History Conferences

Upcoming Events:

The Hanging Out Project: Anti War Discussion Forum

The Hanging Out Project presents an Anti War Protest Discussion Forum at the Imperial War Museum, Sunday 15 May 2011.

An engaging Discussion Forum about anti-war protests that took place in London in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Tony Benn, former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister, together with Alex Pascall OBE, Broadcaster and Historian; Mike Bieber, former youth CND member; Charlotte Gerada, LSE SU General Secretary; and Dr Emma Vickers and Joshua Greenway (a Part One student) from the History department will be key members of the panel that will lead the discussion and debate with an intergenerational and diverse audience. Kurt Barling, BBC London's Special Correspondent, will be the presenter for the event.

For further information, please click here.

Friendship, Politics and the Uses of History

An Early Modern Research Centre Colloquiam, Thursday 12 May 2011
For further details of the programme, please click here.

All enquiries should be submitted to Astrid House at a.house@reading.ac.uk

Empire in the Late Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries:  New Perspectives

An Early Modern Research Centre Colloquiam, Thursday 26 May 2011

For further details of the programme, please click here.

All enquiries should be submitted to Astrid House at a.house@reading.ac.uk

Early Modern Studies Conference:  Commerce, Negotiations and Exchange

An Early Modern Studies Conference, Monday 18 July - Wednesday 20 July 2011

The Reading Early Modern conference continues to establish itself as the place where early modernists meet each July for stimulation, conversation and debate.  This year we will be joined by Professor Andrew Hadfield (Sussex) and Professor Howard Hotson (Oxford) as our plenary speakers.  The informal theme of the conference this year will be Communication and Exchange.

For futher details of the programme, please click here.

All enquiries should be submitted to Jan Cox at j.f.cox@reading.ac.uk

Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change

The Inaugural Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change will take place at London Metropolitan University on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September 2011.

Style-based sub-cultures, scenes and tribes - along with their music genres - have pulsated through the history of social, economic and political change. From the 1940s zoot-suiters and hepcats; through 1950s rock 'n' rollers, beatniks and Teddy boys; 1960s surfers, rudeboys, mods, hippies and bikers; 1970s skinheads, soul boys, rastas, glam rockers, funksters and punks; on to the heavy metal, hip-hop, casual, goth, rave and clubber styles of the 1980s, 90s, noughties and beyond; distinctive blends of fashion and music have become a defining feature of the cultural landscape. Research into these phenomena has traversed the social sciences and humanities, and this symposium aims to bring together recent studies, insights and methodological approaches in this rich, interdisciplinary field.

Click here for further details regarding the symposium. 

Call for Papers

We invite papers and themed panels which investigate these and other areas of interest from a wide range of theoretical posititions and disciplines including:  sociology, history, cultural studies, criminology, media studies, music studies, politics, psychology.

For further information regarding the call for papers, please click here.

Titles and abstracts (no longer than 250 words) are to be submitted no later than Friday 20 May 2011. Email: dasslectures@londonmet.ac.uk

Recent events that have taken place within the Department of History:

Minority Identities: Rights and Representation

"Who has the right to a particular literary terrain, the right to define the terms of representation?" (Eric L. Sundquist, Strangers in the Land)

This conference took place on Saturday 7 May 2011. It aimed to explore the interface between creative/critical forms of representation (such as literature, film, performance, art, history and philosophy, but not limited to these) and the claim to material/ontological human and animal rights. It examined the concepts 'minority', 'identity', 'rights' and 'representation' and their possible intersections. It will also interrogate categories and politics of identity, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, age, and disability, as well as the critical disciplines that invest in these, such as feminism, postcolonialism, and cultural studies.  For further details please click here.

 'The lure of aggregates': The potential and pitfalls of datasets in historical perspective

This workshop took place on Wednesday 30 March 2011.The aim of the workshop was to expand our understanding of the use and mis-use of data and the potential for the study of economic history. The day was designed around presentations by distinguished economic historians, including the current President of the Economic History Society, employing different innovative approaches to data. These were followed by round table discussions by participants drawing on their own experiences. It culminateed with a final plenary lecture by Professor Ann Carlos, University of Colorado, on a subject that has parallels and relevance for today's economic conditions.
For further details of the workshop, please click here.

Communism and Youth in the Twentieth Century

Traditionally, the history of Twentieth Century Communism has been dealt with in a strictly political perspective. Only in recent years has the focus of historians moved onto the socio-cultural dimension of Communism, delving into the identities, values and beliefs shared by militants.Many of the most recent works highlight how after World War II Communist ideology and Communist regimes were increasingly undermined by the spread of consumerist attitudes and expectations, both in the East and West. By focusing on the experience of younger generations, this conference aimed to contribute to shedding light on the contradictions engendered in the Communist project by the spread of a consumerist "mass culture". The increasing circulation of new youth-oriented cultural products in the realms of fashion, music and literature contributed to forging new youth identities, at least potentially in conflict with the beliefs and demands of the older generation of Communists.
This conference took place on Tuesday 5 April 2011. It gathered together young and established scholars, focusing on the experience of young Communists in different countries (the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Eastern Germany, Hungary and the USSR).

