Lawrence Wishart Blog: New Formations

This Conjuncture: After Brexit, Corbyn and Covid

Posted on 13/10/2021

This is the second of a series of online seminars hosted by the journal New Formations (current editor: Jeremy Gilbert) in Autumn 2021, organised by Rebecca Bramall and Jeremy Gilbert. The series marks the publication of the journal’s series of issues published under the title This Conjuncture and dedicated to the memory of Stuart Hall.


After Brexit, Corbyn and Covid

The Covid-19 pandemic is the most recent in a series of extraordinary events that have opened up questions about the conjuncture in which we are living in the UK and the kind of political threats and opportunities it poses. Join Anthony Barnett, Ellie Mae O’Hagan and Scott McCracken to unpick the power relations and thematics at work in our current moment, from Brexit and the ascent of nationalist populism, to the devastating experience of defeat in the 2019 general election, to the implications of the pandemic for the radical left.


Anthony Barnett is a writer and campaigner, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy. Anthony is the author of a series of books on the British state, most recently The Lure of Greatness: England’s Brexit and America’s Trump (2017).

Ellie Mae O’Hagan is an editor at OpenDemocracy and a freelance journalist writing mainly for the Guardian.

Scott McCracken is Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature at Queen Mary, University of London and a member of the editorial board of New Formations. He is currently working on a monograph which rethinks the twentieth century from the perspective of political defeat. Scott’s article ‘“The old prejudices wax, the old interests play, the old neuroses govern”’: defeat and the conjuncture’ was published as a contribution to This Conjuncture.

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