Lancaster University

29/06/2020 – 01/07/2020

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.

Lancaster University Library by Sheppard Robson

We are delighted to be returning to Lancaster University, which was the intellectual home of many of the society’s founding members, between 29 June and 1 July 2020.

Our keynote speaker, Professor Martha A. Sandweiss

The conference will include a keynote lecture from Professor Martha A. Sandweiss (Princeton University) entitled ‘Seeing the Past: History, Photography and the American West’. Martha (‘Marni’) Sandweiss began her professional career as a photography curator and museum director, and taught at Amherst College for 20 years before joining the Princeton faculty in 2009. She has written widely on the history of the American West, the history of photography, and race in American life. Her prize-winning books include Print the Legend: Photography and the American West  (2002) and Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception across the Color Line (2009). She is currently the President of the West History Association, and is the founder and director of The Princeton & Slavery Project.

In addition, we are hosting a plenary panel on ‘Public History in an era of Fake News’, featuring Professor Jo Fox (Institute of Historical Research).

The conference will also include prize-giving ceremonies for the third SHS Book Prize, the inaugural Pam Cox prize for Public History, and our annual postgraduate paper and poster prizes. There will be additional 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.

More details will be announced when we circulate the Call for Papers later this year.

Find out about past SHS conferences