SHS Annual Conference 2019


10/06/2019 – 12/06/2019


The annual SHS conference is the largest gathering of social and cultural historians in the UK.  Over more than four decades, our members have transformed historical research, inspired challenging work and explored the many ways in which our social worlds are made, imagined, shared and shattered. Our 2019 conference is being hosted by the University of Lincoln. It will take place on 10-12 June. Registration closes on 24 May.

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At the conference…

The 2019 keynote lecture will be given by Professor Olivette Otele (Bath Spa University).

The lecture will be entitled Transnational History and Cultural Memory.

Olivette Otele is Professor and Chair of History at Bath Spa University. Her research centres around transnational history and, in particular, the link between history, collective memory and geopolitics in relation to British and French colonial pasts. Her work explores the ways in which Britain and France have been addressing questions of citizenship, race and identity through the politics of remembrance. It also enquires into the value of public gestures, the meaning of public history and the impact of cultural memory. Prof Otele holds a PhD in History from the Sorbonne University in Paris. She is a co-editor of a forthcoming edited volume, ‘Post-conflict memorialization: missing memorials, absent bodies’ and author of a forthcoming book, ‘Afro-Europeans: a short history’. Her external roles include membership of the AHRC’s Strategic Advisory Group for the Global Challenges Fund and of the executive committee of the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.                                 

In addition, the conference will feature the following plenary panel:

Access denied? Challenging barriers to historical research

This plenary panel will address an issue that concerns all those conducting historical research across periods and places: the many and varied barriers that can impede access to historical archives, data and collections of sources.

It will feature contributions from:

Jessamy Carlson, a qualified archivist and PHD student at the Sociology department at the University of Essex. Her research looks at Approved Schools for Girls in England and Wales 1933-1973, considering the experiencing of and documentation of these institutions.

Dr Kennetta Perry, the Director of he Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and De Montfort University.

Dr Mark Roodhouse, a historian of modern Britain who teaches at the University of York. He is currently working on a second book about organised crime in mid-twentieth-century Britain. Oxford University Press published his first book Black Market Britain 1939-1955 in 2013.


The conference will also see the official announcement of this year’s SHS Book Prize winner and prizes awarded for the best postgraduate paper. There were also opportunities to meet the editors of both our journal Cultural & Social History and our New Directions in Social and Cultural History book series with Bloomsbury.


Papers, panels and posters at the conference are grouped into eight strands. Each strand featured new and established historians, covering (pre)medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary research, from the local to the global. The strands are:



Find out about past SHS conferences