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Change in the Postwar World

A one-day interdisciplinary conference taking place online on Friday 1st October.

As the world slowly emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, social and political discourse has illustrated a key tension – whether to seek a return to ‘normality’, or to respond to this moment with global, national and local change.

This poses several important questions for historians. If an event on the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic only produces a ‘return to normality’, what does it take to cause significant historical change?

Why might continuity and stability be desired by some? How should we even define change?

In order to shed some light on these questions and more, Change in the Postwar World, a one-day interdisciplinary PGR and Early Career conference, invites submissions on a wide variety of subjects from those studying the Twentieth Century using historical or political themes. 

In this vein, possible topics include but are not limited to:

● Cultural history

● Economic history

● Histories of gender and sexuality

● Intellectual history

● International relations/the Cold War

● Methodologies for studying contemporary history 

● Political/policy history 

● Race and racism 

● Social history 

● Understandings of place, space and time.

Sessions will be held on Zoom in the form of panel discussions, running for approximately 90 minutes (depending on number of panelists) with presentations of around 15 minutes per speaker, followed by a Question-and-Answer discussion. We are also delighted to announce that the conference will feature a keynote presentation by Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite of University College London. 

To apply, please fill in our application form by Friday 13th August. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at postwarchange@gmail.com or contact us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PostwarChange. 

We look forward to hearing from you.


Friday 1st October 2021

Online via Zoom