Sunday, 7 December 2014

CfP: What's Happening in Black British History? II

What’s Happening in Black British History? II 
Liverpool University 19th Feb 2015 
Call for Papers  

On 30 October 2014, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies launched a new series of workshops on Black British History with a highly successful event at Senate House in London, which attracted over 100 participants. The aim of the series is to foster a creative dialogue between researchers, educationalists (mainstream and supplementary), archivists and curators, and policy makers. It seeks to identify and promote innovative new research into the history of people of African origin or descent in the UK, and to discuss the latest developments in the dissemination of that history in a wide variety of settings including the media, the classroom and lecture hall, and museums and galleries.  

We are delighted to announce that the second workshop in the series will take place at the University of Liverpool in the Leggate Lecture Theatre of the Victoria Gallery & Museum on Thursday 19th Feb 2015. It will be hosted by the University of Liverpool and co-sponsored by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the University’s BME Staff Network. We would like to invite offers of presentations.  

While we are potentially interested in a broad range of subjects relating to Black British History, we are particularly keen to include a number of topics that were suggested at the previous workshop, or that we wish to develop further. These are: 

Gender, particularly histories of Black British women and the LGBT community;  
Education, with a particular emphasis on how to improve the coverage of black British history in schools, colleges and universities. Presentations from those actively involved in creating teaching resources would be particularly welcome;   
Sport, as a microcosm of the broader politics of race and the construction of black identities;  
Creative and Cultural Interpretations of Black British Historyconsidering how these histories can be communicated in Art, Literature & Music;   
Emancipation, examining the agency of Black people in challenging physical and mental slavery and oppression.  
Local History, and specifically the history of Liverpool.   

The workshop will run from 11am to 6.30pm, followed by a reception. It will consist of three panels and a concluding round table discussion. Each panel will consist of three presentations lasting for 15-20 minutes. Please submit a title and a brief description of your presentation either in writing (in which case, of no more than 300 words) or in some other form (for example a clip or podcast) with an indication of which panel you envisage contributing to, to Dr Miranda Kaufmann at by 10 January 2015. 

We welcome individual proposals from researchers, educationalists, archivists and curators. In addition, we would be happy to consider proposals for a complete panel. The panel should have a coherent unifying theme, either relating to one of the themes mentioned above, or one of your own choice, and the proposal should include the abstracts of three related presentations and the names and affiliations of the presenters. We would also be interested in providing A-level students with an opportunity to give presentations on projects relating to Black British History.  

Friday, 5 December 2014

LSHG Spring Term 2015 seminars

London Socialist Historians Seminars Spring Term 2015
Monday January 19th        Marika Sherwood, Black Soldiers in World War One
Monday February 2nd      Matthew  Burnett-Stewart,  Arming both sides. The Armaments industry in World War One.
Monday February 16th    Deborah Lavin, Charles Bradlaugh and the First International
Saturday February 28th  70 years since the 1945 Attlee Government: Francis Beckett, Ian Birchall, John Newsinger and others From 11.30am - [LSHG Conference]. 
Monday March 16th Launch of A History of Riots (CSP) Keith Flett and others
All seminars take place in Room 102 at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, WC1 and start at 5.30pm with the exception of February 28th
For more information please contact Keith Flett at the email address above

Saturday, 22 November 2014

LSHG Roundtable on the Scottish Referendum

London Socialist Historians Group
Roundtable discussion on the historical implications of the Scottish Referendum result
Saturday 29th November Midday to 4pm
Wolfson room Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1

Neil Davidson (University of Glasgow) will lead off the discussion with:  'The Independence Referendum in the Longue Durée of Scottish History'

The discussion will start from around 1.30pm. From midday we will be showing a new film, Still Ragged, made to mark the 100th anniversary of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

All welcome, admission free

Friday, 21 November 2014

Reminder of upcoming LSHG seminars

Upcoming Autumn term LSHG seminars

Mon Nov 24, 5.30pm, Olga Crisp Room (104), Institute of Historical Research, London
Merilyn Moos 
'Siegfried Moos: a lost revolutionary? The story of a German Communist who fled to Britain in 1934.'

Sat Nov 29th , 12 noon, Large Wolfson Room (basement), Institute of Historical Research, London

Neil Davidson & others.  'The Scottish vote and history'

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The John Lilburne 400 anniversary conference

The John Lilburne 400th Anniversary Conference

The John Lilburne 400th Anniversary Conference

14 March 2015, 11m-9pm, Bishopsgate Institute, London

Born 400 years ago, John Lilburne’s courage and passion for justice was unfailing during the turbulent years of the English Revolution. Whipped, pilloried and often imprisoned in his lifetime, John Lilburne was a Leveller activist and pamphleteer who campaigned for radical change. He fought to establish many of the liberties and political freedoms that we take for granted today. He was a champion of popular sovereignty, trial by jury and the rights of the ordinary citizen.

Don’t miss this one-day celebration of the life and legacy of ‘Freeborn John’.

