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[Commlist] 200 years of the Guardian conference

Wed Mar 17 14:51:47 GMT 2021

Happy to announce the programme for our forthcoming conference, hosted by the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Cetnre, reflecting on 200 years of the Guardian. This will take place online on 23/24 April and *free​* registration opens 1 April <> . We have keynotes from Mark Curtis (Declassified UK), Gary Younge (former editor-at-large, the Guardian), Ghada Karmi (Exeter University) and Alan Rusbridger (former editor of the Guardian) and eight panels on a range of topics.

_Friday 23 April _

3-4pm Keynote: Mark Curtis (founder,/Declassified/), ‘The Guardian, the establishment and the security state’ (chaired by Hilary Wainwright)

4.10-5.30pm First set of panels

_Foreign news (chaired by Omega Douglas) _

Giora Goodman and Tony Shaw: Guardian and Israel from both sides – Suez

Victoria Brittain: ‘Third World Review’**


_The open, liberal newsroom(chaired by James Curran) _

Colleen Murrell: Australia and the “dance with philanthropy”

Dan Jackson, Todd Graham & Scott Wright: Open journalism

John Holmwood: Liberal orthodoxy and religious rights


6-8pm Keynote: Gary Younge, ‘Race and Class at the Guardian’ (respondent: Richard Seymour) (chaired by Des Freedman)

_Saturday 24 April _

10-11am Keynote: Alan Rusbridger, ‘More than a business: the 200 year history of a newspaper which put purpose before profit’ (chaired by Natalie Fenton)

_11.10-12.30 Second set of panels _

_Liberalism (chaired by Clea Bourne) _

Alexander Zevin: Liberalism and empire**

Aaron Ackerley: The Interwar years**

Carole O’Reilly: The sturdy strength of traditional liberalism**

Des Freedman: The Founding of the Guardian**

_Regulation and the state (chair TBC) _

Julian Petley: press campaign against the Guardian

Natalie Fenton: Guardian and press regulation**

Simon Dawes: Media freedom, power and the public**

Brian Cathcart: The Guardian and Press Reform: A Wheel Come Full Circle


_1.30-2.50pm Third set of panels _


_The Guardian and feminism (chaired by Becky Gardiner) _

Hannah Hamad: Madeline Linford, Mary Stott and the early years of the women’s page

Lynne Segal: Reflections on feminism

Jilly Kay and Mareile Pfanebecker: The Guardian and neoliberal femininism

_Empire (chaired by Mirca Madianou) _

Richard Smith: Pan Africanism and anti-colonial struggle

Kathy Davies: Irish war of independence**

Priya Gopal: On empire**

_3-4.20pm Fourth set of panels_**


_Racism and populism(chaired by Anamik Saha) _

Mike Wayne: Hegemony in action

Katy Brown, Aurelien Mondon & Aaron Winter: Guardian and populist hype

Cinzia Padovani: Guardian’s coverage of the ultra-right**

_Bias and balance (chaired by Kate Morris) _

Tom Mills: A liberal echo chamber

Justin Schlosberg and Mike Berry: The curse of Corbynism**

Laura Basu: The Guardian and austerity**

4.30-5.30pm Keynote: Ghada Karmi, ‘Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Guardian’s fatal ambivalence’ (chaired by Gholam Khiabany)

Please do circulate to your networks and students and remember to register from 1 April at For more information, please email (d.freedman /at/

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