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 cameout of discussions amongst members of the New Economy Organisers’ NetworkCompass and the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London. Our hope is for the seminars to be useful and relevant both to political activists and organisers and to others simply interested in exploring the ideas.

We also want 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. 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!

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 particular support and encouragement from  New Economy Organisers’ Network, and with help from colleagues such as Marina Prentoulis of UEA and Syriza London, Michael Calderbank of LRC and Red Pepper and Hilary Wainwright of Red Pepper.

Wha’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.

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 the next seminar on and book a place at it 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

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