A few of of us have organised the Oppositions Conference, with others at the University of Salford. Feel free to send us an abstract (to oppositionsconference[at]gmail.com), come along, or foward the details to anyone you know who might be interested.
Quite a few of the abstracts we’ve received look great, a nice mix of politics and culture. The keynotes are now confirmed, and we’re very much looking forward to them. The blurb from the conference blog is reposted below.
Yngvar Steinholt, Visiting Scholar here at Salford, will give a paper entitled, “Tahrir on the Red Square”: A Lasting Political Awakening of the Russian Cultural Underground:
“The recent wave of protests to hit Russia (2011-12) were followed by a number of courageous and uncompromising actions, staged by new forces of alternative culture. Simultaneously, Russia’s long-dormant cultural underground began speaking up against government pressure and Kremlin initiatives of subversion and political appropriation. The dominant notion of culture -be it naivist painting, fiction writing or punk rock- as something above and beyond politics is showing signs of weakening. Artists who until quite recently distanced themselves from oppositional activities are seen taking to the streets and their works have turned from mild–mannered subversion in the direction of activist agitation. In its discussion of this cultural shift, the current presentation takes its point of departure in the cultural guerrilla warfare demonstrated by new radical initiatives such as the art–activist group Voina and the all–female punk collective Pussy Riot.”
Our second keynote speaker will be Dr. Bob Jeffery (Sociology, Sheffield Hallam University), whose paper will be entitled, ‘Oppositional Salford: Dirty Old Town to Splintering Post-Industrial City’.
We are also pleased to be screening the new documentary, From Cable Street To Brick Lane, which charts the history of anti-fascism and anti-racism in the East End of London, from the Battle of Cable Street in 1936 through to the present. Members of the film’s production team will be present for a Question and Answer session after the screening. More details and trailer can be found here: http://www.cablestreettobricklane.co.uk/