Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Kieran Allen on 1916: Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition

1916: Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition
Friday 04 Mar 7pm
With Kieran Allen
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
235 Shaftesbury Avenue,
Hosted by Bookmarks bookshop, author Kieran Allen will introduce a discussion celebrating the centenary of the Easter Rising for Irish freedom. His new book published by Pluto, 1916, looks at the context of the Rising in the imperialist conflicts of the time. It also follows the thread of Ireland's complex revolutionary tradition - uneasily combining republicanism and socialism - in the century since.

Doors open at 6.30pm for browsing the extensive Bookmarks book stall and the meeting will begin at 7pm. Refreshments available on the night.

The LSHG are hosting a forum on the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on Saturday 30 April with speakers including John Newsinger and James Heartfield - for more details see here:

The final Spring LSHG seminar is on Monday 7 March at 5.30pm, Room 304, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St London WC1. and will see Ben Lewis talking about Clara Zetkin's letters and writings - the latest issue of Revolutionary History which was reviewed here:

Saturday, 20 February 2016

LSHG seminar - Paris at War, 1939-44

The next seminar in the London Socialist Historians spring term series is on Monday 22nd February, 5.30pm, Room 304(third floor) Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, WC1.

David Drake will speak on his new book, Paris at War 1939-1944.


David Drake was Head of French and Head of Modern Languages at Middlesex University before teaching at the Institut d’études européennes (IEE) at Paris VIII University until he retired.
He has published extensively on French intellectuals and politics and has gained an international reputation as a Sartre scholar. He was President of the UK Sartre Society, co-edited Sartre Studies International for many years and has accepted invitations to  lecture on Sartre in Britain, France, Ireland, North America and China. 
 In 2005 his contribution to the promotion of French culture was recognised by the French government when he was made a Chevalier dans l'ordre des palmes académiques.
 Paris at War is his fourth book.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Second Convention for Higher Education

The Second Convention for Higher Education

The HE Green Paper: The Threat to the Public University
and what we can do about it...
Christopher Ingold Chemistry Building, University College London
Saturday 27 February - 10am-5pm

Commemorating Anti-Racism: The origins of the CLR James Library in Hackney

The origins of the C.L.R. James Library in Dalston, Hackney (Image courtesy of London Borough of Hackney)

Public History Discussion Group meeting
Commemorating Anti-Racism: The origins of the CLR James Library in Hackney
Saturday 13 February - 11am, Room 612,   UCL Institute of Archaeology
In March 1985, Hackney Council renamed its Dalston Library after the black Trinidadian intellectual C.L.R. James as part of its Anti-Racist Year. This talk will explore the history of campaigning and struggle behind this decision and why this symbolic victory deserves to be remembered thirty years on.

Class Inequality: Narratives from the inside

New Anarchist Research Group 
Saturday 27 February 2016 
Class Inequality: Narratives from the inside.  
Lisa McKenzie 
MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1 DH 2.00- 4.30 pm 

 While the 1% rule, poor neighbourhoods have become the subject of public concern and media scorn, blamed for society's ills. My research focuses on their stories from the inside. Having lived on a council estate most of my life I use my ‘insider’ status to tell the stories of working class people. My recent book 'Getting By' is set in St Anns a council estate in Nottingham however over the last two years I have been undertaking ethnographic research in East London specifically focused upon class cleansing and gentrification 

 Lisa Mckenzie is a research fellow in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, working on issues of social inequality and class stratification through ethnographic research. Lisa brings an unusual and innovative approach to research by means of her extensive experience of bringing the academic world and local community together. 

- See more at: 

 Please note, that we have a new venue, The MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH. The nearest tube station is St Paul's, but there are others close by. For more details about the MayDay Rooms and how to get to there (including a map) go to there website:

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Reminder - upcoming LSHG seminars

LSHG SEMINARS Spring 2016 

All seminars start at 5.30pm on Mondays in Room 304, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St London WC1. Free without ticket.

Monday 8 February Katrina Navickas: The Politics of Public Space in Nineteenth Century England

Monday 22 February David Drake: Paris at War, 1939-1944

Monday 7 March Ben Lewis: Clara Zetkin, Letters & Writings

Before '68: The Left, Activism and Social Movements in the Long 1960s

Saturday February 13, 2016 and Sunday February 14, 2016 

 Hosted by the School of History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and organised in conjuction with Socialist History journal and the Institute of Working-Class History, Chicago.

Venue: 2.02, Norwich Medical School Building (MED), University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

 Registration is now open.

Speakers include: Toby Abse – The Origins of the Italian New Left • Irene Andersson and Roger Johansson – Experiences from the 60s – activism for Peace Education in the 80s • Ian Birchall – Peace Is Not Enough. Algeria and Vietnam and their impact on the French and British lefts • Geoff Brown – Before ’68 in Greater Manchester, a worm’s eye view • Pau Casanellas – The road to violence. Radicalization under Franco regime in the 1960s • Matthew Caygill – The Left and the Counterculture: ‘The Dialectics of Liberation’ Congress (1967) and the Moment of Libidinal Politics • Madeleine Davis – Activist intellectuals: the British New Left as a social movement • Jared Donnelly – Learning to Protest: Anti-War Protests in West Germany in the Late 1950s • Radha D’Souza – Two Registers, Two Trajectories: The Sixties and the Left in the First and Third Worlds • Axel Fair-Schulz – Robert Havemann: From Party Loyalist to East Germany’s Most Famous Marxist Dissident in the 1960s • Jack Fawbert – Blacklisted! A history of rank-and-file class struggle on construction sites • Wladek Flakin – German Trotskyism in the runup to 1968 • Sharif Gemie – Racism, Orientalism and Anti-Colonialism on the Hippy Trail, 1957-78 • Nicolas Helm-Grovas – Early Wollen: Cultural politics in New Left Review, 1963-1968 • Mark Hobbs – The Enemy on Stage: Battles for Trafalgar Square. Fascism and Anti-Fascism • Beáta Hock – Feminist intersectionality and equality claims-making in the global 60s • Christian Hogsbjerg – C.L.R. James and the British New Left in the long 1960s • Alan Hooper- The Long 1960s: challenges, consequences and (dis) continuities • Rozena Maart – Pavement Politics, Protests and the Mechanisms of the Mind: the emergence of the Black Consciousness Movement of Azania in South Africa • David Morgan – The 1960s: A Decade of Anarchy; A Decade of ‘Anarchy’? • João Arsénio Nunes – On the course to victory? The Portuguese Communist Party before the Carnation Revolution of 1974 • William A Pelz – The View from across the Great Pond: US Intelligence on the European Left, 1945-1968 • Pritam Singh – The Maoist/Naxalite movement in India • Bart van der Steen and Ron Blom – Trotskyist youth in the Netherlands, 1950s and 1960s • Giulia Strippoli – The PCI before ’68: operaismo, intellectuals and other troubles • Ernest Tate and Phil Hearse – Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 1960s • Tom Unterrainer – Ken Coates and ‘The Week’ • Derek Weber – The Austrian Left, pre 1968 • Benjamin Wynes – ‘Djilasism’ and ‘New Leftist’ Dissidence in Sixties Yugoslavia.

 For further information or to register to attend, please contact

Attendance is free of charge but registration is necessary.