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Institute of Advanced Study

Modern British Studies Seminar Series

The Modern British Studies Seminar (MoBSS) is an inter-disciplinary initiative directed jointly by the History and Politics departments and also encompassing Sociology and Education.

Our interests centre on the intellectual and cultural history of modern British political culture - ranging across social policy, activism, national identity, social movements, concepts like social capital and theoretical aspects and constructions of these. We will host a series of themed seminars / workshops, to which all Durham University students and staff and those outside the University are very welcome.

23rd November 2006: Professor Mike Savage (The University of Manchester)
Changing Social Class identities in post-war Britain: perspectives from Mass-Observation
Room 113, Sociology Department 


30th November 2006: Dr James McKay (University of Birmingham)
The Database of Archives of United Kingdom Non-Governmental Organisations since 1945 (DANGO)
Seminar Room Two, History Department


25th January 2007: Dr Holger Nehring (Sheffield University)
CND as a social movement (1958-1984): What protest movements may or may not tell us about social change
Room IM102, Politics Department 


12th March 2007: Professor Matthew Hilton (University of Birmingham)
The Death of the Consumer
Seminar Room One, History Department
(co-hosted with Durham University's History Society)


26th April 2007: 
Roundatable on Raphael Samuel's The Lost World of British Communism
Speakers: Alison Light (Newcastle), Kevin Morgan (Manchester), Lawrence Black (Durham)
Seminar Room One, History Department.  


Wednesday 16th May 2007:
Day event on concepts of activism
Confirmed speakers include Justin Fisher (Brunel University), Paul Whiteley (Essex University), Karen Hunt (Keele University), Andrew Thorpe (Exeter), Gidon Cohen (Durham).  For further details follow the link below.


For further information about any of the above please contact the organisers:
Dr Lawrence Black (Department of History)
Dr Gidon Cohen (Department of Politics)