Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Listings, into autumn

Saturday (12th September)  - 

from Past Tense ...  we'll be doing a stall, selling our wares this Saturday (12th September) at the great Hidden River Festival, which celebrates North London's New River. It's on 12-6 on the New River path beside the East and West Reservoirs at Woodberry Down, N4. There will be live music, food stalls, art, beer, storytelling and kids' activities... 

Check out some info here and background on New River here.


Saturday (12th September) the Wakefield Socialist History Group are holding a Guided Walk to commemorate the 1893 Featherstone Massacre.  All are welcome on the walk and there is no charge.
Meet 2pm at Bradley Arms, Willow Lane, North Featherstone WF7.
The guide is John Gill, a local socialist historian.  A graveside oration will be given by Alan Stewart, Convenor of Wakefield Socialist History Group.

And oSaturday 17 October, the Wakefield Socialist History Group are holding an event at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield..starting at 1p.m. - 

THE FALL OF SAIGON: Forty Years Since the Vietnam War.

Speakers: Matthew Caygill (Left Unity) and Stephen Wood (Alliance for Workers Liberty)
Free admission and free light buffet

< The US left Vietnam in a state, Nick Davies (2015) says, of "physical ruin."  There were unexploded shells and landmines.  Agent Orange had destroyed the forests.  Orphans roamed the street and Saigon was in the grip of a heroin epidemic.
The US had promised $3.5 billion in reconstruction at the Paris Peace talks.  When it lost he war it didn't pay a penny.  Rather it leaned on the IMF, World Bank and UNESCO to make sure they too denied Vietnam any help.
In the early days the country struggled. Peasants were given ration cards in exchange for their crops so there was no incentive to produce.
Faced with these difficulties the Party abandoned the command economy in the mid to late 80s in favour of "market socialism."  Entrepreneurs were allowed to "colonise" spaces not filled by state managed enterprises (Brown 2015).
The 7th Party Congress -five years later- ratified policies that would integrate Vietnam "into regional and global systems."  These changes were known collectively as "doi moi" -renewal.  Foreign investors flocked in and, in 1994, the US finally lifted its' trade embargo.
Davies (2015) says there were elements in the Party that still wanted to defend "socialism."  Poverty was reduced.  Primary schools were built.  There was free health care.
Around 2000 however the rate of change accelerated and the political balance shifted. State industries were sold off.  Vietnam joined the World Trade Organisation.  It became a fully integrated member of the global capitalist economy.
Today Vietnam "no longer stands up for the poor." The country's labour code has been watered down (at the behest of multi-nationals).  The "official" unions do little and the minimum wage has been frozen.  Charges have reappeared for education and health.  And all the time party officials pocket money from privatisation.  "Transparency International" says Vietnam is phenomenally corrupt. > - 

UPDATE from Wakefield: 
The meeting scheduled for 31 October on "James Connolly" has been postponed due to the speaker, DR O'Connor Lysnaght, double-booking.

Saturday 21 November, the Wakefield Socialist History Group will be holding an event, EUROPE AND THE LEFT: How should socialists vote in the referendum?
[What about "Should socialists vote in the referendum?" - RaHN]
The event will be held from 1-4pm at Wakefield Labour Club ("Red Shed"), Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1.
Admission is free.  There will be a free light buffet.  And there is a bar with excellent real ale.
The speakers cover a range of positions on the question and are:
*Paul Feldman (author of "Unmasking the State"; active in "Assemblies for Democracy")
*John Westmoreland (Counterfire)
*Paul Bennett (Socialist Party of Great Britain)
*Kevin Feintuck/Kevin Taylor (Communist Workers' Organisation)
*John Tummon (member of Republican Socialist Alliance)
Opening contributions will be followed by questions/discussion.


IWCE in LONDON Saturday 19th September 2015

10.30 - 2.30        UnitetheUnion, Unite House, 128 Theobald's Road, 
Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN {near Holborn Tube}
Cost: £6.00 (includes lunch). Pay on the day.
As with all IWCE Events, there will be plenty of discussion.

"Women Making History"
What does the Record say?
Women, Work and Trade Unions,
Lessons for Today.
Draft Programme:
Welcome and introduction to the day: Professor Jane Martin and Keith Venables
What the record says:
    Helen McFarlane and Colin Waugh
    Rebecca Webster on NUWT/IoE
    Dawn Taylor Women Teachers
Past and Future
    Chloe Mason on Alice Wheeldon
Women, Work and Unions
    Dawn Lavin on Annie Besant
    Sheila Cohen on Ford    
What does this mean for today?
    Jane Martin and Keith Venables    
See also website.

