British International History Conference at Keele

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Posted on 09 October 2017

In September SPIRE hosted the 29th Annual Conference of the British International History Group (BIHG).  This is a working group of the British International Studies Association, the UK’s leading professional body for scholars concerned with the study of international politics and history.

Current and former BIHG committee members, Dr Helen Parr and Dr Lorna Lloyd were the local organisers, and Helen was elected BIHG treasurer during the conference.

The conference was well attended, with 80 plus delegates from British and overseas universities. Over 2 and a half days, there were 65 presentations, a plenary roundtable, an early careers workshop and publishing session and keynote lecture.

Hosting the conference reflected Keele’s reputation for teaching and research on historical aspects of international relations, and current and former Keele staff and students participated fully in the conference. Helen Parr gave a presentation in the opening plenary round table on ‘Emotions in International History’. Current SPIRE research students Caspar Bienek, Matthew Jones and Philip Morgan gave papers on aspects of their doctoral theses, and Keele International Relations graduates Katie Griffiths (University of Nottingham) and Dr. Kai Bruns (American University of Ras Al Khaimah) spoke about their research, as did Lorna Lloyd.

The conference was a great success, not the least of its highlights being a wine reception in Keele Hall and a candlelit dinner in the Salvin Room.