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Writing histories of 2020: responses and perspectives

How might future historians seek to write the history of 2020, when will 2020 become a subject for historical analysis, and how are—and how should—today's historians and record keepers prepare the ground for this task?

The 2020 Historical Research lecture, sponsored by Oxford University Press, looks at current events from the perspective of three leading historians.

  • Professor Claire Langhamer (Professor of Modern British History and Trustee of the Mass Observation Archive, Sussex University)
  • Professor Kevin Siena (Trent University, Ontario, and a historian of early modern disease and contagion) 
  • Professor Richard Vinen (Professor of History, King’s College London, and a specialist in contemporary history)
  • With Professor Jo Fox (Director, Institute of Historical Research, chair)

Our panel will approach ‘2020’ from the perspectives of the contemporary historian, the specialist in historical and contemporary record-keeping; and the historian of earlier, comparable episodes for which histories have now been written.

Audience members are also invited to comment on approaches and projects they know of, or are involved with, to record the events of 2020.

The annual Historical Research Lecture – which explores questions of historical practice and approach -- is sponsored by the journal’s publisher, Oxford University Press.

This event is free, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual lecture being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance.

The lecture will begin at 5:00pm, but you will be able to join the event's online waiting room from 4.45pm.