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 race, 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. 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,, David Cowan,, 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 please contact the convenors Syeda Ali,, Alex Robertson,, Victoria Harrison-Mirauer,, or Piers Haslam,

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



Empires of Extinction within the Anthropocene

SADIAH QURESHI, University of Manchester

“Granadaland”: An Analysis of a Television Company Through Oral History

JUDITH JONES, Manchester Metropolian University
STEVE KELLY, University of Chester

British Communist Historians and the Communist Historical Novel, 1935-1968

JOHN CONNOR, King’s College London

“A Journey Through the Dance Floor”?: Memory, Reconstructing Space, and the Evolution of the Nightclub in Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield

ALEX ROBERTSON, University of Cambridge

"American Methods” of Event Promotion in Victorian Britain

LEWIS DEFRATES, University of Cambridge

Kink and Drag: A Discussion

RUBY DAILY, University of Arkansas, and JACOB BLOOMFIELD, University of Konstanz

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Banner picture: Movie theater. Southside, Chicago, Illinois, 1941. Library of Congress collection

At a glance

Easter Term
Wednesdays, 5.00pm
Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College.
Due to leave and retirement, the Seminar will be suspended in 2024-5. We will be celebrating our final session on May 15th (for now) with our usual debate, drinks and pizza, but would love to see many seminar members join us for a farewell.