Class and Nation: How do We Champion the Cause of the Working Class?

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This one-day conference, 'Class and Nation: How do We Champion the Cause of the Working Class?', brings together academics and policymakers with the aims of exploring the relationship between class, nation and tradition in the context of working class politics at the beginning of 21st Century - in the UK and beyond.

  • From: Saturday 4 March 2017, 12 am
  • To: Saturday 4 March 2017, 12 am
  • Location: 307 and 308, Boots Library, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LS

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Class and Nation: How do We Champion the Cause of the Working Class?

The aftermath of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump after riding a class-based populist wave in the US suggests that one of the most telling mistakes made by established parties in last 30 years was their neglect not only of the idea of class but also of what might be termed its living realities.

In recent years, in an era of so-called ‘de-traditionalisation’, working class traditions have been summarily dismissed by many academics as reactionary, xenophobic and mired in the forms of ‘false consciousness’ associated with ideological manipulation through the mass media. As such, ‘class’ has been relegated to a minor concern within a broadly liberalising agenda with questions of gender and sexuality at the forefront. ‘Class’, it seemed, was a vestigial, perhaps even a nostalgic, concept associated with a moribund industrialism that has since moved elsewhere.

However, recent political events have rendered this assumption questionable and, as a consequence, the academic debate is returning to the question of class, with all of its ambiguous hopes and worrying brutalities.

This one-day conference brings together academics and policymakers with the aims of exploring the relationship between class, nation, and tradition in the context of working class politics at the beginning of 21st Century - in the UK and beyond.

In particular, it will explore the strengths and limitations of ‘tradition’ as a mobilising political force alongside a discussion of the progressive potential of nationality and nationalism. It will also consider the way that established parties on the left can and should engage with existing class traditions in order to achieve their wider strategic political objectives.

For any enquiries, please contact Dr Neil Turnbull, Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 3134.

Programme

Confirmed speakers:

Rafael Behr – political columnist for The Guardian
Rowenna Davis – teacher, journalist, author, and political commentator
Ruth Davis – writer, campaigner, and political analyst
Lord Maurice Glasman – academic and Labour peer
Gloria De Piero – Labour MP for Ashfield
Revd Canon Barbara Holbrook – Priest in charge, Kimberley & Nuthall, Nottingham
Dr Neil Turnbull – Principal Lecturer in Philosophy, Nottingham Trent University
Dr Steve Jones – Lecturer in Cultural Studies, Nottingham Trent University
Paul Embery – firefighter and the regional secretary of the Fire Brigades Union in London
Chair – Cllr Richard Robinson - Labour Cllr, Broxtowe Borough Council, and Senior Parliamentary Assistant to Gavin Shuker MP

Booking information

Free admission.

Please note: spaces at this event are limited. To book a place, please click on the following link.

Location details

Room/Building:

307 and 308, Boots Library

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LS

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