Lecturer in Digital Media Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman convened the Political Studies Association (PSA) Conservatism Studies Group, which held its annual conference at Edinburgh University.
Dr Ridge-Newman co-convened the conference with Dr Alan Convery (Edinburgh University), together welcoming participants from as far afield as Australian National University.
The group aims to promote pluralism, balance, diversity and equality, taking a supportive approach in order to encourage engagement with conservatism studies across the many levels of academic development.
The conference represented a range of diversities and academics at various career stages. A sociable lunch was supplied by Social Bite, a charity aiming to tackle homelessness.
The papers ranged from analyses of Conservative leaders from Churchill to Thatcher; and parties from the Scottish Conservatives to the Australian Liberal Party. The keynote speaker, Professor Sarah Childs (Birkbeck, University of London), delivered a talk about gender, conservatism and feminised parties.
Following the conference, Dr Ridge-Newman and Dr Marija Taflaga (Australian National University) plan to explore an international collaboration for comparative research that explores themes around mediatisation in the British Conservative and the Australian Liberal parties.