W.T. Stead: A Centenary Conference for a Newspaper Revolutionary
When: Mon 16 Apr 2012 – Tue 17 Apr 2012, 09.15 - 19.00
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: See more information for prices
This conference marks the centenary of W.T. Stead’s death on the Titanic and is the first to commemorate the life and achievements of this remarkable man.
It aims to recover his extraordinary influence on English culture from 1870 and, in his spirit, it will investigate the current revolution in newspapers and print journalism in the age of digital news.
When Stead died, he was a towering presence in Britain and the US. An inveterate campaigner, he pursued imperialism, social reform – and purity, international peace and women’s rights. As editor and publisher, he pioneered the new journalism and the modern tabloid. His advocacy of ‘government by journalism’ helped launch military and parliamentary campaigns. His exposé of child prostitution raised the age of consent to 16, yet he was jailed for his investigative journalism.
Keynote speakers include:
Laurel Brake, Professor Emerita of Literature and Print Culture, Birkbeck, University of London
John Durham Peters, A. Craig Baird Professor in Communication Studies, University of Iowa
twitter hashtag : #Stead12
16 April 2012
Opens at 09.15 and closes at 19.00
The day will be followed by a drinks reception until 20.00
17 April 2012
Starts at 09.15 and closes 18.30
Bookings can be made via the British Library Box Office on +44 (0)1937 546546 or directly at the ticket office in the St Pancras Building
Early Bird 2 Day Ticket (until 31 January 2012): £70 (£60 postgraduates / Senior 60+)
Late 2 Day Ticket (from 1 February 2012): £85 (£75 postgraduates / Senior 60+)
Single Day Rate: £45 (No Concessions)
The draft programme for the conference can be found at http://sites.google.com/site/stead2012/