Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Bibliography: Cornelius Castoriadis and/or Socialisme ou Barbarie

Further to previous posts on the origins of Solidarity (for Workers' Power) and Socialisme ou Barbarie, we post here extracts from a recent email giving details of where to find a vast amount of material on the latter group and the foremost influence within it, Cornelius Castoriadis (a.k.a. Paul Cardan et al.)

Recent Cornelius Castoriadis/Agora International Website 
Agora International
27, rue Froidevaux
75014 Paris FRANCE 
Tel: 33 (0) 

We now have bibliographies and/or webographies of writings by and/or about Castoriadis and/or Socialisme ou Barbarie in Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish as well as news items, a Castoriadis obituary, a videography, and a Table of Contents for all Socialisme ou Barbarie issues.  Castoriadis webographies have begun to be posted in several of these languages, and additional ones are anticipated.
For any entries that appear under your name or for which you otherwise have direct information, please be so kind to let us know if there is anything there to change, correct, or add.  We would also appreciate it if you could send to the relevant bibliographer (see the e-addresses and postal addresses listed on each bibliography) any other references to texts written by yourself or by others, in any language, that would concern us.  For information regarding bibliographies in languages not yet posted, please send this information to the bibliography project coordinator, David Ames Curtis .  To confirm new or revised entries, we would require copies of the title page (with publication date), indications of the inclusive pages of the article or chapter, and photocopies of the relevant pages and notes.  These copies will be conserved in the Agora International Archives for the use of researchers.
Please also note that, as they go about their research, the bibliographers often compile on the side a list of "brief mentions" (passing references, mere footnote citations, etc.) of Castoriadis and/or Socialisme ou Barbarie and his/its work.  Even though these "brief mentions" have not yet been compiled in any systematic way, it would be appreciated if you would also bring such "brief mentions," by you or by others, to the attention of the respective bibliographers or of the bibliography project coordinator.
These bibliographies are only as good as we can make them through our ongoing collaborative work.  Our sincere apologies if there are any mistakes or omissions.  General comments about the bibliographies on the site can be sent to the bibliography coordinator for consideration by the bibliographers' collective.
The purpose of this continuing bibliographical project is to let people know what has been published by and about Castoriadis and/or Socialisme ou Barbarie so far, to keep track as new material becomes available, and to encourage people worldwide to use these bibliographies as tools for building an international agora that will contribute to the advancement of the project of autonomy.
Thanks for your ongoing interest, assistance, and support.

WE HAVE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Symposium: Cornelius Castoriadis in the Antipodes, November 29th, 2019, the University of Sydney, AAIA Rm 480 Madsen Building. CALL FOR PAPERS: AUTONOMY AND PHILIA (ΑΥΤΟΝΟΜΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΙΑ) IN CORNELIUS CASTORIADIS' LIFE AND THOUGHT. Drawing from Aristotle's suggestion that "…cities are held together by philia [friendship] and legislators should study it more than justice," we want to explore philia as found in Cornelius Castoriadis' theoretical thinking and understanding of politics. Since his youth Castoriadis established life-long friendships with many individuals whose life, ideas and practical engagement had a permanent presence in his own work. The symposium wants to bring together the abstract and the concrete, the life of the philosopher with the social ontology of his theory. During the one-day meeting, we would like to explore the concept of political or civic friendship especially within the overall Castoriadis project to restore democratic politics to the immediacy and radicalism of their origins in classical Athens. After the recent death of the philosopher and friend Agnes Heller, papers are invited to address friendship as political virtue in contemporary anti-political societies. Key-Note Address: Professor John Rundell, The University of Melbourne, "Celebrating Imagination: Elective Affinities between Agnes Heller and Cornelius Castoriadis." Entrance Free. All Welcome. Sponsored by the Department of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies; School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Sydney. N.B.: The above message arrived electronically at Agora International via the following e-address: Despite a follow-up query, no final deadline for this "Call for Papers" about "friendship" has been communicated to us.

Castoriadis Videography
At the suggestion of some of our subscribers, we begin here a new section of the Cornelius Castoriadis/Agora International Website: "Castoriadis Videography." 
Any and all videos available online that concern Cornelius Castoriadis and/or Socialisme ou Barbarie will be listed here in alphabetical order by URL, regardless of language. The principal language(s) of each videographical reference will be indicated after the URL by the two-letter language code abbreviation: "EN" for English, "ES" for Spanish, "FR" for French, "PT" for Portuguese, etc. 
We ask our free CC/AI Website subscribers and any other CC/AI Website readers/viewers to bring additional Castoriadis/S. ou B.-related videos to our attention. This webpage will be updated regularly 
The 2004 Castoriadis Video Marc Guignard kindly created for the Cornelius Castoriadis/Agora International Website remains available here

  Interview with Cornelius Castoriadis (English Subtitles) by Chris Marker

EN1994l# Pierre Lanneret. Pierre Lanneret, Alias Camille : A Biography. Followed by Third Camp Internationalists in France During the Second World War. London : Phoenix Press, [1994]: ##, ##, ##.