For further details of the conference, please click here

The Stenton Lecture - "Plenty of People": perceptions of population in early modern England.

The Stenton lecture was this year  given by Professor Paul Slack FBA. He presented a paper entitled '"Plenty of people": perceptions of population in early modern England.  The lecture took place in the Henley Business School at 6.15 on the 18th November 2010.  For further information please contact Amanda Harvey  on 0118 378 8143.

 Click here to view the Stenton Lecture Flyer: Stenton2010

 Half-day Symposium - 'Art and Landscape: Interdisciplinery Perspectives' 

A new exhibition, 'Looking at Landscape: colours and contours' opened at MERL on May 1st 2010, looking at the ways in which the land provides a rich source of inspiration for artists, designers, mapmakers, and many others.

As part of the programme of events relating to this theme, the exhibition curator, Ollie Douglas, ran a half-day symposium entitled, 'Art and Landscape: interdisciplinery perspectives' on May 18th.The symposium aimed to bring together scholars from across the University and beyond to explore common threads and contrasting approaches to the broad theme of art and landscape. 

Postgraduate Conference - 'Preaching, Teaching, Manipulating'

The Humanities department at the University of Reading held a postgraduate conference on Thursday 10th June 2010, with speakers focusing on issues related to 'Preaching, Teaching and Manipulating'.  The keynote speaker was Philipa Hardman from the University of Reading, who presented a paper entitled 'Learning Lessons in Middle English Romance'.

For further information, please contact Ms Lorna Greenaway (0118 378 8121). 

Iberia: A Medieval Golden Age

The Graduate center for Medieval Studies held a Summer Symposium from 10am until 5pm on the 23rd of June 2010. There were seven speakers, each of whom spoke on an issue related to the topic of Iberia's Medieval Golden Age. 

The symposium took place in the Palmer Building at the University of Reading. For information on how to obtain tickets contact Amanda Harvey (0118 378 8143). 

European Integration and the Cold War 1945-1989

From the 15th - 16th April 2010 'The sixth History of European Integration Research Society (HEIRS) Colloquium' was held at the University of Reading. 

For further information please click on the link: HEIRS

The Stenton Lecture - 'Collecting the Objects of History'

Thursday 12th November 2009, 1815hrs

Agriculture Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading

The Stenton Lecture was this year given by Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum.  

EMRC Conference: July 2009

Call for Papers

Further information will be posted in due course.

Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies: Summer Symposim

For further information please click on the link below:

Summer Symposium 2009

July 2008

Land, Landscape and Environment, 1500-1750

The Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading

14 to 16 July, 2008: Call For Papers

June 2008

South East Hub for History Conference

Call for Papers

Third Annual Postgraduate Conference was held at the University of Reading on 16th June 2008.

April 2008

18th April 1948 - Italy between continuity and rupture

After one of the fiercest electoral campaigns in the history of the country and the mobilisation of all sectors of society and international actors, the Christian Democrats and their allies gained the majority of the votes at the elections of 18 April 1948, thus officially inaugurating the history of the new Italian Republic. Through a multidisciplinary approach that brings together history, politics, literature, legal studies and international relations, this conference re-examined he significance of 18 April 1948. It assessed in what ways the legacies of WWII, of the fascist regime and of Liberal Italy have influenced the foundation of the new Italian Republic and to what degree 1948 can be sees as a 'watershed in the history of Italy'.South-East Hub for History Conference.

September 2007 -

Oswald Mosley's New Party

This conference marks the conclusion of an AHRC-funded research project on Oswald Mosley's New Party of 1931, and is supported by a special AHRC dissemination award. It concluded with a round table discussion on the broader significance of the New Party, chaired by Lord Skidelsky and featuring a panel of politicians, journalists and invited academics.

Crossing the Divide: Continuity and Change in Late Medieval and Early-Modern Warfare

The period of transition from late medieval to early modern is generally believed to have witnessed a series of profound shifts in the art, practice, and impact of warfare. Yet if few historical orthodoxies are so widely held, just as few are so controversial. This conference,was held at the University of Reading, on 11-12 September 2007, explored the realities of warfare at the dawn of modernity. It also defined the ways in which warfare changed during the period 1400-1750 and the effects that changes had.

National Political Cultures and the Wider World

The Transnational Dimension of Political Ideas and Party Politics in Europe and the United States since 1918

March 2007

The Centre for the Advanced Study of French History held a double workshop - "Languages at War; Barbarism in War"


January 2007

The meaning of Fascism

On the 26 and 27th January 2007 there a workshop on the meaning of fascism was held at the University. Contributors will be there to workshop their chapters for the coming Oxford handbook on fascism.

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