Abstracts for conference

We’ve attached the abstracts for delegates’ papers to the programme, click on the link below to access it

Programme with abstracts (PDF)

See you all soon!



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Registration and Programme

Registration for the Oppositions Conference is now available through this link. The fee for delegates is £30 and includes lunch for both Friday and Saturday.

The draft programme for the event is also now available below. As you will see, we’ve had an exciting mix of papers which should make for an interesting conference with some stimulating discussion.

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th-29th.

Friday September 28th

9-9.45 AM Registration, Coffee & Welcome
10-11.30 AM Panel 1: Cities Panel 2: Subjectivity and Identity
11.30-1PM Panel 3: Music & Opposition
1-2PM Lunch
2-3M Keynote: Dr Bob Jeffery, (Sheffield Hallam), ‘Oppositional Salford: Dirty Old Town to Splintering Post-Industrial City’,
3-3.15 Break
3.15-4.45 Panel 4: Occupy & Anti-Cuts Panel 5: Opposition & Popular Culture

Panel 1: Cities

  • Will Jackson. Liberalism and the denial of conflict: the UK riots as ‘shopping with violence’?
  • Sarah Thornton. Collective Encounters: from the personal to the political

Panel 2: Subjectivity and Identity

  • Mark Read. Contesting the organisational ideal: A reading of workplace discourses by the invisibly religious
  • Joe Darlington. Terrorism as Catharsis in Britain, 1973 – BS Johnson’s Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry and Alan Burns’ The Angry Brigade. 
  • Shaimaa El Naggar. ‘Who hijacked my religion?’—The discursive representation of Us/Other in the discourse of the two American Muslim televangelists: Hamza Yusuf and Ali Ardekani
  • Helen Darby. The entrepreneurship of Bateman and Oryx: literature as a site of resistance to neoliberal subjectivity

Panel 3: Music & Opposition

  • Joe O’Connell. Better Decide Which Side You’re On’: the oppositional potential of punk
  • Alison Ballard. Her Noise Archive: Symbol of Democracy or Communist Uprising?
  • Santiago Niño Morales. Social song and record labels. Political opposition and music industry in Latin America.

Panel 4: Occupy and Anti-Cuts

  • Christos Stavros
  • Leocadia Diaz Romero. Direct Democracy, Social Movements and Protest in Digital Societies. Special Consideration to Occupy Wall Street
  • Sarah Kerton. Tahrir, Here? The Influence of the Arab Uprisings on the emergence of Occupy

Panel 5: Opposition & Popular Culture

  • Maddie Breeze. ‘Seriousness, Humour and Opposition in Roller Derby’
  • Dieter Declercq. “Eat my shorts!”: The potential for philosophical opposition in The Simpsons.
  • Kasandra-Louise Paterson. Culture and Anarchy Active Resistance


Saturday September 29th

9.30-9.45AM Coffee
10-11.30AM Panel 6: Cultural Oppositions Panel 7: Emerging Oppositions
11.30-12.30 Keynote. Yngvar B. Steinholt (Salford). ‘Tahrir on the Red Square’: A Lasting Political Awakening of the Russian Cultural Underground?’
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-3 Panel 8: Gender & Opposition Panel 9: Discursive Oppositions
3-4.30 Keynote/ Screening: From Cable Street to Brick Lane


Panel 6: Cultural Oppositions

  • Robert Gaunt. Arthur Dooley – a working class challenge to modernism
  • Elinor Taylor. Orthodoxy and dissidence in the Scottish communist novel
  • Olga Breininger-Umetayeva. Narratives of Protest: Literary Opposition to Putin.

Panel 7: Emerging Oppositions

  • Audrey Laurin-Lamothe and Michel Ratté.  Quebec Protest: From an institutional critic of university to a social crisis
  • Giulio Regeni. Egyptian labour and the political contestation of neoliberal policies: how workers’ struggles created a popular base for regime contestation
  • Christian Garland ‘Inveterate antagonism, recurrent opposition: power from above meeting power from below’

Panel 8: Gender & Opposition

  • Annika Forkert. A female modernist versus good taste
  • Sybil Adam. ‘Gender Oppositions in the novels of Hanif Kureishi’
  • Peter Deakin. The Masculine/Feminine Dichotomy in Hollywood’s fin de millennium Male-in-Crisis Cinema

Panel 9: Discursive Opposition

  • Jennifer Cadwallender.  ‘”Amidst Tears Cheers and Execrations”: Chartist Women and Domesticity’
  • Jen Morgan. ‘Rise like Lions after Slumber’: Shelley’s (and Shakespeare’s) Lion in Chartist Rhetoric.
  • Robert Daly. Like Father, Unlike Son: Generational Opposition in the Russian Formalist Theory of Literary Evolution.

