Venue: Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre==============================
LSHG Spring 2018 Seminar Programme
Monday 22nd January - Steve Cushion, '“By Our Own Hands"
NEW: The latest issue of the London Socialist Historians Group Newsletter #63 is now online, with a comment piece by Keith Flett on the royal wedding, and a book review of Origins of Collective Decision Making by Andy Blunden which discusses the Chartists' view of democracy. Other pieces include an obituary of William Pelz, and book reviews by Ian Birchall and Merilyn Moos. With respect to the LSHG Newsletter, letters, articles, criticisms and contributions to debate are most welcome - please contact Keith Flett at the address on the LSHG website for more info, and on how to be a member of the LSHG. The deadline for the next issue of the Newsletter is 12 March 2018. The LSHG Spring seminar programme is listed above.
The University of Exeter, 24 May 2018
"In the wake of the First World War, workers and soldiers across Europe organised into democratic councils in order to challenge existing social hierarchies and strive towards self-government and workers’ control over production. During the 1918 German Revolution, a number of institutions and
practices were proposed from within the German council movements to create a more participatory, democratic and worker-controlled society. Although there was much disagreement over specific proposals, council delegates were strongly in favour of deepening and extending existing forms of democracy beyond the limits of the bourgeois liberal state. Yet a hundred years on and political theory has drawn little from the discourses and practices of this significant historical era. Our aim with this workshop is to rejuvenate interest in political theorists and actors of the German Revolution and to place them in dialogue with conversations in radical democratic theory. We pose the question of how these political experiences should be theorised and what significance they hold for political practices today.
"The workshop will be an opportunity for scholars from a variety of disciplines to form ongoing research networks based on shared areas of interest. Through the workshop, we will organise a number of research groups in which scholars will be asked to pre-circulate papers and provide feedback to another member of their group. The idea of the conference is to cultivate a space for in-depth discussion and collaborative research. We are open to scholars engaging with the German Revolution from a variety of perspectives including council communism, libertarian socialism, anarcho-syndicalism and radical democracy, among others. Papers could also contribute to broader debates in political theory on questions of democracy, agency, representation and power. We welcome papers from both a theoretical and historical perspective and anticipate the conference to spark discussion between political theorists and historians.
Deadline for submission of abstracts for conference papers (up to 300 words):
5PM, 26 January 2018. Send abstracts to email@example.com
Workshop Date: 9:30AM - 6:00PM, 24 May 2018.
Workshop website: germanrev2018.wordpress.com
Organised by James Muldoon and Martin Moorby, University of Exeter
UPDATE: POSTPONED - SEE Above
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Film screening Red October: Revolution in Russia
It was produced by Platform Films with the Russian Revolution Centenary Committee, the Marx Memorial Library and the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies,and is narrated by Maxine Peake.
We also have a new booklet available giving the text of the display boards in our Russian Revolution exhibition. So if you can't make it here to see the exhibition, you can still get a flavour of it!
It's only £2 plus p&p - click here to purchase one.
This screening marks the end of our Russian Revolution centenary exhibition Voices of revolution - which closes on Thursday, 18 January.
Click here for the full listing of future events.
In the 1820s radical groups in Manchester and elsewhere celebrated the birthday of Thomas Paine. At our joint event with the Mary Quaile Club "The world is my country", on Saturday 27 January from 1 to 4pm, we will be reviving the custom and highlighting Paine’s ideas in works such as Common sense, The rights of man and The age of reason, which were enormously influential in the British radical movement of the late 18th century.
We are delighted to welcome as special guests the writer Trevor Griffiths, author of a play about Paine, These are the times, and Mandy Vere from News from Nowhere bookshop.
This event is free. Advance booking is strongly advised; firstname.lastname@example.org .
2018 is the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, in which some women first won the right to vote. To celebrate this landmark, Manchester’s radical feminist festival Wonder Women 2018 is offering a packed programme of exhibitions, tours, debates, performances and one-off screenings happening throughout March,
Items from the Library collection will also be presented alongside the exhibition.
Library opening hours over the Christmas period
The Library will close on Friday 22 December at 5pm, and re-open on Tuesday 2 January at 10am.
Festive regards to you all.
*Alan Stewart gave a convenor's report. The Group had hosted eight events at the Red Shed this year on: Robert Burns, World War One, the Spanish Civil War, Syndicalism, Democracy, George Orwell, the Yorkshire Miners and the Bolshevik Revolution. [See previous listings for more details of these on this blog] Some meetings had attracted over 40 people although the average was a very healthy 30.
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SOCIALIST BURNS NIGHT on Saturday 27 January 1pm at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1.
IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS
’The Digital Critic: Literary Culture Online’
with Houman Barekat, Joanna Walsh and Robert Barry
Wednesday 10th January, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Wednesday 17th January, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Wednesday 31st January, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
London, N1 9DX
tel: 020 7837 4473
- How do activists and movements remember (or ritualise) past traditions of political struggle?
- What tensions or contradictions are negotiated in this process? (e.g. between past and the promise of a better future).
- How have certain media and forms shaped the memory of radicalism?
- What are the ethical and political implications of writing the history of the radical event? Or: How do we write the history of revolution in a post-revolutionary age?
- Has the history and memory of 1968 become fetishised in academic research?
- Is history still a weapon?
"The world is my country": a celebration of the life and writings of Thomas Paine, "the most valuable Englishman ever"
- Michael Herbert who will talk about the celebrations of Thomas Paine's birthday by radicals in Manchester and elsewhere.
- Mandy Vere from Liverpool's News from Nowhere bookshop
- Trevor Griffiths, author of a play about Thomas Paine, These are the Times. Trevor was born in Manchester and has written extensively for televison, film and the theatre from the 1970s onwards. His other work includes Occupations, All Good Men, Through the Night, Comedians, Reds, Food for the Ravens and the series Bill Brand.
Thursday 18th January 2018 - Performance Start Time 7pm
Admission Free Suggested Donation £10 waged/£5 unwaged - email email@example.com
A report can be found at https://maryquaileclub.wordpress.com/
The Lynching by Jackie Walker Flyer
The Lynching is a theatrical performance, a ‘one woman’ show based on the history of black struggle. The play touches on her experiences as a black Jewish woman in the Labour Party and the struggle to bring the Palestinian narrative into the mainstream in the fight for Palestinian rights.
There will be a Q&A discussion session after the performance.
“… a great night. Jackie possesses a lovely singing voice and the honed acting skills of a veteran performer … very funny and frank about her own bolshy nature” Alexei Sayle The Guardian 19 Nov 2017
A Lancashire Miner in Walthamstow: Sam Woods and the By-Election of 1897 Speaker: Professor John Shepherd
London CND 2018 conference