The Great Moving Left Show invites you to the first session in a three-part series of participatory, political discussions on the ‘Landscapes of Corbynism’. Focused on exploring what a socialist urban and spatial politics might look like today, the contradictory relationship such a vision would have with local government, and the position of a Corbyn-led government in this picture, we will trace the British Left’s changing attitudes to housing and urban policy over the past decades. To do this, we will be in conversation with renowned author and journalist Owen Hatherley.
The event will begin at 6pm, and will be followed by a social in which attendees can meet, greet and have a drink!
The Great Moving Left Show strives to be an intellectual workshop for the Corbyn project. It seeks to provide a much-needed space where the collective intellectual capacities of the left become focused on the political and strategic questions posed today. Acting as a intellectual pole of attraction, the series will seek to provide a supportive role in developing the political ideas of the Corbyn project, taking on the crucial question of how to elaborate a socialist strategy under neoliberal capitalism. It will seek to fill the lack of intellectual-political spaces where practicable knowledge for the left can be produced and discussed. Without these material spaces of self-education, new generations coming into socialist ideas will find it harder to develop. Paraphrasing the title of Stuart Hall’s 1979 essay, The Great Moving Left Show seeks to deepen and develop the radical new possibilities for transformation that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has opened up.
Session 2: Friday 15th February, 6pm at the May Day Rooms with Keir Milburn – author of the forthcoming book ‘Generation Left’ (Polity Press) and writer on the potentials of Public-Common Partnerships.
Session 3: Friday 22nd February, 6pm at the May Day Rooms with Ben Beach – architectural worker involved in the fight to save Latin Village and researcher of the the impact of riots on regeneration programs. He will speak on ‘The fight for the city: how can the left build its own urban space?’