Modern Cultural History

Seminar or event series

The Modern Cultural History Seminar has a twenty-year history of stretching the boundaries of the field in all the new ways the field seems to be heading, with recent attention paid to history of the emotions, space and place, the social sciences in cultural context, and cultures of gender and sexuality.  Most of our papers are in British history since the late 18th century, but we try to feature comparative work as well, and in recent years we have had papers in French, Australian, American and South Asian cultural history as well, especially where transnational themes are involved.  A postgraduate-run workshop in Modern Cultural History meets in alternate weeks.

The Modern Cultural History Seminar meets in the Caius College Senior Parlour, at 5pm on  Wednesdays. We will also provide zoom access where possible to each seminar. Links will be circulated to the seminar mailing list and via the Faculty’s weekly events listing in advance of each meeting. If you are not on our mailing list, you can sign up by clicking the link on our webpage at or emailing one of the convenors (Lucy Delap,, or Peter Mandler, to be added to the circulation.

The Modern Cultural History Workshop is a graduate-organized series for works-in-progress from both MPhil and PhD students that meets alternately with the seminar.  For more information, or to offer a paper, please contact the convenors Syeda Ali,,  Alex Robertson,, or Victoria Harrison-Mirauer,

The support of the G.M. Trevelyan Fund for external speakers is gratefully acknowledged.




One of the Family? Rethinking Family with Animals in Twentieth-Century Britain

JULIE-MARIE STRANGE, Durham University.
JANE HAMLETT, Royal Holloway, University of London.

From Uranian Poetry to “Western Civilization”: The Intellectual History of Anglophone Gay Studies, 1850–1990

EMILY RUTHERFORD, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
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Banner picture: Movie theater. Southside, Chicago, Illinois, 1941. Library of Congress collection