Call for Papers: History Lab Annual Conference

History Lab Conference Thursday 8 June 2017 

History Lab are pleased to announce our call for papers for our conference, to be held this June at the Institute of Historical Research, ‘Revolution, Reformation and Re-formation: Perspectives on Conflict and Change in History.’ 

Deadline for submissions: Monday 3rd April 2017

Both Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses and the October Revolution provoked political, religious, and cultural upheavals at home that reverberated temporally and spatially, evolving into global forces. sixteenth-century Europe and twentieth-century Russia provide insertion points that will allow us to explore the broader themes of revolution and re-formation throughout history. Today, as extremism and radical movements from across the political spectrum receive increasing attention, reflections on the significance of moments of accelerated change in both the short and the long term become greatly relevant and pressing. We are inviting papers considering moments and mechanisms of change in multiple contexts – political, economic, religious, cultural, spatial and material. The conference will take place at the Institute of Historical Research on Thursday 8th June 2017.

The plenary speaker will be Professor Stephen Smith, University of Oxford. Professor Smith’s research interests are in the history of modern Russia and China and comparative communism, with a current focus on the ‘politics of the supernatural’ – how ordinary people deployed religious and magical beliefs and practices as a way of dealing with and putting meaning on the turbulent and often traumatic changes that overtook their lives. In January 2017 he published his latest book, Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 with Oxford University Press.

The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Daphne Halikiopoulou, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at Reading. Dr. Halikiopoulou’s research looks at radical nationalism, the politics of exclusion, and the cultural and economic determinants of far-right support. She has written books on patterns of secularisation in Greece and the Republic of Ireland, and most recently co-authored The Golden Dawn’s ‘Nationalist Solution’: Explaining the Rise of the Far Right in Greece (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).


Proposals are invited for papers and three-paper panels covering all periods of history and all geographic areas. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches, and submissions from around the UK and beyond. Topics that might be addressed include:

* Populist and resistance movements

* Reactionary and conservative responses to change

* Political, economic and institutional reform

* Social and cultural movements and change

* Revolutions in science, technology, and other intellectual spheres

* Revolutions, revolts, civil wars, and other social upheavals

Please submit 300 word abstracts for 20-minute papers or panels or any queries you may have, to with ‘History Lab Conference’ in the subject line by 3rd April 2017. Panel proposals should include individual paper titles. Accepted proposals will be notified by 1st May 2017. The conference is FREE for all panelists and attendees, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Further conference information and registration can be found here


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