EN1994p# "Decadence: The Theory of Decline or the Decline of Theory? Part Two." Aufheben 3 (Summer 1994): ##-##.


EN1996l# Anthony Elliott. Subject to Ourselves : Social Theory, Psychoanalysis, and Postmodernity. Cambridge, MA: Polity Press: 1996: ##, ##.

  • # 2nd ed. New Foreword by Zygmunt Bauman. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2004: ##, ##.
  • London and New York: Routledge, 2016: xv, xxi, xxiv, 10, 23, 29, 33, 38, 39, 79-80, 94, 102, 118, 130, 157nn6-9, 158n28, 161nn13-14, 162n32, 163n9.

EN2006e Simon Tormey and Jules Townshend. Key Thinkers from Critical Theory to Post-Marxism. London and Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2006: 7, 9, 13-37, 40, 55, 64, 80, 155, 157, 166, 220, 224.


EN2008i Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 4:1-2 (2008).

EN2009j Anthony Elliott. Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction. London and New York: Routledge, 2009: 107-108, 182, 349-51.
  • 2nd Edition. London and New York: Routledge, 2014: 129, 203, 375-77.

EN2010c The Routledge Companion to Social Theory. Ed. Anthony Elliott. With the assistance of Daniel Mendelson. London and New York: Routledge, 2010: 237-38, 278.

EN2012f Anthony Elliott and Bryan S. Turner. On Society. Cambridge, UK and Malden, MA: Polity, 2012: 101, 116, 120-23, 153, 178n1, 180nn33-34.

EN2014o Anthony Elliott and Charles Lemert. Introduction to Contemporary Social Theory. London and New York: Routledge, 2014: 168, 281, 430–431.

EN2016h Anthony Elliott. Identity Troubles: An Introduction. London and New York: Routledge, 2016: vi-vii, 15, 69, 73-78, 83-86, 132, 144, 190.
EN2016g The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Ed. Anthony Elliott and Jeffrey Prager. London, England and New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • EN2016g1 Anthony Elliott and Jeffrey Prager. Introduction. Ibid.: 1-9; see: 8.
  • EN2016g2 Matt Ffytche. "Sigmund Freud: Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious." Ibid.: 13-42; see: 27.
  • EN2016g3 Sean Homer. "Jacques Lacan: Freud's French interpreter." Ibid.: 97-114; see: 109.
  • EN2016g4 Anthony Elliott. "Contemporary European Psychoanalysis." Ibid.: 169-84; see: 169-73, 181, 183.

    EN2019b Misty Sailors. "Re-Imagining Teacher Education." Theoretical Models and Processes of Literacy. Seventh edition. Donna E. Alvermann, Norman J. Unrau, Misty Sailors, Robert B. Ruddell. Eds. New York: Routledge, 2019: 430-48; see: 441, 443, 446.

    EN2019d Max Haiven. "The Art of Unpayable Debts: Poisoned Reproduction, Financial Sovereignty and Settler Colonial Bonds." The Sociology of Debt. Ed. Mark Featherstone. Bristol: Policy Press, 2019: 195-230; see: 196.

        EN2019e Martyn Hudson. Visualising the Empire of Capital. Abingdon, England and New York: Routledge, 2019: vi, 4-5, 10, 14-15, 24, 33, 87, 136.

        EN2019f Dimitri Courant. "Sortition and Democratic Principles. A Comparative Analysis." Legislature by Lot: Transformative Designs for Deliberative Governance. John Gastil and Erik Olin Wright. Eds. The Real Utopia Project Series. London/New York: Verso, 2019: 229-47; see: 237, 383n33.

        EN2019j Evangelos Papadimitropoulos. "Beyond Neoliberalism: Digitization, Freedom and the Workplace." Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization Forum, 19:3 (2019): 565-89; 566, 576-79, 583.



        • Kent Palmer. "Mathematical Meaning: Looking into Higher Dimensionality Exploring the Meta-anomaly in Mathematics and its Relation to Pascal's Triangle as Information Infrastructure for Levels of the Realms of Experience." 27pp. See: 12.
        • Kent Palmer. "Mathematical Meaning: Looking into Higher Dimensionality Exploring the Meta-anomaly in Mathematics and its Relation to Pascal's Triangle as Information Infrastructure for Levels of the Realms of Experience." 27pp. See: 12.
        • Kent Palmer. "The Necessity of Nothingness." 2019: 8, 34 (Carlos [sic] Castoriadis).

        For other languages, see Agora International Website as above.

        Tuesday, September 24, 2019

        Freedom to Protest: 2005 Conference Papers

        The site is due to close imminently....

        In 2005 the McLibel case defendants, after the longest trial in English history (vs the McDonald's Corporation), celebrated a legal victory at the European Court of Human Rights. 

