In 2015, the Centre for Modern British Studies hosted the ‘Rethinking Modern British Studies Conference’. #MBS2015 went far beyond anything we expected, bringing together around three hundred British historians over three days and four parallel sessions.

The conference provided striking evidence of a vibrant and diverse field, but it was one part of what Stuart Hall might call an ‘unfinished conversation’. We’d like to continue that dialogue about the nature, status and effects of our histories on modern Britain, and so from Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 July 2017, the Centre for Modern British Studies will host another three day conference at the University of Birmingham. 


Confirmed plenary panellists include Pamela Cox (University of Essex), Lucy Delap (University of Cambridge), Caroline Elkins (Harvard University), Gurminder Bhambra  (University of Warwick), Margot Finn (University College, London), Leela Gandhi (Brown University) and Peter Mandler (University of Cambridge).

Conference programme

The event programme will be added to the MBS Birmingham blog in due course.


Registration (free for ECRs on temporary or part-time contracts/postgraduates/unwaged and £30 per day/£75 for the full Conference otherwise) will be available through the University online shop. Please be aware that we have a limited number of spaces. 

Registration will open on Tuesday 2 May, and will remain open until Tuesday 30 May.

For more information, visit the MBS blog.

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