Symposium about culture and labour at Karl Marx Library, 18th September
Playbour: Work- Play. About art and immaterial labour  at Karl Marx Memorial Library on Friday 18th September 2015. 
Symposium occurs from 12 noon onwards.
The aim of the symposium is to ask what kind of labour art and culture represent, both in terms of its historical conditions, its current situations and how we could partly shape the means and the understanding of its potential futures.
The symposium is not traditional but can be said to move beyond the theoretical, political and the performative. 
Participants: Janna Graham (Canada/England) Nico Vass (Argentina/England), Ben Seymour (England), Dan Mihaltianu (Romania/Germany/Norway), Frans Jacobi (Denmark, Norway) Arne Rygg (Norge), Veronica Diesen (Norway, England) and more.
To secure a seat please RSVP to veronicadiesenatgooglemail.com 
Related Performance: Das Kapital Distillation at Housman Radical bookshop - 
In addition to the symposium Dan Mihaltianu will be having a performance at Housmans bookshop called Kapital Distillation. If you would like to participate at the performance at Housmans, RSVP is needed.

    WCML Events and notices

Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX

Pat Thane talk on the 1945 welfare reforms
16 September 2pm A welfare state not a “dependency state” – the reforms of 1945
Pat Thane, Research Professor in Contemporary British History, King's College, London, will speak about the post-war welfare reforms.  This talk runs alongside our exhibition Spiritof ’45: from warfare to welfare.

Early co-operatives and other talks

30 September Andrew Bibby ‘All our own work’: the pioneers of Hebden Bridge and their co-operative mill: Our Invisible Histories talks continue on Wednesday 30 September at 2pm with Andrew Bibby's talk Britain's early productive cooperatives, why they were forgotten and why they're relevant today.  Andrew introduces his new book, which tells the tale of the early worker-run cooperatives in Britain and in particular the fustian mill in Hebden Bridge which operated for almost fifty years as a cooperative.As it's the Salford Food and Drink Festival period we will be putting on a particularly fine range of biscuits after the talk...

14 October Marshall Mateer Nat, Sam and Ramona - the story of a Spanish Civil War photograph
28 October Tim Dunbar Guernica [see exhibiton notice below]
11 November Michael Herbert Doctor Who and the Communist: the writing career and politics of Malcolm Hulke.
All the above talks are at 2pm and are followed by a brew.  They are all free to attend.

Guernica in Manchester Re-Representation   Guernica in Manchester Re-Representation is our new exhibition, opening on Friday 2 October. Tim Dunbar's drawing project is based on an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the exhibition of Picasso’s Guernica in a car showroom in Manchester that is reported to have occurred during the first two weeks of February in 1939. The project includes a quarter scale “mapping” study of Guernica and a number of text-based drawings based on written descriptions of direct encounters with the painting. Drawings have been informed by reference to the ‘Manchester Foodship for Spain’ archive material in the Working Class Movement Library, and eyewitness commentaries of the Manchester Guernica exhibition, including two previously unknown accounts from students who studied at Manchester School of Art in the late 1930s. The project is underpinned by the notion of a ‘conspiracy of Guernica’ implicated by Herbert J. Southworth in his classic text “Guernica! Guernica! A study of journalism, diplomacy, propaganda and history”. The exhibition is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm until 13 November (also Saturdays 3 October and 7 November, 10am-4pm).

Heritage Open Days tours
The Library is marking Heritage Open Days 2015 with 'behind-the-scenes' tours on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 September at 2pm (only two spaces left on the Friday tour).  You can book in advance via enquiries@wcml.org.uk.
For details of Heritage Open Days events across the UK head to www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

Flow Salford Festival - installation by Hannah HiettThe Library is pleased to be playing a part again in the second Flow Salford, a weekend festival 'celebrating the vast, the varied and the very new theatre being made in Salford today'. An installation by Hannah Hiett can be viewed in our hall 3-6pm on Friday 25 September and 10am-4pm on Saturday 26 September.
Personal Effects is an installation exploring the inside of other people’s stuff. Real lost luggage is split open, suspended in free-fall, spilling out the private worlds within. What do strangers carry with them?
More information to follow.  More about Flow Salford here.

Keir Hardie centenary conference
There are a few places left at our Saturday 26 September conference marking the centenary of the death of Keir Hardie.  Full programme details at www.wcml.org.uk/keirhardie100.
Places must be reserved and paid for in advance (£20 waged and £7.50 unwaged including refreshments and lunch). Please email trustees@wcml.org.uk

Salford Stories and Radical Readings II
Following last year's sell-out success we are pleased to announce another fundraising event for the Library, hosted at the University of Salford on Sunday 22 November at 2pm.  We will be announcing the line-up of actors and booking details in a future e-bulletin, or keep an eye or our Web site at www.wcml.org.uk/events
UPDATE: Salford Stories and Radical Readings II. We are sorry to announce that we have had to postpone this event from its expected date of 22 November, due to the unavailability of some of those who had hoped to be able to appear.  We'll keep you all posted when we get a new date.

