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The Global E. P. Thompson: Reflections on the Making of the English Working Class after Fifty Years
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10/3/2013 to 10/5/2013
When: 10/3/2013
Where: Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts 
United States

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The Program on the Study of Capitalism and the Initiative on Global History at Harvard University announce  "The Global E. P. Thompson: Reflections on the Making of the English Working Class after Fifty Years."

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DAY ONE: Thursday, October 3

4:00 – 6:00 PM Thompson and his Times

Madeleine 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

Opening Keynote Address (please contact the organizers about attending this limited space dinner event) Cal Winslow, University of California Berkeley, California: "Tending the Liberty Tree: Experience, Politics and History from Below”

DAY TWO: Friday, October 4

10:00 – 12:00 AM Thompson and Theory

John Trumpbour, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School: "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 fashion-machine:' gender and the eschatological E.P. Thompson”

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”

3:30 – 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: 'Of historical relevance only? The German reception of The Making reassessed from a (post) Cold War perspective'

Hideo Ichihashi, Saitama University, Tokyo, Japan: "E. P. Thompson and Japanese Left Wing Intellectuals: Why Wasn’t His Major Work Translated for 40 Years?”

Melvyn Dubofsky, SUNY Binghamton, New York: "Edward Thompson: The Man, the Scholar, the Activist, Personal Recollections”

DAY THREE: Saturday, October 5

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

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”

D. Parthasarathy, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India: "The Poverty of (Marxist) Theory: Peasant Classes,

Provincial Capital, and the Crique of Globalization in India”

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