        See   This capped a 15 year long successful global campaign of publicity and defiance against McDonald's attempts to suppress criticism.  The McLibel Support Campaign then linked up with a number of campaign groups to discuss how to develop wider solidarity and resistance to oppression. 

        On October 23rd,  230 people from over 80 local and national organisations took part in a historic Freedom To Protest conference in North London. The conference was organised by and for campaigns and groups affected by recent repressive laws and measures being increasingly used by the government and companies to try to suppress public protest and dissent. Participants pledged to help develop and support effective strategies for standing up for the public's freedom to protest against injustice and oppression.

        There was a very wide and diverse range of local and national organisations supporting and taking part, including:  Aldermaston Women's Peace camp; Birmingham Guantanamo Campaign; Campaign Against Criminalising Communities; Campaign Against the Arms Trade; Campaign to Close Campsfield; Cardiff World Development Movement; Corporate Watch; Friends of the Earth; Gate Gourmet strikers; Genetic Engineering Network; Haringey Against ID Cards; Hunt Saboteurs Association; Legal Defence and Monitoring Group; London Rising Tide; McLibel Support Campaign; Newham Monitoring Project; Parliament Square Peace Campaign and Brian Haw Supporters; Peace News; Rhythms of Resistance; Schnews; School Students Against the War; Torbay & District Trades Union Council; Trident Ploughshares; Undercurrents; and the Veggies Catering Campaign.

        Those present shared their experiences and views in order to promote mutual aid & co-ordination between organisations, and to inspire and empower each other. At the end, participants sent out some positive and determined messages:
        - Wherever there is injustice or oppression, there is protest and resistance 
        - Repression will never succeed in silencing public dissent and protest
        - Any oppressive laws can be rendered unworkable through increased protest, non-co-operation and defiance.

        Full details of the conference can be read here. (24pp.)

        Tuesday, September 17, 2019

        Bristol Radical History Festival 2019

        Saturday 12th October 2019
        Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG) and the Remembering the Real World War I Group (RRWWI) have organised a full programme of events, in collaboration with our hosts at M Shed.
        Again, we will reveal hidden histories, debate and agitate for a future of better pasts. 
        The 2019 festival has two main themes:
        • 1919: Year of Revolutions
        The aftermath of the First World War was one of the most revolutionary moments in the Twentieth Century. Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, there were revolutions and uprisings across Europe, in Germany and Hungary, and beyond, in Egypt and Mexico. In Ireland, 1919 would witness the establishment of a separatist parliament in Dublin, an escalation of guerrilla warfare and the establishment of a ‘soviet’ in opposition to British rule. In Britain, these were tumultuous times as thousands of rebellious troops returned from the front-line demanding immediate demobilisation, whilst mass strikes broke out on the railways and amongst miners and engineers threatening a syndicalist takeover. We look at what happened, what was at stake and the legacy of the ‘Year of Revolutions’ in Bristol, Britain and Ireland. 
        • Green History: from 18th Century roots to Extinction Rebellion
        Our second theme features the history of concern for the environment. We will cover more than two centuries from origins of ‘green’ awareness during the Romantic era through to first-hand accounts from those who took part in late-twentieth-century activism and Black2Nature, who campaign for inclusion and ethnic diversity in environmentalism. How can green history inform present-day debates during the resurgence of environmental concern on the part of Extinction Rebellion, Youth Strike 4 Climate and Earth Strike?
        Following the success of the 2017 and 2018 events, this year’s Bristol Radical History Festival is again hosted by M Shed, Bristol’s social history museum located on the historic harbourside.
        It’s not just talks! 
        Expect walks, films, singing, a performance space with a puppet show, storytelling and poetry, and an exhibition space, as well as stalls with books and merchandise from local and national groups. Not to be missed – go up to Level 2 to see the Regional Radical Press exhibition, with highlights from UWE Bristol Regional History Centre’s current project  All the events are free with no booking required!
        We are also thrilled to announce a tie-in event: ‘3 Acres and a Cow: A History of Land Rights in Folk Song and Story’. This will be hosted at Bristol’s Cube Microplex on the evening of Friday 25thOctober.


        Full Radical History Festival Programme here

        Note: events will be added to this list and there may be changes of times.
        Selected Highlights:
        “We want out” – Bristol and the British armed forces strikes of January 1919

        Event Details

        Date: Sat 12th Oct, 2019 
        Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm 
        Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN 
        Price: Free 
        With: Roger BallNeil Gordon-Orr 
        Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2019
        Regional Radical Press in Britain 1968-1988 exhibition

        Event Details

        Date: , 2019 
        Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN 
        Price: Free 
        With: Steve Poole 
        Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2019
        The 'Industrial Unrest Committee' and Industrial Legality during the 1919 Railway Strike

        Event Details

        Date: , 2019 
        Time:  to  
        Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN 
        Price: Free 
        With: Philip Kuhn 
        Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2019
        ‘England’s difficulty is Ireland’s opportunity‘: How Irish Nationalism responded to the Great War

        Event Details

        Date: , 2019 
        Time:  to  
        Price: Free 
        With: Joe MooneyDee DaleyNick Heath 
        Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2019
        and lots more...

