Image above is by Catherine Ade from the Absence and Presence Printmaking project.
Printers Unite! Print and Protest from the Early Modern to the Present.
3 and 4 November, 2016 at The Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, London
‘Printers Unite!’ is a phrase that evokes the historic solidarities and struggles of printers and their eventual consolidation into a single trade union, Unite. On the 90th and 30th anniversaries of the General Strike and the Wapping Dispute, this two-day conference at the Marx Memorial Library will explore the role of printers and print as agents and vehicles of protest. The General Strike, which was triggered by an unofficial strike by printers at the Daily Mail, and the Wapping Dispute, in which 6000 printers were sacked by News International, represent only one of the themes that emerges out of an examination of ‘print and protest’: that of the labour history of printing. This conference will also engage with ‘print and protest’ in so far as it applies to early modern as well as modern contexts, pre-industrial as well as industrial perspectives and radical as well as labour histories. The phrase ‘Printers Unite’, then, can also be interpreted as a call for researchers of ‘print and protest’ to unite over historical periods and methodological boundaries, making it possible to establish broader patterns and trends over time.
Catherine is presenting on the Absence and Presence project in her role as UK coordinator. You can find out more about Absence and Presence here.
Information on Printers Unite conference programme, organised by The Centre for Printing History and Culture here.