Department of History

Call for Papers: 20s30sNetwork Symposium

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May 2016. 

The 20s30sNetwork brings together scholars from across disciplines around our shared interests 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, our aim is to explore new ways of thinking about the historical significance of these two decades.

We now invite proposals for 20-minute papers for a two-day workshop at the University of Nottingham that will explore the theme of ‘display’. The first session, on Friday afternoon, will be at the Boots site in nearby Beeston, and will include a tour of the D10 Wets factory and a workshop on material from the Boots Company Archive. This will be followed by a full day of papers and discussion on Saturday at the University.

What happens when we use the notion of display as the focus for a cross-disciplinary conversation about the nature of British society, culture, politics, and economy in the 1920s and 1930s? This is an exploratory conversation, so we don’t wish to be prescriptive about interpretations of the theme. But you may wish to focus upon public or private events in which display was an integral part, eg, a coronation, jubilee, birthday party, wedding, etc. ‘Display’ might also raise questions for you around advertising and packaging, self-presentation and fashion, the display of emotions, media events, pageantry, political demonstrations, or performance.

We anticipate that scholars and papers will be rooted in different historical disciplines, but we are keen to solicit papers that gesture beyond these fields to engage the wider interests of other workshop participants. Please note that there is limited capacity for this event. 

Proposals of 250 words should be emailed to the 20s30sNetwork by Friday 6 January 2017




Posted on Monday 21st November 2016

Department of History

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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