What have been the roles of groups and individuals in the development of political cultures and the formulation and application of policy?
Areas to explore might include: political debates and their representation in the broader culture (and how new technologies of communication affect them); participation in political communities (including but not limited to political parties); the ways and means of everyday political practice; relationships between popular culture and political culture; debates about citizenship as a legal status; participation in civil society (including trade unions); the cultural practices deployed in politicisation and persuasion; the influence of political icons and iconic moments.
We welcome proposals for individual papers or panels exploring these areas in local, regional, national, international or trans-national contexts, within or beyond formal structures, and with reference to any time period or ideology.
We particularly encourage pre-modern papers and papers that examine regions other than Britain but also admit papers that focus on the modern period and/or Britain.
Proposals from postgraduate students are especially welcome.