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Contemporary History


The Contemporary History Workshop is a forum to discuss research on all areas of history since 1945. However, with an eye towards the historical continuities in the last century, the workshop embraces contributions focusing on the first half of the ‘short 20th century’. The workshop is open to all graduate students working across the field of contemporary history, regardless of geographical specialisation. We also welcome papers that discuss the broader thematic, methodological and historiographical issues relevant to the period and which address the challenges that face historians writing about the recent past.

The Contemporary History Workshop is a friendly place for postgraduate students to present their research and to get feedback from peers as well as to meet more Contemporaneists across institutions and help to build a stronger academic community. Papers are usually 30 minutes in length and are followed by an informal discussion and drinks. All are welcome.

For Michaelmas Term, meetings take place at 5pm in the Faculty Board Room, Faculty of History.

If you are interested in giving a paper or have any questions, please do not get in touch with the convenors.



Paco Ruzzante (pr388)

Giulio Zorini (gz275)

Stephen Rainbird (slr72)

Lent 2018 Schedule


Tuesday 13 February

Catriona Clarke (Newnham)

Left-wing terrorism and 'political prisoners' in West Germany, the case of the 2nd June Movement, 1967 onwards


Tuesday 27 February

Patricia Serpa (Fitzwilliam)

'Come and Join the Party': Reconstructing Gay Identity in Nineties Britain


Tuesday 6 March

Tae Hoon Kim (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)

Thatcher, France, and Nuclear Energy


Tuesday 13 March

Paco Ruzzante (Trinity Hall)

The ILO and ISSA in Italy and Spain: transnational perspectives of the creation of the Mediterranean welfare system, 1942-1960s.


Meetings take place at 5pm the Faculty Board Room, Faculty of History

Wines and drinks will be provided


The workshop is grateful for the generous support provided by the History Faculty





You may find exemplary topics for papers:

Tae Hoon Kim (Trinity Hall, Cambridge)

The Central Electricity Generation Board and the Politics of Fuel and Power Generation 1961-1989

Richard Hall (Cambridge)

Fear and ‘normal’ family life: Memory and intersubjectivity in a father-son relationship 1945-1970

Mathias Haeussler (Magdalene College, Cambridge)

Helmut Schmidt and Anglo-German Relations, 1974-82

Niccolò Serri (Magdalene College, Cambridge)

Unemployment welfare and industrial conflict at Alfa Romeo Arese 1968-1987