News

  • Chartism Newsletter #15 (January 2016)

    The latest edition of the Chartism Newsletter, a useful roundup of Chartist news and events compiled by Malcolm Chase, can be downloaded here

  • LHR postgraduate essay prize

    Calling all postgraduates the deadline for the 2015 LHR essay prize is the 29 February 2016. Don’t miss the chance of winning £250 and having an article published in the Labour History Review. Application form and details can be downloaded here

  • AGM of the SSLH Saturday 28 November 2015

    The AGM of the Society for the Study of Labour History will take place at the adult education conference during the lunch break (1.00-1.30) followed by the EC meeting. An agenda and the minutes for the previous AGM can be downloaded here

  • Soldiers as workers

    A new book by Dr Nick Mansfield explores the history of ordinary soldiers. Soldiers as workers – class, employment, conflict and the nineteenth century military, (Liverpool University Press) will be published in 2016. A pre-publication discount flyer can be downloaded here

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  • Labour History Review Essay Prize

    Calling all postgraduates. The Labour History Review is offering a cash prize of £250 for original scholarly writing in the field of labour history.

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  • Adult Worker Education

    History of Adult Worker Education Conference
    The SSLH autumn conference explores the History of Adult Worker Education from its nineteenth century origins to the demise of adult education in an age of austerity. The provisional programme can be down loaded here

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  • Chartism Newsletter #14 (August 2015)

    The latest edition of the Chartism newsletter can be downloaded here. Besides details of Chartist news and events this letter includes a fantastic picture of Alice Mann, who was a Leeds Radical and Chartist printer, publisher and bookseller.

  • The Revolution Has Been Digitized

    The oldest public collection of radical history, the Joseph A. Labadie Collection is now available online. The University of Michigan Library has digitsed its posters on anarchism, civil liberties, feminism, labor, and other political movements. Fabulous.

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  • Charity fundraising for the WCML

    Join us for Popular Songs, Poems and Tales celebrating one hundred years of working class struggles for political and social rights
    Sunday 5 July at the Working Class Movement Library, Salford

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  • Writing Lives Survey

    The Archive of Working-Class Writing Online is a collaborative project to create a digital archive of British working-class writing since c. 1700. To help us make a strong case for the public and scholarly value of the online resource, we invite you to answer this survey about how you, your students, or members of your organization might use it.
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/writinglives

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Events

  • Labour (dis)united. Disputed legitimacies within the British labour movement (People's History Museum, Manchester)

    4 April 2016

    This conference aims to bring together historical and contemporary perspectives on the study of the British labour movement, from the point of view of the tensions that have, time and again, challenged it, if not fractured it, from the inside.
    The study of labour organisations as such has sometimes been criticised as too institutional. Yet the organisers of the conference believe that the turn towards a “new labour history” in the 1960s-1970s and a “global labour history” since the 2000s, far from making the study of organisations outdated, has continuously generated, and will continue to generate, innovative research on traditional topics such as: the Labour Party, the CPGB, trade unions, the Co-operative movement, friendly societies, etc.
    The focus on internal dissensions seems a particularly enticing avenue of investigation, precluding any celebration of a linear and consensual “forward march of Labour”.

    Labour Disunited CFP

  • Women and Labour Activism in a Transnational Context

    14 April 2016

    A two-day International Symposium to be held in Newcastle University, 14-16 April 2016

    What is the effect of transnational approaches to the history of women in Labour activism? From Mary Wollstonecraft to 2014 Nobel Peace winner Malala Yousafzai: this two-day conference aims to discuss the current polemical issues of the field and promote findings in new research on women’s engagement from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, from individual to collective movements, in specific revolutionary moments and over several generations, in local and international associations, in particular where Labour activism intersects with other political religious and cultural aspects of women’s activism.

    Our invited keynote speaker is Susan Zimmermann, University Professor, Central European University, Budapest, specialist of international gender politics, labour women’s transnational activism, women’s work, and the ILO.

    We are interested in women’s roles as both political activists and intellectuals across borders and generations; on women’s biographies, both of lone women activists and of collective groups, of key figures as well as obscure ones, and on the role of biographies in establishing activist women’s reputations. We also welcome reflections on the methodology of activism and on problems inherent to the use of archives. We are keen to include researchers at all stages of their career: please ask the conference organisers about support available for ECR and postgraduate speakers.

    Please submit a 200 word proposal and CV by 31 January 2015 to:

    EITHER Dr Claudia Baldoli, Senior Lecturer in Italian History, claudia.baldoli@ncl.ac.uk
    OR Professor Máire Cross, Head of French, m.f.cross@ncl.ac.uk

  • Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism

    1 July 2016

    This international event commemorates twenty years since the death of the leftwing social historian Raphael Samuel and forty years since the founding of History Workshop Journal. The event will explore radical approaches to the past and histories of radical ideas and action through lectures, panels, performances, screenings, workshops and exhibitions.

    The event is organised by the Raphael Samuel History Centre. It is intended to engage a diverse audience, and to bring together practitioners of many varieties of historical research, curatorship, writing and performance, from both inside and outside the academy.

    1-3 July 2016
    Queen Mary University of London

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