A new history of the 1980s

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United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, African American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Music and Music History, Political History / Studies

Expressions of interest are invited to participate in a workshop or a series of workshops to share new research about the 1980s. The purpose of the event(s) is to create a new international network of scholars to share research and identify potential areas of collaboration. This could lead to, for instance, a network for funding applications and publications. Scholars from disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences are invited to get in touch, and it would be great to hear from colleagues at all career stages (e.g. from PhD candidates to leading researchers in their field).  Areas of interest include, but are by no means restricted to, the following aspects of the 1980s:

  • Politics and policy making
  • Film and television
  • Literature
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Material culture
  • Religion
  • Music
  • International relations
  • LGBT+
  • Popular protests
  • Emotions

This invitation is extended to researchers in any country and research specialisms that focus on any country, and even multiple or global study, are welcomed. So, for instance, whereas my expertise focuses on Reagan (and Thatcher), it would be great to hear from scholars of 1980s cinema and pop culture focusing on any country and the politics of a country other than the US or UK (although fellow Reagan researchers are very welcome!). 

Please do spread the word to any potentially interested colleagues or graduate students. The deadline for getting in touch is 16 December 2022. I will then contact all interested parties about suggestions for our next steps.

Thank you for your consideration. . 




Contact Info: 

Dr James Cooper

Associate Professor of History and American Studies

School of Humanities

York St John University, UK


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