CFP: RAYMOND WILLIAMS NOW

A reminder that the deadline for abstracts for Raymond Williams Now, to be held in Manchester on May 30th, is approaching. Abstracts are due March 1st. Please see the attached poster.

RAYMOND WILLIAMS NOW
30 May 2015

Recent years have witnessed major critical reappraisals of British Cultural Studies and its key figures. This one-day conference, organised by the Greater Manchester-based Radical Studies Network, continues that process through assessment of Raymond Williams’ work and legacy.

The event will feature a keynote lecture by Professor Tony Crowley on ‘Keywords, Then and Now’. Artist Ruth Beale will present a film of her 30-minute performance, ‘Performing Keywords’, first performed at the Turner Contemporary, 2013. The day will conclude with a round-table discussion on Raymond Williams and the contemporary Left.

We also invite proposals for 20-minute presentations or panels of 3–4 presentations from academics, activists, and creative practitioners. Topics might include, but aren’t restricted to:

contemporary ‘structures of feeling’; adult education past and present; ecology; cultural materialism now; feminism; media, technology, and cultural form; politics and letters; Williams and Wales; the May Day Manifesto; post-colonial and global Williams; science fiction; the public intellectual; Williams and the politics of criticism; Williams as novelist and playwright; creative practices; cultural institutions; ‘old’ and ‘new’ lefts.

Abstracts of 250 words (1000 words for panels) should be submitted toben.harker@manchester.ac.uk by 1 March 2015.

The conference will be held at the Friends’ Meeting House in central Manchester on Saturday 30 May 2015. Registration costs will be kept to a minimum thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Raymond Williams Society and the Raymond Williams Foundation. Seehttps://radicalstudiesnetwork.wordpress.com/ for further information.

Please feel free to pass on to anyone who may be interested.

RWN poster 3b update