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Weekend conference: ‘People’s History?’

First draft of the conference programme (please note this may be subject to amendment).

Venue: Room 1.04, The Queen’s Building, UEA, Norwich NR4 7TJ

Saturday 15 February 2020

09.30 – 10.00 Registration, welcome

10.00 – 11.30  Session 1

            Liam Ryan, History and the British Left: The Case of the Right to Work, 1900-1940

            Christian Hogsbjerg, Arthur Leslie Morton and the Poetics of People’s History

           Tony Taylor, ‘A Literature of Protest and Aspiration’: Literary Culture and the Radical Platform in Britain, c.1890-1930

11.30 – 12.00  Coffee break

12.00 – 13.30  Session 2

            Yiannos Katsourides, The history of the struggle of fractions and the making of the Cypriot Left

            Tijana Okic, Analogy, politics, history: the Yugoslav Women’s Antifascist Front

            Sofia Mali, Neo-national(ist) Histories: The product of European national museums’ alienated labour

            Anastasia Kutuzova, “Les Enragés” – the harbingers of left-wing radical movements of the 20th century? (scientific heritage of the Soviet historian J. M. Zakher)

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch break

14.30 – 16.00  Session 3

            Hanno Balz, Hostile Take-Over: A Political History of the Red Flag

Paula Bartley, Labour Women in Power: Cabinet Ministers in the 20th century

Alan Hooper, Perspectives on the People: the (new) left before neo-liberalism

16.00 – 16.30  Coffee break

16.30 – 18.00  Session 4

            Logie Barrow, Ascription: No mere Effect

            Pushpa Kumbhat, ‘Education for Democracy’, ‘Education for Emancipation’ Historical Narratives of the Workers’ Educational Association and the Labour Colleges 1900 – 1920

            Ankica Čakardić, Class history of gender and agrarian capitalism

Sunday 16 February 2020

10.00 – 11.30  Session 5

            Brendan Campisi, “The Discovery of the Ancestors”: the ‘New History of American Communism’ and the US Far Left after the ’60s

            Julien Reiman, The Radical Radical: Humor and Similarity in the Historiography of Abbie Hoffman

            Steve Cushion, A Practical Application of Howard Zinn’s Conception of People’s History in Three Pamphlets

11.30 – 12.00  Coffee

12.00 – 13.30  Session 6

            Sophie Scott-Brown, Intellectual Lives, Performance and Persona: The Making of the People’s Historian

Sina Talachian, Maurice Dobb’s Domestication of Historical Materialism in the 1920s and 1930s

Rhys Williams, The Communist Party Historians Group and the study of Biography

13.30 – 14.30  Lunch break

14.30 – 16.15  Session 7

George Souvlis, Perry Anderson as practitioner of Intellectual history: From an anatomist of Marxism to an Olympian Savant of the World of Ideas

            Brigitta Bernet, After Gramsci: The Politics of Microhistory

Axel Fair-Schulz, “Merely ‘Tons of Wasted Paper’? East German Historians Between Innovative Scholarship and Party Discipline: The Cases of Helga and Manfred Nussbaum”

16.15 – 16.30  Closing remarks