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Thanks to all who submitted …

A quick post of thanks to everyone who submitted an abstract or proposal for the conference. We thoroughly enjoyed reading them, and the quality and range was really impressive. We have now sent emails to everyone with our decisions. The response to the Call for Papers was excellent, and we’re looking forward to a putting together a great programme.


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Deadline Extended

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts has been extended to the 20th July 2012. See below for full CFP. oppositionsconference[a]gmail.com

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Keynotes Announced

We’ve now announced the keynotes for the conference:

Yngvar Steinholt, Visiting Scholar here at Salford, will give a paper entitled, “Tahrir on the Red Square”: A Lasting Political Awakening of the Russian Cultural Underground:

“The recent wave of protests to hit Russia (2011-12) were followed by a number of courageous and uncompromising actions, staged by new forces of alternative culture. Simultaneously, Russia’s long-dormant cultural underground began speaking up against government pressure and Kremlin initiatives of subversion and political appropriation. The dominant notion of culture -be it naivist painting, fiction writing or punk rock- as something above and beyond politics is showing signs of weakening. Artists who until quite recently distanced themselves from oppositional activities are seen taking to the streets and their works have turned from mild–mannered subversion in the direction of activist agitation. In its discussion of this cultural shift, the current presentation takes its point of departure in the cultural guerrilla warfare demonstrated by new radical initiatives such as the art–activist group Voina and the all–female punk collective Pussy Riot.”

Our second keynote speaker will be Dr. Bob Jeffery (Sociology, Sheffield Hallam University), whose paper will be entitled, ‘Oppositional Salford: Dirty Old Town to Splintering Post-Industrial City’.

We are also pleased to be screening the new documentary, From Cable Street To Brick Lane, which charts the history of anti-fascism and anti-racism in the East End of London, from the Battle of Cable Street in 1936 through to the present. Members of the film’s production team will be present for a Question and Answer session after the screening. More details and trailer can be found here: http://www.cablestreettobricklane.co.uk/

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CFP: Oppositions Postgraduate Conference. University of Salford, 28-29 September 2012

Oppositions: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

28th and 29th September 2012
University of Salford

This conference seeks to explore ideas of opposition through the full range of disciplines in the arts, media, and social sciences.

In the context of the current crisis of capitalism, there are many examples of the forms ‘opposition’ can take: the Tea Party in the United States, the rise of fascist groups, campaigns run via new technologies and social media, religious fundamentalisms, and general strikes in Greece. Though it carries radical overtones, ‘opposition’ in itself is not tied to any particular dogma, left or right. We invite papers that explore the value and values of opposition as a position to be adopted by individuals or groups.

We welcome proposals for papers from postgraduates that engage with any aspect of opposition. These could include, but are by no means limited to: the ‘culture industry’ and alternative youth cultures; opposition parties within parliamentary politics; grass-roots activism; the history and future of the labour movement; hegemony; Foucauldian ‘resistance’ and its limits; radical pedagogies and the role of the University; community and class; the aesthetic value of non-mainstream or outsider art; aesthetic oppositions such as contrapuntal music or bricolage; and the formation of creole or pidgin languages.

Papers are welcome from fields such as politics, literature, philosophy, anthropology, religions and theology, geography, sociology, history, classics, translation studies, linguistics and social linguistics, visual and screen studies, new media and communication studies, and the performing arts. Interdisciplinary papers are very welcome.

Keynote speakers TBC.

Abstracts of 250 words are invited for presentations of 20 minutes. Proposals for performances, screenings etc. are also accepted. The conference intends to publish an edited volume of the best papers presented. 
Send abstracts to oppositionsconference[at]gmail.com by 6 July 2012.

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