Speakers include Martine Brant and Peter Flannery (writers of The Devil’s Whore series on Channel 4), Ted Vallance (author of A Radical History of Britain), Dr Ariel Hessayon (Goldsmiths, University of London), Katherine Clements (author of The Crimson Ribbon), Jason Peacey (author of Print and Public Politics in the English Revolution), Dr Rachel Foxley (University of Reading and author of The Levellers: Radical Political Thought in the English Revolution), Jeremy Corbyn MP and Rev. Hammer (singer/songwriter and creator of the Freeborn John song cycle).

In partnership with The Levellers’ Association.

Financially supported by the Amiel and Melburn Trust and the Goldsmiths Annual Fund.

Edited to update:

New speakers include Michael Braddick (author of God's Fury, England's Fire) and  Elliot Vernon (co-editor of The Agreements of the People, the Levellers and the Constitutional Crisis of the English Revolution). 

Also the event has a twitter account: 

Gramsci conference

Philosophy, Politics, and History in the thought of Gramsci 
International Conference
18-19 June 2015

Speakers: Fabio Frosini (Università di Urbino, Italy), Alex Loftus (King’s College London), Peter Thomas (Brunel University); including contributions from: Anne Showstack-Sassoon (Birkbeck), Cosimo Zene (SOAS). 

The legacy of the Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) has been widely acknowledged as one of the most significant intellectual contributions of the twentieth century. Even as the historical events of his life have faded from living memory, Gramsci’s thought has increased in influence and become diffused amongst a multitude of disciplines in the academic firmament; from philosophy to history and geography, through cultural theory and subaltern studies, to international relations, linguistics, critical legal studies and beyond. In light of the widespread and heterogeneous deployments of his ideas, it seems apt and necessary to return to the texts themselves: Gramsci’s pre-prison and his prison writings, both the Prison Notebooks and the Letters from Prison
The aim of this conference is to bring together a new generation of scholars working on Gramscian themes in order to engage closely with his writings. Working in collaboration with experienced Gramsci scholars, this conference is the first initiative of a group of early-career researchers and graduate students. Through a combination of panels and workshops, the conference will provide participants with the opportunity to present their work and to receive constructive feedback in a friendly and stimulating environment.
The two-day international conference also aims to contribute to the process of building links between Anglophone and international, in particular Italian, Gramsci scholarship. The organizers hope to create a network through which to share research and encourage interactions between researchers from different countries working on Gramscian thought and related topics. It is proposed that an edited collection of essays will be published as a product of the conference and further engagements.

Gramsci’s perspective is marked by a profound sense of the manifold connections between the explanation of the past and the analysis of the present. Our intention is collectively to investigate the rich potentialities of the theme ‘Past and Present’ in his thought. Participants are invited to explore the conceptual laboratory of Gramsci’s historical-political narration, as well as his endeavour to theorize the unity of theory and practice. This nexus between ‘explication’ of the past and strategic ‘analysis’ of the present is characteristic of the originality of Gramsci’s approach to the ‘question of theory’. More broadly, the conference aspires to study the way in which Gramsci’s historical perspective intermingles with his engaged concern for the future of a ‘big and terrible’ world, in the sense that might today be called ‘global history’.
Gramsci’s ability to dialectically unite seemingly opposed elements (i.e. civil society and the state, structure and superstructure, the spatial elements of historicism, or vice versa the multiple temporalities going across the political space) illuminates the capacity of his thought to stimulate critical renewals in various domains of thought. Further investigation of this critical project reveals the aspect of ‘reciprocal translatability’ that Gramsci identifies between different facets of the knowledge of reality as ‘philosophy’, ‘politics’ and ‘economics’. The conference aims to explore the ongoing elaboration of this ‘homogeneous circle’ (Notebook 4, § 46), that is, the constitution of Gramsci’s conception of the world and its relation to history, understood as a unitary and dynamic process.
Consequently, we encourage paper proposals that analyze Gramsci’s thought (either the prison or his pre-prison writings) from political, philosophical, economic, and historical points of view, whilst evoking the connections between these different dimensions. Inter-disciplinary papers that focus on the reappraisal of Gramscian concepts in the contemporary world (within cultural theory, post-colonial studies, International Relations, geography, history of science, etc.) are also welcome. 
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: the Marxian legacy and the philosophy of praxis; Gramsci and global history: the ‘integral historian’; the Gramscian analysis of modernity: crisis, hegemony and passive revolution; the Party and the role of the traditional and organic intellectuals; Gramsci and pragmatism: language, truth, ideology; Anti-economism and Gramsci’s critical economy; Gramscian cultural writings; Centre and periphery; From ‘subaltern social groups’ to global subalternity. 

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent by Friday 23 January 2015 to:

Supported by: 
- Department of Geography, King’s College London
- International Gramsci Society
- International Gramsci Society - Italia
- Ghilarza Summer School - Scuola internazionale di studi gramsciani
- Further support tbc
Organizing committee: 
Francesca Antonini (Università di Pavia, Italy)
Aaron Bernstein (King’s College London)
Lorenzo Fusaro (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico)
Robert Jackson (Manchester Metropolitan University)
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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Final Stop the First World War talk

The very final talk in the series Stop the First World War:
7pm, Tuesday 11th November.
Ian Birchall on "From Slaughter to Mutiny" 
Prof Christopher Read on "WWI and the Russian Revolution to 1923"
  Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL. Time: 7.00 p.m.
 further info.