This one-day conference aims to bring together scholars working across a range of disciplines to consider the spaces and places for electricity in 20th century Britain. Electrification was one of the most significant infrastructure developments of the modern era. It transformed the landscape and industry of 20th century Britain and, to an even greater extent, transformed the home and everyday life. A powerful emblem of modernity and urban civilization, electricity was a key element in recreating Britain as a 'warfare' as well as a 'welfare' state, to use David Edgerton's terms.
Submissions are invited for papers that address this theme from a social, economic, cultural, technological or political perspective, or which seek to integrate these approaches. While our focus is on electricity in urban places we welcome submissions that address how the changing locations of electricity production impacted on the relationship between rural and urban spaces. Submissions from postgraduate students are particularly encouraged.
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