dion Georgiou, Suburban Close-up:   Writing British History from the City’s Margins


Richard Hall, Fathers, sons and emotional oral histories


Julia Laite, A microhistory of ‘sex trafficking’ in the modern British world


Lucinda Matthews-Jones, Settling on a Translocal History








Identity and Representation: Transcending Britishness in the Mission World

Chair: ?


Jennifer Bond, ‘The One for the Many’: Zeng Baosun, Louise Barnes and the Yifang School for Girls at Changsha, 1893–1927


Hannah Briscoe, Missionary family correspondence and the co-construction of identity: creating a shared space between colony and metropole


Emily Manktelow, The local and the global at Canterbury Cathedral: bringing the Empire home


Caitlin Russell, ‘Imperial structures of feeling’: English missionary women’s representations of Indian women and girls as imperial and religious ‘others’ c. 1881

E Teaching Modern British History: War Studies



4:30-5: Break


5-6:30: Panel Session 2



A Landscapes of the Mind: Urban Space and Social Affect in England, 1870-1965

Chair: Phil Child


Olivia Havercroft, A lunatic asylum (“For Architects”)’: town planning and mental health in England, 1870-1914


Ren Pepitone, Law Student Sociability, Imperial Regulation, and the Contested Spaces of Legal London


Divya Subramanian, Contesting the Landscape of Social Democracy

B Queer Time and Place: LGBTQ Lives in the 1970s and 1980s

Chair: Chris Waters


Nadine Gilmore, “The Drift Towards Destruction”: the gay rights movement and morality in Northern Ireland, 1972 – 1982


Sophie Monk, Temporalities of Gay Liberation in 1970s Britain


Martha Robinson Rhodes, Time, Popular Memory and the Present in Oral Histories of Bisexuality and Multiple-Gender-Attraction

C Roundtable: New perspectives on the boundaries which defined women’s expertise in late-nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain


Kate Bradley, Boundaries of knowledge, profession and gender: women, the law, and the labour movement


Jessica P. Clark, The Bounds of Beauty: bodily knowledge and female beauty workers, 1890-1912


Helen Glew, Crossing boundaries: women workers, expertise and the marriage bar


Katie Hindmarch-Watson, Women telegraphists, telephone operators, and boundaries of privacy in early twentieth Century Britain

D Colonial Experiences in Imperial Space

Chair: Amanda Behm


D.C. Bélanger, The Decline of Empire Loyalism in French Canada


Husseina Dinani, Assigned to the “Punishment Station”: Colonial Officials, Everyday life and Impoverishment in southern Tanganyika


Thanasis Kinias, Multiple Scales of Whiteness: A Racialized Spatial Imaginary at Imperial and Colonial Levels

E Teaching Modern British History: The 1980s



Thursday 4 July


9-10:30: Panel Session 3



A Women, social mobility, and ideas of the future, c.1950s-1980s

Chair: Penny Tinkler


Laura Carter, Secondary modern girls and the meaning of social mobility in Britain, 1957-1972


Hannah Charnock, Teenage girls, hopes for the future and contraceptive practice, 1950-1980


Eve Worth, Beyond Feminism: Women, the Welfare State and Social Mobility During the Long 1970s

B Rethinking Britishness at the Boundaries: The Local, the Global and the Imperial

Chair: Penny Sinanoglou


Martin Johnes, The politics of popular history: Taking a history of colonialism to a Welsh television audience


Mimi McGann, ‘A privilege of continuity’: The future of boundary-marking in British folklore and politics


Chika Tonooka, Looking for Global Britain beyond boundaries – in Japanese imperial history


Theo Williams, Pan-Africanism and the Discourses of Britishness and Modernity

C Exploring environment and materiality in histories of citizenship, rights and activism in modern Britain

Chair: Chris Moores


Eve Colpus, Telephone use and the contested political agency of children and teenagers in 1980s/90s Britain


