Teaching Orwell at Goldsmiths College

In an age of alternative facts post truth rhetoric & fake news never has there been a time to teach the writings & ideas of ‘Animal Farm’ & ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’ author George Orwell

George Orwell was the writer who warned of the dangers of ‘Newspeak’, coined the term ‘Cold War’, and said political language from Conservatives to Anarchists ‘is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.’ Outstanding professors and teachers of Orwell Studies from all areas of education are making presentations.

10 a.m. Conference opened by Professor Richard Keeble, distinguished Orwell scholar and Chair of the Orwell Society and Professor Mark D’Inverno, Pro-Warden for International Engagement at the University at Goldsmiths, University of London and Professor of Computer Science.

10.10 a.m. Keynote. Professor Tim Luckhurst, founding Head of the Centre for Journalism, University of Kent. Inspiring critical and ethical Journalism.

11.00 a.m. Professor Sean Cubitt Professor of Film and Television, Goldsmiths, University of London. Why 1984 Was Like 1984.

12.00 p.m. Maggie Pitfield, Head of MA in Children’s Literature & Head of Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, and Dr. Francis Gilbert , Educational Studies, Goldsmiths. Teaching George Orwell in the contemporary surveillance culture of English secondary schools

1 p.m. Lunch.

2 p.m. Dr. Jon Preston, English and Media teacher, the Brit School, Croydon. The children of Orwell: fighting for Voice.

2.45 p.m. Mary Claire Halvorson. Director of Professional Development, Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre, Goldsmiths. Rhizomatic Learning and Teaching Orwell

3.15 p.m. Philip Palmer. Senior Lecturer, Author, playwright and scriptwriting dramaturg from Goldsmiths, University of London. The Rhetoric of Doublethink

4 p.m. Professor Tim Crook. Head of Radio & Media Law and Ethics at Goldsmiths and Orwell Society Committee representative on Education. Orwell the Teacher: Such, Such Were The Joys.

4.30 p.m. Conference closes. Thanks from Richard Keeble and Richard Blair.

This is the second George Orwell Studies conference. Presentations and papers on the theme ‘Teaching Orwell’ will be considered for a special issue of the George Orwell Studies Journal.

Relevant websites and resources.

Orwell Society:

George Orwell Studies Journal:

Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London:


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