News and Events

This page lists events organised by the group, or events that we think will be of interest to our members. If you would like your event or call for papers to be publicised here please get in touch via an email to. a.s.crines@liverpool.ac.uk

Annual Academic SymposiumImage result for Edward Heath

This year our annual academic symposium considers the political and intellectual significance of Edward Heath and his legacy within Conservative Party politics and conservatism, broadly defined. This event has attracted the contributory support of leading figures in Conservative Party (and British polititical) studies who will give papers revolving around three core themes. The symposium is due to take place at the University of Liverpool on July 11th. Should you be interested in attending the event then please email Andrew Crines (a.s.crines@liverpool.ac.uk) who will provide further details.

Panel One – Preparing for Power (Chair: Catherine McGlynn)

  • Timothy Heppell (The Conservative Leadership Election of 1965)
  • Mark Garnett (Change in Opposition 1965-1970)
  • Martin Farr (Winning Power: The General Election of 1970).

Panel Two – Implementation and Evaluation (I) (Chair: Andrew Crines)

  • James Silverwood (Economic Management: Reappraising Monetary Policy).
  • Samuel Warner (Industrial Relations: Reappraising the IR Act).
  • Ruth Davidson (Social Policy).

Panel Three – Implementation and Evaluation (II) (Chair: Timothy Heppell)

  • David Jeffery (Local Government)
  • Catherine McGlynn and Shaun McDaid (Northern Ireland)
  • Victoria Honeyman (Foreign Policy)

Panel Four – A Failure of Leadership? (Chair: TBC).

  • Philip Norton (Party Management)
  • Andrew Crines and Steven Daniels (Heath’s Rhetoric of IR)
  • Chris Byrne, Nick Randall, Kevin Theakston (Leadership & Competence)
  • Antony Mullen (What Thatcherism learnt from the Heath Premiership)

Call for Papers – PSA Conference, March 26-28, Cardiff

We are delighted to announce that for the annual PSA conference the group will be allocated up to four panels. As such we invite proposals for panels and/or abstracts from Group members. If you are not a member and would like to contribute, then feel free to submit an abstract and consider joining our mailing list!

The theme of the conference is ‘Politics of our times: asking difficult questions’. Proposals outside of the theme are, of course, welcome. Please email your proposals to the convenors (a.s.crines@liverpool.ac.uk / t.heppell@leeds.ac.uk).

Finally, remember that the group is on Twitter and can be followed at @PSAPolHist.

 

New Convenors!

We are delighted to announce that Dr Timothy Heppell (Leeds) and Dr Andrew S Crines (Liverpool) have been elected at the PSA Conference 2017 as the new convenors! Further details about planned events and publications will appear here shortly. In the meantime the website will be updated over the coming weeks to include our strategy over the next three years.

Call for Papers: Labour’s New Dawn Conference

New Dawn? The 1997 general election’ is a public conference to be held on June 3rd 2017 at the People’s History Museum, Manchester to coincide with an exhibition held at the PHM marking the twentieth anniversary of the 1997 election,

This conference seeks to understand the causes and consequences of that election. Papers are invited that discuss not just the Labour party, New Labour and Tony Blair but British politics as a whole, as well as where we might fit 1997 into an understanding of broader social, economic and cultural developments.

More details about this call for papers can be found here.

PSA Annual Conference

Glasgow, April 2017

Glasgow Skyline at night

©Barnabas Csomor (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

The Political Studies Association’s annual conference this year is being held in Glasgow at the Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde (10-12 April 2017) and the Politics&History specialist group has a number of stimulating panels lined up (all neatly scheduled for Wednesday, though our business meeting seems to have been assigned to the Monday lunchtime slot). Here’s a link to a map showing the location of the main building at 99 George St.

Business meeting

Mon, 13:30-14:15 in Graham Hills Building, room 509.

For discussion: future activities and management of the group.

