Activism and Integrity

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16th December 2013, 1pm – 4.30pm

Lipman Building 121, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Hosted by the Northumbria University Histories of Activism reseach group. This workshop will explore the ways in which concepts of integrity have shaped debates among activists from across the political spectrum; how it has governed action as well as intention; and how forms of organization and collective action are negotiated to preserve the integrity of the actors.

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1pm: Arrival and Welcome

1.15-2.30pm: Panel One: Integrity and nineteenth-century reform movements

Dr James Gregory (Plymouth) ‘”What’s my motivation?”Personal integrity and other “springs of action” in the lives of nineteenth-century reformers”

Dr Charlotte Alston (Northumbria) ‘Facing life as a whole: Tolstoy, Tolstoyans and the philosophy of non-resistance’

Roundtable discussion

2.30-3pm: Coffee break

3-4.14pm: Panel Two: Conservativism and radical activists in the twentieth century

Dr. Joe Street (Northumbria) ‘The Black Panther Party and street protest’

Dr Mark Pitchford (Visiting Research Fellow, KCL) ‘Conservative activism’

Roundtable discussion

4.15-4.30: Concluding remarks and close

Download a printable programme here.

The workshop is free and all are welcome. For further details on this event, please contact the workshop organisers: Dr Charlotte Alston ( and Dr Joe Hardwick (

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This event is funded by Northumbria University Humanities Department

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