Thursday, 26 November 2020

Futures in Crisis: The Politics of Work and Capitalism in a Digital Age (Bristol Festival of Ideas)

The world has faced two major crises in 12 years. The aftershocks of the 2008 financial crisis are still being felt and the consequences of COVID-19 for economy and society will be with us for a long time. A series of utopian and dystopian visions of the futures of work and capitalism have sprung up alongside these crises, seeking to make sense of an age defined by technological shifts, populist upheaval, digital authoritarianism and global pandemic.

Following a recent special issue on “Postcapitalism and the Politics of Work”, Political Quarterly joined forces with Bristol Festival of Ideas, University of Bristol’s Thinking Futures programme and the Economic & Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science 2020 to pick through these futures and debate their political implications on both the national and international stage. In the immediate wake of the US presidential election, we were joined by Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham and author of The Dignity of Labour (forthcoming, Polity); Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan and Shadow Foreign Secretary; and Paul Mason, commentator and author of How to Stop Fascism (forthcoming, Penguin). The event was chaired by Frederick Harry Pitts(University of Bristol), academic and author of Value (forthcoming, Polity).

You can catch up on the festival here

Sunday, 4 October 2020

The Political Quarterly Annual Lecture 2020


After Windrush, can the Home Office be Fixed?

This special virtual event took place on 2 November 2020 with 

Amelia Gentleman and David Lammy.

You can see the film here.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

The Crick Prize for Best Piece. The winner is...

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Crick Prize for Best Piece for 2019 is Martin Loughlin. His winning article entitled "What Would John Griffith have made of Jonathan Sumption's Reith Lectures" appeared in Volume 90, Issue 4 and you can read the article for free here and see the award given here.

The criteria for the Crick Prize are as follows:

The Orwell test: Was the article written in good, clear English?
The scholarship test: Was its knowledge base sound and well grounded?
The Alzheimer test: Could I remember its contents clearly several days after reading it?
The durability test: Is it likely to be read some years later, or was it just good current comment?
The originality test: Did it have something distinctly new to say?
The Crick test: Would Bernard have appreciated it? (that doesn’t mean he would necessarily have agreed with it).

The judges felt all of these criteria were met.