Endurance and Change: Exploring the Effects of Boundaries, Borders and Frontiers in Northern Britain

Endurance and Change will be a two-day conference exploring the changing landscapes, spaces, and identities in northern England/southern Scotland from the Roman period to the present day. Borders, boundaries and frontiers operating at numerous scales and complexities, from local to national, were (and are) particularly significant in this region. Despite acknowledgement of these unique characteristics, northern England and southern Scotland are oftenoverlooked in contemporary academic literature.

This conference will be an interdisciplinary forum for researchers to explore concepts of frontiers, borders and boundaries through time from a range of approaches and scales. It aims to facilitate conversations both between disciplines and time-periods, highlighting rich and complex histories of this undervalued region. The conference will offer opportunities for attendance and presentation of ongoing research by postgraduates and early career researchers from different disciplines at all three White Rose universities, choosing thematic rather than disciplinary foci. A second objective is to showcase this varied research to academics studying the subject from UK and further institutions, improving communication between White Rose researchers and wider Arts and Humanities scholarship. With a wider call for papers (particularly northern England / southern Scotland), research of York, Leeds and Sheffield postgraduates will be presented alongside scholarship from elsewhere, both putting out research from White Rose and also offering opportunities for knowledge exchange and future collaboration.

It will also, through applications for sponsorship of sessions or best paper/poster awards or advertising via historical, archaeological and other relevant societies (for instance, the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, Literary and Philosophical Society, Society for Antiquities and Antiquity journal), provide connections between researchers and alternative publication outlets.


£ 1785

Lead Student

Ian Hardwick (University of York)

Other student organisers

  • Kirstin Barnard, History, University of York (WRoCAH)
  • Samuel Bromage, Archaeology, University of Sheffield (WRoCAH)
  • Caitlin Kitchener, Archaeology, University of York
  • Aubrey Steingraber, Archaeology, University of York