Third annual Engels Memorial Lecture, organised jointly by the Marx Memorial Library, London and the Working Class Movement Library, Salford. We mark 200 years since Friedrich Engels’s birth by welcoming Mary Davis who will speak on ‘Women’s oppression, the origins of the family & the condition of the working class’.
This online lecture is based on two seminal works by Engels – ‘The origins of the family, private property & the state’ & ‘The condition of the working class in England in 1844’. These two books provide the framework for an analysis of the condition of women, class & the family in Britain in 2020.
Mary Davis is Visiting Professor of Labour History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has written, broadcast and lectured widely on women’s history, labour history, imperialism and racism. She was awarded the TUC Women’s Gold Badge in 2010 for services to trade unionism. She is one of the founder members of the Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee and ‘A Charter for Women’, and is a Trustee of Marx Memorial Library.
The Memorial Lecture is a joint endeavour which examines Engels, his work, and broader themes associated with his ideas and influence. The yearly event has alternated between the two libraries, each with a unique place in the British labour movement and a long-standing shared history – 2020 affords us the opportunity of co-hosting, as the event will be taking place online. This event will be live-streamed.