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History & Public Policy Symposium
Thu 4 May 2017, 10:00 – 17:00 BST
This one-day event at the University of Birmingham will discuss the relationship between history in UK higher education and public policy in its broadest sense. How can or should historians help to shape public policy and the discourse surrounding it? What is the proper political role of academic history departments and their faculty? And how can graduates of history degrees be better equipped to build careers in policy-related fields?
We hope to address these and similar questions in a collegial setting, through open discussion rather than prepared papers. Everyone who attends is encouraged to share their ideas and participate in the conversation!
The event will start off with a brief keynote talk, given by Dr Alix Green (University of Essex), author of History, Policy, and Public Purpose: Historians and Historical Thinking in Government (Palgrave 2016), followed by discussion sessions on "History and Historians in Public Policy Discourse," "Working with Government and Civil Service," and "Preparing Students for Public Policy Careers." Alongside Dr Green, participants will include Professor Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Dr Andrew Blick (King's College London), Dr Peter Sloman (University of Cambridge), and University of Birmingham Professors Sabine Lee and Scott Lucas.
This event is open to anyone involved in history, public policy, and related fields, at any level of seniority (including students!). Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Some travel funding is available for participants coming from beyond Birmingham; if you would like to apply for travel funding please contact me at email@example.com with details of your needs. Please register here on Eventbrite if you intend to come, so appropriate catering can be arranged and you can receive further details nearer the time.