An investigation of what it was to be a Communist in the UK during the 1930s, viewed from the perspective of personal recollections from family members and others associated with the movement.
The elements of why people joined and remained in (or left) the Communist Party in the UK which will be considered in this symposium include the following:
Class, Gender and Education
Economics and Political Circumstances
Cultural Influences and Propoganda
Dilemmas of Pacifism and Anti-Fascism
This workshop follows on from the lecture and seminar that took place on the subject during 2013.
Professor Sir Roderick Floud FBA is an Honorary Fellow of Gresham College having served as the Provost of Gresham College between 2008 and 2014, taking over the role from Lord Sutherland of Houndwood KT FBA and being followed by Sir Richard Evans FBA. Sir Roderick Floud is President Emeritus of the London Metropolitan University and he was previously the Chairperson of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences at the European Science Foundation.
His particular interests in part-time and mature students in higher education has been reflected in many of his publications as well as his participation in numerous boards and committees. Of particular note are his roles as President of Universities UK (representing 121 British Universities), Vice-President of the European University Association (where he was particularly involved in the 'Bologna process' of converging European education systems), and Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the European Science Foundation (representing research councils and learned academies from thirty European Countries). In 2005 he received a knighthood for his services to Higher Education in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Sir Roderick Floud is an economic historian, with publications on topics as diverse as technological change, the use of IT in the study of history, the evolution of technical education and changes in human height, health and welfare. He holds honorary fellowships from Emmanuel College Cambridge, Wadham College Oxford, Birkbeck College London and the Historical Association, as well as honorary degrees from City University London and the University of Westminster. He was elected an Academician of the Social Sciences in 2000 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2002.
Senior Lecturer in Politics at The Open University, Dr Andrews has published widely on the history of political ideas and movements, with a particular focus on Britain and Italy. He is the author of Endgames and New Times; the Final Years of British Communism (2004) and has just completed a biography of the communist intellectual James Klugmann. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Politics at The Open University, with part of his time spent in its Open Media Unit commissioning OU-BBC programmes. In addition to his longstanding interest in the British left and labour movement, he is also a writer and commentator on Italian politics and is the author of Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi (2005) and The Slow Food Story: Politics and Pleasure (2008).
Professor of Politics and Contemporary History, University of Manchester, Kevin Morgan wrote his PhD on British communism and then worked on the cataloguing and subsequent digitisation of the archives of the British communist party (CPGB). He is currently Professor of Politics and Contemporary History and recipient of an AHRC Fellowship for the project ‘Communism and the cult of the leader’. From 1999-2006 he edited the journal Socialist History and in 1996 launched the Communist History Network Newsletter, which after twenty-two issues was succeeded in 2009 by Twentieth Century Communism: a journal of twentieth century history, of which he remains an editor. He is a trustee to the Communist Party of Great Britain Archives Trust and the Working Class Movement Library.
Nicholas Deakin has worked as a civil servant and in local government and chaired national and local voluntary bodies. He was a founding member of the Runnymede Trust. From 1980 to 1998 he was Professor of Social Policy and Administration at the University of Birmingham. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Baring Foundation.