Tuesday, September 26, 2017

More about 1917

We have previously posted several notices about events related to the centenary of the Russian Revolution, and they're still coming...
Images from the British Library 's Russian Revolution exhibition brochure
From LSHG:-

Celebrating 1917 [Socialist Workers' Party]
Saturday 4 November 2017 • Central London • 10:30am-5:30pm
A one-day conference to debate and discuss the legacy of 1917, on the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution.


Why Celebrate 1917?
  • Dave Sherry, author of Russia 1917: Workers' Revolution and Festival of the Oppressed 
  • John Molyneux, author of Lenin for Today
  • Sally Campbell, editor of Socialist Review

    • The Bolsheviks and 1917
    • Kevin Corr and Gareth Jenkins, contributors to International Socialism

    • Culture and Revolution
    • Cathy Porter, author of Alexandra Kollontai: A Biography
    • Roger Huddle, editor of Reminiscences of RAR

    • The Festival of the Oppressed
    • Judith Orr, author of Marxism and Women's Liberation

    • How the Revolution was Lost
    • Esme Choonara, author of A Rebel's Guide to Trotsky

    • The Revolution and its Relevance Today
    • Steve Smith, author of Russia in Revolution
    • Alex Callinicos, author of Imperialism and Global Political Economy
    • Amy Leather, national secretary of the SWP.

    • Tickets are £10/£5 concessions.
      To book your place at this conference phone 020 7840 5600 or see the link here

      "There are many other events and conferences taking place across the UK (and obviously also internationally) to mark the centenary obviously - for example in Preston on 13-15 October, in London on 21 October, in Glasgow on 28 October, and again in London from 9-12 November."

      Socialist History Society publication on 1917

      Book Launch - New publication 
      1917 - The Russian Revolution, Reactions and Impact (Socialist History Society, Occasional Publication 41, price £6.00.)
      On Saturday 21st October
      Venue: Marx Memorial Library, Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R,
      Start time 2.00pm.
      Free to attend, all welcome.

      Speakers will include:
      Tobias Abse, Willie Thompson, David Morgan, Greta Sykes, Francis King and John Partington.

      "The Russian Revolution of 1917 changed the world forever. For once, it appeared that the oppressed workers were within grasp of the levers of state power and for a while the prospect of permanently ending exploitation seemed a real possibility. The revolutionary mood swept across continents and its impact was felt far beyond the parties of the left and the organised labour movement. The revolution inspired writers, poets, intellectuals and philosophers as much as it did workers and activists. With this special Occasional Publication the Socialist History Society commemorates these momentous events of one hundred years ago with a series of specially written articles that examine the reactions to the revolution and its impact in different areas."

      • Evaluating the lessons of October, including their British resonance by Willie Thompson
      • Against ‘vacillation, lies and rottenness’: the Russian revolution and the rift in world socialism by Francis King
      • 1917’s Several Lenins by Mike Makin-Waite
      • ‘What they can do in Russia, so can we’: the impact of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 in Germany by Helen Boak
      • Italy and the Russian Revolution of 1917 by Tobias Abse
      • Clara Zetkin on the Soviet Experiment, 1917-1934 by John S Partington
      • Secular Ecstasies and the Revolutionary Women Poets in 1917 by Greta Sykes
      • Psychoanalysis and Revolution: Sigmund Freud and his circle from fin-de-si├Ęcle Vienna to revolutionary Russia by David Morgan
      Edited by David Morgan. Available from the SHS

      The subject will also come up at the sixteenth Essex Conference on Labour History 
      at The Labour Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham, CM8 2EE, (adjacent to Witham Railway Station), from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 28th October, 2017.
      Keir Hardie
      as portrayed by Sylvia Pankhurst
      The topics to be discussed include the traditional aims of the Labour Party, the centenary of the Russian Revolution and the Co-operative Party, and James Keir Hardie, founder of the Labour Party.
      The conference is completely open and friends, relatives and acquaintances are welcome, whatever their political allegiances. Questions and other contributions will be invited from the floor, lunch will be provided by the Essex Labour Campaign Forum, with the cost included in the registration fee.
      To register, please write, with the registration fee of £10 per person, to The Leys, 18 Park Hill, Harlow, Essex, CM17 (cheques payable to the Essex County Labour Party). Anyone not previously registered can pay at the door, but pre-booking is advisable to ensure enough food is provided.
      Francis Beckett – ‘The Labour Party’s Traditional Objectives’
      Francis King – ‘ Reflections on the 1917 Russian Revolution’
      Stan Newens –  ‘ The Centenary of the Co-operative Party’
      Barbara Humphries – ‘James Keir Hardie' 
      London Socialist Historians Seminar
      Monday November 13th 
      Christian Hogsbjerg, 'Every Cook Can Govern': C.L.R James and the Russian Revolution’

      WCML, Salford
      6 Dec                     Neil Faulkner
      A people’s history of the Russian Revolution

      Full details at 

      Peace History Conference (Manchester/Salford): 1917

      4th November 2017 09:15 – 16:30 
      Old Fire Station, University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford M5 4NL.
      The Peace History Conference and the Working Class Movement Library present:
      A day exploring the effects of the Russian Revolutions on the British labour and peace movements.
      'Way of Seeing: The Bolshevik Revolution and the British Left'. Prof John Callaghan
      'Against Imperialist War: Communists in the struggle for peace'. Dr Kate Hudson
      'Crusading Women in the North West'. Dr Alison Ronan
      'The Last Weapon'. Theodora Wilson Wilson'. Maxine Peake (tbc) and Virginia Branney
      Tickets £11.21 – £16.52 online (£10 concessions, £15 full off-line) inc. lunch.
      And even in Ealing -
      Talk by Dr Jonathan Oates in Ealing Central Library
      103 Ealing Broadway Centre, London W5 5JY
      6.15 p.m. Tuesday 7th November
      £3 Library members, £5 non-members. Advance booking required.
      "The 1917 upheavals in Russia were a global phenomenon both in 197 and afterwards. This talk looks at local reactions to events in Russia and the support locally for Communism."

      Previously on this blog: 
      British Library Event 10th July: Russian Revolution

      From the British Library 's Russian Revolution exhibition brochure
      (Picture credit: Sputnik)

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