        Thursday, September 12, 2019

        New Anarchist Research Group, London, meetings

        New Anarchist Research Group, London

        Meetings in September and October to be held in the MayDay Rooms,  88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH

        Saturday 28 September 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
        An Attempt at Anarcho-syndicalism in a time of crisis
        Shiri Shalmy

        Over the past five years, UVW members won significant improvements to pay and conditions through militant workplace organising and a diversity of direct action tactics. Recently, UVW started organising sex workers, legal workers and cultural workers - three sectors that were typically un-unionised and considered unorganisable. This autumn, UVW members will take strike action across seven different workplaces, including universities, hospital and the Royal Parks, where they demand the London Living Wage, occupational sick pay and an end to the exploitative practice of outsourcing. 
        We will discuss UVW's unique organising principles and methods, the complexities of horizontal trade unionism and the union's work to develop a community of solidarity in a time of social and political crisis. 
        Shiri Shalmy is an organiser at United Voices of the World, a members led trade union organising some of the UK's most marginalised, low waged and precarious workers

         Saturday 26 October 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm 
        Anarchist education as prefigurative practice; tensions and possibilities
        Judith Suissa

        Hannah Arendt
        In this talk, I will revisit some earlier work on the idea of anarchist education as prefigurative practice to explore some of the tensions suggested by such work. Drawing on Hannah Arendt's reflections on educational authority and on recent work on utopian pedagogy, I will explore ways in which, from an anarchist perspective, these tensions can be seen as productive pedagogical tensions rather than weaknesses.

        Judith Suissa is Professor of Philosophy of Education at the UCL Institute of Education. She is the author of Anarchism and Education (PM Press, 2010) and (with Stefan Ramaekers) The Claims of Parenting; Reasons, Responsibility and Society (Springer, 2012).

        Our meetings are friendly and informal, but please note that we do ask for a donation to cover the cost of the venue.
        See previous post for other autumn listings
        Reminder from Autonomy Now
        This Land is Ours: The Fight for Land Justice
        Speakers from the Anarchist Communist Group.
        7pm start, Thursday September 26th.
        Free entry. No booking required.
        Venue: Housmans Bookshop
        5 Caledonian Road
        King’s Cross, N1 9DX
        Maps/directions here.

        Tuesday, August 20, 2019

        Notices and Alerts for September and after

        (see also previous listing)
        From CND
        Day of action at the ExCeL, London • 4 September 2019
        Nuclear weapons manufacturers are visiting London in September.  
        They will exhibit at one of the world’s largest arms fairs
        the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI).
        Join the No Nuclear Day at the ExCel in the Royal Victoria Dock
        10 am to 4 pm on the 4 September 2019
        Further details including meet-up point and map on the CND web site
        Sign up and share the event on Facebook
        No Nuclear Day has been called by CND and Trident Ploughshares.
        It is part of a week of protest co-ordinated by Stop the Arms Fair
        the campaign against DSEI, founded in 2011.

        UPDATE: How it went according to CND
        From Medact Peace and Security Campaign
        Sign our DSEI letter - We are still collecting signatures from those who work or have worked in health for a letter calling on the UK government to end their support of arms fairs such as the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) - which you can find here:

        Come along to the letter hand-in - We will deliver this letter in person to the Department for International Trade in the first week of September - a week before DSEI begins - and would love to have as many signatories as possible join us for this. We do not have a specific date yet but it will be in the daytime of the week beginning 2 September. If you are interested and would like more information, please email 

        The huge volumes of arms sales agreed at the DSEI arms fair in London every two years are a serious upstream driver of death, disease and destruction of livelihoods across the world.
        [Medact updating] 
        Public meeting on Monday 30 September: 
        'Do No Harm’ - a meeting about war, the arms trade and health. 
        • Rita Dayoub, a Syrian dentist, Academy Associate at Chatham House and founder of ‘Health Workers at the Frontline’
        • Dr. Sara Beleil, Psychiatrist and Academic Secretary at the Sudan Doctors’ Union UK
        • Ann Feltham, Parliamentary Coordinator at Campaign Against the Arms Trade 
        And discussion on what health workers can do  to challenge the UK’s role in fuelling wars abroad that lead to public health catastrophes and destruction. 

