2015 conference programme

United Kingdom? Four Nations Approaches to Modern ‘British’ History

King’s College London, 20 February 2015

0900-0930 (Council Room, King’s Building): Registration and coffee

0930-1030 (Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s Building): Plenary

Chair: Dr Jon Lawrence (University of Cambridge)

  • Professor Eugenio Biagini (University of Cambridge),  ‘Partitionism, “marginality”, citizenship and the viability of democracy since 1912 – lessons from Ireland and further afield’
  • Professor Ian McBride (King’s College London), ‘The Politics of the “New” British History’

1030-1045 (Council Room): Coffee break 

1045-1205: Panel Session One

Panel 1A (River Room, King’s Building): Othering? Fourging Identities

Chair: Dr Lucy Delap (University of Cambridge)

  • Holly Dunbar (University of Southampton), ‘”Everyday” Irish Femininity in the Mainstream Nationalist Press and the English “other” During the Irish Revolution’
  • David Swift (University of Central Lancashire), ‘”For Class and Country – but what Country?” Left-wing Patriotism in the Era of the Great War, 1914-1924’
  • Dr Ian d’Alton (Trinity College Dublin), ‘A fifth nation?  The parallel “Protestant Free State” in independent Ireland’

Panel 1B (K0.20, King’s Building): Limits and Balances

Chair: Dr Andrew Blick (Institute of Contemporary British History)

  • Mike Mecham (St Mary’s University, Twickenham), ‘”Irishmen need not apply”: The failure of a Four Nations Labour movement’
  • Ian Stewart (London School of Economics), ‘Celticism and “Four Nations” History, c. 1860-1920’
  • Ben Thomas (University of Aberdeen), ‘A Nation of Many Regions?: The Limits of the Four Nations Approach to the Study of Empire’

Panel 1C (Council Room, King’s Building): Four Nations in the Everyday: Cultural Connections

Chair: Dr Simon Prince (Canterbury Christ Church University)

  • Dr Oliver Betts (University of York), ‘Four Nations Philanthropy, 1870-1914’
  • Sam Manning (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘Comparative approaches to leisure history in the United Kingdom: cinemas and cinema-going in Belfast and Sheffield, 1945–1960’
  • Professor Paul Ward (University of Huddersfield), ‘The Beefeaters at the Tower of London, 1826-1914: Icons of Englishness or Britishness?’

1205-1250 (Council Room): Lunch

1250-1410: Panel Session Two

Panel 2A (River Room, King’s Building): ‘[D]iscarded dialogues’: Four Nations Approaches to Romantic Studies

Chair: Professor Claire Connolly (University College Cork)

  • Dr Jennifer Orr (Newcastle University), ‘”Her Shamrock yet may blossom”: Transnational literary networks and print culture in Romantic Belfast (1790-1815)’
  • Dr Elizabeth Edwards (University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies), ‘”[C]otemporary and humbly-born Bards”: Four nations approaches to labouring-class poetry’
  • Professor Dafydd Moore (Plymouth University), ‘”Too Frivolous to Interest the Public”?: Walter Scott, Richard Polwhele and archipelagic correspondence’

Panel 2B (K0.20, King’s Building): Progression or regression

Chair: Dr Anders Mikkelsen (Institute of Contemporary British History)

  • Luke Kirwan (University College Cork), ‘From Free Trade to Union: Mercantile attitudes in Ireland and Britain to integration’
  • Dr Patrick Walsh (University College Dublin), ‘Towards a Four-Nation History of the Eighteenth-Century Fiscal Military State’

Panel 2C (Council Room, King’s Buiding): Core-Periphery?

Chair: Professor Thomas Hennessey (Canterbury Christ Church University)

  • Dr Martin Wright (Cardiff University), ‘Socialism and National Identity in Britain: the case of Wales’
  • Syd Morgan (Swansea University), ‘Inter War Ireland & Wales: the Welsh Nationalist Party and Fianna Fáil, 1925-1946’
  • Dr Daryl Leeworthy (University of Huddersfield), ‘Home Rule for Wales, c.1880-1945: Liberal Dream, Labour Nightmare?’

1410-1425 (Council Room): Coffee break

1425-1545: Panel Session Three

Panel 3A (River Room, King’s Building): (Dis)Unions

Chair: Dr Matthew Glencross (Institute of Contemporary British History)

  • Professor Michael Brown (University of Aberdeen), ‘A Union of Hearts and Minds: Confession and Conversion in the British-Irish Union, 1707-1801’
  • Dr John S. Ellis (University of Michigan, Flint), ‘”Unity in Diversity”: Ireland, Wales and British National Identity in the Early Twentieth Century’
  • Professor Vernon Bogdanor (Institute of Contemporary British History), ‘From Four Nations to One Nation: Britain 1885-1922’

Panel 3B (K0.20, King’s Building): Intellectual interrelations

Chair: Dr Kathryn Rix (History of Parliament Trust)

  • James Stafford (University of Cambridge), ‘”Damned Scotch Metaphysics!”: The enlightened origins of the Irish Acts of Union (1801)’
  • Kieran Fitzpatrick (University of Oxford), ‘Union or unions? Intellectual and institutional exchange in science and medicine between Ireland, England and Scotland, 1850-1900’
  • Jody Crutchley (University of Worcester), ‘”The English/British Conundrum”: Empire and the Public Elementary Curriculum in England, Wales and Scotland, 1902-1931’

Panel 3C (Council Room, King’s Building) Local Experiences, National Implications?

Chair: Andrew Harrison (UK National Archives)

  • Dr Melanie Bassett (University of Portsmouth), ‘Cultivating Connections: Regional Societies and the Migrant Edwardian Royal Dockyard Worker’
  • Sara Goek (University College Cork), ‘The Irish in Post-War Britain: Local Experiences and Comparative Histories’
  • Neil Evans (Cardiff University), ‘Empire and Nation-Building in Wales, 1880-1914’

1545-1645 (Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s Building): Keynote

Chair: Professor Miles Taylor (York University)

  • Professor Paul O’Leary (Aberystwyth University), ‘From the Margins to the Centre: the Challenges of Four Nations History’

1700-1830 (History Department, Strand Building, Floor 8):

Wine reception and formal launch of the Four Nations History Network by the Irish Ambassador to the UK, Dan Mulhall


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