SHS Annual Conference 2018

Keele University

11/06/2018 – 13/06/2018

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. In June 2018, the SHS conference is hosted by Keele University.

Registration and booking for on-campus accommodation have now closed.



At the conference…

The 2018 keynote lecture will be given by

  • Keith Wrightson (pictured left) Randolph W. Townsend Jr. Professor of History at Yale University. Keith has long been a hugely influential figure in early modern history – and social history more widely – for his pioneering use of microhistories.

The conference will also include a plenary panel on History & Diversity. The panel will feature (pictured left to right):

  • Miranda Kaufmann: Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Among her publications on early modern Black history is her recent book Black Tudors: The Untold Story.
  • Jonathan Saha: Associate Professor of Southeast Asian History at the University of Leeds. He is actively involved in equality and inclusion work, especially around gender inequality, and has agreed to organise the creation of a new SHS historians of colour caucus. 
  • Meleisa Ono-George: Senior Teaching Fellow in Caribbean History and Director of Student Experience in History at Warwick University, and Sue Lemos, an undergraduate member of Dr Ono-George’s working group.


On the first night of the conference, there will be a special performance by Restoke in the Keele University Chapel. SEAMS will pay homage to the heritage, joy, loss and memories associated with the mining industry. This will be a public performance, but a select number of tickets have been reserved for conference delegates, but you should book early to make sure you don’t miss out.

Find out more about SEAMS and book tickets now


The conference will also see the first SHS Book Prize winner announced and prizes awarded for the best postgraduate paper and poster. There will also be 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 will be grouped into eight strands. Each strand will feature new and established historians, covering (pre)medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary research, from the local to the global. For this conference, our strands are:


Find out about past SHS conferences