History & Policy exists to put historians in touch with policy makers, encourage historically informed comment in public policy debate and put excellent history at the heart of policy making. Although we are the only project of our kind in the UK we are far from being the only one in the world. For this conference, which will be open to policy makers and the public, we are partnering with the American Historical Association and Australian Policy & History for a day of panels and discussion to explore how history informs public policy debate in different countries. What are the success stories, how do policy makers vary in their receptiveness, what can historians learn from each other and from the policy makers they talk to, and have particular topics got more traction in some places than others?
(All speakers and papers are provisional)
Citizens and nations
Joanna Cruickshank (Deakin) Mission legacies for Indigenous peoples
Pawan Singh (Deakin) Biometrics, identity and privacy in India
James Grossman (AHA) A historic perspective on memorials and public life
Carolyn Holbrook (Deakin) Historical attitudes in Australia towards the federation and contemporary difficulties with reform of the federal system
Health and wellbeing
Moments of crisis
Klaus Neumann (Deakin) Refugees in changing societies
David Lowe (Deakin) Trump tumult and the Australian-American alliance in historical perspective
Dane Kennedy (National History Center) A perspective on Brexit from the history of British decolonisation
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H&P is an expanding Partnership based at King's College London and the University of Cambridge, and additionally supported by the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leeds, the Open University, and the University of Sheffield.
We are the only project in the UK providing access to an international network of more than 500 historians with a broad range of expertise. H&P offers a range of resources for historians, policy makers and journalists.