[Reader-list] London Socialist Historians Group: Call for papers - Bringing It All Back Home
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Call for papers
Bringing It All Back Home
Precursors to Seattle: A history of mass movements against capitalism.
A Conference to be held at the Institute of Historical Research, 11th May 2002
The "Teamsters and Turtles" protest against the World Trade
Organisation in Seattle in November 1999 sparked off a huge wave of
anti-capitalist demonstrations across the world. Yet this is not the
first time that mass movements have rocked capitalism. The events of
1968 and after, particularly in France and Italy, can be seen as a
precursor to Seattle, as can the Great Unrest of 1911 in Britain.
The Seattle movement has many roots and inspirations. They include
the theories generated by socialist, environmental and anarchist
thinkers, the mass strikes of the early twentieth century, the
revolutionary moments of Russia in 1917 and Barcelona in 1936, as
well as the organisations which remembered these inspirations in
Some historians have sought to trivialise the scale of these
movements by focusing on the culture and style of the rebellion,
rather than the challenge they represented to capital.
The aim of this conference is to give the current anti-capitalist
movement its own history back, both from obscurity and from
trivialisers. Papers are invited which focus on mass movements
against capitalism, in America, Europe or the Third World, the ideas
that inspired the movements and the activists that organised them.
Proposals for papers together with a 600 word précis should be sent
by 1st December 2001 to
Keith Flett, 38 Mitchley Road, Tottenham, London N17 9HG
or email: conference2002 at LondonSocialistHistorians.org
Organised by the London Socialist Historians Group
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