Annual Conservatism Studies specialist group workshop

13-14 June 2019, Hull

The PSA Conservatism Studies specialist group annual workshop in Hull.

The Conservatism Studies Specialist Group will be holding its annual workshop this year on the 13–14 of June at the University of Hull. Hull was the UK City of Culture in 2017, and has long been known in politics for prominent MPs including Andrew Marvell, William Wilberforce, George Robinson, Thomas Ferens, John Prescott, and Alan Johnson. The city has been a Labour stronghold for half a century, yet curiously its university has a history of specializing in conservative politics. Noel O’Sullivan, Arthur Aughey, Matt Beech, Simon Lee, and Philip Norton (now The Lord Norton of Louth) have all carried out major studies of conservative political thought and practice while at Hull, and the last two years have seen visits from John Bercow and Jacob Rees-Mogg—separate visits. But as far as we know, the Conservatism Studies Specialist Group has never staged an event at Hull.

Today the group is young, diverse, and active, and is always seeking new members. Our workshops offer the chance to present work in progress in an informal environment, and to receive more detailed feedback than the traditional conference format normally allows. There will be keynote addresses from the PSA Chair, Angela Wilson, and Lord Norton and a workshop dinner, with plenty of opportunity for networking.

Proposals for papers are invited until Friday 8th March: please send your abstract (roughly 150–200 words) to

The registration fee is £30 for academic staff; there is no fee for PhD students or early career researchers, for whom support can also be provided towards travel and accommodation costs.


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University of Hull
Cottingham Rd
HU6 7RX Hull