Panel 1 – Parties and Nations

Wed, 9:00-10:30 in Conf Room 5

Chair: Peter Sloman (University of Cambridge)
No discussant (because 4 papers)

  1. Alan Wager (Queen Mary, University of London) The SDP – Liberal Merger: Party Fusions and Fissions
  2. Sophie Whiting (University of Bath) Remembering to Forget: Political Parties in Northern Ireland and the Power of Historical Narratives
  3. David Moon (University of Bath) “True Wales”, Old Labour? The Welsh Devo-sceptic Movement unpacked
  4. Ewan Gibbs (The University of the West of Scotland) The Energy Politics of Devolution: Colliery Closure, Deindustrialisation and Coalfield Political Culture c.1940s-1980s

Panel 2 – Developments in Social Policy

Wed, 11:00-12:30 in Conf Room 5

Chair: Hugh Pemberton (University of Bristol
Discussant: Andrew Crines (University of Liverpool)

  1. Peter Sloman (University of Cambridge) Explaining the Rise of the British ‘Transfer State’: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions in Income Support Policy since 1945
  2. Ruth Davidson (Kings College London) Thatcher and the Welfare State: the Case of Child Benefit
  3. John Craig (Leeds Beckett University) Writing the History of Political Studies: The Development of Politics as a Taught Discipline at Universities in England

Panel 3 – The Evolution of Neoliberalism

Wed, 13:30-15:00 in Conference Room 5

Chair: David Moon (University of Bath)
Discussant: Ruth Davidson (KCL)

  1. Hugh Pemberton, Aled Davies and James Freeman (University of Bristol) Implementing Neoliberalism: the Tensions within Thatcherite Individualism
  2. Thomas Gould (University of Bristol) Determinism, Indeterminism and the Evolution of British Political Economy
  3. Fran Amery (University of Bath) Resilience in Practice: New Policy Paradigm or Neoliberal Orthodoxy?

Call for Papers: Thatcher and Thatcherism – New Critical Perspectives

Durham University Thursday 19th & Friday 20th January 2017

Keynote Speakers: Dr Martin Farr (Newcastle University) and Sam Bowman (Adam Smith Institute)

Despite her death in 2013, Margaret Thatcher featured heavily in recent mainstream print and broadcast media coverage of the EU referendum debate. Archival footage of her campaigning in the 1975 referendum, negotiating with the European Community, and her infamous Bruges Speech were all included in various news programmes and documentaries on Europe. Following the referendum, an article in the Guardian claimed that Brexit marked the end of Thatcherism. By contrast, another article (in the same paper) hailed Brexit as the moment of Thatcherism’s resurgence. Following Theresa May’s move to Downing Street, multiple comparisons were made between Britain’s first female Prime Minister and its second, with Thatcher positioned as the original female leader. This is not uncommon: as Dr Farr will demonstrate in his keynote talk, female politicians across the world are compared to Thatcher to underline their conviction and leadership capability. It is almost 40 years since she became Prime Minister, but Margaret Thatcher remains prominent in both domestic and international politics. This conference invites researchers from across academic disciplines to share new critical perspectives on Thatcher, Thatcherism and the Conservative Party under her leadership.
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words (for papers lasting 20 minutes) on topics which may include, though not exclusively, the following:

  • Conservative electoral success/decline under Thatcher
  • Influences on Thatcher(ism) (e.g. F.A. Hayek, Enoch Powell, Keith Joseph, Ferdinand Mount)
  • Margaret Thatcher’s influence on the Conservative Party since 1990
  • Representations of Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism in theatre, film and popular culture
  • Thatcher and Europe
  • Thatcherism and contemporary fiction (1980-present)
  • Thatcherism and neoliberalism
  • Thatcher(ism) and the One Nation tradition
  • Margaret Thatcher’s oratory and discourse
  • Variations/influences of Thatcherism around the world.

Please include a biographical statement with your abstract, including your institutional affiliation. The Thatcher Network can provide travel funding for some PhD students: please indicate whether you would like to be considered for this funding when submitting your abstract. Speakers will also be invited to contribute their paper to an edited collection.

Please send abstracts to antony.mullen@dur.ac.uk by Friday 21st October 2016.

PSA Annual Conference

Brighton, 21-23 March 2016

The PSA annual conference will be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole.

We will be launching the new Politics&History group with a round-table discussion on Monday 21st at 14.15 about the ways in which the two disciplines can be brought into a closer conversation.

Panellists:

Dr James Freeman (Bristol)
Dr Catherine Haddon (resident historian at the Institute for Government)
Prof Nick Pearce (Director, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath)
Dr Ben Wellings (Monash)

There will also be a business meeting of the new group at 13.30 on the Monday (in  Surrey Suite 2) – please do come along to share ideas about how we might develop the group.


Breaking Boundaries: Politics, History and the wider inter-disciplinary challenge

University of Birmingham, 29 June 2016
Call for papers deadline 22 April

This conference (co-organised by Dean Blackburn, Steven Fielding and Matthew Francis) on building better links between politics and history will be of especial interest to our members. It is open to all scholars interested in the politics of the past and present, whatever their disciplinary affiliations, and seeks to build links between political historians and scholars working in other disciplines. More information …

Labour (dis)united conference, 4 April

Registration for the Breaking Boundaries conference is now open. Please follow this link to register.

