CALL FOR PAPERS
*** PUBLICS ***
A two-day workshop at the Bishopsgate Institute and Kings College London (TBC)
Friday 18 (p.m.) and Saturday 19 May 2018
The 20s30sNetwork brings together scholars from across disciplines who share an interest in British society, culture and politics in the 1920s and 1930s. By creating a conversation between people working in history, literary studies, cultural studies, geography, and the histories of art, architecture, media, design, and film, we aim to explore new ways of thinking about the historical significance of these two decades.
We now invite proposals for 20-minute contributions to a two-day workshop exploring the theme of ‘publics’. We will begin with an afternoon session at the Bishopsgate Institute exploring its rich archive on radical politics and popular culture in London in the 1920s and 1930s [http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/Library/Special-Collections-and-Archives]. We will then continue with a full day of conference papers and discussion at Kings College, London.
What happens when we use ‘publics’ to continue a cross-disciplinary conversation about the nature of British society, culture, politics, and economy in the 1920s and 1930s? This is an exploratory event, so we don’t wish to prescribe interpretations of the theme. But you might wish to focus on the publics of social policy, of political participation, of new forms of broadcasting, or of mass consumption. What was it to feel part of a public in this period (or to feel excluded from one)? What were the normative conditions of becoming a member of a public? On what scales were publics constituted, from the metropolitan to the global, and from the contemporary to the historic? You might wish to consider the meanings of publicity in this period, or how it was managed and maintained. You might also wish to explore relationship of the public to the private, or what it was to oppose a public or to forge a counterpublic. We welcome both speculative, exploratory papers and polished pieces of almost-completed research.
Whilst we anticipate that scholars will come from different historical disciplines, we are keen to select papers that will engage the interests of all participants. Please note that due to nature of the archival workshop, there is a maximum capacity of 25 for this event.
Proposals of up to 250 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 16 February 2018.
About the network
The 20s30sNetwork was founded in 2011 and rooted in a shared interest in British society, culture and politics in the 1920s and 1930s. It seeks to bring together scholars from across disciplines to develop new ways of thinking about the historical significance of these two decades. Previous workshops have explored ‘Networks and Associations,’ ‘Authenticity and Trust,’ and ‘Display.’ The 20s30sNetwork is convened by Elizabeth Darling (Oxford Brookes), Richard Hornsey (Nottingham), and Matt Houlbrook (Birmingham).