Conflict and Resolution

Thursday 28 - Friday 29 June 2018, Senate House




Confirmed Plenary Speakers

  • Prof Max Saunders, KCL
  • Dr Laura Schwartz, Warwick
  • David Caute, author of The Year of the Barricades: A Journey through 1968

2018 is the centenary year of the end of the First World War and the start of female suffrage in the United Kingdom. It also marks a half century since 1968, a year of social and political convulsions across the globe. Possible topics that might be addressed at the 2018 conference include:

  • London, the world wars and their legacies
  • The city as home front during distant conflict
  • Imaginative engagements with London’s memorials and commemorative practice
  • Guardsmen, Royal Arsenal and Navy Dockyards: the capital’s military presence in literature
  • Struggles for suffrage and social justice
  • The London Dockworkers’ Strike of 1889 and the rise of the labour movements 
  • The cultural materials of propaganda, protest and policing
  • When the world took to the streets: London’s 1968
  • Flashpoints over nationality and race: Evil May Day, the Battle of Cable Street, the Notting Hill Race Riots etc.
  • Contesting and celebrating sexuality on the city streets from the Bawdy House Riots to Gay Pride
  • Conflict and resolution in historical narrative: the literature of the Revolution and Restoration
  • Satires of London Life – and the personal, social, and political conflicts which produce them
  • Theatre and cinema wars
  • Conflicted Londoners: from William Blake, Henry Jekyll, J. Alfred Prufrock and Anna Wulf to Boris Johnson 
  • Conflict and resolution in London-set genre fiction: thrillers, spy stories, romance, ‘future-war’ fiction
  • £80 Standard
  • £60 Concession (students/unwaged/retired)
  • £22 Conference Dinner on Thursday, 28 June 2018
  • £9 Walking Tour of Radical Bloomsbury on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

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