British International History Group
32nd Annual Conference

3-5 September 2020
University of Stirling


Abstract submission now open

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The Conference

The main work of the conference takes place in panels starting on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday morning. There will also be a keynote lecture on the Friday evening and a round table on Thursday. The Annual General Meeting will be held during the conference.

The BIHG Committee invites you to contribute a paper to the conference. As in previous conferences we are pleased to receive offers to present papers on a wide range of subjects in International History, for any period. These include:

  • Inter-State Diplomatic Relations
  • Domestic Issues in Foreign Policy
  • History of International Relations
  • Military History (including strategic issues, POWs etc)
  • Intelligence and/or Propaganda
  • International Organisations and Institutions
  • Inter-Imperial Relations
  • International Economic Relations
  • Cultural and/or Transnational Processes

The committee accepts both individual papers (20 minutes) and complete panel submissions consisting of three 20 minute papers. We also welcome the submission of multiple panels on a related theme; papers from such panels will be considered for publication in a themed issue of the International History Review. The committee encourages diversity in panel submissions.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2020

We intend to offer the opportunity on a trial basis for a limited number of participants to deliver their papers remotely via Skype. Please indicate when submitting your paper whether you wish to deliver it in this way.

Cost of the Conference

The BIHG endeavours to keep the costs of its annual conference as low as possible, assisted by a generous grant from its parent organisation BISA. Subject to BISA funding decisions, we hope to be able to make a limited number of conference packages available free of charge to postgraduate students. Please indicate when submitting your paper whether you wish to be considered for a postgraduate bursary.

Please note that the BIHG waives the conference registration fee for BISA members. We encourage all BIHG members to join BISA; BISA membership fees are tax deductible and there are reduced rates for ECRs and PG students. For details see here.

The costs of the conference are as follows:

Conference Fee: BISA members do not pay a conference fee; non-BISA members must pay a conference fee.
Travel: We are unable to provide any assistance with travel costs.
Accommodation and Subsistence: Various packages and day-rates are available. We charge standard delegates cost price for these. Postgraduate students are charged at a subsidised rate which is below cost price.

Further details of the cost will be made available after the publication of the draft programme in spring/early summer 2020. At that point we will also open the online shop to enable delegates to register and pay.

Postgraduate and ECR Job Workshop at the Conference

The British International History Group has long provided a friendly and welcoming environment for Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers to share their work with the wider community of international historians. It is particularly eager to help foster the careers of PGRs and ECRs and has established a workshop to do this at its annual conference.

Details of the Workshop and it's Application will be announced in 2020. Please check back for the latest information.

31st Annual Conference - 30 August - 1 September 2017
Keynote Speaker: Professor Kathleen Burk, (Emeritus Professor, UCL) ‘Lubricating Diplomacy: The Uses of Wine’
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30th Annual Conference - 30 August - 1 September 2017
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Jessica Reinisch ‘The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration’’
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29th Annual Conference - 7 - 9 September 2017
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Richard Vinen ‘The Long 68’
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28th Annual Conference - 8 - 10 September 2016
Keynote Speaker: John Bew 'Realpolitik and the British'
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27th Annual Conference - 10 - 12 September 2015
Keynote Speaker: Dr James Ellison (QMUL) 'Failed Intelligence? The Origins of the Iraq War'
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26th Annual Conference - 4 - 6 September 2014
Keynote Speaker: Professor Steven Casey, (LSE) ‘Propaganda, casualties and domestic support for war: The US experience in the twentieth century’
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25th Annual Conference - 5 - 7 September 2013
Keynote Speaker: Professor Geoffrey Roberts, ‘Memoirs and the Historian: Writing the Biography of Marshal Georgy Zhukov’
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24th Annual Conference - 6 - 8 September 2012
Keynote Speaker: Professor Geoff Berridge, University of Leicester: ‘Diplomacy and Journalism in the Victorian era: Charles Dickens, the Roving Englishman and the “white gloved cousinocracy”’
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23rd Annual Conference - 8 - 10 September 2011
Keynote Speaker: Professor Andrew Williams, University of St Andrews, ‘Waiting for Monsieur Bergson: Nicholas Murray Butler and the French Sage’
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22nd Annual Conference - 9 - 11 September 2010
St Antony's College
Keynote Speaker: Professor David Stevenson, London School of Economics, ‘European Integration and Disintegration, 1900-1919’ Download the Programme
21st Annual Conference - 3 - 5 September 2009
Keynote Speaker: John Keiger 'France’s Readiness for War in 1914'
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A One Day Conference - ‘Facing the Dictators: The Neville Chamberlain Premiership, 1937-1940’.
Wednesday 5th March 2008
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19th Annual Conference - 6 - 8 September 2007 
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Glyn Stone 'The much maligned Neville Chamberlain: British Foreign Policy in the late 1930s'
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18th Annual Conference - 7 - 9 September 2006
Keynote Speaker: John Charmley 'Britain and the Levant: Victorian Visions'
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29 June to 30 June
Keynote Lecture: Professor Paul Preston (London School of Economics)‘The Spanish Conflict 1936-39: A Battlefield in the European Civil War’
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16th Annual Conference - 9 - 11 September 2004
Keynote Speaker: MacGregor Knox 'Fascist Italy faces the Final Solution.'
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15th Annual Conference - 11 - 13 September 2017
Keynote Speaker: Mick Cox 'E.H. Carr and the Versailles Conference, 1919'
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14th Annual Conference - 12 - 14 September 2002
Keynote Speaker: Peter Hennessy 'British Intelligence History: The State of Play and Future Play.'
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13th Annual Conference - 13 - 15 September 2001
Keynote Speaker: Richard Overy 'Operation Barbarossa: Sixty Years After.'
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12th Annual Conference - 14 - 16 September 2000
Keynote Speaker: Richard Langhorne 'Principals, Principles and Representation: An Evolutionary Approach.'
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11th Annual Conference - 9 - 11 September 1999
Keynote Speaker: Donald Cameron Watt 'The Proper Study'
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10th Annual Conference - 10 - 12 September 1998
Keynote Speaker: Donald Cameron Watt 'International History: Language, Concepts and Reality.'
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9th Annual Conference - 11 - 13 September 1997
Keynote Speaker: Keith Klye 'The Aftermath of Suez.'
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6th Annual Conference - 19 - 21 September 1996
Keynote Speaker: Warren F. Kimball, 'Observations on Historical Agency: Churchill, Roosevelt and the Political Wars.'
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7th Annual Conference - 21 - 13 September 1995
Keynote Speaker: John Gooch, 'The Diplomacy of Strategic Partnership: The Grand Alliance in World War Two.'
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