Anglophone Political Cultures Research Group

Anglophone Political Cultures Research Group

Anglophone Political Cultures is an interdisciplinary research group that combines elements of disciplines like Cultural Studies, History, and Politics to explore national, transnational, and comparative approaches to the history and political cultures of the English-speaking world. The group consists of scholars based in the English section at the Department of Language and Literature and a network of scholars from other universities in Norway, Denmark, and the United Kingdom who work on Anglophone political cultures in some shape or form.

Scholars in the group are involved in individual and collaborative projects on, for example:

  • Political Writing and Print Cultures
  • Political Parties in Britain and Europe
  • Ideologies of Conservatism and Christian Democracy
  • The History of the British Empire and Decolonisation
  • Life Writing and Autobiography
  • Literature and the Politics of the Past in Southern Africa
  • Women in Politics

Anglophone Political Cultures Research Seminar

Anglophone Political Cultures Research Seminar

The Anglophone Political Cultures Research Seminar meets monthly when not hosting major conferences or workshops

Anglophone Political Cultures Research Seminar

17 February

Elisabeth Stennes Skaar (NTNU) will present a paper entitled ‘The British Labour Government's Namibia Policy, 1974-9: A force for change?’.

17 March

Randall Stephens (University of Oslo), "Anti-Communism, Anti-Catholicism, and the Politicization of Holiness-Pentecostal Groups in the US, 1940s-1960s".

14 April

Emma Lundin (Malmö University), will present a paper on the subject of ‘Hegemony and Gender Quotas: The Labour Party's All Women Shortlists’.

28 April

Christian Drury (University of Durham), ““Semi-Professional Polar Explorers”: Empire, Modernity, and Temporality in British Arctic Travel Narratives, 1875-1940”.

12 May

Sissel Rosland (Høgskulen på Vestlandet), ‘The construction of historical narratives and references in political discourse in Northern Ireland after 1998’.

7 March

Richard Toye (University of Exeter) and Sean Dettman, ‘The Discourse of “The People’s War” in Britain and the USA during World War II’.

1 April

Hilde Løvdal Stephens (University of Oslo), ‘ "A Readers' Republic: The politics of reading instruction in the US since the 1950s."

25 May

Atle Libæk Wold (University of Oslo), ‘'A force formed for the protection of British trade? The North Sea Fleet from 1795 to 1800'.

3 June

Tóra Djuurhus(University of Copenhagen), ‘The Legacy of the Past in Brexit Britain’.

2 September

Aaron Ackerley (NTNU), 'The Empire Crusade, 1929-1932: A Reappraisal'.

21 October

Kristine Graneng : ‘Brexit and migration: Discursive linkages of migration and European integration before and after the 2016 referendum’.

9 December

Jonas Fossli Gjersø (University of Stavanger), ‘‘Imperio in Imperium’? Balfour’s Promise of a ‘New Palestine’ in East Africa, 1903’.

9 December

Christian Damm Pedersen (University of Southern Denmark), ‘The past, present, and future of Green New Deals’.



Recent Activity

Recent Activity

Workshop Churchill College, Cambridge

Hosted by Gary Love.

Speakers and presentations:


  • ‘Writing herself into politics: the diaries and autobiographies of Beatrice Webb.’

Helen McCarthy (University of Cambridge)

  • ‘Versifying politics: G.D.H. Cole and the uses of poetry’.

Clare Griffiths (Cardiff University).

  • "Unutterable trash": politician authors and the alleged decline and fall of the parliamentary novel’

Steven Fielding (University of Nottingham).

  • ‘The “Octopus Plan”: Conservative political writing and publishing from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Gary Love (NTNU, Trondheim).

  • ‘Women’s political writing in the miners’ strike’.

Natalie Thomlinson (University of Reading) and Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite (UCL).

  • Contested Citizenship: The Case of Britain’s East African Asian ‘Citizen-Refugees’

Saimar Nasar (University of Bristol).

  • ‘“A Legacy in my Very Being”: Criticizing Race in Contemporary Britain’.

Astrid Rasch (NTNU, Trondheim).

  • Brief Presentation of the Archives

Allen Packwood (Director of the Churchill Archives Centre)

  • Keynote Lecture:

'The rhetoric of dissidence: social critics and imagined readers'.

Stefan Collini (University of Cambridge).

  • ‘Political memoirs and diaries in the United Kingdom since 1900: problems of genre and reputation management’.

