Wednesday, 28 March 2012

CFP: Fifty years of EP Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class

Call for Papers
50 years of EP Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class

A day conference with strands to be held at People’s History Museum, Manchester
Saturday 13 April 2013

Edward Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class appeared in 1963 and has become one of the most influential history texts of the twentieth century. It is still in print fifty years on, having survived challenges from Marxist, feminist and postmodern historians. This day conference celebrates Thompson’s classic, and considers its reception, its critics, and why it endures. Speakers will include Neville Kirk, Emeritus Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University

This day conference will bring together papers from scholars for whom The Making has been a major influence. We welcome papers, and suggest the following subjects:
The Making and the new social history
The politics of The Making
The legacy
‘We are all Thompsonians now’
Challenges to The Making: Marxist, feminist
The Englishness of The Making
The Making and the crisis of Stalinism /the New Left

We welcome offers of contributions relating to these and other themes from researchers and students. Please send a proposal of no more than 200 words to Dr Craig Horner on by 31 May 2012.
The conference will also include displays from the Working Class Movement Library and the Labour History Archive and Study Centre at the People’s History Museum. Organised by People’s History Museum Working Class Movement Library

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