People’s History?
Radical Historiography and the Left in the Twentieth Century

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 February 2020

Venue: The Queen’s Building, room 1.04,
University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

Organised and hosted by UEA School of History, with Socialist History journal and the Institute of Working Class History, Chicago

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• Hanno Balz – Hostile Take-Over: A Political History of the Red Flag • Logie Barrow – Ascription: No mere Effect • Paula Bartley – Labour Women in Power: Cabinet Ministers in the 20th century • Brigitta Bernet – After Gramsci: The Politics of Microhistory • Ankica Čakardić – Class history of gender and agrarian capitalism • Brendan Campisi – ‘The Discovery of the Ancestors’: the ‘New History of American Communism’ and the US Far Left after the ’60s • Elen Cocaign – Knowledge is power ? Publishing left-leaning history books in 1930s and 1940s Britain • Steve Cushion – A Practical Application of Howard Zinn’s Conception of People’s History in Three Pamphlets • Axel Fair-Schulz – ‘Merely ‘Tons of Wasted Paper’? East German Historians Between Innovative Scholarship and Party Discipline: The Cases of Helga and Manfred Nussbaum’ • Christian Høgsbjerg – Arthur Leslie Morton and the Poetics of People’s History • Alan Hooper – Perspectives on the People: the (new) left before neo-liberalism • Yiannos Katsourides – The history of the struggle of fractions and the making of the Cypriot Left • Pushpa Kumbhat – ‘Education for Democracy’, ‘Education for Emancipation’ Historical Narratives of the Workers’ Educational Association and the Labour Colleges 1900-1920 • Anastasia Kutuzova – ‘Les Enragés’ – the harbingers of left-wing radical movements of the 20th century? • Sofia Mali – Neo-national(ist) Histories: The product of European national museums’ alienated labour • Tijana Okic – Analogy, politics, history: the Yugoslav Women’s Antifascist Front • Julien Reiman – The Radical Radical: Humour and Similarity in the Historiography of Abbie Hoffman • Liam Ryan – History and the British Left: The Case of the Right to Work, 1900-1940 • Sophie Scott-Brown – Intellectual Lives, Performance and Persona: The Making of the People’s Historian • George Souvlis – Perry Anderson as practitioner of Intellectual history: From an anatomist of Marxism to an Olympian Savant of the World of Ideas • Sina Talachian – Maurice Dobb’s Domestication of Historical Materialism in the 1920s and 1930s • Tony Taylor – ‘A Literature of Protest and Aspiration’: Literary Culture and the Radical Platform in Britain, c.1890-1930 • Rhys Williams – The Communist Party Historians’ Group and the study of Biography •

Attendance at the conference is free of charge, but prior booking is required. To reserve your place, contact Francis King on

Conference opens at 09.30 on Saturday 15 February