‘Antonio Gramsci: The Prison Notebooks’ Exhibition

On the 80th anniversary of Antonio Gramsci’s death, the Italian Cultural Institute in London is hosting an exhibition featuring the originals of Gramsci’s 33 Prison Notebooks. It will be the first time that the notebooks have gone on display in the United Kingdom and outside of Italy. The exhibition, curated by Silvio Pons and Francesco Giasi, will run from 30th October 2017 until 10th November and will open with a lecture on the 30th by Professor Pons.

For more information visit: http://www.icilondon.esteri.it/iic_londra/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2017/10/i-quaderni-del-carcere-di-antonio.html

AGM 2017

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Raymond Williams Society will take place on Saturday 28 October 2017 at 2pm at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. All are welcome. The annual lecture has been moved to spring and will be given by Professor Michael Denning in Manchester on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

We are now receiving nominations for RWS executive committee posts. If you wish to be considered then please email raymondwilliamssocietyrws@gmail.com. Each nominee must have a proposer and a seconder. For any queries or questions, email philip.obrien@manchester.ac.uk. The nomination process is open to all. Deadline for nominations is 2pm on Saturday 21 October 2017.

Representing Revolution: Russia in 1917

To mark the centenary of the October Revolution, Dumfries TUC, in partnership with the local Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre (RBCFT), the Scottish Labour History Society and the Scottish Morning Star Campaign Committee is organising Representing Revolution, a programme of American, British, French and Russian (Soviet) films to explore how the October Revolution has been presented in film.

The event will take place over the weekend of Friday-Sunday, 27-29 October at RBCFT and guest speakers, including Professor John Foster (Glasgow), Professor Lesley Milne (Nottingham) and Dr David Archibald (Glasgow), will introduce and lead discussions on the films, which comprise Warren Beatty’s Reds (1981), Sergei Eisenstein’s October (1928), David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago (1965/6), Chris Marker’s The Last Bolshevik (1993), Nikita Mikhalkov’s At Home Among Strangers (1974) and Vsevelod Pudovkin’s The End of St Petersburg (1927).

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We are delighted to announce details of this year’s postgraduate essay prize:

The Raymond Williams Society postgraduate essay competition, now in its sixth year, is open to anyone studying for a higher degree (masters or doctoral) in the UK or elsewhere, or who graduated no earlier than 31 July 2015. The prize for the winning entry is 100 GBP and a year’s subscription to the Society. The winning essay will also be published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Key Words. The competition aims to encourage a new generation of scholars working in the tradition of cultural materialism, especially those whose research is rooted in the work of Raymond Williams.

Entries should be 5-7,000 words in length, including endnotes, which should normally be kept to a minimum. Entries must follow the Key Words Style Notes for contributors. The Style Notes, and information about previous winning entries, can be found elsewhere on our website.

Entries should be sent to Dr Emily Cuming at e.m.cuming@ljmu.ac.uk

They should be accompanied by a brief coversheet with the following details: Name, Postal address, Email address, Institutional affiliation, Current or most recent programme of study, Date of graduation (if applicable), Title of essay, Word count. Please ask your supervisor to send us an email confirming your status. We also request that you confirm the article is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The closing date for entries is 1 September 2017.

The Simon Dentith Memorial Prize 2016

We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s 2016 Raymond Williams Society Postgraduate Essay Competition (the Simon Dentith Memorial Prize) is Laura McCormick Kilbride.

Readers were impressed by the focus and sophistication of her essay, ‘The New Catholic Left: Language, Liturgy and Literature in Slant Magazine, 1964-1970’.

Laura completed her doctorate at St John’s College, Cambridge in October 2015 and has since been elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Peterhouse, Cambridge.

Congratulations Laura.

Crossing Borders Conference – November 5 2016

Crossing Borders: a conference on art and literature to accompany:

Four Painters in Raymond Williams’ Border Country

at MOMA Machynlleth

Saturday 5 November 2016

This one-day conference considers depictions by artists and writers of everyday life and the borders between people, whether national, local, social or generational. It accompanies the exhibition Four Painters in Raymond Williams’ Border Country, which features contemporaries of Williams working in South Wales from the 1930s to the 1950s: Joan Baker, Charles Burton, John Elwyn and Bert Isaac. The speakers include academics, curators, artists, and writers. £15 (£10 unwaged) includes tea and coffee

To register please go to ‘Events’ at www.moma.machynlleth.org.uk.

 For queries contact info@moma.machynlleth.org.uk or 01654 703355

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Annual Lecture and AGM

rws-2016-lecture-poster-page-001Preceding the lecture will be the Raymond Williams Society’s AGM and therefore this is official notice of this year’s call for nominations onto the executive committee. We welcome anyone wanting to get actively involved with the running of the society.

Please email nominations to raymondwilliamssocietyrws@gmail.com by 12 November. Each nomination will need to have a proposer and seconder. The AGM takes places at 12.30pm in Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford.

If possible, will those intending to attend the lecture please email raymondwilliamssocietyrws@gmail.com so we can get an idea of numbers. It is not essential but will be much appreciated and will help with our planning on the day.

Wars of Position: Marxism and Civil Society – Call for Papers

Wars of Position: Marxism and Civil Society

Crowds_and_party-cover-80bfee089594c8b63e1b5f56ede13c37.jpgInternational Conference, Manchester, 8-10 June 2017

(Deadline for abstracts: 1 December 2016)

Key-note speakers

Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York. Author of books including Crowds and Party (2016), The Communist Horizon (2011), Democracy and other Neoliberal Fantasies (2009)

Stathis Kouvelakis, Reader in Political Theory, King’s College, London and former member of Syriza’s Central Committee. Author of Philosophy and Revolution: From Kant to Marx (2003)

Kevin Morgan, Professor of Politics and Contemporary History, University of Manchester. Author of books including Bolshevism, Syndicalism and the General Strike: The Lost Internationalist World of A.A. Purcell (2013), Labour Legends and Russian Gold (2006), The Webbs and Soviet Communism (2006). Continue reading Wars of Position: Marxism and Civil Society – Call for Papers

Border Country – touring art exhibition

‘Finiau: Four painters in Raymond Williams’ Border Country’


An art exhibition curated by Peter Wakelin in order to honour Raymond Williams’ 1960 novel Border Country is currently on tour. Featuring the work of four of Williams’ contemporaries (Joan Baker, Charles Burton, John Elwyn, and Bert Isaac), the exhibition recently featured at the 2016 National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. It has since been to Wrexham and will also be held in Machynlleth and Chepstow.

‘Finiau: Four painters in Raymond Williams’ Border Country’ will be at MOMA Machynlleth (17 September-19 November) and will then move on to Chepstow Museum (26 November-26 February).

A 64-page booklet by Peter Wakelin is available at the exhibitions or from Art Works of Abergavenny, price £7.50 including postage: contact@acex.co.uk

For more information: http://www.walesartsreview.org/exhibition-in-raymond-williams-border-country/