Call for Papers

Our conference is the largest gathering of social and cultural historians in the UK. For almost fifty years, our members have transformed historical research by exploring the ways our social worlds are made, imagined, shared and shattered.

Our next annual conference will take place at Durham University, 8-10 July 2024. We warmly welcome proposals for individual papers and panels from new and established historians, working inside and outside Higher Education.

Our conference is organised by eight thematic strands, which range across time and space. They are:

  • Bodies, Sex and Emotions
  • ‘Deviance’, Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Difference, Minoritization and ‘Othering’
  • Heritage, Environment, Spaces and Places
  • Inequalities, Activism and Social Justice
  • Life Cycles, Families and Communities
  • Politics, Policy and Citizenship
  • Work, Leisure and Consumption

The strands have been revised this year and the full details of each are available here. Abstracts should address at least one of the strands and indicate which is your first preference.

Our standard programme includes panels of three 20-minute papers, although strand convenors will sometimes choose to programme four 15 minute papers if they are oversubscribed with strong proposals. If you want to propose something more creative, please get in touch with us at to discuss your ideas.

Abstracts for individual papers should be no more than 250 words. Panel proposals should include an overarching title alongside the individual details.

The deadline for submission is 19 January 2024.

Click here to submit a proposal

Download a copy of the CfP here (pdf)