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Radical Histories, Histories of Radicalism

In 2016, the Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism conference commemorated the 20th anniversary of the death of the socialist historian Raphael Samuel, along with the fortieth anniversary of the journal he helped to found, History Workshop Journal.

Convened by the RSHC team and including independent as well as academic historians, it ran over four days at Queen Mary, University of London. The conference had an exciting breadth of features, including:

  • Radical utopias: Greenham Common, feminism and radical utopianism
  • Local roots/ global routes: the legacies of slavery in Hackney 
  • Food and frontlines in Dalston: a guided walk
  • The Museum of Transology
  • The great Yiddish parade 
  • How radical was gay liberation?
  • (Re)Actions in dub: exploring the roots, routes and archives of dub poetry 
  • Commemorating suffrage activism in parliament
  • ANC’s London recruits: the secret war against Apartheid 
  • The survivor history movement and mental health museums.