Tuesday, 21 October 2008

CFP: Richard Hoggart: Culture and Critique (Leeds)

An international conference hosted by
10 - 12 JULY 2009

Since the publication of The Uses of Literacy in 1957, Richard Hoggart has been one of Britain’s foremost public intellectuals and cultural critics. His work challenges entrenched disciplinary and social boundaries, addressing a wide range of subjects including literature, popular culture and the development of public policy.

His reputation for being both a critical and practical intellectual is evident in the way that he worked tirelessly within and without the world of academe for much of his career, working as an extra-mural lecturer at the University of Hull, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Leicester, Professor of English and founding Director for the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO and Warden of Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has also been a key member of numerous other public bodies and committees, including the Albermarle Committee on Youth Services, the Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Advisory Council for Adult and Continuing Education and the
Broadcasting Research Unit.

During this time he has published over thirty books and contributed to numerous policy documents, the sum of which represents an extensive and entirely consistent engagement with normative questions and public discourses that continue to inform contemporary debates about culture, literacy, educated citizenship and social democracy.

Invited keynote speakers include Alan Bennett, Melvyn Bragg, Tony Harrison, Peter Bailey, Ros Brunt, Sue Owen, Jim McGuighan, Mac Daly, Jeremy Seabrook, John Corner, among others. Papers are invited on any aspect of the work or influence of Richard Hoggart, but are particularly encouraged on the following themes:

• Cultural Studies: Then & Now
• Uses of Literature
• Cultural & Social History
• Adult Education
• Media, Culture & Society
• Cultural Policy
• Gender, Sexuality & Race

Conference papers will be organized into panel sessions of 90 minutes, each comprising three 20-minute papers and time for discussion. Proposals may be submitted either for individual papers or for organized panel sessions of three papers and a chair.

Abstracts of papers (200 words) should be sent by 31st January 2009 to Pat Cook/Jean Brownridge. Email: Cook.Brownridge@leedsmet.ac.uk Telephone: +44 (0) 113 812 3120

Further details will be posted on the School of Cultural Studies website in due course: http://leedsmet.ac.uk/as/cs/

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