        Please RSVP for this event free here:


        Student Climate Strikes in September
        On 20th - 27th September, children and young people will be taking to the streets to call for climate action in the next escalation of the Student Climate Strikes campaign --

        (see BBC and other mainstream media for more news on this)


        Saturday 14th September 2019

        Radical Adult Education Where You’d Least Expect It: ABCA 1941-45  
        Speaker: Colin Waugh
        The Army Bureau of Current Affairs (ABCA) is mainly known for its alleged contribution to the 1945 Labour landslide. However it was also an extremely radical experiment in adult education. Constructed by the ‘radical general’ Ronald Adam & his civilian adviser W. E. Williams, the originator of Pelican Books and later of the Arts Council, & based on a critique of the tutorial class method that had become traditional in the WEA, it set out to engage the highest possible proportion of the army’s three million conscripts in lively discussion, both of how the war was being conducted and of current affairs more generally.
        To do this it trained many thousands of junior officers in how to conduct genuinely open discussions, as well as producing stimulus material in the form of booklets and maps that still look modern today. Extensive use was also made of drama and film. All this was done in the teeth of opposition from senior politicians & sections of the army high command. At the end of the war, attempts were made to extend approaches developed within ABCA to civilian adult & further education.
        Epicentre, West St E11 4LJ
        7.30 for 8pm
        Free entry
        All welcome
        Enquiries 0208 555 5248

        From January 2020 we will move to St John's Church Hall E11 to avoid noise from big parties in the large hall at the Epicentre. But the next four meetings will be at the Epicentre.
         Saturday 12th October 2019
        Fighting the Cause of Firefighters    
        Speaker: Matt Wrack, General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union
         Matt’s political life began in early adulthood, culminating in his 2005 election & two re-elections as head of the FBU. He was listed in ‘The 100 Most Influential People on the Left.’ As a firefighter in Silvertown and Hackney, he was a very active union member. Campaigns and strikes have centred around compensation for firefighters killed at work; climate change and flooding; austerity; the effects of ‘localism’ on the service; reinstatement of suspended colleagues; pay & pension disputes; the Grenfell disaster. He sits on the TUC Executive Committee & featured on a Radio 4 documentary after deciding to take a salary at the average amount of a firefighter. He lives in Leytonstone.

        At the Epicentre, West St E11 4LJ
        7.30pm Buffet   8.00pm Talk
        All welcome
        Free entry, donations welcome, raffle.

        Enquiries 0208 555 5248

        "Please don't arrive before 7.30pm, as we are setting up the room before then. If you are early, there are tables and chairs in the foyer, and second hand books to buy and leaflets in the little information room on the right as you come in the front door. Thanks."
        From Autonomy Now email notifications (selection)

        News From Nowhere, Leytonstone [as above]
        Talk: Radical Adult Education Where You’d Least Expect It: ABCA 1941-45 

        Speaker: Colin Waugh
        Saturday 14th September 2019
        Meetings start with a buffet at 7:30pm followed by a talk at 8:00pm, then discussion at about 9:00pm
        Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone, London, E11 4LJ
        Public Transport details:

        Film & Panel discussion – The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade
        With Andrew Feinstein
        Monday 16th September 2019
        Time start 18.15 (sharp)
        70/77 Cowcross Street,
        London, EC1M 6EJ
        £3. Details: 

        Mental Health Discussion Group
        Housmans Bookshop
        Monday 23 September @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Free
        Hal, who some of you met at the last Autonomy Now talk, is a registered therapist. He has noted that political anxieties – such as Trump, Brexit, Boris Johnson, racism, elitism, sexism, climate catastrophe etc – are being increasingly cited as a cause of considerable distress. In response, he wanted to create a supportive environment to discuss these issues, emphasising the impact the current political climate has on our collective psyche and on our emotional wellbeing.
        Booking preferred. Further details:

        Autonomy Now 
        This Land is Ours: The Fight for Land Justice
        Speakers from the Anarchist Communist Group.
        Housmans Bookshop, free entry
        Thursday 26th September
        7pm start. No booking required.
        The speakers did one of the better talks at the last London Radical Bookfair. They will be doing a new and updated version for us.

        From WCML
        Working Class Movement Library
        51 The Crescent,
        SalfordM5 4WX

        Heritage Open Days tours
        The Library is marking Heritage Open Days 2019 with free 'behind-the-scenes' tours on Friday 13 and Thursday 19 September at 2pm. Book in advance via

        The plan that came from the bottom up

        OSaturday 14 September at 2pm we are screening the 30-minute version of The plan that came from the bottom up, a film about the extraordinary story of the Lucas Aerospace engineers who 40 years ago responded to the threat of redundancy with their own plan of action, developing alternatives to the military products their company made.  Mike Sanders from Manchester University will then chair a discussion about changing not just what we produce, but how we produce it, and thinking politically about technology.  Admission free; all welcome.

        Tastes of honeyTastes of honey: the making of Shelagh Delaney and a cultural revolution is Selina Todd’s new authorised biography of Salford playwright Shelagh Delaney, which tells the story of how a working class teenager stormed late 1950s theatreland, and what happened next…  Delaney helped change the 20th century cultural and social landscape, putting working class lives centre stage and redefining what art could be, thus also inspiring a new generation of writers, musicians and artists.
        On Wednesday 18 September at 2pm Selina will discuss Delaney’s upbringing, life and work, while Rob Lees (MaD Theatre Company) will talk about the experience of bringing Delaney’s work to life on stage in 2019, and Jenna Omeltschenko (Touring Partnerships Manager, National Theatre) will discuss the National Theatre’s new production of A Taste of Honey, which premieres at the Lowry in September. 
        This is not a ticketed event but we expect it to be very busy - please arrive early to ensure a place...

