The John Campbell Lecture with Professor Steven Fielding
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm St Bride Foundation
London EC4Y 8EQ
The John Campbell Lecture 2012
‘The heart of a heartless political world: dramatising Queen Victoria’
For the second annual John Campbell Lecture, Professor Steven Fielding will explore fictional representations of the royal family and how they have shaped attitudes towards both the monarchy and politicians.
“The monarchy remains a popular element in the British constitution. In this lecture I will argue that one reason for this is how the monarchy has been dramatised on the screen. By focusing on how Queen Victoria has been depicted since the 1930s I will show the extent to which Victoria has been presented as an actively benevolent constitutional force, one whose only concern is to defend her subjects’ interests – in stark contrast to those selfish, partisan (and elected) politicians.”
Tickets for the John Campbell Lecture, costing £5 for Republic members and £7 for non-members, can be purchased from www.eventelephant.com/john-campbell-lecture-2012.
The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session with Steven Fielding and a wine reception – the ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink.
About Professor Steven Fielding
Steven Fielding is Director of the Centre for British Politics and professor of Political History in the School of Politics and Internation Relations at the University of Nottingham. He began his academic career as a historian of Irish Catholics in Britain, which led to a concern with the politics of the Labour party during the twentieth century. Over the last few years he has become increasingly preoccupied with how politics has been represented in novels, dramas and comedies in both Britain and the USA and is currently working on a book on this theme, to be published later this year.
About the John Campbell Lecture
John Campbell served as Chair of Republic between 2004 and 2010. In that time he made a huge impact on the campaign, providing inspiring leadership and overseeing Republic’s reinvention as a serious pressure group. John died after a short illness in 2010 and as a tribute to his enormous contribution, Republic’s board of directors launched an annual lecture in his name, featuring a single keynote speaker followed by a wine reception. The inaugural speaker last year was Michael Mansfield QC.