The first Research Student Seminar of the summer term is next week, Monday 25 April – Dreyfus Room 6-8pm.
We are delighted to welcome Marcus Collins, who is Senior Lecturer in Cultural History at Loughborough.
‘A permissive society? Opinion polls and social change in postwar Britain’
“I research permissiveness, popular culture, national identity, gender, sexuality, historiography and the experience of modernity in twentieth-century Britain. My first book, Modern Love, explores how women’s emancipation changed the theory and practice of friendship, marriage and sexual activity from the fin de siècle to the present. It argues that mutuality represented a significant missing link between Victorian models of personal relationships and our own: mutuality being my term for the widespread notion among self-styled progressives that a combination of mixing, companionate marriage and shared sexual pleasure would forge an intimate equality between women and men. I examine the practical effects of these doctrines in case studies of youth clubs, marital problems and soft-core pornography, all of which indicate a gap between expectations and outcomes.”
The Research Student Seminar is a student-led seminar, convened this year by Guy Beckett and Steffan Blayney. It provides a forum for research students in the History department to meet and question leading historians and thinkers.
The seminars run every fortnight on Monday evenings.
The seminar’s format is flexible and determined by the guest speaker, but it usually consists of a paper/presentation, followed by an hour for questions/discussion. Afterwards we take the speaker to a nearby restaurant for dinner, where discussion continues more informally.
It is very helpful to have numbers for the meal so please email Guy by mid-day on the day of the seminar if you would like to join us.
The full programme for the year can be seen here: HCA Research Student Seminar Programme 2016