CFP: Students in Twentieth Century Europe

Submission deadline: Thursday, January 31 2013

Conference date: Thursday, July 18 2013

Conference Venue: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Details: Across the twentieth century students have been seen as both the economic and political saviours of Europe, but also a destructive force demanding change. Particularly, but not exclusively, since 1968 students have often been depicted as trouble-makers as they have taken to the streets to protest on a variety of issues.  Reports of student protests have rarely represented students and their demands accurately, largely obscured the connections between these protests and wider society and treated ‘students’ as a single unified entity.

This symposium seeks to re-focus the attention of historians and social scientists on students themselves, as well as the role and importance of students, in twentieth century Europe contributing to a more detailed and nuanced history of students. Papers might address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • The development of student identity across Europe
  • The history of non-active or ‘apathetic’ students
  • Student activism before ‘68
  • Students and charity/voluntary work
  • Gender and the student experience
  • Students and issues of ‘race’ and ethnicity
  • Student unions and student involvement in international organisations

Please send abstracts (of c.250 words) and enquiries to Dr Jodi Burkett, Senior Lecturer in History, School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, University of Portsmouth ( The deadline for abstracts is the 31st of January 2013.

Travel bursaries are available for post-graduate and early career researchers to present papers at this symposium. For more information please contact Dr Jodi Burkett.

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