        Remembering the 1969 Manchester anti-apartheid march to the Springboks match
        As part of the Library's 'Not just Peterloo' series of events, looking at the policing of popular protest, a free witness event on Thursday 3 October at 2pm brings together a panel of people who were at the Manchester demonstration on 26 November 1969 against the controversial South African rugby tour. 7,000 people marched, to be met by nearly 2,000 police officers. 150 protestors were arrested, with 77 charged.
        The discussion will include why the protest was so large, the second largest of the whole tour (the Anti-Apartheid Movement organised protests at all 26 matches), and why the police acted so decisively with the chief constable telling the press afterwards they could say the demonstrators were frightened.
        All are welcome. 
        Please contact organiser Geoff Brown via the Library on if you were there on the day and would like to join the panel.

        Women making history: locally, here, there and everywhere [Reminder]A day school, Women making history, will run in the Library annexe on Saturday 7 September from 11am to 3pm.

        Organisers Keith Venables and Ali Ronan have put out a call welcoming stories, poems, films and exhibitions - contributions in any medium lasting 15/20 minutes are invited.
        The event is free but donations are welcome.  Please get in touch to register:
        Ali Ronan or Keith Venables

        Our much-praised exhibition Peterloo: news, fake news and paranoia finishes on Thursday, 19 September.  Drop by here (ideally between 1 and 5pm on Wednesday and Thursday when we have a volunteer in the hall to welcome you, but we'll let you in of course any time we're open...) to have a browse.

        Our next exhibition, The Basque children: child refugees from the Spanish Civil War, opens on Wednesday 25 September.  All are welcome to join us for the formal opening at 6pm that day.  This is a guest exhibition from BCA’37 UK, the Association for the UK Basque Children, and tells the story of the children who came to colonies in Manchester, Salford, Bolton and other cities in the North West.
        There will be a free talk by Simon Martinez alongside the exhibition on Wednesday 23 October at 2pm - details here.

        The exhibition will run until Thursday 21 November, and is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm. 
        Invisible Histories talks
        Our autumn series of free Wednesday 2pm talks start up again on 9 October with a talk on sculptor Arthur Dooley.

        Subsequent subjects include:
        * stories behind a scrapbook of political cartoons by John Doyle, from around the time of the 1832 Reform Act, recently purchased by the Library, and
        *Glasgow in 1919.    Full details at

        Engels Lecture
        On Saturday 2 November at 2pm the Library hosts the second Engels Lecture, with John Green speaking on the topic 'In the footsteps of Marx and Engels - Willi Münzenberg, a forgotten giant of the working class movement'.  More details here.

        This is WCML’s first hosting of this annual event, which was inaugurated last year at the Marx Memorial Library and will alternate between us.  Admission free; all welcome.

        Bones of Paine project update
        A reminder that to mark the bicentenary of the bizarre story of radical Thomas Paine's bones coming to Salford, and to celebrate his revolutionary writings and ideas (Common Sense, Rights of Man, Age of Reason) the Library and Walk the Plank are working together on an Arts Council-funded project which mixes the traditional with the contemporary, and the unusual with the familiar.
        Wigan Diggers' Festival
        On Saturday 7 September from 11am to 9.30pm the 9th Diggers' Festival takes place in Gerrard Winstanley Gardens, The Wiend, Wigan.  There will be live music, poetry, comedy, educational talks, exhibitions, and food and drink.  More details about this free event at

        Salford Histories FestivalOn Saturday 21 September from 10am to 4pm the Salford Histories Festival takes place at Walkden Methodist Church, Manchester Road, Walkden M38 9AN.  Organised by Salford Local History Forum, this free event includes displays, talks, stalls and refreshements, as well as a walk along the Walkden Heritage Trail from 10.30am to 12.30pm.  Come and say hello to us on the Library stall, and hear more about our Bones of Paine project...
        Banned - books for peaceOn Monday 11 November at 7pm in Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester, the Peace History Conference (involving Greater Manchester CND and the Working Class Movement Library) will be holding an event surrounding banned books - more specifically the works of Theodora Wilson Wilson. 

        Local film-maker Nick Wilding has put together a short film with Maxine Peake, discussing Theodora's work The last weapon and the context within which it was written, and featuring readings from the novel by Maxine.  Afterwards there will be a talk from academic Paul Anderson, followed by discussion with the audience.

