News

  • Edward Carpenter

    The Friends of Edward Carpenter are a small group of people who are dedicated to establishing a permanent memorial to Edward Carpenter in Sheffield City Centre, recognising his historical and social importance and unique association with the city.

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  • Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider

    New book by Satnam Virdee offers an original perspective on the significance of both racism and anti-racism in the making of the English working class

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  • Labour and the Left in the 1980s

    This conference aims to reassess Labour and the Left in the age of Thatcherism. This is the moment to take stock of Labour’s long period in the wilderness especially with an election due next year. Are there new ways of thinking about Labour and left wing politics in this period? How should we interpret this period of the left’s history? Papers will consider (amongst other subjects) Labour in opposition, the Miner’s Strike, feminism, Greenham, racial politics, trade unions, the GLC, and the cultural politics of the left.

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  • John Hugh Burland (1819-85) - Barnsley Chartist

    Barnsley College UCU branch have raised the money and organised a blue plaque marking the birthplace of John Hugh Burland, the Barnsley radical and Chartist whose Annals of Barnsley volumes are a significant source for historians of the movement in the West Riding.

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  • Transnational Labour History

    Bookings are now being taken for the Transnational and Comparative Labour Movement Conference at the University of Huddersfield, 21 July 2014.

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  • Fighting against war: peace activism in the twentieth century

    Call for papers Fighting against war conference at the University of Melbourne, Australia, 11-13 February, 2015
    Throughout the twentieth century, labour movement activists have been in the forefront of challenges to war and militarism. This conference, hosted by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, seeks to restore their role to our historical memory.

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  • LHR annual postgraduate essay prize 2013

    Joseph Cozens has won the LHR annual postgraduate essay prize 2013 for his submission entitled, ‘“The Blackest Perjury”: desertion, military justice and popular politics in England, 1803-1805’.

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  • Victorian Cities Revisited

    Call for Papers for Victorian Cities Revisited: Heritage and History Conference
    15-16th October 2014

    Middlesbrough Town Hall

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  • Maxine Peake and the SSLH supports the WCML

    The Society has issued a letter in support of the Working Class Movement Library in Salford after recent accusations made in an election pamphlet by Robin Garrido. Garrido, a councillor and leader of Salford Conservative party, claims that the WCML “is not a proper accessible library, you need to make an appointment to visit. Also you can’t borrow books like you can at an ordinary library.”
    Comments made by Maxine Peake, one of the WCML trustee, in the Guardian can be read here.

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  • Chartist Newsletter 9 - April 2014

    The latest Chartist newsletter is now available. Follow the link to download a copy.

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Events

  • Labour and the Left in the 1980s

    8 November 2014

    Labour and the Left in the 1980s

    This conference aims to reassess Labour and the Left in the age of Thatcherism. This is the moment to take stock of Labours long period in the wilderness especially with an election due next year. Are there new ways of thinking about Labour and left wing politics in this period? How should we interpret this period of the left’s history? Papers will consider (amongst other subjects) Labour in opposition, the Miner’s Strike, feminism, Greenham, racial politics, trade unions, the GLC, and the cultural politics of the left. The conference will host the AGM of the Society for the Study of Labour History.

    For further information, please contact the organiser, Dr. Richard Carr richard.carr@anglia.ac.uk

  • Fighting against war: peace activism in the twentieth century

    11 February 2015

    Fighting against war: peace activism in the twentieth century

    Conference: University of Melbourne, Australia, 11-13 February, 2015
    Throughout the twentieth century, labour movement activists have been in the forefront of challenges to war and militarism. This conference, hosted by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, seeks to restore their role to our historical memory.

    For further information contact: phillip.deery@vu.edu.au

  • Socialism and the Cold War in Western Europe

    18 April 2015

    Socialism and the Cold War in Western Europe

    With a focus on Western Europe, this conference will explore ideological responses to the sustained period of Superpower tension between 1945 and 1989. Diplomatic studies of the Cold War have, of course, abounded and, more recently, there has been an increasing interest in the cultural aspects of the Cold War. Yet the Cold War was, in fundamental respects, a war of ideas and it these that this conference will seek to understand in greater depth. With coverage that includes Britain, it will consider Social Democracy, the New Left, Communism and Eurocommunism as well as labour and the trade union movement more widely. This conference will examine transnational trends through the impact of European integration and the development of human rights as well as reflecting on the diversity of national experiences. It will also consider American and Soviet views of West European Socialism in its various guises.

    For more information contact Paul Corthorn p.corthorn@qub.ac.uk

  • Nationalism and Internationalism in Labour History

    25 April 2015

    This one-day conference will explore the entangled relationship between nationalism and internationalism – both in the pasts of workers and in the political formations that addressed working-class concerns. Having become increasingly aware of the problems of methodological nationalism, institutional history and Eurocentrism, labour historians have expressed a significant interest in transnational phenomena. However, this line of enquiry must not obscure the ongoing role of nationhood – both as an idea and as an organisational principle. The conference will shed light on competing and interrelated strands of activism and their connections with imperial rule, globalising processes and nation-building. The event seeks to explore the complex ways in which ideas, people and social contestation circulated beyond borders. It shows how individuals, parties and social movements negotiated the intertwined tenets of nationalism and internationalism in these contexts.
    Organisers invite papers around the following themes:

    • Nationalism and internationalism in the intellectual history of labour.
    • Activists, transnational networks and their reconfigurations of socialist, communist or anarchist movements.
    • Relations between labour and nationalism in anti-colonial struggles.
    • Labour, nationalism and internationalism during wars and in post-war settlements.
    • Historic globalisations, labour and nationalism.
    • Syntheses of class and nation in ideology, identity, consciousness and discourse.

    Keynote speaker: Dr Emmet O’Connor (University of Ulster)

    Deadline for proposals (300 word abstract and one page CV): 30 January 2015

    For proposals or further details: matt.perry@ncl.ac.uk or Sarah.campbell@ncl.ac.uk

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