Reminder: Call for Papers for Raymond Williams @ 100: A Centenary Conference

There’s just one week left to get abstracts and panel proposals in for ‘Raymond Williams @ 100: A Centenary Conference’ to be held in Manchester on Friday-Saturday 22-23 April 2022. They should be no longer than 250 words (1000 words for panels) and emailed to raymondwilliamssocietyrws@gmail.com by Friday 17th December. The finalised conference schedule will be announced in late January 2022.

Keynote addresses will be 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. And we’ll also 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 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.