Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Later Autumn Listings

Listings from various groups and organisations
for different dates and places
in no particular order.

Scroll down to see the lot.

Some previously notified at previous listings post. 

 Saturday 13th October 2018

 Paupers, Priests & Progressives: A Personal History of the Salvation Army  
Speaker: Captain Josh Selfe
 Josh, Captain of the Leytonstone Salvation Army, reflects on 150 years of his family’s links with the movement. From Auxiliary-Captain John Strong, ‘The Cornish Devil Driver’, one of the Army’s first officers in the 1870s, to the alcoholic coal miners and tanners of the Selfe family raised from poverty by the charity’s work in Bristol’s slums.  From Commissioner Cooper, a progressive reformer of the organisation in the 1960s through to the modern day work of Salvationists throughout the world.  The talk will finish by contemplating how the principles and aims of the Salvation Army, its DNA so to speak, should manifest themselves in the 21st century, especially in Leytonstone.
All welcome, free, just turn up.
7.30pm Buffet    8pm Talk
Epicentre, West St E11 4LJ
New Anarchist Research Group - New Season

Saturday 27 October 2018  2:00pm-4:30pm  (Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet St.*)
From Pissarro to Provo and Beyond:  Art and Anarchism
Martyn Everett

What is the relationship between Art and Anarchism?  Who are the anarchist artists? Why have many artists declared themselves anarchists?  What are anarchist themes and anarchist aesthetics in art?  Should art be just a weapon in the social struggle, or should the ideals of “everyone an artist”  and “education through art”  be among the defining principles of a new society?  An illustrated talk followed by discussion.

Martyn Everett is a member of the New Anarchist Research Group and the Unite Community He is an occasional contributor to a variety of anarchist magazines and the author of  War and Revolution: the Hungarian anarchist movement in WW1 and the Budapest Commune, 1919, and also 'Art as a Weapon: Franz Siewert and the Cologne Progressives'.
Saturday 24 November 2018 2:00pm-4:30 pm (MayDay Rooms*)
Performing Utopia / Reclaiming the Public Sphere
Nesreen N Hussein

After the January 2011 revolution in Egypt, Tahrir Square, the central piece of urban landscape in Cairo that became stage to grassroots political movements, eventually fell back into the grip of the state. And with it, the position and accessibility of public space as a site of protest became in flux. Since the military takeover of July 2013, mass protests are being quickly suppressed. The increasing state control over Tahrir Square and the surrounding area, in addition to the protest law introduced in November 2013 that restrains freedom of assembly led to thousands of protesters being detained, severely restricting participation in public demonstrations.1 However, when streets and squares became inaccessible, certain artists in Egypt worked to find alternative ways to reclaim the public space, and with it, their authorship of the narrative of history that’s being rewritten by the state. By doing so, the artists through their work created spaces of resistance that lead to reanimating the public sphere. Building on Ernst Bloch and Paul Ricœur’s notions of ‘utopia’, and drawing on examples of works of performance and visual arts in Egypt today, this paper seeks to demonstrate how those works and the creative strategies underpinning them form interventions that challenge the dominant narratives surrounding the current sociopolitical landscape in Egypt at a time when its social and political histories are being gradually deconstructed.

Dr Nesreen N. Hussein is a performance maker, researcher and Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre at Middlesex University, London. Her current research focuses on performance, politics, and activism, in relation to issues of agency, identity and belonging. She has published widely on this topic, in addition to delivering a number of conference papers and invited talks internationally. In 2011, she was awarded the Helsinki Essay Prize and the New Scholars’ Prize from the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). Nesreen has worked internationally with a number of theatre companies, directors and design studios as a performer, designer, and puppet maker. She currently creates and devises performance with particular interest in exploring identity, mobility, and the city.

