Centre for European and International Studies Research

Social and Cultural History

This group includes diverse scholars working on aspects of social and cultural history in European societies and beyond. There are a number of areas of focus including histories of leisure and working-class sociability in modern Britain; economic histories of twentieth-century Britain and its Empire; Histories of political culture in revolutionary France; the history of religion, magic and folklore; studies of modern historiography and historical methodologies; histories of race and immigration, the history of film and analyses of classical and modern social theory.

Research supervision is available in all these fields.

This cluster collaborated with the Centre for Studies in Literature to host Shakespearean Communities in 2016.

Visit the University of Portsmouth History blog: history.port.ac.uk

Contact: Robert James


  • Melanie Bassett

PhD students

  • David Bangert
  • John Bolt
  • Joe Davey
  • Mick Hayes
  • Carlus Hudson
  • Elizabeth Libero
  • Hilary Morris
  • Eilis Phillips
  • Simon Smith
  • Daniel Swan