To mark the launch of the new MA in Global British Studies, Queen Mary,
University of London, is organising a one-day conference on 1919 as both a
global and a local moment of ferment. Drawing on the insights provided by the
most recent scholarship on modern Britain and within the fields of global and
new imperial history, Global British Studies challenges conventional narratives
in which change simply flowed from the imperial metropole to the periphery. It
takes aspects of British history, usually studied in isolation, and shows them in
their global context.
The aim of this conference is to critically interrogate the construction of 1919
simply as a historical watershed defined by macro-events such as the Versailles
Peace Treaty or the so-called ‘Wilsonian Moment’. What were the local and
marginal experiences of this global moment? How did the personal and the
political coalesce? Contributions focusing on race, gender, empire, radical
politics and resistance are particularly welcome.
A public lecture by James Vernon on the evening of 31 October will precede the
conference, followed on 1 November by a keynote on Amritsar 1919: an Empire
of Fear and the Making of a Massacre by Kim Wagner.
Proposals with a 200-word abstract should be submitted by 15 September 2019