Eloise Moss, Hotels, disability access and activism in modern Britain


Hannah J. Elizabeth, “HIV you must be jokin’ / I tell you man, I was boakin’”: recovering the everyday experiences of those living with HIV in late twentieth century Edinburgh

D Information exchange beyond boundaries: Britain and the international circulation of ideas after 1945

Chair: Marianna Dudley


Rosanna Farbol and Jonathan Hogg, Nuclear Exchanges: forms of information exchange between Britain and Denmark in the Cold War era, 1950-1990


David Grealy, British Foreign Policy towards Rhodesia, 1977-79: David Owen and the Entangled Histories of Human Rights and Humanitarianism


Taym Saleh, “Europhobes”, “Eurofanatics” and “gutless whingers”: the EEC, the parties and the electorate in Britain, 1983-4


Jacob Ward, Thatcherism, BT’s Privatisation, and the Global Information Society



10:30-11: Break


11-12:30: Panel Session 4



A Empire and Imagination: national and imperial identities in the British Isles

Chair: Mo Moulton


Sean Donnelly, Ireland in the imperial imagination: British nationalism and the Anglo-Irish Treaty


George Evans, Irish imperial identities in transnational perspective


Yuhei Hasegawa, Leopold Amery and the British Empire as ‘an Imagined Community’


B Gender, Sexualities, and Identity Within and Beyond Boundaries


Clare Martin, Gender, class, and region: Yorkshire working-class women in their own words (c.1900-1940)


David Minto, Britain’s Queer Connections to the World League for Sexual Reform


Chris Wallace, ‘I was more “dinkum” than had been anticipated’: Noël Coward’s 1940 Tour of Australia, Waving the Wartime Flag for Britain


Lauren Wells, Cross-dressing in the Community: Masculinity, Cross-dressing, and Working-Class Entertainment in Yorkshire, 1900-1939

C Solidarity Beyond Boundaries


Ewan Gibbs, ‘The Unacceptable Face of Labour’: Trade Union Solidarity and Division at Caterpillar Tractors, Uddingston c.1960s-1987


Diarmaid Kelliher, The Spatial Politics of the Picket Line, 1966-1988


Valerie Wright, Solidarity forever?: Exploring the intersection of class and regional/national identity in shipbuilding and car manufacture in the West of Scotland c. 1961-2017

D Boundaries and Governance, at Home and Abroad


Amanda Behm, Remaking Albion’s frontiers: the American Pacific Coast, vigilantism, and self-governance in Victorian thought


Fernando Gomez Herrero, Evelyn Waugh among the Barbarians; Or about Scott-King’s Modern Europe(1947)


Penny Sinanoglou, Boundaries of law: Marital legitimacy in the British empire


Ellen Boucher, Does Neoliberalism Have Borders?: Nuclear Risk, Popular Sentiment, and the Boundaries of Thatcherism, 1979-1986

E Teaching Modern British History : decolonising the curriculum



12:30-1:30: Lunch


1:30-3: Keynote by Dr Caroline Bressey: “Living Together: Remapping the Boundaries of Multi-Ethnic Britain”


3-3:30: Break


3:30-5: Panel Session 5



A Respecting Boundaries: the personal, professional and political in modern British history


Emily Baughan, ‘Inclined to make a fuss’: women of colour and white, male ex-colonial officials in international aid in the 1960s.


