Radical America: Revolutionary, Dissident and Extremist Magazines

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Reserve a place by booking at Sussex University’s online shop: http://onlineshop.sussex.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=86

Radical America: Revolutionary, Dissident and Extremist Magazines, 20th May, The Keep, University of Sussex

Registration: 9.30 Coffee & Tea

10-10.30: Introduction to radical American collections at The Keep and launch of the New Masses Digital Collection: speakers Sue Currell, Francis Booth and Doug Haynes

Panel 1. 10.35-11.55 Sexual Dissidence (Chair: Luke Walker, University of Sussex).

  • Sex and the radical imagination in the Berkeley Barb and the San Francisco Oracle. Sinead McEneaney (St Mary’s University).
  • ‘The nearest thing to us in all the world’: Naked Bodies as Revolutionary Art for The Masses, John Fagg (University of Birmingham).
  • Transatlantic Feminist Periodical Networks and the Women’s Liberation Movement, Victoria Bazin (Northumbria University).

Panel 2.  12—1.20 Spaces of Segregation and Incarceration (Chair: Doug Haynes, Sussex University)

  • Marginalization and exclusion of Black World staff in the physical work environment of 1970s Johnson Publishing Company. James West (University of Manchester).
  • White Space: Racial Rhetoric in The Citizen Magazine 1961-79, Bradley Phipps, (University of Leicester).
  • ‘We Asked For Life!’: American Women’s Prison Zines as Sites of Art and Protest, Olivia Wright (University of Nottingham).

Lunch 1.20-2.00

Panel 3. 2.05-3.25 Writers, Artists and Intellectuals as Editors (Chair: Nerys Williams, University College Dublin).

  • Anarchy in LA: New York School sociability and Dennis Cooper’s Little Caesar magazine Diarmuid Hester (University of Sussex).
  • The Radical Form of Periodical Poetics: Orestes Brownson and The Boston Quarterly Review (1838-42) Benjamin Pickford (University of Nottingham)
  • “Pamela Colman Smith,The Green Sheaf, and Literary Experimentation” Elizabeth C. O’Connor (Washington College)

Panel 4. 3.30-4.50  Visual Radicals and the Avant-Garde (Chair: Maria Lauret, Sussex University)

  • French visual culture in 1960s American avant-garde periodicals: between Godard and Barbarella, Hugo Frey (University of Chichester)
  • Modernism and the Left, Old and New in Rebel Worker  (1964-7) and Radical America (1970) Jo Pawlik (University of Sussex)
  • Theorising the Radicalism of Underground Comix, Paul Williams (University of Exeter)

5—5.30 Refreshments and wine reception

5.30-7  Plenary talk: ‘The rise and fall of the Chicago Seed and the American Underground Press in the Sixties and Seventies’  Abe Peck (Northwestern University) (Introduced and chaired by Daniel Kane). See Abe’s review essay on the Underground Press here at http://logosjournal.com/2013/peck/

Reserve a place by booking at Sussex University’s online shop: http://onlineshop.sussex.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=86

Event to be held Friday May 20, 2016 @The Keep, home of the University of Sussex Special Collections and just slightly outside of the main campus, for directions see http://www.thekeep.info

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This conference is sponsored by the School of English, the Centre for American Studies`& the Centre for Modernist Studies at the University of Sussex. Postgraduate bursaries have been sponsored by the British Association for American Studies.

Radical America Guest Speaker Announcement

Announcement: Special Guest Speaker for the 2nd NAPS symposium “Radical America” on May 20th is Abe Peck, the former editor of the Chicago Seed  and author of Uncovering the Sixties: The Life and Times of the Underground Press.

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Abe will discuss the rise and fall of the Chicago Seed as a proxy for the hundreds and hundreds of radical papers that emerged in the 1960s. His talk will cover a wide sweep of experiences from the paper and its role in key radical movements: from the Yippies and the ’68 Democratic Convention to an obscenity bust to eventual extremism and sectarianism. From owned to collectivised The Seed was involved in numerous movements of the era: one issue celebrated both the gay and Native American revolutions. The Seed was also one of the best-illustrated papers of the era, including underground comix.

Other speakers will discuss: Black World during the 1970s; The New Masses 1926-48Sex and the radical imagination in the Berkeley Barb and the San Francisco Oracle; sex and nudity in The Masses; Dennis Cooper’s Little Caesar ; American Women’s Prison Zines; French visual culture in 1960s American avant-garde periodicalsWhite Space and Racial Rhetoric in The Citizen Magazine; New Left magazines in the 1960s, including Radical America. The day will include a discussion about archives, censorship, conservation and digital preservation. There will also be a wine reception and launch of The Keep’s collection of the New Masses magazines.

The full programme for the day will be published soon, in the meantime you can reserve a place by booking at Sussex University’s online shop: http://onlineshop.sussex.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=86