Culture, Power and Politics is an occasional open seminar on…culture, power and politics.
What does it do?
It mainly explores ideas from the traditions of cultural studies and radical theory, considering their relevance to understanding contemporary political issues, struggles and campaigns, as well as key themes in political history.
Who is it for?
Ideally, it’s for anyone who is interested.
The idea for the seminar came out of discussions amongst members of the New Economy Organisers’ Network, Compass and the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London. Our hope was for the sessions to be useful and relevant both to political activists and organisers and to others simply interested in exploring the ideas.
We also wanted them to work for people who have no prior knowledge of the subjects and for those who may be world-class experts, and everyone in between. Our idea was that if you don’t know anything about these subjects then feel free to come and find out. If you’re an expert – then come and join in the discussions to help others learn and to deepen your own understanding through conversation with others. We believe that all learning is collective!
The seminars have been running in different formats and venues since 2015 now, and we think they have been very successful at achieving what they set out to do, so we are continuing with them. Almost all of the seminars to date have been recorded and podcast – go to the menu and click on podcasts to find the archive of recordings.
Since 2015-6 the Culture, Power and Politics seminars has also acted as an extension of the Introduction to Cultural Studies and Introduction to Cultural Politics courses hosted by Debra Shaw (in 2015 this was at Open School East, in 2017 it was at Doomed Gallery). The idea is that anyone who has attended one of those courses should find Culture, Power and Politics to be a good way of carrying on learning more about that stuff. Debra and Jeremy are colleagues in the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London, which is proud to sponsor all of these free public events.
Those series are not recorded BUT a lot of the material covered is the same as the material that was covered in first few sessions of Culture, Power and Politics, that can all be found on the podcast and previous sessions pages.
Who is organising it?
So far the seminar has been organised, convened and led by Jeremy Gilbert, a professor at the University of East London, with help and support from various friends and colleagues.
Culture, Power and Politics is sort-of a stand-alone series, but it shares many aims and intentions with other political projects that Jeremy has worked closely with such as The World Transformed, Demand the Impossible, and antiuniversity.
What’s the format?
This really depends on who turns up and what they want to do. Ideally we like it to be a fairly free-flowing mixture of lecture, open workshop, group discussion, skill-share and political debate.It really varies from session to session. This year we are mainly going with panel discussions at which Jeremy will be joined by a couple of expert guests.
What topics have been covered?
You can find out and link to recordings of previous sessions HERE
More details please?
You can join our mailing list HERE
How do I join?
You can find details of upcoming seminars by clicking on the menu icon above.
How do I stay in touch if I don’t want to go to that one (or even if I do)?
Again, you can join our mailing list HERE