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A half-day History & Policy conference

The Internet is a phenomenon studied from a wide variety of academic disciplinary perspectives, from those of sociology, to political science, to psychology, to philosophy. But there is scope for a more thorough application of historical knowledge in this area. This event will seek to provide an historical perspective in order better to appreciate the significance and implications of the Internet.

A mixture of academic historians and practitioners from institutions such as Parliament and The National Archives will take part.

Speakers confirmed so far (more to be added):

Edward Wood, Director of Research, House of Commons Library

Professor Jason Peacey, UCL

Lois Lane, King's College London

Subjects considered will include:

  • The impact of earlier communications technologies, in particular the printing press;
  • Historical perspectives on big data; and
  • The implications of the Internet for the work of historians, archivists and government institutions.

Please reserve your place on Eventbrite.

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With long-established offices in King's College London and the University of Cambridge, H&P is an expanding Partnership currently supported by 6 Higher Education Institutes: King’s College London, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, 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.

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