Black History Month

Black History Month Greater Manchester launches in Manchester Cathedral on Wednesday 30 September at 7.15pm with an evening of entertainment, music and song. The event is free but donations of £2 on the door would be welcomed. Reserve your place at www.gmbhmlaunch.eventbrite.co.uk.

There is a huge range of events and activities during the month, including a handling session at Manchester Central Library about material from the 1945 Pan-African Congress in Manchester, screenings at Home of films such as a documentary about the Black Panthers and 'Malcolm X's favourite film' Nothing But a Man, and an exhibition at Gallery Oldham, Forward to Freedom, telling the story of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement.

The Library's contribution to the month is our talk by Marika Sherwood, The forgotten war: World War I in Africa, on Tuesday 20 October at 2pm.

More details of all the events at http://blackhistorygm.org/

Precarious Passages

Manchester Left Writers (MLW) are teaming up with the North West Film Archive (NWFA) for Precarious Passages, a performance and film event at Central Library on Tuesday 20 October 6pm-7pm. Members of MLW will pair up to read narrative, poetic, call-and-response pieces of writing based on their experiences and encounters in the city and the sensations of contemporary life. Each of the Precarious Passages readings will be accompanied by historic films selected from the NWFA.

In addition, a new piece of writing and performance will be created especially for the event, responding to the  1961 film footage of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin visiting Trafford Park. Gagarin, who was himself a foundry worker, visited foundry workers in Trafford Park just three months after his space flight in Vostok. Manchester’s welcoming of Gagarin took place against the backdrop of the Cuba crisis and further East-West tension in Berlin.

The event is part of Manchester Literature Festival. It is free but booking is recommended at www.quaytickets.com/mlf

Peace history conference 2015

This year's peace history conference in Manchester is entitled Peace History: an International Perspective and takes place at the Friends Meeting House on Saturday 10 October (with a guided walk and evening concert the day before).  There will be presentations on the Chinese Labour Corps in World War I, on the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (which was founded at The Hague conference of 1915 and still works for peace and freedom around the world) and on the Campaign Against the Arms Trade. A film on people living alongside US military bases will also be screened. More details here.

Tickets price £25 (£12 concessions) are available online or via/from Jacqui Burke, GMCND, gmdcnd@gn.apc.org.

SSLH autumn conference

The Society for the Study of Labour History autumn conference takes place on Saturday 28 November at the University of Huddersfield, West Building, WG17. It 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 includes topics such as the Fenwick Weavers, the foundation of the London Mechanics' Institution, the Leeds Arts Club and the origins of Guild Socialism, and 'healing the fault line in the age of austerity'.

The conference is free but it is necessary to register in advance. Reserve a place at http://tinyurl.com/ncvnfrr or find out more details by emailing john.halstead@blueyonder.co.uk or j.martin@hud.ac.uk.


LSHG Autumn Term Seminars

London Socialist Historians Seminar Autumn 2015.
All seminars start at 5.30pm in Room 304 Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1. Free without ticket

12th Oct: Merilyn Moos: 'Generations: the impact of the personal and political on children born in Britain to refugees from Nazism'

26th Oct: John Newsinger: 'British Counter Insurgency. A history'

9th Nov: Chris Jury: 'Politics, theatre and history'

23rd Nov:  Sue Jones: 'My longing desire to go to sea': wanderlust and wayward youth in early modern England

7th Dec: Roundtable, Keith Flett & others:  'How to remember the 1926 General Strike, 90 years on'


LSHG Seminar: Chris Jury on Politics, Theatre and History

The next seminar in the autumn term 2015 series is on Monday November 9th at 5.30pm in Room 304, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1.
Chris Jury will speak on politics, theatre and history. Chris is a well known actor and director (including over 40 episodes of Eastenders..)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Jury
You may also be interested to know that the two most recent LSHG seminars are now available as podcasts here:
AND The 2015 London Anarchist Bookfair
will be on Saturday 24th October from 10am to 7pm
Central Saint Martin’s
University of the Arts London
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA

Central St. Martin’s is a huge building behind Kings Cross train station. It is a fantastic space for us all to display why anarchism is just such a bloody good idea. In these days of hyper capitalism an alternative is needed. That alternative can only be anarchism. Come and find out why.
If you want to book a stall or meeting or want an advert in the bookfair programme go to the bookings page.
UPDATE: Now fully booked. Programme under 'Meetings' tab at http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk/
See also 'Other events':
Coming up 24 Oct: Eurostar St Pancras demo, solidarity with Calais migrants.

No comments:

Post a Comment