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Date and time
Sat 21 October 2023
09:00 - 17:00
Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Further info
Dr Craig Johnston
Booking required


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Class as an analytical category has fallen out of favour within many areas of academia while the material impact of class continues to affect the lives of the working class who are strategically excluded from the public sphere. Questions of class do not correspond to single theories or practices, nor are they geographically confined. Building on the work of the Journal of Class and Culture and drawing on a wide and diverse range of academics and non-academics, encompassing various methodological and epistemological approaches the aim of this one-day conference is to provide a platform for an engagement with and an analysis of class. By considering class in its various forms – cultural, structural, social, and economic – the conference will demonstrate the heterogenous, dynamic, and multifaceted nature of class.

With a special focus on the class and culture the conference aims to bring together working-class academics, practitioners, and researchers from across a range of educational and public sector settings. It is open to all, specifically those who are interested in themes including education, media, sociology, criminology, psychology, community development and public health. By approaching the question of class from both historical and contemporary perspectives as an engagement with the everyday and addressing subjects and events which might appear insignificant or disconnected - but when viewed through the lens of class become important – reveals much about the societies in which we live. We welcome anyone, especially those with lived experience of the conference themes, individuals or groups who want to get more informed on issues related to class and culture and those who are keen to envision a positive future for the working-class.

This is a collaborative event by UWE Bristol, University of Hertfordshire and Intellect.

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9:30 Welcome (Tea and coffee) 
10:00 Introductions with Deirdre O'Neill and Craig Johnston 
10:30 Panel one: What is Class?
Mike Wayne (Chair) with Dan Evans, Lisa McKenzie and Sarah McLaughlin.
11:30 Questions and discussion
12:00 Panel two: What is Culture?
Dan Evans (Chair) with Mike Wayne, Phil Cohen and Orla O'Connor
13:00 Questions and discussion
13:00 Lunch in the café
13:30 Panel three: Class and Education
Craig Johnston (Chair) with Peter Shulkie, Richard Waller, Iona Burnell Reilly
14:30 Questions and discussion
15:00 Panel four: Class and the Media
Kat Flint Nicol (Chair) with Rachel Broady, Thirza Wakefield, Melanie Williams
16:00 Questions and discussion
16:30 Closing plenary with Robert Francis

Registration and tickets

The conference is free to attend but places are very limited, so book soon.

You can book a place by emailing Dr Craig Johnston at

  • Cost: Free
  • Attendance: Booking required


1 Canons Road

Information about Intellect Publishers

Intellect is a fiercely independent academic publisher for scholars and practitioners teaching and researching in the arts, media and creative industries.

Best known for our work in the visual and performing arts, we provide publishing services in many subject areas, backed by over 30 years of steady growth, and a reputation for excellence in design and production.

We champion authors of original work with an international perspective and look to encourage and support critical debate in new and emerging subject areas. Our emphasis is on quality and scholarly integrity rather than simple marketability and rigorous peer review is central to our publishing process. 

We are actively seeking book proposals and article length research for our journals. Find out more about Intellect Books, or contact James Campbell at to schedule a meeting.

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