A One-Day Colloquium at Balliol College, Oxford, 14 March 2009.
…Henry VIII and the Pope, Roosevelt and Stalin, Lloyd George and Winston Churchill, British and Spaniards in the Peninsular War, middle class suffragettes and working class women… History offers many examples of odd alliances yet the subject has received scant academic attention. This colloquium will attempt to address this gap by bringing together postgraduates and established scholars interested in this field.
Since the arrival of the new cultural history in the late 1990s, historical study has come to be dominated by an emphasis on the process of identity formation at both individual and group levels. At recent conferences, scholars have called for greater attention to be paid once more to wider processes of historical change with a particular emphasis on reintegrating the important role of power relations into historical analysis. To pursue these suggestions, the JOUHS colloquium of 2009 seeks to bring together scholars working in different disciplinary areas to explore the ways in which unexpected alliances between individuals, groups, nations and ideological systems have contributed to processes of historical change.
How did these alliances come about? What reasons lay behind them beyond force of circumstances? What consequences did they have and how significant were they? We do not seek to exclude in any way historians looking at various facets of identity. Indeed, we would like to explore the significance of the "odd alliance" in history for the process of identity formation.
Suggested topics for papers might include unexpected alliances between:
• individuals (politicians, cultural leaders, thinkers, etc.)
• nations and countries
• social, economic, political, (sub)cultural and ethnic groups within and across national borders
• different age-groups
• institutions, corporations
• ideological systems, ideas, ideals
• scholarly disciplines, including interdisciplinary projects
Please feel free to suggest other topics.
The colloquium organisers ask that papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Abstracts of not more than 250 words should be submitted by 15 December 2008. For further information, please visit our website: http:// JOUHSinfo.googlepages.com
The JOUHS Colloquium 2009 is organised by Graciela Iglesias Rogers (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford) and Heather Ellis (Balliol College, Oxford), co-editors of the Journal of the Oxford University History Society (JOUHS).
Graciela Iglesias Rogers
Lady Margaret Hall
University of Oxford
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