Description:

Political Historians have had an uncertain relationship with other disciplines – and vice versa. In the 1950s those adopting behaviouralist methods of quantification from the social sciences hailed the emergence of a ‘new political history’ that promised to cut through the narratives of ‘great men’ which then dominated most accounts. This approach had a limited impact. In the 1990s it was in any case disavowed by those critical of its basic materialism and who saw merit in a ‘new cultural history of politics’, one influenced by exponents of post-modern literary theory.

Yet, while some innovators have explored how other disciplines might help them better approach their subject, many Political Historians approach their subject in much the same way as those in previous generations, embracing an empirical, archival-based method and focusing on institutions and biography. In the meantime, Political History has lost its central role within the discipline.

This conference seeks to transcend this methodological impasse by nudging its exponents towards an engagement with those interested in the same subjects but located in other disciplines. In Political Science for example there has been a notable adoption of History in terms of historical institutionalism, path dependency, heresthetics, cultural political economy and process tracing. However, this should not be an uncritical engagement: Political Historians’ understanding and appreciation of context is, if nothing else, something from which other disciplines might benefit.

PSA Annual Conference

Brighton, 21-23 March 2016

The PSA annual conference will be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. We will be launching the new Politics&History group with a roundtable discussion about the ways in which the two disciplines can be brought into a closer conversation.

Panellists:
Dr Catherine Haddon (resident historian at the Institute for Government)
Prof. Mike Kenny (Director, Mile End Institute, Queen Mary, University of London).
Prof Nick Pearce, (Director, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath
Dr Emily Robinson (University of Sussex

There will also be a business meeting of the group.

What Exactly is ‘impact’ in British Politics?

What does ‘impact’ mean in the context of Politics as a discipline in the UK, how does it relate to public engagement, and does it work to the advantage of some institutions rather than others depending on geography? These and other questions will be considered at the Politics and International Studies Impact Conference, 22-23 November 2016. The call for papers deadline is 15 March.

Breaking Down Boundaries between Politics and History

University of Birmingham, 29 June 2016
Call for papers deadline 22 April

This conference (co-organised by Dean Blackburn, Steven Fielding and Matthew Francis) on building better links between politics and history will be of especial interest to our members. It is open to all scholars interested in the politics of the past and present, whatever their disciplinary affiliations, and seeks to build links between political historians and scholars working in other disciplines. More information …

Labour (dis)united Conference, 4 April

A one day conference (‘Labour (dis)united. Disputed legitimacies within the British labour movement’, Manchester PHM, 4 April 2016) may be of interest to our members. This conference brings together historical and contemporary perspectives on the study of the British labour movement, from the point of view of the tensions that have, time and again, challenged it, if not fractured it, from the inside. The event is co-organised by our sister PSA group on Labour Movements, the Society for the Study of Labour History, and the Sorbonne’s Centre for Research on the English-speaking World. More details ….

Politics and History to Launch in PSA2016

We will be launching the PSA’s new Politics&History specialist group at the 2016 PSA conference (in Brighton, 21-23 March 2016) with a business meeting and a roundtable on how better to promote engagement between the two disciplines.

1. Business meeting

The first business meeting of the new group will take place at 13.30 on the Monday (in  Surrey Suite 2) – please do come along to share ideas about how we might develop the group.

2. Round-table discussion about Politics and History

We will have a round-table discussion on Monday 21st at 14.15  about the ways in which the two disciplines can be brought into a closer conversation.

Panellists:

Dr James Freeman (Bristol)
Dr Catherine Haddon (resident historian at the Institute for Government)
Prof Nick Pearce (Director, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath)
Dr Ben Wellings (Monash)

Hello world!

This is the first blog post on the website of the Politics and History specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association. The group was set up at the start of 2016 with the aim of promoting better engagement between political scientists and political historians. Our hope is that a richer dialogue will work to the benefit of both disciplines.

At the moment the group is in the process of launching. It presently has two officers:

Chair: Dr David Moon (University of Bath, Department of Politics)
Treasurer: Dr Hugh Pemberton (University of Bristol, Department of History)

Please sign up to our subscription lists – whether as a PSA member (the more members we have the more money the PSA gives us and the more events we can organise) or as a non-member who wants to keep tabs on what we’re up to.