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,will feature submissions on a wide variety of subjects from those studying the Twentieth Century using historical or political themes. In this vein, topics will include:
● American literature
● Art and Design History
● Cultural memory
● History of ideologies
● Intellectual History
● Military History
● Political/policy History
● Polish History
● Urban History
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.
Full details of the day’s schedule (exact timings subject to change) can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y73k4ZHk-Ti2bBEcq4GH9662OTVhTLSoakmVK0F3IKU/edit
To attend, register for free here via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/change-in-the-postwar-world-tickets-167573002361.
Friday 1st October 2021
Online via Zoom