*POSTPONED* Liberalism Inc: 200 Years of the Guardian

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**Please note this event has been postponed**

In May 2021, the Guardian turns 200. Its forthcoming anniversary provides an opportunity for academics, researchers, historians and journalists to assess the contribution of the Guardian to British politics, society and culture. The Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre is hosting an international conference bringing together key contributors on the politics and history of the Guardian.

The conference will open with a Friday night keynote (on 15 May 2020) from former editor-at-large of the Guardian and now Professor of Sociology at Manchester University, Gary Younge. Respondents will include Prof Bev Skeggs (Lancaster University) and Richard Seymour (author of 'The Twittering Machine' and 'Corbyn" The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics'.

The main conference is on Saturday 16 May 2020 with keynotes from Ghada Karmi (author of Return: A Palestinian Memoir), Alan Rusbridger (author of Breaking News and former editor-in-chief of the Guardian) and Mark Curtis (author of Secret Affairs and Dirty Wars).

Panels include: Liberalism; Regulation and the State; The Open Liberal Newsroom; The Guardian and Feminism; The Guardian and Empire; Racism and Populism; Foreign Coverage; Bias and Balance.

Draft Schedule

Friday 15 May

7pm: Opening keynote with Gary Younge (respondents: Bev Skeggs and Richard Seymour)

Saturday 16 May

10-11am Alan Rusbridger keynote

11-12.30 First set of panels


  • Alexander Zevin: Liberalism and empire
  • Aaron Ackerley: The Interwar years
  • Carole O’Reilly: “The sturdy strength of traditional liberalism”

Regulation and the state

  • Julian Petley: press campaign against the Guardian
  • Brian Cathcart: Guardian and press regulation
  • Simon Dawes: Media freedom, power and the public

The open, liberal newsroom

  • Colleen Murrell: Australia and the “dance with philanthropy”
  • Dan Jackson, Todd Graham & Scott Wright: Open journalism
  • John Holmwood: Liberal orthodoxy and religious rights

12.30-1.30pm lunch

1.30-2.30 Mark Curtis keynote

2.30-3.30 Second set of panels

The Guardian and feminism

  • Hannah Hamad: Mary Stott
  • Lynne Segal: reflections on feminism


  • Richard Smith: Pan Africanism and anti-colonial struggle
  • Kathy Davies: Irish war of independence

In conversation with (TBC)

3.30-5pm Third set of panels

Racism and populism

  • Mike Wayne: Hegemony in action
  • Katy Brown, Aurelien Mondon & Aaron Winter: Guardian and populist hype
  • Lutgard Lams: Fortress Europe and meanings of migration
  • Claudia Padovani: Guardian’s coverage of the ultra-right

Foreign news

  • Giora Goodman and Tony Shaw: Guardian and Israel from both sides – Suez
  • Jason De Souza: Guardian and Latin America
  • Jonathan Steele

Bias and balance

  • Mills: Tom A liberal echo chamber
  • Terry Ruffhead and Madeleine Spink: Guardian and transgender issues
  • Justin Schlosberg and Mike Berry: Labour and anti-semitism “crisis”

5-6pm Ghada Karmi keynote

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