Public Lecture: ‘Radical Pasts, Contested Futures’ (27 March 2013, 7-9pm)
We are delighted to announce that this year’s Social Science Centre, Lincoln, Public Lecture will be given by Prof. Alastair Bonnett, Professor of Geography at Newcastle University.
The lecture will take place on 27th of March, at the Collection in Lincoln from 7-9 pm.
Summary Progressive politics has often defined itself against the past. To be ‘forward looking’ has been cast as noble and muscular but being ‘backward looking’ seen as ‘misty eyed’ and feeble. Todaythese attitudes are being questioned. A new and more creative approach to the past seems necessary. This talk looks at the what the story of Thomas Spence (1750-1814), a now forgotten but once famous figure in radical history, has to tell us about the changing role of the past in radicalism. It is a story that also opens up wider questions, such as ‘why is ‘critique’ so central to contemporary radicalism?’ and ‘does radicalism need intellectuals?’.