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Books that Changed Humanity | The Making of the English Working Class


Friday, 1 December 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Theatrette, Sir Roland Wilson Building


Professor Paul Pickering (Research School of Humanities and the Arts)


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Books that Changed Humanity is an initiative of the Humanities Research Centre, based at the Australian National University. The HRC invites experts to introduce and lead discussion of major texts from a variety of cultural traditions, all of which have informed the way we understand ourselves both individually and collectively as human beings.

Join us as Professor Paul Pickering (Director, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Australian National University) introduces and discusses E.P. Thompson's influential account of English social history, The Making of the English Working Class.

All members of the public are welcome to come, listen, and share their thoughts about this great work of literature over a friendly glass of wine.



Professor Paul Pickering is Director at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts (2013-). Prior to taking up this post he was Deputy Director (2010-13), Director of Graduate Studies (2004-9) and a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre (2000-4). He was the Convenor of Graduate Studies in History (2002-6) and Interdisciplinary and Cross Cultural Research (2007-13). He was inaugural Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies in 2010-11. Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Board of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, co-editor of the Enlightenment World Series, Editor of Humanities Research and History Editor of Cogent: Humanities. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Supervision. His books include Chartism and the Chartists in Manchester and Salford (1995); The People's Bread: A History of the Anti-Corn Law League (2000) (with Alex Tyrrell); Friends of the People: Uneasy Radicals in the Age of the Chartists (London, 2003); Contested Sites: Commemoration, Memorial and Popular Politics in Nineteenth Century Britain (2004); Unrespectable Radicals? Popular Politics in the Age of Reform (2007); Feargus O'Connor: A Political Life (2008) and Historical Reenactment: From Realism to the Affective Turn (2010). His articles have been published by leading journals, both in Australian and overseas. In 2014 he was an Andrew Mellon Research Fellow at the Huntington Library in California, and a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Newcastle University in England. In 2015 he was a Visiting Research Professor at St. Andrews University and in 2016 Professeur invité à l'Université Paris-Sorbonne IV. He is Visiting Professor at Prifysgol De Cymru (University of South Wales) (2014-18) and in 2017 he was awarded a Distingushed Fellowship at Durham University for Epiphany Term 2018-19. His latest book (with Kate Bowan), Sounds of Liberty: Music, Radicalism and Reform in the Anglophone World, 1790-1914, was published by Manchester University Press in August 2017.

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