The summer conference of the Centre For Contemporary British History at the Institute for Historical Research, University of London will be 'Reassessing the Seventies'. The decade marked a watershed in post-war British history with economic crises and profound political and social discord precipitating major social, cultural, political and economic changes with enduring consequences. Three decades after the ‘winter of discontent’ and the election of Margaret Thatcher, and with the papers now fully open, this major interdisciplinary conference will reassess this crucial decade, placing developments in the context of postwar British history as a whole.
Proposals are invited for panels and for individual papers addressing themes related to Britain in the 1970s in a wide range of fields of enquiry across political, economic, social and cultural history. We also encourage submissions from colleagues in a wide range of related fields in the social sciences.
Please send abstracts of 150-250 words and a one-page CV to:
Lawrence Black (firstname.lastname@example.org), Hugh Pemberton (email@example.com) and Virginia Preston (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deadline for proposal submission: 1 March 2010.
Possible subjects for papers might include:
• Economic performance & policy
• The social contract
• The 1976 IMF crisis
• The Thatcher revolution
• Britain and Europe
• North Sea oil
• The Cold War
• ‘Overload’ & ‘ungovernability’
• The ‘winter of discontent’
• The end of ‘the classic welfare state’?
• The women’s liberation movement
• Gay Liberation
• Devolution & Northern Ireland
• Immigration, race and racism
• Constitutional change and the law
• Demographic change
• Arts and culture, fashion, design
• Intellectual trends
• Historians in the 1970s
• Myths & representations of the 1970s
• The 1970s in postwar history
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