Dr Joe Moran is a cultural and social historian of contemporary Britain based at Liverpool John Moores University. Dr Moran has written extensively on the everyday, drawing on a variety of inter-disciplinary influences to both reconstruct the ordinary and the quotidian within history and to conceptualise ways of thinking about them critically. His Queuing for Beginners: The Story of Daily Life from Breakfast to Bedtime (2007),  a history of everyday habits and routines in postwar Britain, was serialised as a Radio 4 book of the week, while On Roads: A Hidden History (2010) was longlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. He has written for The Guardian, The Times, the New Statesman and the Financial Times, amongst other publications, and maintains a blog ‘on the everyday, the banal and other important matters’ at: He will be speaking on the broad theme of the history of the everyday, introducing his work and highlighting a number of key issues which will no doubt be discussed at length throughout the day’s proceedings.


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