Anarchist Research Group

The ARG here at Loughborough aims to:
  • provide an informal space for the discussion, exploration and analysis of anarchist ideas and practices;
  • support anarchism research across scholarly disciplines in the University;
  • help raise the profile of anarchist studies through scholarship and public engagement;
  • co-ordinate with external networks to promote international collaborative work and anarchism research at Loughborough;
  • organise seminars for postgraduate researchers working on aspects of anarchist history and politics.
The ARG was established in 2008. It contributes to the social, political and cultural theory strand of the Communication and Culture Beacon at Loughborough University and is networked internationally through the Anarchist Studies Network (a specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association). The group also collaborates with the Politicised Practice Research Group in the Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art initiative.  
Our seminars are free and open to all.. 
If you are interested in receiving more information about our activities, please contact one of the co-ordinators (,;; or and see the information below.
Name/EventAffiliationTitleDate / time / room
Coleen Morgan University of York Anarchism & Archaeology: generative approaches to past societies and present practice Wednesday 19th February, 13:00-14:30
MAR105 Matthew Arnold building room
Laurence Davies University College York Anarchism and the Rewilding of Utopia Wednesday 25th March, 13:00-14:30
MAR105 Matthew Arnold building room
Peterson Silva Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina Conceptualizing freedom in anarchism Wednesday 1st April, 13:00-14:30
K109 Herbert Manzoni building
Lidia Iazzolino Anglia Ruskin University Dora Marsden's Egoism Wednesday 20th May, 13:00-14:30, Room TBC
Mike Finn University of Exeter Looking for anarchism in all the wrong places? Anarchsit influences on the British Labour movement Friday 13th Novemeber, 13:00-14:30 K109 Herbert Manzoni building

ARG members are also involved in, and encouraging participation at, the Anarchist Studies Network 6th international conference.


Matt Adams, Dave BerryAlex ChristoyannopoulosRuth Kinna.

Members & Associates:

Professor Peter Ackers, Professor of Employment Relations, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University

Oscar Addis, Doctoral Student Loughborough University

Sebastian Averill, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University

Jon Bigger, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University       

Dr Will Boisseau, Former Doctoral Student , Loughborough University

Dr John Cromby, Reader in Psychology, University of Leicester

Dr Jennifer Cooke, Lecturer in English, Department of English and Drama, Loughborough University

Dr James Donaghey, Research Fellow, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queens University, Belfast Loughborough University

Dr Simon Downs, Lecturer in Graphic Communication, School of the Arts, Loughborough University

Teresa Xavier Fernandes, Postgraduate Researcher, Loughborough University

Dr Cristos Iliopoulos, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University

James McIntyre, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University

Dr John Nightingale, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University

Dr Saku Pinta, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University

Dr Alex Prichard, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School  of Politics, University of Exeter

Dr. Thomas Swann, Research Associate, Loughborough University

Dr Sureyyya Turkeli, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University

Elizabet Vasileva, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University

Dr. Antonis Vradis, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer, Department of Geography Loughborough University

Dr Gillian Whiteley, Senior Lecturer in Visual and Material Culture, School of the Arts, Loughborough University

Dr Gwendolyn Windpassinger, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University

Dr Matthew Wilson, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University

The following publications are freely available on the university's Institutional Repository. See also below for papers and videos of ARG seminars.


PhD theses completed at Loughborough:

Publications by current staff:

Matt Adams

Berry, Dave

Alexandre Christoyannopoulos (see personal website for more)

Ruth Kinna

Matt Adams

  • ‘Unforgetting Clio’, Palabras al Margen (Colombia, 2017) - forthcoming
  • ‘Posibilidades para una historia anarquista: repensando el canon y escribiendo historia’ in Erosión, Revista de Pensamiento Anarquista (Santiago, 2016)
  • “Where do research ideas come from?” IdeaFest 2015, University of Victoria, March, 2015
  • “The Contrary Experience: Herbert Read and the Cultural Memory of the First World War”, Cultures of War, Public Lecture Series, University of Victoria, October, 2014.
  • “Anarchist Communism as a Tradition of Political Thought”, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, August, 2009

Dave Berry

  • Interviewed about Daniel Guérin by Sasha Lilley for her programme ‘Against the Grain’ on the San Francisco-based Radio Pacifica, April 2015.
  • ‘“Workers of the world embrace!” Homophobia in the French Extreme Left’, Public talk, Cowley Club Bookshop, Brighton, 11 May 2011.
  • ‘Entrevista a los creadores del grupe de investigación: Anarchist Studies Network’, in CNT. Organo de la Confederación Nacional del Trabajo no.364 (February 2010), 4pp.
  • ‘Anarchist Scholarship’ (Interview) in ZNet – The Spirit of Resistance Lives, 29 August 2008
  • ‘Anarchist Scholarship’ (Interview) in Revolution by the Book: The AK Press Blog (2008)
  • ‘A Failed Revolution? The experience of the French Popular Front of 1936-38’ in Anarcho-Syndicalist Review no.48/49(Winter 2008), pp.34-38.