        Further details here
        Black Diamonds 
        with associated drawings and prints, 
        at the Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place in Manchester
        26-9-19 to 19-11-19
        "Black Diamonds is a sombre sculpture that expresses anger at the final round of coal mine closures that began during Margaret Thatcher’s leadership.The closures marked the death knell of the 2000-year-old British mining industry. Black Diamonds expresses horror at this wanton destruction, and solidarity with those who fought to save their jobs and communities. A series of life size black satin crows, a symbol of death, hover over piles of coal on blackened plinths, while a reliquary reveals a red satin interior filled with coal – Black Diamonds. A banner, an evocation of those traditionally carried by trade unionists, lists the names of more than two hundred pits closed as a result of this action. There are now three coal mines in Britain, two under threat of closure, although 40% of British energy needs are derived from imported coal."
        From LSHG 
        LSHG update for the autumn 2019 term (from email).
        The IWGB boycott of Senate House continues and it would be fair to say that the University is being obdurate in terms of the legitimate issue of bringing outsourced workers back in-house on decent terms and conditions.
        While the dispute continues it's the job of socialist historians to offer solidarity.
        That means we cannot hold seminars at the IHR for the autumn term
        ... working with others on alternative arrangements.

        On Monday 28th October at Kings College David Edgerton will speak on the rise and decline of Britain.
        On Thursday 14th November at Bookmarks there will be a launch of the new Socialist History Society publication on Treason with Merilyn Moos, Christian Hogsbjerg and Steve Cushion. This comes out of an LSHG conference held in 2018 at the IHR and we will be supporting the launch.

        Later in November I am hoping Martin Hoyles will speak on his new book on Ira Aldridge.
        Full details of these events will be available a little nearer the time.

        If supporters have ideas for speakers (and venues) do get in touch!

        The next newsletter will be about in mid-October.

        Contributions, reviews, comments are welcome. At the moment the plan is to focus on matters industrial with the IHR dispute, the disgraceful victimisation of trade unionists at Ruskin with its close associations with socialist history and of course the current wider UCU dispute.
        Finally of course we supported the Climate Strike on 20th September and will be supporting the climate actions in October.

        People’s History? Radical Historiography and the Left in the Twentieth Century
        [For conference on] Saturday and Sunday, 15 and 16 February 2020 at the School of History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK. 
        Organised and hosted by UEA School of History in conjunction with the journal Socialist History and the Institute of Working Class History, Chicago.
        ... This conference seeks to explore all aspects of the status and uses of history in modern left imagination. We are seeking papers of 5000 to 10000 words to be presented at the conference. Conference themes may include, but are not limited to:  
        • History, Marxism and international socialism
        • History, class and class consciousness
        • History, philosophy and critical theory
        • History, gender, race, sexuality
        • History and (post)colonialism
        • History and/as activism
        • History, pedagogy and empowerment
        • National and international histories
        • Party histories
        • History and the role of the historian as public intellectual
        Proposals for papers and any enquiries should be submitted here. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday 29 November 2019. We shall inform all applicants as to whether their proposals have been accepted as soon as possible after that date. The deadline for receiving completed papers from successful applicants will be Monday 3 February 2020. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Socialist History. Attendance at the conference for both presenters and audience will be free of charge, but we ask that anyone wishing to attend registers in advance.

        Remembering the Stop the Seventy Tour campaign

        Autumn 1969 and Spring 1970 saw demonstrations and pitch invasions of grounds to disrupt the Springboks rugby team - representing apartheid South Africa - as they toured Britain and Ireland. Organised by the Stop the Seventy Tour Committee with the support of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, this mass civil disobedience in the face of police brutality successfully stopped the 1970 South African cricket tour and future cricketing tours until apartheid fell - a victory for anti-racists everywhere and a tremendous example of international solidarity. We are researching the campaign and its roots for a pamphlet to be published early next year to mark the victory - and would very much welcome testimony or memories from any involved in this inspiring campaign. 

        Please find us at or 
        - many thanks
        In solidarity,
        Geoff Brown and Christian Hogsbjerg


        Book Launch 14th November 2019
        Bookmarks Bookshop
        1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE 
        Treason: Rebel Warriors and Internationalist Traitors. Edited by Steve Cushion and Christian Høgsbjerg .An Occasional Publication from The Socialist History Society
        Available for £5 + p&p [£1.50 in UK, £5 to Rest of World] – for more details please contact Steve Cushion on s.cushion23[a] – you will be able to pay by bank transfer, paypal or cheque.  
        (Free to members of the SHS.) 
        BUIRA History of Industrial Relations Study Group
        Labour Unrest pre-First World War: Germany and the UK Compared
        Tuesday 12 November 2019
        3.30pm for 4.00-6.00m (Tea/ coffee from 3.30)
        University of Westminster Business School, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (room tbc) (opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube)
        The event is free and no need to register in advance but for further details, please email Michael Gold ( or Linda Clarke (


        3.30-3.50pm:Tea/ coffee/ refreshments
        3.50-4.00:Welcome:Michael Gold and Linda Clarke (Chairs)

