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Remobilising Militant Pasts: Histories of Protest, Unrest and Insurrection in Politics and Culture (King’s College London)

August 31, 2017 - September 1, 2017


Hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London – 31st August & 1st September 2017

Delegates’ Fees:
•       Speakers  Free
•       Students and Untenured: One Day  £10
•       Students and Untenured: Both Days  £20
•       Tenured Staff: One Day  £20
•       Tenured Staff: Both Days  £40

Deadline for Registration is Thursday, 24 August.  Registration fees include lunch and refreshments.

For any queries, contact Dr Dion Georgiou at diongeorgiou@hotmail.co.uk

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/remobilising-militant-pasts-histories-of-protest-unrest-and-insurrection-in-politics-and-culture-tickets-36308575928

Programme (correct at time of posting)


9:30 – 10:00: Registration

10:00 – 12:00: Radical Histories in Fictional Texts

Matthew Ingleby (Queen Mary University of London)
Fantasising 1887: Harkness, Nesbit and the Literary Afterimage of ‘Bloody Sunday’

Ruth Adams (King’s College London)
Popular Cultural Representations of the Suffragettes [Title TBC]

Rebecca Hillman (University of Exeter)
Resistance, Representation and Repetition: The Return of Socialist Imagery and Praxis

Elena Caoduro (University of Bedfordshire)
Epic Memories: Left-Wing Terrorism in Contemporary World Cinema

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch

13:00 – 14:30: The Place of the Past in Industrial Communities

Daryl Leeworthy (Swansea University)
‘Dic Penderyn, Wyt Ti’n Fwy (Who Is He)?’: Class and Nation in (Re)Presentations of the Merthyr Rising, 1831

Andy Clark (University of Stirling)
‘We Don’t Only Build Ships, We Build Men’: Masculinity, Industrial Work, and the Forgotten Militancy of Scottish Women Resisting Industrial Closure

Liam Ó Discín (Historical Archives of the European Union)
‘It Almost Took Us Out … Almost!’: Reliving a Militant Past? The United Steelworkers of America

14:30 – 15:00: Break

15:00 – 16:30: Radical Mobilisations of Sonic Pasts

Matt Clement (University of Winchester)
The Sound of the Crowd

Ananya Mishra (University of Cambridge)
Historicizing Early Adivasi Protest in the Song Cultures of Colonial Orissa

Dion Georgiou (King’s College London/University of Kent)
Rage against the X-Factor: Moral Economies, Temporalities and Intermedialities in the Christmas 2009 UK Singles Charts Contest


9:30 – 10:00: Registration

10:00 – 12:00: Religion, Radicalism and the Contestation of the Past

Jurriaan van Santvoort (Institute of Historical Research)
A Faction Full of Falsehood and Malice: Thomas Carte, the Puritans and the Origins of the English Civil War

Radu Nedici (University of Bucharest)
Refashioning Early Modern Dissent: Inter- and Intra-Confessional Rivalries and the Making of Martyrs in Post-Socialist Romania

Ned Richardson-Little (University of Exeter)
We Are the People and You Are Not: The German Far-Right and the Appropriation of Democratic Historical Symbolism

Omar Al-Ghazi (London School of Economics)
The Past and Future as Spectacle: The Islamic State Group’s Performance of Temporality

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch

13:00 – 14:30: Using Militant Pasts in Urban Contexts

Miranda Bembem Mutuwa (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
‘Protest and the City’ in Northeast India: Commemoration and Re-presentation of ‘People Protest’ in Imphal City

Geoff Brown (Independent Scholar)
Mobilising Militant Pasts, Verdrängung, Anti-Racism and Manchester

Andrés Brink Pinto (Lund University) and Johan Pries (Lund University)
The Risks of Remembering: Remembering and Forgetting Antifascist Struggles around the 2008 Riots in Lund

14:30 – 15:00: Break

15:00 – 16:30: Digital Media and Memory in Movements

Red Chidgey (King’s College London)
Curating Live Protest Memory: Institutional Archive Activism following the 2017 Women’s March

Samuel Merrill (Umeå University)
The Woman with the Handbag: Tracing the Transductive Mobilisation of a Historical Photograph

Pawas Bisht (Keele University)
In Between Old and New, Local and Transnational: Social Movements, Media and the Challenges of Making Memories Move

16:30 – 17:00: Concluding Roundtable Discussion


August 31, 2017
September 1, 2017
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