Thursday, 5 January 2012

Special Bulletin 4 January 2012

History Lab Special Bulletin 4 January 2012
Dear all,
See below for the call for papers for History Lab Annual Conference.
    AGENCY: History Lab Annual Conference 2012
    Institute of Historical Research, London , 13-14 June 2012
    Who makes history? What is the role of the individual, and how much influence can they have? While historians have long debated the meaning and implication of agency, events such as the Arab Spring, in which traditional structures are overturned by collective and individual action, gives the notion of agency fresh urgency. The study of agency, traditionally understood as the ability of the individual to act independently of political, social and cultural structures, has been dominated by social scientists such as Simmel, Elias, Bourdieu, and more recently, Anthony Giddens. With this in mind, the aim of the History Lab Conference 2012 is to investigate the relationships between agents and structures through the analysis of historical example. History Lab would like to bring together postgraduate students and early- career researchers to explore the significance of agency. Potential speakers are invited to submit proposals for papers, or panels of three speakers, on specific topics exploring agency or on wider methodological and philosophical issues. Papers may cover any historical region or period, exploring agency in topics including, but not limited to, the following areas.
  • Religious lives
  • Popular politics, protest and resistance
  • Crown and estates
  • Court culture
  • Administration and bureaucracy
  • Industry and urbanisation
  • Rural lives
  • The family
  • Social mobility
  • Cultural production
  • Labour, business and industrial relations
  • Policing, surveillance and the law
    Some travel bursaries will be available for research students travelling from the United States. Please email for further details. To submit a proposal for the conference, please send your title along with a 250-word abstract, your institutional affiliation, and full contact details to: by the deadline of Monday, 27th February, 2012.


The History Lab team.

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