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Making Social Movements: The British Marxist Historians and thestudy of Social Movements
by Sebastian Budgen
05 February 2002 00:15 UTC
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Second Call for Papers
Making Social Movements: The British Marxist Historians and the study of
Social Movements 
June 26-28, 2002, Edge Hill College of Higher Education, England
Conference Sponsors

The Social Movements Research Group, Edge Hill College of Higher Education,
The London Socialist Historians Group, The Socialist History Society,
Historical Materialism
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Dorothy Thompson 
Brian Manning 
Bryan D Palmer 
Ellen Wood 
Confirmed Speakers 
Trevor Bark 
Crime Becomes Custom ­ Custom Becomes Crime
David Camfield, York University, Toronto
²Thompsonian² Theory, the Working Class and Modern Social Movements
Laurence Cox, Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland,
Maynooth Thinking ³the social movement²
Neil Davidson 
Regional Peasant Revolt and Religious Radicalism during the Scottish
Bourgeois Revolution
James Green, Professor of History and Labor Studies, University of
The Power of the Past in Building Social Movements
Lesley Hardy 
History,Politics and Tradition
James Holstun, SUNY, Buffalo
Brian Manning and the Dialectics of Revolt
Philip Hunter 
Class, Agency and Struggle in British Marxist Historiography: Some Lessons
for the study of Social Movements

Alan Johnson, Edge Hill College, England
Leadership and Class Formation: Christopher Hill and the English Revolution

Geoff Kennedy, York University, Toronto
Digger Radicalism and Agrarian Capitalism

Wade Matthews, University of Strathclyde
The Poverty of Strategy: Socialism and the British Marxists
Professor John Mcilroy and Professor Alan Campbell, University of Manchester
The Communist Party Historians Group and Problems in Communist Party
Viv Mackay, University of Southampton
Labour Disputes as Contentious Politics:Refiguring the 1928 Garment Workers
Strike at the London ³Rego² Factory

Antonio Negro, State University of Campinas, Brazil
A Limited Number of Ideas for an Unlimited Social History. Notes on
Brazilian Trends 
Alf Nilsen, University of Bergen, Norway
Marxist and Postmodern Perspectives on Social Movements

Mi Park, London School of Economics
Ideology and Lived Experience: A case study of Revolutionary Movements in
South Korea,1980-1995Ή
Dave Renton, TUC Education
English Experiences: The problem of Nationalism in the Work of the British
Marxist Historians 
Anneke Ribberink, History Dept, Free University, Amsterdam
Leading Ladies and Cause Minders: The Silent Generation and the Second
Feminist Movements 
Jess Rigelhaupt, University of Michigan
²The Paradox of a Jim Crow Navy²: The Post Chicago Mutiny, The Communist
Party, and the California Civil Rights Movement
Richard Romain and Edur Valasco, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
and Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana
Continental Integration,Neoliberalism and the Mexican Working Class
Sean Scalmer, Macquarie University, Australia
The Problem of Decline:Demobilisation and Fracturing of Working Class
Hira Singh, Department of Sociology, York University
Anti-Fuedal, Anti-Colonial Protests in India: Structure, Tradition, Ideology
Roger Spalding, Edge Hill College of Higher Education
EP Thompson and the Popular Front
Stephen Woodhams, Visiting Fellow, Birkbeck College
New wine in old bottles:the transformation of a generation
Conference Themes 
How might the extraordinary body of historical writing produced by the
ŒBritish Marxist historiansΉ - Edward Thompson, Christopher Hill, Rodney
Hilton, Eric Hobsbawm, Victor Kiernan, DonaTorr, John Saville, Dorothy
Thompson, George Rudι and others - enable scholars and activists to better
understand the making of social movements?  This is a timely moment to
examine their legacy. Many social movement scholars are pushing beyond the
static ŒmodelsΉ drawn from rational-choice theory and the crude and
reductive ŒnewmovementΉ/Ήold movementΉ dichotomies developed by European
social theory. What can social movement scholars and activists learn from a
critical engagement with the historiography of movement and protest in the
writings of the British Marxist historians? And from the theoretical and
conceptual innovations developed through their history writing? What might
be learnt from the sensibility and style of the British Marxist historians,
from their ŒcommittedΉ social and political relation to their subject, to
their writing of history Œfrom the bottom upΉ? And what can social movement
studies - now in an exciting period of sustained growth, connected to the
rebirth of popular protest, and a locus for fruitful academic-activist
dialogue - bring to this exchange?
We invite proposals for papers, which explore any aspect of the legacy of
the British Marxist historians for the study of popular protest and social
movements. Themes include:
Theorising social movements
Class, gender, ŒraceΉ and social movement
The cultural and moral mediation of protest and movement,
Agency and the individual-in-the-movement,
Ideology, discourse and the study of social movements
ŒThe PeopleΉ and protest
Protest as ethic 
The leadership of social movements
Revolutions and social movements
The Œprimitive rebelΉ
Using sources to study social movements
Literature and the study of protest
Marxism and the British Marxist Historians
Offers of Papers 

Email offers of papers to the conference organiser  johnsona@edgehill.ac.uk
or write to Alan Johnson, Social Movements Research Group, Edge Hill College
of Higher Education, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L394QP. Offers of
papers should not be more than 400 words long and should be submitted by 1
March 2002. Full papers, maximum length 8,000 words, must be submitted by 6
May 2002 to enable their advance distribution to conference participants.
The conference organiser will actively pursue publication of a selection of
conference papers. 
Conference Arrangements
Edge Hill College of Higher Education is situated just outside the market
town of Ormskirk, 30 miles from Liverpool and Manchester, and twenty minutes
from the seaside resort of Southport. From Manchester Airport, a train can
be taken to Ormskirk Station, changing at Preston Station.
The cost of the full conference package will be £130 (en suite room) or £100
(standard room), which will include accommodation, conference fees,
conference papers, refreshments, lunches, evening meals. Further details of
costs are listed on the attached downloadable booking form. Please return
the booking form and payment to Marcy McNally,Secretary to the Social
Movements Research Group, Centre for the Study of the Social Sciences, Edge
Hill College of Higher Education, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire,
England L39 4QP. 

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee
Matthew Beaumont 
Pembroke College, Oxford University and Historical Materialism Journal
Keith Flett 
London Socialist Historians Group
Alan Johnson 
Edge Hill College of Higher Education Social Movements Research Group and
Historical Materialism Journal (conference organiser)
Stephen Woodhams 
Socialist History Society


Making Social Movements:
The British Marxist Historians and the study of social movements

A Conference at Edge Hill College of Higher Education, June 26-28, 2002







I would like to attend the ŒMaking Social MovementsΉ Conference.

Tariffs        -    Full Conference Fee (en-suite room) £130

-    Full Conference Fee (standard room) £100

Fee includes Conference fee, accommodation, lunches (26,27,28 June) evening
meal (26,27 June) refreshments, conference papers.


Payment    -    Cheque is enclosed                 yes/no
(to "Edge Hill Enterprises Limited")

        -    Please Issue an Invoice            yes/no


Return this booking form to:

Marcy McNally, Secretary to the Social Movements Research Group, Centre for
the Study of the Social Sciences, Edge Hill College of Higher Education, St
Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, England L39 4QP or return as an
attachment to mcnallym@edgehill.ac.uk

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