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Modern Cultural History

Lent Term 2020

The Modern Cultural History Seminar meets on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Senior Parlour, Gonville Court, Gonville and Caius College.  The History Faculty’s Trevelyan Fund provides crucial and much appreciated assistance to support visits by scholars from outside Cambridge.


Lucy Delap, Murray Edwards College (

Lawrence Klein, Emmanuel College (

Peter Mandler, Gonville and Caius College (


22 January

CLAIR WILLS, University of Cambridge
‘Revisiting the Total Institution:  Life Stories and the Boundaries of Post-War Psychiatric Institutions’


5 February

MAGGIE KALENAK, University of Cambridge
‘“Consider Yourself Kissed”:  Middle-Class Love Letters as Material Culture and Domestic Performance in Nineteenth-Century England’


19 February

HANNAH FORSYTH, Australian Catholic University
  ‘Rethinking Class in the Twentieth Century through the History of White-Collar Work’


4 March - Cancelled because of industrial action

MADDALENA ALVI, University of Cambridge
‘The European Art Market and the First World War’


Associated with the Modern Cultural History Seminar is the Cultural History Graduate Workshop, which provides a place for graduate students to present research, test new ideas and receive informal feedback in a friendly and supportive peer group. Papers are normally 30-40 minutes long, followed by questions, discussion and refreshments. 

            The workshop meets on alternate weeks to the Modern Cultural History seminar. 

            The convenors welcome abstracts from both new and continuing MPhil and PhD students, working on any aspect of cultural history. Research undertaken outside of History faculties is also more than welcome, as are interdisciplinary approaches. If you’re interested in presenting a paper, please send a title and brief abstract (max 200 words) to the convenorsGrace Whorrall-Campbell ( and Max Long (




Lent term 2020 programme - print version


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‘Fake Print: The London Gazette, Peter the Great and the Victorians’


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