Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.
Our up-coming conference, is framed around the question ‘what does it mean to do British studies today’? This question looms large in our new MA in Modern British Studies and the module we are currently teaching, titled New Directions in Modern British Studies.
The module has covered a lot of ground. We started by thinking through the history of Britain told as public history and how the subject is taught within schools. And upon reflection, this topic has never been left behind. The publication of the History Manifesto in October, MBS members’ reflections on Birmingham’s on-going Connecting Histories projects, our postgraduate students‘ contributions to our blog and the continued discovery of new and innovative projects keep reminding us of the ways in which the past and the present link up in all sorts of public forums. The MA in Modern British Studies is important to us…
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