Richard Toye (University of Exeter).

  • ‘Obituarial Lives’

Martin Farr (Newcastle University)

  • ‘Genres of British Fascist Writing: Political Ideas, Race, Gender and Empire’.

Julie V. Gottlieb (University of Sheffield) and Liam Liburd (Durham University).

  • British, Irish, Left, Lost: Revisiting Northern Ireland’s “Progressive Bookmen”’.

Connal Parr (Northumbria University).

  • 'From Protest to Power? Black Sections in the Labour Party 1983-87.'

Robin Bunce (University of Cambridge).


Workshop, Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

Hosted by Gary Love with Astrid Rasch in attendance


  • Scott Hames (University of Stirling)
  • Clare Griffiths (Cardiff University)
  • Natalie Thomlinson (Reading University)
  • Matt Worley (Reading University)
  • Gary Love (NTNU)
  • Martin Farr (Newcastle University)
  • Jon Lawrence (University of Exeter), Lise Butler (City University), and Jane Elliot (University of Exeter)
  • Helen McCarthy (University of Cambridge)
  • Julie Gottlieb (University of Sheffield) and Liam Liburd (Durham University)
  • Connal Parr (Northumbria University)
  • Richard Toye  (University of Exeter)

Workshop, University of Copenhagen/Gilleleje

Organised by Astrid Rasch


Astrid Rasch, ‘Whose Great Betrayal? Strategies of Self-Defence in Ian Smith and Joshua Nkomo’s Political Memoirs’. 



Conference, Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

Hosted by Gary Love

Speakers and presentations:

  • ‘Too much fuss about Christianity? German Christian Democracy, British Conservatism and the problem of religion’.

Martina Steber (Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin)

  • ‘Between ‘progressive realism’ and conservative internationalism: The transformation of Austrian and German Christian Democracy in the 1970s’.

Fabio Wolkenstein (University of Vienna)

  • ‘From the valley of shadows to a glimpse of happiness: the Conservative Party Høyre in the heydays of Norwegian post-war social democracy’.

Lars Fredrik Øksendal (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences)

  • ‘Ideological currents of Danish Conservatism 1945-1968’.

Christian Egander Skov (NTNU)

  • ‘The Swedish Conservative/Moderate Party 1945-1990’.

Torbjörn Nilsson (Södertörn University)

  • ‘The National Coalition Party and the Finnish political culture’.

Vesa Vares (University of Turku)

  • ‘Becoming part of the European Union of Women: British Conservative Women and the debate around Christian Democracy, 1945-55’

Clarisse Berthezène (University of Paris)

  • ‘« L'Europe, l'Europe, l'Europe » De Gaulle, Christian Democracy and the European Construction in France, 1952-1962’.

Marc Olivier Baruch (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris)

  • ‘Christian Democrats and Conservatives in West Germany and the United Kingdom in the age of student radicalism’.

Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University, USA) and John Davis (University of Oxford)

  • ‘Britain’s social market moment: a German concept in the Conservative Party in the 1970s’.

Benjamin Thomas (University of Nottingham)

  • ‘“The struggle is international’: The British and Scandinavian conservative parties and their contributions to the new centre-right internationalism, 1978-90’.

Gary Love (NTNU)

  • ‘Human Rights and Conservative Euroscepticism in Thatcher’s Britain’.

Marco Duranti (University of Sydney)

  • ‘A Most Reluctant Convert to Christian Democracy: The Case of the Christian People’s Party’.

Nils Ivar Agøy (University of South-Eastern Norway)

  • ‘A people’s party long in the making? The Norwegian Conservative Party 1945-1981’.

Terje Grytbakk Wold (NTNU)

  • ‘Neoliberalism as common sense conservatism: Kåre Willoch’s translation of Henry Hazlitt’.

Ola Innset (BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo)

  • ‘A Cosmopolitan Conservative: Arvid Fredborg and the Reinvention of Conservatism in Postwar Europe’.

Johannes Großmann (University of Tübingen)

  • ‘Prime Minister Poul Schlüter and the Conservative Party in Denmark 1975-93: From the Golden Age of the Welfare State to the Neoliberal 1980s in Europe and Denmark’.

Niels Wium Olesen (Aarhus University)

Conference, University of Iceland

Organised by Astrid Rasch.



