After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto Conference 2015

After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto Conference 2015

Saturday 21 February 2015, 9.30-4pm
Human Rights Action Centre, EC2A 3EA

Full programme available here

Although the neoliberal economic settlement is unravelling, its political underpinning remains largely unchallenged. The analyses in our manifesto call into question the foundational assumptions of the neoliberal order, and argue for radical alternatives that are capable of challenging the system as a whole.

To celebrate the completion of After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto, Soundings organised a one day conference to discuss and develop the ideas outlined in the Manifesto, and the seminars that accompanied each instalment.

The day combined plenary discussions with smaller breakout sessions to build on the themes of the Manifesto, and to debate ways forward.

Following the conference, there was a reception from 4.30-6.30pm at 71a Leonard Street to launch the printed version of After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto and to honour its co-editor, Stuart Hall.

Many thanks to Amiel and Melburn Trust for their support of the conference and to SAGE Publications for their support of the reception.


Doreen Massey - Emeritus Professor of Geography at the Open University and founding editor of Soundings

Michael Rustin - Professor of Sociology at University of East London and founding editor of Soundings

Beatrix Campbell - Award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, campaigner and playwright

Sirio Canos Donnay - Member of Podemos and PhD Researcher at UCL Institute of Archaeology

Simon Dubbins - Director of International and Research, Unite the Union

Jeremy Gilbert - Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at University of East London and Editor of New Formations

Sue Goss - Political scientist, commentator and author, Open Tribe

Ewa Jasiewicz - Solidarity activist, journalist and union organizer

Jo Littler - Programme Director for the BA Cultural and Creative Industries at City University and Chair of the Kilburn Manifesto seminars

Charlotte Millar - Strategist and Co-founder, Finance Innovation Lab

Mika Minio-Paluello - Oil and gas campaigner, Platform

Pragna Patel - Director and Founding Member, Southall Black Sisters

Marina Prentoulis - Senior Lecturer, School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at University of East Anglia and member of Syriza

Adam Ramsay - Co-Editor of OurKingdom section of openDemocracy

David Wearing - Researcher of British-Saudi-Gulf relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies

Breakout facilitators

Guppi Bola - Lead Organiser for the European arm of the New Economic Organisers Network (NEON)

David Featherstone - Senior Lecturer, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at University of Glasgow and board member of Soundings

Deborah Grayson - Research Coordinator at Three Faiths Forum and board member of Soundings

Ben Little - Senior Lecturer, Media and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University and board member of Soundings

Roshi Naidoo - independent researcher and arts and heritage consultant, with a background in higher education and campaigning

Clifford Singer - Director, Social Spark and Co-founder, Digital Action Lab


Soundings Soundings is a journal of politics and culture, acting as a hinge between the world of academia and the wider political left.

Amiel Melburn Trust Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust is a grant giving trust set up to advance public education in the philosophy of Marxism and the history of socialism.

SAGE Publications SAGE Publications is an independent international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media. Known for its commitment to quality and innovation, it is a world leader in its chosen academic, educational, and professional markets.