[UPDATE] Raymond Williams Now

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Radical Studies Network

30 May 2015

Recent years have witnessed major critical reappraisals of British Cultural Studies and its key figures. This one-day conference, organised by the Greater Manchester-based Radical Studies Network, continues that process through assessment of Raymond Williams' work and legacy.

The event will feature a keynote lecture by Professor Tony Crowley on 'Keywords, Then and Now'. Artist Ruth Beale will present a film of her 30-minute performance, 'Performing Keywords', first performed at the Turner Contemporary, 2013. The day will conclude with a round-table discussion on Raymond Williams and the contemporary Left.

We also invite proposals for 20-minute presentations or panels of 3–4 presentations from academics, activists, and creative practitioners. Topics might include, but aren't restricted to:

contemporary 'structures of feeling'; adult education past and present; ecology; cultural materialism now; feminism; media, technology, and cultural form; politics and letters; Williams and Wales; the May Day Manifesto; post-colonial and global Williams; science fiction; the public intellectual; Williams and the politics of criticism; Williams as novelist and playwright; creative practices; cultural institutions; 'old' and 'new' lefts.

Abstracts of 250 words (1000 words for panels) should be submitted to ben.harker@manchester.ac.uk by 1 March 2015.

The conference will be held at the Friends' Meeting House in central Manchester on Saturday 30 May 2015. Registration costs will be kept to a minimum thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Raymond Williams Society and the Raymond Williams Foundation. See www.radicalstudiesnetwork.wordpress.com for further information.