Conferences & Events

2017 Events and Conferences

27th January 2017. Conference – Brexit: Historians Speak.

‘Can history help us understand Brexit? This forum brings together scholars and students at the University of Warwick to reflect on this question. Brexit and the issues raised by it will be discussed in historical perspective. Its origins in recent years and comparisons with other episodes in modern history will be explored. We will also examine how history was invoked in the Brexit campaigns of spring 2016 and compare Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump. Students involved in the 'Brexit Laboratory' will present the current state of their research.’

Follow the link ( to hear a selection of historians and students answer the following questions = 

  • What can we learn from history to better understand Brexit and its implications?
  • Why is it so important for young people to understand, and how might it affect them during and after university?
  • To what extent do the Warwick History Department study and understand significant current affairs like Brexit?
  • People say Brexit will affect the younger generation, why might that be?
  • Does Brexit mean increased prices, more funding cuts and less jobs?
  • How will history remember the EU referendum?
  • To what extent do you think that the rise of an angry form of nationalism across Europe and elsewhere in the world led both to the Brexit outcome and to the election of Donald Trump?
  • Has there ever ben a similar ‘exit’ in the past and what have been the consequences?’


24th June 2017. The future of UK Labour law.


‘Labour law is one of the many areas of law that will need reconstructing after Brexit. The Trade Union Forum brings together experts in the history of labour law to explore its roots and suggest proposals for the future.’


3rd July 2017. Brexit in Context – History, Politics and Society: Call for Papers (University of Northampton)


Keynote Speaker: Professor Glen O’Hara (Oxford Brookes University)

‘In June 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union. One year after this momentous decision, this one-day symposium will bring together established academics, early career researchers and others with informed views from wider society, to discuss the unfolding implications of such a historic development. Contributors will explore the many ways we can better understand the historical, political and social contexts of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. It encourages presentations to engage with issues such as:

  • The impact of Brexit on British political parties
  • The historical contexts of Brexit, and Britain’s changing relationship with Europe
  • The history and current dynamics of populist, anti-elite and ‘outsider’ politics in Britain
  • Trends in support for, and fear of, immigration, past and present
  • Brexit and its significance for different social classes
  • Gendered notions of Brexit, and its potential impact
  • British constitutional issues and the significance of Brexit
  • Public attitudes towards the advice and predictions of ‘experts’
  • War, peace and shared memories of European identity in the context of Brexit
  • What Brexit means for academics and universities in Britain


As well as offering a forum for new thinking on Brexit, this one-day symposium is also designed to foster debate, promote interdisciplinary and encourage the sharing of ideas and approaches. It will provide an opportunity for networking to help foster new and on-going projects engaged with the many issues posed by Brexit.’


5th October 2017. Skills Shortage in Construction: building the future post-Brexit.


‘The Skills Shortage in Construction conference will seek to place the current situation in its historical context, taking into account the way in which the industry has been organised since the second world war, the respective roles of capital labour and the state and the challenges posed by Brexit.’


17th October 2017, Cambridge Festival of Ideas. All Welcome!

‘Empire and Brexit'

‘Conversation with Tristram Hunt (historian, former MP and Director V&A) and Gideon Rachman (Foreign Affairs commentator Financial Times and author of Easternisation) moderated by Shruti Kapila (historian of modern India and global thought), discussing the afterlife of the Empire and its role in Brexit, and the changing world order especially the rise of China and India and Britain’s identity in the Asian Century.’


20th October 2017, Cambridge Festival of Ideas. All Welcome!

EU vs UK: In the Brexit Battle Will Truth be the Loser?’

‘As the Brexit negotiations proceed, who will win the PR battle over Brexit and who will be the losers? What will the outcome be for Britain's future relations with Europe? Join a debate about the ramifications of Brexit for European politics and the broader issues of how narratives are formed in public discourse. With Matthew Goodwin, Catherine Barnard, Robert Tombs and Leonie de Jonge.’

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24th October 2017, Cambridge Festival of Ideas. All Welcome!

 ‘Brexit Time’

‘We can capture the phenomenon of Brexit in a variety of ways: one measure is "time". Whether we are thinking specifically about the time-period for the negotiation of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU or more generally in terms of living through a time of uncertainty, time is a more intuitive measure of Brexit than whether it is ‘hard’ or ‘soft’. The protection of the rights of citizens after Brexit illustrates and dramatises the argument. Not only does the focus on citizens’ rights highlight the timing and phasing of negotiations, entitlement to a settled states after Brexit will depend on when someone arrived in the UK and how long they have been resident. In these and other ways, issues of time help us to make sense of why the UK is leaving the EU, how - and importantly - when.’


27th October 2017. The MML Faculty and Schroder Lecture, Cambridge

Cambridge Festival of Ideas.  All Welcome! 

Encountering Brexit – Perspectives and Challenges

‘Now more than ever, it is the study of language and culture that can combat stereotypes and foster the communicative skill and cross-cultural understanding needed to ensure peaceful and prosperous relations between European states ( A panel discussion with David Champion (Harvard Business Review), Hans Kundnani (Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund), Oreoluwa Ogunbiyi (President, Cambridge University African Caribbean Society), Robert Wintemute (Professor of Human Rights Law, Kings College London), Margret Wintermantel (President, German Academic Exchange Service), chaired by Baroness Garden of Frognal.’ 


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