SHS Annual Conference 2024


2024-07-08 – 2024-07-10

Our next annual conference will be held in person at Durham University. It will be our first conference in the North East of England since Northumbria in 2014.

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 12 January 2024.

Click here to submit an individual paper proposal

Click here to submit a panel proposal for up to four speakers

Download a copy of the CfP here (pdf)

What to Expect

The conference will be the third we have held in person since the COVID-19 pandemic. While still the largest gathering of social and cultural historians in the UK, the conference will remain slightly smaller than our pre-pandemic events and we hope that participants will attend the whole event. Our aim is to create an event that is as convivial and collegial as possible.

The programme will be organised thematically and include parallel panels of papers chosen by our strand convenors.

We will shortly be announcing details of the keynote, roundtable and other events.

We are working with the Durham University to keep the costs as low as possible. There will be a discounted rate for postgraduates and those working outside academia, as well as a generous package of bursaries. The conference is not designed to make a profit.

A selection of campus bedrooms will be available for conference delegates, with other accommodation options in Durham itself.

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