‘Extending the Comparative Frame of ‘Everyday Life History’ Aproaches (to Dictatorship, Colonial and Illiberal Regimes): Southern Europe, Southern Africa, South America’

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As organiser for this event, I was responsible for:
- Booking event space and coordinating with the events team to arrange appropriate IT provisions, custodial scheduling and catering.
- Maintaining a strong relationship with our funding liason to ensure all expenditure met ERC guidelines.
- Arranging accommodation for 20+ attendees.
- Coordinating travel booking between the attendees and the university travel partner, including international flights, trains and taxis, as well as answering visa related questions.
- Organising two evening conference dinners, ensuring that all dietary requirements were met for these meals and the catered lunches for each day of the workshop.
- Receiving abstract and bio submissions and organising appropriate panels for each speaker's presentations.
- Creating the workshop programme, including designing all visual elements, and organising printing of this and other conference paraphernelia.
- Cross-posting information on the workshop to the Project's website and social media.
- Acting as first point of contact for all attendees' questions and issues in the 8 months leading up to the event, and throughout the three day event.
- Ensuring all tech (powerpoint, screen sharing, audio-visual elements, OWL for hybrid attendance) worked during the event, including queing up presentations and testing microphones.
- General organisation and errands for attendees and project members (printing papers, creating presentation slides, assisting with the microphones for the Q+As)

The workshop aimed to bring together historians working in and on these three regions (Latin America; Southern Africa; Southern Europe) in order to discuss shared and diverging interests, methodologies, concepts and sources. It allowed researchers to find common ground in a shared commitment to exploring the ‘everyday’ not as an apolitical backdrop or source of benign necdotal narrative, but as a crucial ‘unit of experience’ of dictatorial, colonial or illiberal rule,
and in identifying the ‘everyday’ as a supremely political arena: arguably the principal space in which populations encountered the state; in which power relations are effectively constituted, negotiated and instituted ‘on the ground’; in which dictatorial/colonial/illiberal regimes may be potentially both ‘made’ and ‘un-made’. The workshop raised questions, encouraged dialogue and debate, and stimulated continued and further research.
Period26 Jun 202428 Jun 2024
Event typeConference
LocationSt Andrews, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational