Everyday Politics, Ordinary Lives: Democratic Engagement in Britain since 1918: An interdisciplinary workshop

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Date(s) - 24/05/2018
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Jessop West G.03


Supported by the AHRC, the Crick Centre and the CoMo

This workshop emerges from an AHRC-funded project led by Professor Adrian Bingham (Department of History) entitled ‘Everyday Politics, Ordinary Lives: Democratic Engagement in Britain 1918-1992’. The project investigates how British citizens understood politics and how they viewed its relationship to their lives, from the establishment of a near democracy in 1918 until the transformation of British political culture with the emergence of 24-hour news channels and the internet in the early 1990s. It focuses on the everyday political opinions, discussions and interactions of ordinary British people in the period, paying particular attention to the ways in which women and young people related to a political system dominated by middle-aged men.

This interdisciplinary workshop seeks to bring together scholars of different disciplines to discuss approaches to the contemporary and historical study of ‘everyday politics’ and democratic engagement. How does politics intersect with ‘everyday life’? How can we conceptualise and measure different forms of everyday political engagement? How do changing patterns of political engagement relate to social change? How is political engagement shaped by different social identities, especially those of age and gender? The workshop will feature presentations from Professor Bingham and his colleague on the project, Dr Tom Dowling. Professor Will Jennings (University of Southampton) will also talk about the findings of his project on the rise of anti-politics in Britain. Participants are invited to give short position papers (c. 10-15 minutes), or to join the round-table discussion.

Numbers are limited, so if you would like to attend or present a position paper, please email adrian.bingham@sheffield.ac.uk