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The Dilemmas of

Labour Under Corbyn


International conference co-organised by EHESS (CESPRA) and Sorbonne Nouvelle (CREW)

Supported by the Political Studies Association's Political Leadership Group and Labour Movements Group


 Friday 18 June 2021



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(CET Paris time)


10:00 Welcome and opening remarks

Emmanuelle Avril (CREW), Yohann Aucante (CESPRA)

Mark Bennister (PSA's Political Leadership Group), Patrick Diamond/Karl Pike (PSA's Labour Movements Group)

Toufik Abdou (CREW) and Denis Rayer (CESPRA)

10:15 Keynote : “Left populism and the politics of caricature”, Chris Clarke

Chairs: Toufik Abdou and Denis Rayer

10:45 Q & A

11:15 Tea break 

11:30 Panel 1 : Ideas and ideology

Chair : Yohann Aucante, EHESS

11:30 “The intellectual production of Corbynism, 2015-2020”, Nicolas Jara-Joly, Université Paris Nanterre

11:45 “Manifesto for the Movement : Inside Momentum’s plan to influence the 2019 Labour Party general election manifesto”, Toufik Abdou, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

12:00 “New Jerusalems? The Labour’s Party Economic Policy-Making in the 1930s and 2010s”, Patrick Diamond, Queen Mary, University of London

12:15 “Reimagining the State under Corbyn”, Emma Bell, Université de Savoie Mont Blanc

12:30 Q & A

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00 Panel 2: Leading the party

Chair: Emmanuelle Avril, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

14:00 “Myth and meaning: what animated Corbyn's leadership of the British Labour Party?”, Karl Pike, Queen Mary, University of London

14:15 “Jeremy Corbyn and Dilemmas of Leadership”, Mark Bennister, Univerty of Lincoln, Ben Worthy, Birkbeck, University of London

14:30 Q & A

14:45 Panel 3: Party democracy and organisation

Chair: Rémi Lefebvre, Université de Lille

14:45 “Under new Management ? New Politics and Toxic Legacies in the Labour Party”, Emmanuelle Avril, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

15:00 “'Open Selections' : How the debates on the selection of parliamentary candidates polarized Jeremy Corbyn's dominant coalition”, Denis Rayer, EHESS

15:15 “Jeremy Corbyn and Trade Unions : Past Symbiosis to Handle Today's Disruption in the British Workplace ?”, Lovatiana Raveloarison, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle 

15:30 Q & A

15:50 Tea break

16:00 Panel 4: “Corbynismas a cultural project

Chair :  David Fée, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

16:00 “'Oh Jeremy Corbyn.' Young voters, the youthquake and Corbynmania in Great Britain (2015-2020)”, Sarah Pickard, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

16:15 “Corbynism: political image and influence” Yves Golder, Université de Strasbourg

16:30 “#ForTheManyNotTheFew. Jeremy Corbyn’s presentation style and speech on Instagram.” Elodie Berthet, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas

16:45 “A case study in film, examining the relationship between Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Loach”, Susannah O'Carroll, Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Grenoble

17:00 Q & A

17:30 General discussion and Concluding remarks

Thierry Labica, Université Paris Nanterre



18 June 2021

International conference organised by EHESS (CESPRA) and Sorbonne Nouvelle (CREW), supported by the Political Studies Association's Political Leadership Group and Labour Movements Group.

Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader in September 2015 was one of the biggest upsets in British political history. A veteran socialist, who had spent 30 years on the back benches championing controversial causes, Jeremy Corbyn scraped on to the ballot paper at the last minute, thanks to nominations from Labour MPs who had wanted a token left-winger to "broaden the debate". His entry into the contest prompted a surge in people joining the party or paying £ 3 to become registered supporters, taking advantage of new leadership contest rules.

Jeremy Corbyn's election in 2015 prompted a battle for the soul of the Labour Party between grassroots members who rallied behind Mr Corbyn and many of the party's MPs, who regarded him as an electoral liability. Despite the constant infighting, Jeremy Corbyn remoulded the Labour Party and managed to shift it to the left.

This one-day conference will try and cut through the fog of uncritical adulation and unthinking hostility towards Jeremy Corbyn in order to shine a light on the origins and dynamics of the Corbyn movement and give some answers to the following questions: What was the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn? How did it work? How was it organised? What will be the legacy of Jeremy Corbyn in the history of the Labour movement? What could be the future of Corbynism?

We will welcome contributions in the shape of 20-minute presentations in French or in English. We would like to reach out to include perspectives on Jeremy Corbyn from all subfields in political science as well as fields such as British history, economics, sociology or communication and media studies.

These perspectives include but are not limited to the following themes:
- Factions within the Labour Party
-The Labour Party and the role of trade unions
-Jeremy Corbyn and social media
-Political communication, Jeremy Corbyn and the mainstream media
-Election campaigns and political mobilisation
-Jeremy Corbyn's leadership style
-The Corbyn ideology/ Corbynomics/ Corbynism
-The evolution of decision-making in the Labour Party
-the role of Momentum

Organising committee

Toufik Abdou, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle
Denis Rayer, EHESS

Scientific committee
Toufik Abdou, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (CREW)
Yohann Aucante, EHESS (CESPRA)
Emmanuelle Avril, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (CREW)
Patrick Diamond, Queen Mary University of London
Denis Rayer, EHESS (CESPRA)


Type :
Colloque / Journée d'étude

mise à jour le 15 octobre 2021