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Robert Tressell and Raymond Williams Conference


Robert TressellThe Robert Tressell Society
(Formerly "The Robert Tresssell Centre")

“The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists”
by Robert Tressell

Robert Tressell / Raymond Williams Conference


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Raymond Williams and Robert Tressell in Hastings: celebrating 50 years of The Long Revolution and the centenary of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

2011 marks the centenary of the death of Robert Tressell and it is 50 years since the publication of Raymond Williams’ The Long Revolution. The University of Brighton in Hastings is pleased to announce a one day conference on Tuesday 20 September 2011 to celebrate the contribution of Williams and Tressell to literary and cultural studies, communications and social and political theory.  The conference will also address their relationship to Hastings, a town in which both spent a key part of their working lives. The conference seeks to create a multi-disciplinary forum in which academics, researchers, trade unionists and local historians can explore the impact and legacy of the two men on contemporary research, practice and activists.

There will be two keynote speakers at the conference, Professor Stuart Laing, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, author of Representations of working class life and Howard Brenton, renowned British playwright and screenwriter who adapted The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists for the stage and was performed at the Liverpool Everyman and Chichester Festival Theatre.

We invited submissions from researchers across the social sciences, literary and cultural studies and from practitioners and activists concerned with these issues.  We invited submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

Williams, Tressell and the South East

Culture and Society in the New Millennium

Working Class Fictions

Williams the Literary Critic

Williams and Cultural Studies

Class and Education

The Great Money Trick in the age of austerity

Socialism and the novel

More information from s.j.chapman@brighton.ac.uk  


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