Postgraduate essay prize

DIGITAL CAMERAThe Raymond Williams Society welcomes submissions to its essay competition – The Simon Dentith Memorial Prize – of work founded in the tradition of cultural materialism.

The aim of the prize is to encourage a new generation of scholars in this area, especially those grounded in discourses and approaches arising from the work of Raymond Williams.

The closing date is 3 June 2016.

Further details and instructions.

Events funding announced

subculturepic2The 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

Funding to organise conferences, seminars or other events

williams againThe 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 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.