Anna Bocking-Welch, ‘Primrose pitches in with the gentle touch’: women as amateurs, experts, and ‘do-gooders’ in the post-war humanitarian sector


Charlotte Lydia Riley, Cheap Cows Like You: Being a Professional Woman in the World

B Modern Britain on Drugs

Respondent: Lucy Robinson


Peder Clark, Do You Love What You Feel?”: Ecstasy, Rave, and Ways of Knowing, 1988-1995


Ben Mechen, Rubber Gloves and Liquid Gold: Poppers and the Policing of London’s Queer Nightlife


Yewande Okuleye, You Call It Marijuana and I Call It “The Herb”: Cannabis as a Boundary Object

C Boundaries of sickness, Boundaries of citizenship in 20th & 21s century Britain

Respondent: Chris Moores


Sarah Dorrington, Maybe fit: Sickness certification in the UK, 2008-2017


Gareth Millward, Privatising sickness: policing British absenteeism in the first Thatcher government


Martin Moore, “Bright-while-you-wait”: interstitial time and GPs’ waiting rooms in Britain’s Queuetopia, 1948-1958


Janet Weston, The Lunacy Office and ‘being incapable’ in mid-20th century England & Wales

D The Case for Education: Schools, Identity, and Social Change in Modern Britain


Hester Barron, Class identities in the interwar classroom


Chris Jeppesen, ‘We’re not Bradford, but it’s vitally important to address this situation’: Multicultural education, localism, and identity in rural Britain, c. 1965-90


Amy Gower, ‘Controversial Issues’ and the Inner London Education Authority


5-5:30: Break


5:30-7: Keynote by Prof Enda Delaney: “The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps)? Modern British Studies and Irish History”


Reception to follow.


Friday 5 July


9-10:30 Panel Session 6



A (Post)Imperial Circulations: Immigration, Identity, and the Production of Knowledge

Chair: Sadiah Qureshi


Nadine Attewell, Encounters that Bite: Fieldwork and Chinese Diasporic Intimacy in the Imperial Metropole


Jack Crangle, British, Irish or ‘other’? Immigrant identities in Northern Ireland’s divided society


Olatunde Taiwo, Forced Migration in British Africa: A Study in the Statutory Authorisations of Deportation in Nigeria, 1900-1940


Caroline Ritter, ‘Britain’s Real Black Gold’: The English-Language Industry in Britain

B Beyond Boundaries in the History of Sexuality

Chair: Ben Griffin


Laura Doan, Natural and Unnatural: Lord Berners and His Circle


George Morris, Intimacy and the invention of the Anglican confessional, 1865-1879


Emily Rutherford, Conservative Homosexualities and Normative Masculinities in Early-Twentieth-Century Cambridge

C Radical Nationalism(s) and the Shifting Boundaries of “Britishness” in Post-War Britain

Chair: Emily Baughan


Benjamin Bland, Reasserting the ‘Island Race’: Postcolonial Melancholia and the Evolution of Far Right Euroscepticism in Contemporary Britain


Bethan Johnson, Bombs & Borders: Celtic Fringe Nationalisms’ Embrace of Extreme Sectarian Violence and Mass Civil Unrest, 1960-1980


Liam J. Liburd, ‘War on the Whiteman’: Colony, Metropole and Opposition to Commonwealth Immigration on the British Radical Right, 1953-1967


Steve Westlake, The ‘Oxfam of the Mind’? The Humanitarian Rhetoric of the BBC External Services and the Reimagining of Global Britain, 1975-1978

D The miners’ strike, 1984-5: gender and class at the boundaries of political struggle

Chair: Daisy Payling


Emily Peirson-Webber, Gender, material culture and the miners’ strike, 1984-5


Nathalie Thomlinson, The boundaries of the political: Activism, ‘ordinary women’, and the 1984-5 miners’ strike


Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, Class, gender and activism in regional perspective: women’s experiences in the miners’ strike, 1984-5

E Beyond the university: community members as researchers, historians, and archivists

Organisers: Josie McLellan, Jessica Hammett, Meleisa Ono-George



Members of the North Kensington Archive and Heritage Project


Windrush Strikes Back decolonial detectives


Single Parent Action Network History Group




10:30-11: Break


11-12:30: Keynote by Prof Sharon Marcus: “The Drama of Celebrity”


