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A Call for Papers – Abstract deadline

Friday, 10th June 2011 (all day)

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A Call for Papers – Abstract deadline 10 June 2011


Raymond Williams and Robert Tressell in Hastings: celebrating 50 years of The Long Revolution and the centenary of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists


2011 marks the centenary of the death of Robert Tressell and it is 50 years since the publication of Raymond Williams’ The Long Revolution. The University of Brighton in Hastings is pleased to announce a one day conference on Tuesday 20 September 2011 to celebrate the contribution of Williams and Tressell to literary and cultural studies, communications and social and political theory.  The conference will also address their relationship to Hastings, a town in which both spent a key part of their working lives. The conference seeks to create a multi-disciplinary forum in which academics, researchers, trade unionists and local historians can explore the impact and legacy of the two men on contemporary research, practice and activists.
There will be three keynote speakers at the conference:

1.    Professor Stuart Laing, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, author of Representations of working class life.

2.    Ian Haywood – Professor of English Literature at Roehampton University.  His works include: Working-class Fiction:  From Chartism to ‘Trainspotting’ (Plymouth: Northcote House/British Council; Writers and Their Work, 1997) and with Deborah Philips; Brave New Causes: Women in British Postwar Fictions (London: Cassell, 1998).

3.    Howard Brenton, renowned British playwright and screenwriter who adapted The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists for the stage and was performed at the Liverpool Everyman and Chichester Festival Theatre.

We are keen to invite submissions from researchers across the social sciences, literary and cultural studies and from practitioners and activists concerned with these issues.  We invite submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

·         Williams, Tressell and the South East


·         Culture and Society in the New Millennium


·         Working Class Fictions


·         Williams the Literary Critic


·         Williams and Cultural Studies


·         Class and Education


·         The Great Money Trick in the age of austerity


·         Socialism and the novel


Submissions may be in a variety of formats including posters, verbal presentations and workshops. Please send abstracts of 150 words to including with your submission your presentation title and format, author names, institutional affiliations and email addresses and an indication of which of the above themes your presentation addresses.



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