The Spirit of ’77: Revisiting and Contextualising the Battle of Lewisham


Call for papers

The purpose of this conference is to revisit and rethink the Battle of Lewisham and to examine it less as a single entity and more as a multifaceted sequence of events, situated very much within their historical context, which involved a wide range of people, from many different spheres of society, who may have had varied and diverse reasons for participating.

The conference will also provide an opportunity to reflect upon and analyse the programme of commemorative events being staged by Goldsmiths across the anniversary weekend in August.

The organisers of the conference are seeking proposals for papers of 20-25 minutes on any aspect of the Battle of Lewisham and/or on any aspect of the wider social, cultural or political context which was impacted by or impacted upon the events of 13 August 1977.

Themes to be explored might include:

  • Race
  • Gender, sexuality
  • Organisations, communities
  • Policing
  • Spaces and geographies
  • Art, music, visual cultures
  • Local or London history
  • Protest movements, contentious politics
  • Comparative studies
  • Memory, commemoration
  • Oral history

Proposals of no more than 500 words should be e-mailed to John Price, Department of History, Goldsmiths, University of London ( The deadline for proposals is 29 August 2017. Any enquiries, questions or queries should also be directed to John Price.


The link to the 'Call for Papers page is