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Professor Paul Readman

Research interests

The Cultural and Political History of Modern Britain

Landscape and place

Patriotism and national identities

Historical Pageants and the "Place of the Past" in modern British culture

History of the British landscape, preservationism

Electoral politics

The "Land Question" in modern Britain

Biographical details

Paul Readman is Professor of Modern British History at King's College London. In 2018, he was elected to the Council of the Royal Historical Society. Readman is author of Land and Nation: Patriotism, National Identity and the Politics of Land (2008). His other publications include, as co-editor, The Land Question in Britain, 1759-1950 (2010), Borderlands in World History, 1700–1914 (2014) and Walking Histories, 1800–1914 (2016), as well as many articles and essays. Readman is Director of the major Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded project, ‘The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016’. This project has published articles and essays on pageants, and a multi-million-word database with details of over 650 pageants (http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/); it has also been responsible for a number of successful exhibitions on pageantry, in Carlisle, Bury St Edmunds and Scarborough: http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/events/

As a keen walker and perpetual tourist, Readman has a long-standing interest in the diverse ways that human experience shapes, and is shaped by, landscape and place. His new book, Storied Ground: Landscape and the Shaping of English National Identity, is published by Cambridge University Press. 

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

University of York Department Seminar

Paul Readman (Speaker)

Nov 2013

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University of East Anglia Deparment Seminar

Paul Readman (Speaker)

Nov 2012

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University of Leicester Department Seminar

Paul Readman (Speaker)

May 2012

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UNC/King’s conference

Paul Readman (Speaker)

Oct 2011

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Nanjing University Seminar

Paul Readman (Speaker)

May 2011

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Nanjing University Seminar

Paul Readman (Speaker)

Nov 2010

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Capital Normal University (Beijing), series of lectures and research seminar

Paul Readman (Speaker)

Nov 2010

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Department Seminar, Georgetown University

Paul Readman (Speaker)

Sep 2009

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Participation in conference

Forthcoming conference paper, UNC Chapel Hill

Paul Readman (Speaker)

Sep 2013

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Georgetown University, GU/King’s/JNU conference.

Paul Readman (Speaker)

Feb 2013

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National Trust/Oxford University, Conference on Octavia Hill

Paul Readman (Speaker)

Sep 2012

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National Maritime History Conference, Exeter

Paul Readman (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Sep 2010

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Collective Memory and the Uses of the Past: An Interdisciplinary Conference, UEA, [organised panel and gave paper

Paul Readman (Speaker)

Jul 2006 → …

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2-day International Conference at University of Hertfordshire. Title: The Land Question in Britain 1750-1950

Paul Readman (Organiser)

Jul 2005 → …

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North American Conference on British Studies, Philadelphia, [organised panel and gave paper

Paul Readman (Speaker)

2004 → …

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Southampton: Gateway to Empire , University of Southampton,

Paul Readman (Speaker)

Mar 2002 → …

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panels and plenary session at Land Question conference mentioned above

Paul Readman (Chair)

2001 → …

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UEA Conference: "Land, Landscape and the English national past, c.1880-1914"

Paul Readman (Invited speaker)

2001 → …

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North American Conference: Jesse Collings and Land Reform, 1886-1914

Paul Readman (Invited speaker)

2001 → …

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Southampton Conference: Anglo-Saxons, Empire, and English National Identity: The King Alfred Anniversary of 1901"

Paul Readman (Invited speaker)

2001 → …

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Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Public Lecture

Paul Readman (Speaker)

May 2011

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Publication peer-review

Journal of Contemporary British History (Journal)

Paul Readman (Peer reviewer)

2001 → …

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Peer-reviwer for:Historical Journal and (Journal)

Paul Readman (Referee)

2001 → …

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Types of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

Royal Historical Society

Paul Readman (Fellow)

2001 → …

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Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Research lecture to department and PG sudents

Paul Readman (Member)

Sep 2012

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Research lecture to department and PG sudents

Paul Readman (Member)

Sep 2009

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