*  Our meetings are held in the MayDay Rooms, 88  Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
Newsletter 65 (Autumn 2018) now online
The latest issue of the LSHG Newsletter is now online, featuring Keith Flett on 1968, John Newsinger reviewing a work on evangelical Christians in Trump's America and a review of Martin Empson's popular work 'Kill All the Gentlemen'.  There is also notice of a new book edited by Michael Rosen, Workers' Tales.   Letters, articles, criticisms and contributions to debate are most welcome. The deadline for the next issue is 1 December 2018 - please contact Keith Flett on the address above.  The LSHG receive no official funding and rely entirely on supporters for money for our activities. To become a member of the LSHG (cost £10) - please again contact Keith.  A reminder of our seminar programme is below.

LSHG SEMINARS Autumn 2018 
All seminars will take place in Room 304 (third floor) at 5.30pm in the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU and entry is free without ticket although donations are welcome. 

Monday 8 October Rupa Huq MP: from lecture room to Parliament: ‘From theory to practice : the difficulties of transitioning from teaching society and politics in the lecture hall/seminar to “doing “ it in Parliament.”

Monday 22 October Marika Sherwood: The beginning of the Cold War in Ghana (Gold Coast) in 1948

Monday 5 November John Newsinger: The Other Spirit of '45: War, Empire and the Attlee Governments

Monday 19 November Daryl Leeworthy Labour Country: Social Democracy's Roots and Possibilities.

Monday 3 December Keith Flett. 50 years since the Pelican paperback of The Making of the English Working Class. Still relevant?
Seminar - Workers in the Cuban Revolution
Tuesday October 23, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM BST
Marchmont Community Centre
62 Marchmont Street
London WC1N 1AB

Steve Cushion, author of "The Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution", with our third talk in the [social history of revolutions] series, "Workers in the Cuban Revolution".

"To both its supporters and detractors, the Cuban Revolution is almost universally understood as having been won by a small band of guerrillas. This talk turns the conventional wisdom on its head, and argues that the Cuban working class played a much more decisive role in the Revolution’s outcome than previously understood. It contends that significant portions of the Cuban working class launched an underground movement in tandem with the guerrillas operating in the mountains.

"There was widespread working class militant activity, from illegal strikes and sabotage to armed conflict with the state, all of which culminated in two revolutionary workers’ congresses and the largest general strike in Cuban history. Cuban workers not only ensured the triumph of the Revolution, they went on to sustain it during its most difficult periods.

"Steve Cushion is a retired university lecturer living in East London. He is Branch Secretary of the University and College Union (UCU) London Retired Members’ Branch and is on the committees of the Socialist History Society and the Society for Caribbean Studies. He is also Secretary of Caribbean Labour Solidarity (CLS).

Steve is author of The Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerrillas’ Victory, Killing Communists in Havana: The Start of the Cold War in Latin America and Up Down Turn Around: The Political Economy of Slavery and the Socialist case for Reparations. He is joint author, with Dennis Bartholomew, of By Our Own Hands: A People’s History of the Grenadian Revolution. His current research is on German and Italian volunteers who fought in the French Resistance."       
From/At WCML
Working Class Movement Library
51 The Crescent
Salford, M5 4WX

The art of suffrage propaganda - talk by Elizabeth Crawford
On Friday 19 October at 6pm an illustrated talk will be given by Elizabeth Crawford, author of many books and articles on suffrage history, alongside our forthcomingsuffrage centenary exhibition.  Elizabeth will discuss the wide range of artworks – banners, posters, postcards, china, jewellery etc –  produced by suffrage artists in support of the women’s suffrage campaign in the years before the First World War.  The talk draws on research undertaken for Elizabeth's latest book, Art and suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists.
This free talk is part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project Voting for change.  There are no advance tickets, so arrive early to be sure to get a place for what promises to be a very popular event.
Invisible Histories talks series continues:
Wednesday 24 October 2pm Kirsten Harris  Poetry for a new era: Walt Whitman and British socialism, 1880-1914

Wednesday 7 November 2pm Martin Empson, Joseph Arch: agricultural trade unionist and MP

Wednesday 21 November 2pm  MaD Theatre  Scenes from the play It’s the wrong way to tickle Mary

Wednesday 5 December 2pm Ali Ronan The women who said yes

More details of all the talks are at www.wcml.org.uk/events.


