44th Annual Conference of the Social History Society

Lancaster University, 29 June – 1 July 2020

The annual conference of the Social History Society is the largest gathering of social and cultural historians in the UK. For more than four decades, our members have transformed historical research, exploring the many ways in which our social worlds are made, imagined, shared and shattered. We are delighted to be returning to Lancaster University, which was the intellectual home of many of the society’s founding members, in 2020.

The conference will include a keynote lecture from Professor Martha A. Sandweiss (Princeton University) on ‘Seeing the Past: History, Photography and the American West’ and 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.

Proposals for panels, individual papers and research posters are warmly invited from both new and established historians. Submissions may cover (pre)medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary research, from the local to the global, but should address one or more of our research strands:

Bodies & Emotions

Diversity, Minorities & “Others”

Leisure, Work & Consumption

Politics, Policy & Citizenship

Deviance, Inclusion & Exclusion

Environment, Spaces & Places

Life Cycles, Families & Communities

Welfare, Humanitarianism & Social Action

Click here to submit a proposal for an individual paper or poster

Click here to submit a panel proposal

Download the CfP Poster


Call for Papers deadline extended to 18 December 2019