Saturday, March 26, 2016

Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism conference and festival, July 1-3

To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the death of the socialist historian Raphael Samuel, along with the fortieth anniversary of the journal he helped to found, History Workshop Journal. A weekend of discussion, celebration and debate bringing together activists, community historians, students, teachers, writers, artists, practitioners of history, from inside and outside universities
Talks, films, screenings, theatre, song, dance, walks and talks; stands, exhibitions, caucuses, debates.

Themes include
What is radical history? ● History and radical struggle ● Utopianism, radical visions and visionaries ●Radical education ● Radical religion ● Gender and sexuality ● Race, ethnicity, and activism ● Radical London ● The politics of housing ● Radicalism and the university ● Radical arts and aesthetics ● Radical archives, radical publishing ● History online ● Oral history ● Protest movements ● Class, communities, labour history ● Local and global connections ● Peace activism

Radical Histories Then and Now; History Workshop and its Legacies; open plenary discussion to conclude the conference

The conference takes place over three days, at Queen Mary University of London, with a pre-conference day event at Birkbeck.

THURSDAY 30 JUNE: pre-conference day event, Radical Utopias
Including workshop and screening on Greenham Common, and roundtable discussion ‘Feminism and Radical Utopianism, Past and Present’.
This pre-conference event will be held at Birkbeck, University of London, organised by Birkbeck Centre for Gender and Sexuality and Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image
This event is free, but booking is essential, and places for the workshop and screening are limited. For booking information go to

Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Rd, London E1
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July, conference at Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London E1

Chargeable, registration essential.  
Fee: Full price £50, Unwaged £25, Day rate £20, Unwaged £10.
For booking information go to

Online booking is now closed; please register by paying in cash on the day. Go to the Great Hall in the People’s Palace to register. 
Fee: Full price £50, Unwaged £25, Day rate £20, Unwaged £10.

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  1. For one person's impressions of the conference, see "Reflections on the Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism conference" by Joel Barnes, at

  2. Several articles based on papers from the conference were published in HWJ (History Workshop Journal) no.83, Spring 2017, pp.217-251: 5 under the sub-heading 'Radical History' and 3 under 'Histories of Radicalism'. The editorial also refers to it.