12:30-1:30: Lunch


1:30-3: Panel Session 7



A Feeling Like Citizens: Emotions, Experience and Expertise in the Public Realm

Chair: Clare Langhamer


Sarah Crook, Student Anxiety in the Age of Affluence


Matthew Francis, ‘The Robots Are Not People’: The Maybot Between Brexit and the Second Machine Age


Chris Moores, Corporeal Conservativism: Moral Movements, Bodies and Brains


Emily Robinson (paper co-written with Jonathan Moss and Jake Watts), Heads, Hearts and Guts: An Emotional History of Brexit

B Transnational Travel and Communities


Steve Burke, Familiarity and difference at the boundaries of British experience: Identifying with places and people in travel accounts from Atlantic peripheries, 1815-1830


Paul Jackson, ‘Fascism Beyond Nations’: The (British?) Extreme Right and Transnational Imagined Communities, Past and Present


Ellen Smith, ‘With kisses on both your cheeks’: The Transnational Family of Caroline Cuffley Giberne, 1803-1885


Gareth Roddy, Into the West: The Literature of Travel and Landscape in the Western British-Irish Isles, c.1880-1940

C The Rising Generation: Young People, the State and the Future c. 1908-1979

Chair: Emily Baughan


Jennifer Crane, ‘Government by consent does not necessarily imply government by mediocrity’: Gifted Children and Building Liberal Democratic Nations, 1945-1970


Laura Sefton, Innocence in the Marketplace: Children, the British State, and Market Regulation 1908-1979


Laura Tisdall, ‘I’m not going to be anything’: children, death and the future in Cold War Britain and the United States

D Gender and Agency on the Margins

Chair: Lucy Robinson


Rebecca Jennings, A shared culture of lesbian motherhood? The impact of transnational exchange on lesbian parenting in 1970s and 80s Britain


Beth Parkes, Suntanning, Race, and Protest in Teenage Magazines: 1970-1989


Beckie Rutherford, Apart or A Part’? Understanding the Agency and Erasure of Disabled Women Within the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain, c. 1970-1993


Maia Silber, Terms of Service: British Domestics and the Negotiation of Identity in the Transvaal and the Orange River Colony, 1902-1914

E Teaching: Interdisciplinary Methods in the Classroom


3:14-4:45: Panel Session 8



A British Jewish History: Evolving Methodologies and Contexts

Chair: David Feldman


Abby Gondek, Ruth Glass and West Indian migrants to London: interpreting anti-black racism through the lens of anti-Semitism


Eliana Hadjisavvas, Imperial Internment: Jewish Refugees and the British Empire – The case of the Cyprus Camps, 1946-1949


Ellis Spicer, “They may be proud or resentful it varies”: The Second Generation of Holocaust Survivors


Gavin Schaffer, Aliyah and its Absence


B Caught out, mugged off, and on the move: revisioning postwar youth 

Chair: Hannah Charnock


Resto Cruz, Laura Fenton and Penny Tinkler, Risky expectations: pregnancies and young girls’ transitions in post-war Britain


Sarah Kenny, Moving through the city: youth culture and spatial mobility in post-war Britain


David Geiringer, Historicising Love Island; youth, emotions and authenticity in late-modern Britain

C Radical business and women’s liberation in late twentieth century Britain


Lucy Delap, Feminist Business Praxis and Spare Rib Magazine, c. 1972-82


Zoe Strimpel, Body negative: Spare Rib letters and the experience of feminism


D-M Withers, Honno Press and Welsh cultural nationalism: cultural policy as insulation from the free market


D Boundaries: Histories of Emotion as Method


Katie Barclay, Emic and Etic Knowledges: the ‘New’ History of Emotions


Laura King, ‘The story of ‘poor Harold’: object micro-histories, collaborating with family historians and boundaries of expertise in history making


Julie-Marie Strange, Love in the Time of Capitalism: emotion in the (re) making of the working class, 1848-1910


Lucy Allen, Devilish Feelings: Rethinking Working-Class Religion and Emotion and the Boundaries of Archives, 1870-1910.





Conference ends.

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