The May Day Manifesto has been re-issued by Lawrence & Wishart with a new introduction by Michael Rustin and can be downloaded for free from the publisher’s web page.
We welcome new members to help support research and activism in the tradition of Raymond Williams and Cultural Materialism!
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In a recent double-page article the Norwegian intellectual daily Klassekampen (Class Struggle) praises the relevance of Politics and Letters for analysing contemporary culture and media.
Tony Pinkney reports on the Annual Raymond Williams Lecture given by Susan Watkins, editor of New Left Review, at Ruskin College on 21 November.
Susan Watkins gave the Annual Raymond Williams Lecture 2015 on ‘Social Perspectives in Bad Times: Re-Reading Williams’s Modern Tragedy‘ at 3pm on Saturday 21 November at Ruskin College, Oxford. Read more.
The RWS Executive Committee has allocated the following funds for events to be held in 2016:
David Wilkinson (Manchester Metropolitan University and the Subcultures Network): one-day conference on Raymond Williams, Popular Music and Subcultures Now: £200
Andrew Warnes (University of Leeds): panel on After the Flow: Raymond Williams in the Post-Mall World to accompany visit by Ewan Morrison to seminar series on the cultural rise of the supermarket sector: £100
Rebecca Spooner (Contemporary Art in the Black Mountains (PEAK)): talk by Jon Gower on Williams’s writing as part of On The Edge – a fringe programme of cultural talks in borderland during the Eisteddfod festival: £100
Read the response from the Raymond Williams Society to the BBC Charter Review public consultation. The document has been submitted to both the BBC Trust and the UK Government Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Many thanks to David Forrest and Stan Smith for all their work in drafting the response!
The Raymond Williams Society annually part-funds a small number of conferences, seminars or other events that support the Society’s aims of developing intellectual and political projects in areas broadly connected with Raymond Williams’s work.
Applications for 2016 should be sent in an email to the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 October 2015. Late applications may be considered if funds remain.
The proposal should be 300-500 words and explicitly state the relevance of the event to the aims of the Society. It should also include provisional dates, location, participants, prospective audience and a budget for the event. Applications may be made for up to £400, though most often smaller sums are allocated. Please also include full contact details of the organiser(s) and, if relevant, institutional affiliation(s).
Funds are paid out retrospectively on receipt of a short report.