CFP – Raymond Williams @ 100: A Centenary Conference

Hosted by the Raymond Williams Society, in collaboration with Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, ‘Raymond Williams @ 100: A Centenary Conference’ in Manchester on 22-23 April 2022 marks the culmination of a series of events to assess the relevance and reach of Williams’s work in his centenary year.

Keynote addresses given by Rhian E. Jones and Daniel G. Williams

Townsend Theatre Productions will stage a new, multi-media documentary play to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders’ Work-in, 1971-2: Yes! Yes! UCS! by Neil Gore

We’ll be hosting the launch of Culture and Politics: Class, Writing, Socialism (2022), a new collection of Williams’s writings edited by Phil O’Brien and published by Verso

Abstracts are now invited for twenty-minute papers, or three-paper panels, addressing or drawing on Williams’s thought. We especially welcome abstracts from activists, students, and independent scholars. Topics might include, but aren’t restricted to: global Williams; Williams and the future of Marxism; socialism, ecology and Williams; cultural democracy; Williams and revolution (long, short); Williams on the nation; adult education, then and now; race, culture and Williams; the contemporary literary marketplace; culture and populisms; Williams and his contemporaries; Williams and gender and sexuality studies; Williams in the neoliberal academy; cultural materialism / culture wars; digital technology and cultural form.

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words (1000 words for panels) and emailed to by 17th December 2021. The finalised conference schedule will be announced in late January 2022.



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