Protestation Returns Online (slight return)

Prompted by Early Modern Ancestors Day I have finally got round to updating  my list of Protestation Returns available online (linked here as a PDF file.) Happy searching and sorry for the wait.


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Night Waves discussion 15/6/11

I was on Radio 3 last night as part of a discussion of student extremism and the history thereof. You can listen again via i-player for the next week or so, it’s the first segment.

Histories of Activism Postgraduate Conference CFP


Event Type: Conference


Date: Saturday 26th November 2011


Event Location: Bishopsgate Institute, London


Call for Papers Details


Call for Papers Deadline: 28th June 2011


Northumbria University’s Histories of Activism group is proud to present its first postgraduate conference, in association with the Society for the Study of Labour History. Activism can take many forms, from extreme militancy to peaceful lobbying, and provides a unique insight into how societies are shaped. This conference aims to explore forms of political activism across Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Political activism is not simply confined to extreme political movements, or beliefs, but can apply to many issues, such as suffrage rights, racial equality and economic issues. This conference aims to place political activism within its historical context and to explore how such activism shaped and defined modern European politics, both within the confines of individual states as well as through transnational studies. We welcome papers on any form of political activism – some potential themes and ideas for papers may include, but are not limited to:-


–          The activism of political pressure groups

–          The emergence of peripheral political movements

–          Top-down approaches to activism

–          Activism within governments

–          Grass-roots activism and its impact on socialist policies

–          Political activism and gender issues

–          Political activism and race

–          The impact of pressure groups on various levels of government

–          The role of pressure groups in the wider scheme of politics

–          The role of activism in politics, is it effective?

–          Historical theories of activism

–          How does activism travel?

–          How do governments use politically active groups to their advantage?


Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by 28th June 2011. All abstracts should be emailed to Vanessa Sherriffs at and should include a title, contact details and institutional information. Please also include areas of research interest, as it may be possible to set up parallel panels during the morning session. Bursaries for travel within the UK are available from the Society for the Study of Labour History. All other enquires should be directed to Vanessa Sherriffs at


Those interested in attending the conference as a delegate are also welcome, please register interest by email.

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