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Venue: Birkbeck 30 Russell Square, 101

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Dr Carmen Mangion on her new book which investigates the experiences of nuns and sisters in Britain from 1945 to 1990. Followed by a drinks reception. 

Catholic Nuns and Sisters in a Catholic Age: Britain 1945 - 90 (Manchester University Press, 2020) centres on events in the 1960s, particular the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). It importantly considers pre and post Vatican II social, cultural and religious events as influencers in these changes.  Drawing on archival sources and interviews with eighty nuns and sisters, it interrogates ‘lived experience’ by examining the day to day lives of women religious and uses social and cultural history methodologies to frame Vatican II as a social movement of the sixties, but like other social movements with a significant pre-history and afterlife.  It interrogates a range of themes, including youth culture, participatory democracy, the ‘turn to self’, post-war modernity, the voluntary sector and the women’s movement. 

This event is part of Birkbeck's Discover the Past series. To see the full list of events, visit the Discover the Past web page.

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck has a distinguished tradition as an international centre of excellence. We are the only university department in London to include archaeologists, classicists and historians investigating every period from prehistory to the early twenty-first century. Join us to discover the past and engage with the present across continents and cultures.

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