Tuesday 17 April 2018 18:00 to 20:00
MAL G16, Birkbeck College, Malet St, London
History Acts workshops are led by activists, who give a short talk or presentation about their work. Historians working on a relevant topic will then respond, before opening it up to group discussion.
John Hunter, Divest London
Divest London is a citizens’ movement, pushing public authorities and other institutions across the capital to show leadership and divest from fossil fuels.
Simon Pirani is Senior Visiting Research Fellow on the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies Natural Gas Programme. He has published widely on the development of natural gas markets, and changing consumption patterns, in the former Soviet Union. He was editor of, and contributor to, the programme’s multi-author volumes The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets are Driving Change (OUP, 2014) and Russian and CIS Gas Markets and their Impact on Europe (OUP, 2009). He is currently completing a book on the global history of fossil fuel consumption from 1950, to be published by Pluto in 2018.
Barbara Brayshay & Chris Church, Our Places, Our Stories: Mapping and Celebrating 50 years of Local Green Action
Our Places Our Stories is a new project which will record the remarkable places and projects where local people stepped up and took action, places where they said “No” to changes that threatened their environment or their community, or they wanted to create something new – a city farm, a cycle route or an energy project. There have been hundreds of local environmental campaigns and initiatives but there is little that records or celebrates what people did.
History Acts is a radical history forum, affiliated to the Raphael Samuel Centre, and based at the University of London. Our goal is to bring together radical and left-wing historians and contemporary activists. We look for new ways to engage as academics with contemporary struggles, to learn from activists, and to see how we can use what expertise and institutional resources we have to provide active solidarity.