Commemorating the centenary of suffrage in Wigan

On Thursday 22 November from 10am to 5.30pm at the Museum of Wigan Life a full day of speakers, including Helen Pankhurst (grand-daughter of Sylvia), will celebrate the centenary of women over the age of 30 voting for the first time. 
Tickets price £12 for Wigan residents and £15 for others, including lunch, are now on sale.  For more information or to book contact the Museum of Wigan Life on 01942 828128 or email wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk.
Talk at the National Archives
On the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, Helen Pankhurst - great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and a leading women’s rights campaigner herself - charts how women’s lives have changed over the last century, offering a powerful and positive argument for the way forward. Wed 10 October 2018 18:30 – 20:00 BST
The National Archives
Bessant Dr
Kew TW9 4DU
Other suffrage events:
Head over to our Suffrage 100 portal to find out what else we’ve got coming up: 
The Christopher Hill Memorial Lecture

The inuagural Christopher Hill Memorial Lecture - Saturday 3 November, National Civil War Centre, Newark Museum - facebook details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/540752469730850/

George Lansbury Memorial Lecture 2018

George Lansbury Memorial Lecture on ‘The Legacy of the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage’ by Rachel Reeves MP might be of interest.
 The lecture will be at 6.30pm on 22 November 2018 in the Skeel Lecture Theatre at Queen Mary University of London.
 If you would like to attend then full details can be found and attendance can be booked at:

Surround Springfield 30 April 2019

Why Here? The world’s first nuclear fuel manufacturing plant, based in a small village near Preston, carries out civil and military nuclear contracts for facilities across the UK:
Production of nuclear fuel
Storage and processing of waste (including Uranium Hexafluoride DUF6)
Decommissioning of plant and facilities
Through the gates of the Springfields plant pass a deadly cargo of materials which have fuelled nuclear bombs, nuclear reactors and nuclear accidents for over 70 years. These materials pose a radiological and chemical threat to human health and to the environment.

Why Now? The Government is still pressing forward with its policy of new nuclear power, despite delays, spiralling costs and even bankruptcy of the major players. Springfields would play a pivotal role in supplying these and processing the waste material. 
The hunt for a Geological Disposal Facility (long term radioactive waste dump) is back on nationwide, with communities in Cumbria being targetted to ‘volunteer’ their back yard for this short sighted ‘solution’ to an intractable problem.
Radioactive material is transported to and from this site nationally and internationally via road and rail. We are inviting you to take this same journey to join us in the dirty core of the UK nuclear industry for a day of protest, information sharing and solidarity.

We plan to surround the site with people dressed as nuclear waste barrels – a record breaking attempt!


Labour's First Hundred Days

"It is possible that the next General Election could lead to a Corbyn-led Labour Government.
IWCE Network, members of Unite and others are putting on a day school asking
 "What would happen in the first 100 Days of the new government? What would we need to do?"

DATE FOR YOU DIARY. It will be on
Saturday 17th November at Unite in London.

Interested? Please get in touch asap. More information to follow.
From Medact
"Immigration detention: Get informed and take action"
Tuesday 16th October, 6pm @ University Place Lecture Theatre A, Manchester M16
Join Staff and students at the University of Manchester, Medact Manchester, Manchester Postcolonial Studies Group and These Walls Must Fall to discuss immigration detention and look at what we can do on and off campus to take action.
"Our Nuclear Age - Hope For The Future" Film Evening
Thursday 18th October, 7.30pm @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Burdon Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle, NE2 3AE
A film evening organised by Medact Tyneside. Entrance will be £5 (concessions £3).
Marx @200, Sun 14 October, London
Chadswell Healthy Living Centre
Lower Ground Floor
Harrison Street WC1H 8JF
Acton Park in Autumn
(for no particular reason)

Updates and new items will be added as they come in.

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