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“Projecting Peace: The Perpetual Search for the End to All Hostilities”

The first of our "Projecting Peace" talks is on Wednesday 2nd February 2011 at 3pm. To be held in Room SR 2.06A, The Old Mining Building, Leeds University.
Speakers include: Kate Hudson (Gen Sec CND) and Ashley Wood (Consultant and Project Manager for 'Making Peace' Nobel Peace Prize anniversary exhibition International Peace Bureau, Geneva)

All are welcome.
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'Last year we applied for and were awarded a small grant from the British Association for a project to bring academics and others together around the theme of “Projecting Peace”. The proposal grew from a concern that advocates of peace are often accused of being out of touch with the harsh realities of political life and human nature and are often caricatured as well meaning visionaries who simplistically and ineffectually dream of a return to a non-violent golden age. In the face of such criticisms, we propose to establish a network for “Projecting Peace” - to provide an interdisciplinary forum for explorin…

Raymond Williams

Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism

Key Words is committed to developing the tradition of cultural materialism derived from the founding analysis of culture and society in the work of Raymond Williams.

The journal provides a forum for radical thought on history and politics, and explores the role of literary, media and cultural forms in the contemporary global era. Each issue addresses a selected theme of relevance to the arts, media, politics and everyday life.

Further details can be found on the Raymond Williams Society website.


Issue 8, Labouring-Class Writing, has just been published and is available to buy now from Spokesman Books (£15).


CONTENTS:

Editors’ Preface

Guest Editors’ Introduction: Retrieval and Beyond: Labouring-Class Writing
Tim Burke and John Goodridge

Brute Strength: Labouring-Class Studies and Animal Studies Donna Landry

Close Reading Yearsley David Fairer

Not So Lowly Bards: Working-Class Women Poets and Middle-Class Expectations Florence Boos

Genre Matters: Attend…

New title book launch at Housmans - January 12th 2011

Hobson’s Imperialismpresented by Jeremy Corbyn MP, Alex Callinicos and Nathaniel Mehr

Wednesday 12th January, 7pm at Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross,London, N1 9DX

£3 entrance, redeemable against purchase

This January, Spokesman Books will be re-publishing J.A. Hobson's 1902 classic Imperialism: A Study. Hobson's book was among the first to explore the links between political economy and imperial expansion. It inspired a number of Marxist critiques of imperialism, and was quoted extensively in Lenin's famous pamphlet, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism.
The new edition will feature an introduction by Nathaniel Mehr and a foreword by Jeremy Corbyn MP. At the event Jeremy Corbyn and Nathaniel Mehr will be joined by Professor Alex Callinicos, who has written extensively on economics and imperialism, to discuss the significance of Hobson's book in today's world.