Remaking American Political History Conference
Old Members’ Trust Graduate Conference and Academic Travel Fund Report – Mitch Robertson (2016, History)
In June of this year, I travelled to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA to attend the Remaking American Political History Conference. The purpose of this conference was to bring together scholars working in the field of American political history and connect them both with each other, and with new and innovative avenues to share their work. These included sessions on podcasts, op-eds, radio, and television. I presented my paper, How Bureaucrats Saved the War on Poverty, as part of an international panel on “Political History’s Neglected Actors” which included papers from academics from Birkbeck, University of London as well as Rhodes College and the University of Illinois in the USA. The conference was a fantastic opportunity to hear about all of the innovative work that is going on in my field, as well as a very enjoyable opportunity to network with my peers and leading figures in the discipline. My other take-away from this conference is that all conferences should finish with a plenary session in a brewery! I am very grateful to the Old Members’ Trust Graduate Conference and Academic Travel Grant for their support in enabling me to attend this fantastic conference.