        4.00-4.30:Ralph Darlington
        Pre-First World War Labour Unrest and Women’s Suffrage Revolt: Never the Twain Shall Meet?
        During the years immediately preceding the First World War, Britain experienced social unrest on a scale beyond anything since the first half of the 19th century.
        Both the women’s suffrage revolt for the vote (embracing suffragettes and suffragists) and the unprecedented labour unrest of 1910-14 (involving strikes in pursuit of higher wages, better working conditions and trade union recognition) utilised dramatic
        extra-parliamentary ‘direct action’ forms of militant struggle from belowthat represented a formidable challenge to the social and political order of Edwardian Britain.This presentationre-examines the historical record to deploy both new and previously unutilised evidence to provide a detailed assessment of the interconnections between the women’s and labour
        movements in this defining period of British history.

        4.30-5.00: Joern Janssen

        1910 Eight-week Lockout in the German Construction Industry: a Victory of Labour against Private Property

        This presentation analyses the greatest industrial confrontation in German history, which ran from 15 April to 20 June 1910 and ended with the virtually complete defeat of the construction employers’ federation on 16 June 1910 through the verdict of a tripartite court of arbitration. It consolidated a new stage in labour-property relations and the role of labour in the development of anonymous capital. This industrial dispute
        was about a national framework agreement on collective employment relations and bargaining. It transformed employee organisation and divided the employers’ organisation, benefiting, on the one hand, the central sectoral industrial labour unions to the detriment of trade organisations and, on the other, the anonymous corporations to the detriment of personal ownership of industrial enterprise.

        5.00-5.30: General discussion
        5.30pm: Close (followed by drinks until6.00pm)
        Ralph Darlington is Emeritus Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Salford.He
        is the author ofThe Dynamics of Workplace Unionism (Mansell 1994) and Radical Unionism: The Rise and Fall of Revolutionary Syndicalism(Haymarket 2013), co-author of Glorious Summer: Class Struggle in Britain 1972 (Bookmarks 2001), and is currently researching for a book to be published by Pluto Press onThe Labour Unrest 1910-1914.

        Joern Janssen, born in Düsseldorf in Germany, studied architecture in the 1950s and worked as an architect from 1960 to 1970. He was awarded his PhD in political sciences (rer. pol.) in 1973 and became a Professor in construction economics at the Fachhochschule Dortmund from 1972 to 1997. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster 1997-2001, and since 1997 has been researching the history of labour-property relations.

        [14th September] Today our newest additions to the Digital Library went online. Mostly local materials, in preparation for our Nottingham Prints Exhibition (27-29 Sep), but thanks to a very kind donation we have now also been able to complete our set of 1980s anarchist computer magazine Black Chip.

        And our Document of the Month for September is...
        - A 1987 (probably) publication, thought to be lost to time, but we were thrilled to discover it after all in the vast and treacherous realms of our uncatalogued materials!

        Finally, we are getting very excited about our forthcoming Nottingham Prints exhibition. Although it was (and still is!) lots of work, we are very much enjoying putting together loads of exciting materials for our three day exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary.

        You can already explore hundreds of alternative and radical titles from the 1970s to the 2010s we have processed for you, all available for free in our Digital Library. The dedicated Spotlight on: ... feature has now (Sat 14th Sep) been updated with loads more titles.

        Dive in and we hope to see you at the Nottingham Contemporary on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019 (Fri/Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm). 

        If you are able to, it would be amazing if you are please able to help us promote the event. Please feel free to retweet our stuff, forward this email or - if you want to be old school - we will be at the Green Festival tomorrow (Sunday 15th) and leave leaflets with ExLibris - The Masked Booksellers if anyone wants to pick up a few.

        Thanks and all the very best wishes
        A Sparrow  
        UPDATE: How it went -
        Many thanks to everyone, we had a great weekend at the Nottingham Contemporary.

        Almost 500 people (not counting the ones who came in, looked confused and wandered off again) saw and engaged with our exhibition of local alternative and radical news media.

        Many thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate these wonderful materials, to everyone who promoted the event, helped putting it up and taking it down again, to those who donated more materials (some very good stuff will be added soon!) and of course many thanks to the Notts Zine Library and everyone at the Nottingham Contemporary for hosting the event and supporting us all weekend.

        We are pretty exhausted but very happy. A proper update with photos and all will follow soon.

        Please note that this month  we will only be open as normal (Wed 11am-2pm) on the 9th and the 30th October, but please feel free to get in touch to arrange a visit by appointment.

        Our normal weekly opening times will resume from the 30th October.
        From People's Histreh

        Another of our popular guided walks ‘To the Castle!’

        Saturday, 9th November 2019
        Start 4pm St Peter Square (outside M&S)
        It has been a good while since we did one of these and people keep asking us whether we will run another one. So there you go, back on populari(ish) demand.
        As always this event is free of charge and wheelchair accessible.
        For details please see our events page.