Programme and Speakers

Friday, 19 January 2018
(venue: Historical Campus Neues Palais/New Palace, building 12, room 1.40)


Post-graduate Workshop “Raymond Williams‘ Cultural Materialism”


Registration for the main conference


Conference Opening (Prof. Dr. Dirk Wiemann, Michael Krause, Harald Pittel)


Keynote Lecture
Prof. Dr. Daniel Williams (Swansea University): “Raymond Williams, the Welsh and Other Differences”


Dr. Daniel Hartley (Leeds University): “Raymond Williams in the Capitalocene. The Long Revolution Today”


16.15-16.45 Coffee break


Keynote Lecture
Prof. Dr. Christian Fuchs (University of Westminster, London): “Raymond Williams’ Communicative Materialism in the Age of Digital Capitalism”


17.45-18.00 Coffee break


Roundtable Discussion



Conference Warming in Central Potsdam, at the Pub “Hafthorn” (Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 90, 14467 Potsdam)


Saturday, 20 January 2018
(venue: Campus Griebnitzsee, building 6, lecture hall H1)


Keynote Lecture
Prof. Dr. Udo Göttlich (Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen): “Raymond Williams’ Sociology of Culture”
The keynote lecture by Udo Göttlich has been cancelled

11.00-11.30: Coffee Break


Panel 3: Culture and Politics
Dr. Cyprian Piskurek (Technical University Dortmund): “The Country and the Country: Challenging the nostalgic nation with Raymond Williams”

Dr. Mark Schmitt (Technical University Dortmund): “A ‘Crisis of Possibility’: Re-Reading Raymond Williams’ The Volunteers for a Contemporary Theory of Riots”


12:30-13:30: Lunch break


Keynote Lecture
Prof. Dr. Monika Seidl (University of Vienna): “’Moving’ Images and How to Deal with Them”


14.30-15.00: Coffee Break


15.00-16:00 Uhr
Panel 4: Media and Technology
Dr. Johannes Fehrle (University of Mannheim): “Williams and Bourdieu: Developing a Cultural Materialist Model for Adaptation Studies”

Michael Krause (University of Potsdam): “Fiction for the Digital Age: Notes on Technology and Genre after Williams”


16.00-16.30: Coffee Break


Panel 5: Structures of Feelings and the Everyday
Dr. des Johannes Schlegel (Würzburg University): “Structures of Feeling: Negotiating Things and Selfs in Contemporary Culture”

Harald Pittel (University of Potsdam): “The Structure of Feeling in Film Musicals”




Conference Dinner at Trattoria “Pane e Vino” (Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 35, 14469 Potsdam)

Sunday, 21 January 2018
(venue: Campus Griebnitzsee, building 6, lecture hall H1)


Keynote Lecture
Prof. Dr. em. H. Gustav Klaus (Rostock University): „Raymond Williams, Public Intellectual of Working-Class Descent”


Panel 6: Theoretical Encounters

Dr. Stefan Wellgraf (Frankfurt, O.): “Structures of Feeling. Rethinking Cultural Materialism after the Affective Turn”

Barbara Maly-Bowie (University of Vienna): “Move on! Raymond Williams and Mobilisation”


12.00-13.00 break


Conference Closing and Departure