New Lives, New Landscapes: Rural Modernism in Twentieth-Century Britain

  • Event date: 20190801 – 20190802
  • Venue: Northumbria University, Newcastle
  • CFP Deadline: 20190520

How were twentieth-century rural landscapes ‘modern’ or ‘modernist’? What social, economic, political and cultural effect did this new infrastructure have on the ‘rural’? These are timely questions, for such structures are being decommissioned or fast becoming redundant just as a new and highly contentious rural modernity of wind-farms, solar panels and natural gas extraction is … Continued

Waste not, Want not: Food and thrift from antiquity to the present

  • Event date: 20190912 – 20190913
  • Venue: University of Cambridge
  • CFP Deadline: 20190531

This day-and-a-half conference will bring together academics and professionals working within the interdisciplinary fields of food studies and food sustainability research, to reflect on past and present attitudes towards food preservation and waste. Part of an ongoing historiographical effort to better understand consuming behaviours through time, the conference aims to open up a dialogue between … Continued

Domestic production and work in poor British homes, c. 1650-1850

  • Event date: 20190912
  • Venue: University of Derby
  • CFP Deadline: 20190430

In recent decades the ‘home’ has come to the forefront of historical investigations. Domestic production and work, such as spinning and farming, has received some renewed attention as part of this, yet there remain gaps in the literature and issues that need addressing.   Our most detailed understanding of the domestic sphere comes from studies … Continued

Gender, Labour and Consumption in historical perspective

  • Event date: 20190913 – 20190914
  • Venue: University of Essex
  • CFP Deadline: 20190615

Over the past four decades or so, gender scholarship has transformed our understanding of many key issues of historical concern. Particularly fruitful have been explorations of consumption in its varied manifestations, undertaken by researchers studying the subject within different disciplines. Labour historians have been slow to address these important developments, though there are signs that … Continued