Promoting the study of social & cultural history

2014 committee

The Social History Society was founded in 1976 to encourage the study of the history of society and cultures by teaching, research, publication and other appropriate means.

The 2015 conference is at the University of Portsmouth from 31 March to 2 April 2015.

The Plenary speaker will be Jonathan Hyslop, Professor of African and Latin American Studies, Colgate University, USA. See the full details here»

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A Message from Penny Summerfield

Social History is a dynamic and popular force within academia and in our wider society. The Social History Society was founded in 1976, when, to quote Geoff Eley, social history worked “within a self-confident materialist paradigm of social totality, grounded in the primacy of class” (A Crooked Line, 2005).

That vision of social totality was challenged in the ensuing years by developments. Confidence in the materialist paradigm took a knock: cultural history moved in to take its place.

2015 SHS Conference at the University of Portsmouth 31 March-2 April

The twitter hashtag for the conference is #portsocialhist

For full details of the Conference, click below.