UCL Institute of Education, London

4th April, 2017 – 6th April, 2017

Over three days the IoE’s Bloomsbury site and the neighbouring Institute of Historical Research in the University of London Senate House were the venue for papers, panels and posters sharing and debating the latest research and insights in the field of social and cultural history.

The keynote address was given by Selina Todd, who used her plenary lecture to debunk six myths about social mobility in twentieth-century Britain.

Selina Todd is Professor of Modern History and Co-Director of Women in Humanities at Oxford University. Her book Young Women, Work and Family in England 1918-1950 won the Women’s History Network Book Prize. Her most recent book, The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010, was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for Political History Book of the Year 2014. She is currently working on a history of social mobility in 20th century Britain and a biographical study of the playwright Shelagh Delaney.

At the conference

The conference included a dinner at Senate House and a drinks reception at the IoE, with folk songs of London history performed live. There were extra sessions on research funding, finding new publishers, and making links with policy makers, production companies and other public audiences, in addition to the busy programme of papers in our seven conference strands:

  • Global, local and transnational approaches
  • Political cultures, policy and citizenship
  • Narratives, ideologies and beliefs
  • Self, senses and emotions
  • Deviance, inclusion and exclusion
  • Economies, culture and consumption
  • Life cycles, families and communities

We invite all delegates to submit their papers for consideration for publication in our journal, Cultural & Social History, and to discuss proposals with the editors of our forthcoming New Directions in Social and Cultural History book series.


Click here to see the full conference programme.

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