New Approaches to Popular Protest & Resistance in Britain and Ireland 1500-1900

New approaches to popular protest and resistance in Britain and Ireland,

1500-1900: a day workshop

Friday 1 July 2011, 11am – 4.30pm

University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus,


Sponsored by History Workshop Journal.

What’s it all about?

Over the past few years the history of popular protest, collective action and resistance in Britain and Ireland has undergone a revival. We now know much more about the organization of social and political movements, resistance to enclosure, machinery and the poor law, and a whole other range of protests and tactics used by the aggrieved and the subaltern.

This workshop will draw this new research together and provide new directions for ‘new protest history’. 18th and 19th century historians have much to learn from early modern and rural historians and geographers. The event seeks to bridge the centuries, methodologies, frameworks, and links with other disciplines and public heritage institutions. It hopes to form a lasting network and platform for future workshops and collaboration.


  • two roundtables of 5 minute mini-papers, followed by discussion.
  • open-floor session to discuss pre-circulated longer papers and discussion points.
  • devising a plan for new agenda for the history of protest, and for proposed published outputs of the workshop.

The proceedings will be liveblogged on a website, and there may be web-conferencing for participants unable to travel.

Lunch is provided, and postgraduates can apply for travel expenses.

Full details and updates on the website:

Contact Dr Katrina Navickas to book a place:

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