Astrid Rasch, ‘Re-Embodying Mediated Memory: Countermemories of Race and Empire in Black Autobiographical Nonfiction.’ 

Workshop 2


  • Gary Love (NTNU, Trondheim): ‘The British and Scandinavian Conservative parties and the building of the new centre-right internationalism in Europe, 1949-78.’
  • Pepijn Corduwener (Utrecht University): The DC as people’s party and the consolidation of Italian democracy, 1943-1963’
  • Vesa Vares (University of Turku): ‘“Finlandized” Conservatives? National Coalition Party seeking domestic and foreign political credibility in Finland and simultaneously maintaining Western contacts from the 1960s to the 1980s’
  • Niklas Olsen and Jesper Vestermark Køber  (University of Copenhagen): ‘Youth Revolt from the Right: Danish Conservatism goes Libertarian in the late 1970s and early 1980s’’
  • Johan Strang (University of Helsinki)’‘Conservatism in the other – social democratic - Europe’

Autobiography After Empire: Individual and Collective Memory in Dialogue’ presentation by Astrid Rasch

Workshop 1: Conservatism and Christian Democracy in Britain and Europe after 1945


  • Gary Love, ‘Introduction’ (NTNU, Trondheim).
  • Martina Steber, ‘British Conservatism and German Christian Democracy. Comparing the Incomparable?’ (Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich).
  • Torbjörn Nilsson, ‘Conservative alternatives in Britain, Scandinavia, and Germany after 1945: Christian Democracy, Liberalism or Populist Alliance in a changing political landscape’ (Södertörn University, Stockholm).
  • Martin Conway, ‘Christian democracy in Europe, 1945-1995: the success of conservatism?’ (University of Oxford).

Workshop 1: Political publishing, intellectual debate, and ideology


  • Gary Love, ‘Introduction’ (NTNU, Trondheim).
  • Emily Jones, ‘Conservative & Unionist book writing c. 1900-1918’ (University of Manchester).
  • Gemma Clark, ‘Mass political communication during the Irish Revolution, c1912–23 – republican ideology and electioneering’ (University of Exeter).
  • Gary Love, ‘Conservative political writing in the age of “Labour’s literary dominance”, c.1930-64’ (NTNU, Trondheim).
  • Dean Blackburn, ‘Penguin Specials and the history of ideas’ (University of Nottingham).
  • Lise Butler, ‘New Society, Social Science and Social Democracy in Britain from the 1960s to the 1980s’ (City, University of London).
  • Ben Jackson, ‘Scottish political and cultural magazines in the late twentieth century – nationalist political publishing in Scotland’ (University of Oxford).
  • Richard Toye, ‘Print, paratexts, and politics: rethinking readership and reputation’ (University of Exeter).

‘Becoming Postcolonial: Memory Dialogues in Post-Imperial Autobiography’ presentation by Astrid Rasch

Workshop 2: The Politics of the Past: Exploring Pasts in Zimbabwe's Presents


  • Astrid Rasch, Introduction: The Politics of the Past: Exploring Pasts in Zimbabwe's Presents
  • Petina Gappah and Elleke Boehmer in Conversation, ‘Literature and the Politics of the Past in Southern Africa’
  • Pedzisai Maedza, ‘Chimurenga File(s): Memory, Parody and Politics in Zimbabwe’
  • Duduzile Ndlovu ‘The contested storying of Gukurahundi in South Africa: a comparison between film and song’
  • Jocelyn Alexander, ‘The ‘dissident’ as actor and symbol’
  • Shari Eppel, ‘Exhumations as performance: bones as provokers and invokers of the past in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe’
  • Shadreck Chirikure, ‘The use and abuse of ancient and colonial pasts in contemporary Zimbabwe’
  • Katja Uusihakala, ‘Vulnerable Pasts: Social worth and selective silences in a public apology to British child migrants’
  • Ruramisai Charumbira, ‘Ukuba ngu Muntu / Kuve Munhu, On Being Human, an African’
  • Stefan Helgesson, ‘War and Peace in South-Eastern Africa: The Contact Zone Revisited’
    Julia Willén, ‘Place and Time for Critical Whiteness: On Lessing’s “The Old Chief Mshlanga”’
  • Lena Englund, ‘Documenting the End of an Era: Nonfictional Accounts of the Final Weeks of Mugabe’s Presidency’

‘Becoming Postcolonial’ presentation by Astrid Rasch