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The Luddites, without Condescension - A Conference on the 200th Anniversary of the Frame-breakers’ Uprising

Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Friday, May 6, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (BST)

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Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

 

In the Spring of 2011 Birkbeck will host a one-day conference to mark the 200th anniversary of the uprising of the handloom weavers in the dawn of the industrial revolution under the command of the mythic General Ludd. Even though the movement was sparked by skilled artisans, “luddite” has ever since been a byword for technophobes facing backwards and mindless rejection of progress. The conference will gather historians of luddism and others interested in what in 1800 was called “the machinery question”, to consider not only the historical luddites, urban and rural, but also contemporary movements of direct resistance, north and south, to capitalist modernization – for example, anti-nuclear movements, opposition to agricultural transgenics, resistance to big dams. The concluding session will address the issue of modernity itself, its model of temporality and the assumption that history is future-directed.
Speakers will include: Amita Baviskar,  Iain Boal,  T.J. Clark, Peter Linebaugh

Friday 6th May  10am - 6pm  Room B34  Birkbeck Main Building

For more information please contact Julia Eisner j.eisner@bbk.ac.uk

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Room B34
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet St
WC1E 7HX London
United Kingdom

Friday, May 6, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (BST)


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Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH) is an interdisciplinary institute within Birkbeck, University of London which engages with important public issues of our time through a series of open debates, lectures, seminars and conferences. The Institute attempts to promote new ideas and forms of understanding in the humanities, hosting many events with the highly rated Birkbeck Humanities research departments in cross-disciplinary work. It also provides short-term fellowships for a small number of scholars from Britain and overseas, chosen in open competition and invites prominent writers, broadcasters and public figures to spend short periods at the Institute.

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