The Global E. P. Thompson: Reflections on the Making of the English Working Class after Fifty Years

Conference, 3-5 October, Cambridge (USA)
The Global E. P. Thompson: Reflections on the Making of the English Working Class after Fifty Years

Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

4:00 – 6:00 PM
Thompson and his Times

Madeline Davis, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
“Edward Thompson's ethics and Activism 1956-1963: Reflections on the political formation of The Making of the English Working Class”

Michael Merrill, Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, SUNY, New York
“What Makes Making Marxist? E. P. Thompson and the Theory of the English Working Class”

Tim Shenk, Columbia University, New York
“The Ends of History: E. P. Thompson Writes the Apocalypse”

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Keynote Address by Cal Winslow, University of California Berkeley, California
“Tending the Liberty Tree: Experience, Politics and History from Below”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

9:30 – 10:00 AM

10:00 – 12:00 AM
Thompson and Theory

John Trumpboar, Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Trade Union Program, Cambridge
“Edward P. Thompson, Perry Anderson, and the Antinomies of British Marxism Revisited”

Jeffery Webber, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
“Reading E. P. Thompson in the Andes”

Jon Lawrence, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
“The Making and Unmaking of the English Working Class?”

Lisa Furchtgott, Yale, New Haven
“That on-rolling machine”: gender history and the eschatological E. P. Thompson”

Noon – 1:00 PM

1:00 – 3:00 PM
Thompson in the Global South

Jonathan Hyslop, Colgate University, New York
“The Practice and Politics of Thompsonian Social History in South Africa, from the 1970s to the present”

Y. Doğan Çetinkaya, Panteion University, Athens Greece
“E. P. Thompson in the 'Orient': His Belated Impact on Young Scholars of Turkey during the 1990's”

Lucas Martín Poy Piñeiro, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
“The Making of Labor History: Tracing the Influence of E. P. Thompson in Argentina”

3:00 – 3:30 PM
Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:30 PM
Thompson in the Global North

Rudolf Kucera, Masaryk Institute and Archives, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
“Meeting the Hard Line: E. P. Thompson, The Making and the Communist Historiographies of East Central Europe, 1963-1989”

Thomas Lindenberger, Center for Contemporary History, Potsdam, Germany
“Only of historical relevance? The German Reception of The Making and its actuality reassessed from a (post) Cold War perspective”

Hideo Ichihashi, Saitama University, Tokyo, Japan
“The Making, E. P. Thompson and the Japanese Intellectual World”

Melvyn Dubofsky, SUNY Binghamton, New York
“E. P. Thompson and American Labor Historians”

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

8:00 – 8:30 AM

8:30 – 10:30 AM
Moral Economy

Gabrielle Clark, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
“'Humbug' or 'Human Good'?: E. P. Thompson, the Rule of Law, and Labor from The Making to Neoliberal American Capitalism”

Kazuhiko Kondo, Rissho University, Tokyo, Japan
“'Moral Economy' retried in digital archives”
Michael Ralph, NYU, New York
“Actuarial Time, Work-Discipline and Industrial Capitalism; or, The Making of the American Working Class”

Nikos Patamianos, University of Crete, Greece
“Moral Economy? Popular demands, liberalism and state intertervention in the struggle over anti-profiteering laws in Greece, 1916-1925”

10:30 – 11:00 AM
Coffee Break

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Class Formation

Anna Hájková, University of Warwick, UK
“The Bright Young Things of the Holocaust: The Terezín ghetto as a society of inequalities”

Joseph Fronczak, Yale, New Haven
“The Making of the Global Left: Thompsonian Political Formation and the Worldwide Sitdown Strike Movement of 1936”

Cemil Boyraz, Istanbul Biligi University, Turkey
“Class in the Age of Global Capitalism: The Case of Post-1980 Privatization in Turkey”

Parthasaraty, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India
“The Poverty of (Marxist) Theory: Peasant Classes, Provincial Capital, and the Crique of Globalization in India”

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

[Cross-posted, with thanks, from H-Labor]