Alex Christoyannopoulos

  • ‘Think the world’s in a mess? Here are four things you can do about it’, The Conversation, 16 November 2016, available via
  • 'War & Peace: Tolstoy's unconventional Christianity', Premier Christianity, 12 January 2016.
  • 'In Depth' live interview with Ed Stagg, BBC Radio Leicester, aired 3 February 2015, 08:30 to 59:38.
  • 'Christian anarchism', Public talk, DaseinLab philosophy café, Athens, December 2014
  • ‘«Gesù è stato il primo anarchico» Da Tolstoj a Occupy: Alexandre Christoyannopoulos racconta i legami tra Cristianesimo e anarchia’, Interview by Dario Ronzoni, Linkiesta, 12 October 2014, available via
  • ‘The Golden Rule on the Green Stick: Leo Tolstoy’s Postsecular International Thought’, Keynote talk, Dialogue of Civilizations: World Public Forum, Rhodes, Greece, September 2014, available on WPF 2014 livestream (24:00 to 46:40).
  • ‘Una discusión sobre anarquismo cristiano: Entrevista a Alexandre Christoyannopoulos’, Interview by Pedro García Guirao, Erosión: Revista de Pensamiento Anarquista número 3, December 2013, 111-120.
  • ‘Tolstoy and Christian Anarchism’, Public talk, Leicester Secular Society, October 2013
  • ‘It's Only Shorthand for a Cluster of Ideas and Practices’, JesusRadicals, 20 July 2012
  • ‘Contrasting Revolutions: Russia, China, Spain and Iran’, Public talk, Peace News Summer Camp, near Shrewsbury, June 2012
  • ‘Should Christians be Anarchists?’, New Left Project, 8 June 2012
  • ‘Le Christianisme libertaire’, Public talk, Christianisme et subversion atelier organised by L’association culturelle de Boquen and Le Mouvement du christianisme social, Paris, France, February 2012
  • ‘Nev-i Şahsına Münhasır Bir Hristiyan Anarşist: Tolstoy’, Qijika Reş Dergisi'nin 5. Sayısı Çıktı, January 2012, 115-119
  • ‘Exclusive Interview with Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, author of Christian Anarchism’, Interview, The Firebrand: A Magazine of Liberatory Politics, 11 July 2011
  • ‘The biblical roots of Christian anarchism’, Public talk, Catholic Worker ‘Eurogathering’, near London, June 2011
  • ‘An Introduction to Christian Anarchism’, Interview, The Mormon Worker, issue 10, 28 April 2011
  • ‘Putting God back in His Throne: Christian anarchists on 1 Samuel 8’, Public talk, Finchley Progressive Synagogue, London, December 2010
  • ‘De Tolstoï et Ellul aux Catholic workers, redécouvrir et interroger les perspectives d'une théologie politique de la subversion’, Public talk and atelier at ‘Parvis: Grand Rassemblement’ conference, Lyon, France, November 2010
  • ‘Tolstoy's Anarchism’, Radio interview with C. S. Soong, KPFA (Pacifica) Radio’s Against the Grain programme, 8 September 2008
  • ‘Una discusión sobre anarquismo cristiano: Entrevista a Alexandre Christoyannopoulos’, Interview by Pedro García Guirao, Erosión: Revista de Pensamiento Anarquista número 3, December 2013, pp. 111-120
  • ‘Was Jesus an Anarchist?’, Radio interview with William Crawley, BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence programme, 29 May 2011
  • ‘Was Jesus an Anarchist?’, Interview, Will and Testament, William Crawley's BBC blog, 17 May 2011

Ruth Kinna

Past speakers (2018-19)

Sidonie Verhaeghe Lille Anarchist Louise Michel in the republican pantheon: the understanding of a historical figure's posterity Wednesday 20th February, 13:00-14:30 K.1.09  
Erica Lagalisse London School of Economics Adventures in Anarcolandia:  The Complexities and Contradictions of Transnational Anarchist Social Movements Wednesday 6th March, 13:00-14:30 K.1.09  
New Syndicalist Editorial Team New Syndicalist New Media for a New Workers’ Movement: Syndicalism for the 21st Century Friday 22nd February 17:00-18:30 K.1.05  

Past speakers (2017-18)

James Yeoman The University of Sheffield Writing the Revolutionary Self: Memoir and Autobiography in the Spanish Anarchist Movement Wednesday 13th December K.1.05  
Marcus Collins Loughborough University The Beatles and the Revolutionary Left: Anarchists, Pacifists, Marxists and Counterculturalists in 1960s and 1970s Britain Wednesday 11th October, 5PM K.1.09  
Paul Raekstad University of Amsterdam Democratisation and
> Prefigurative Politics: A Defence
Wednesday 14th March 2018, 5PM K.1.05  

Past speakers (2016-17)

Antonis Vradis Loughborough University TBA Wednesday 25th January, 5PM K.1.05  
Professor Erika Cudworth The University of East London Beyond the imperial human: towards a creaturely politics Wednesday 8th February, 5PM K.1.05  
Professor Peter Ackers De Montfort University Ackers Alternatives to State-Socialism in Britain Wednesday 22nd February, 5PM  K.1.05  
Dr. Natasha King The University of Nottingham No Borders: the politics of immigration control and resistance Wednesday the 15th of March at 5PM K.105  
Dr. Danny Evans The University of Leeds 'The Spanish Kronstadt? The Barcelona May days 80 years on' Wednesday the 3rd of May  K1.05  
Professor Carl Levy Goldsmiths, University of London Anarchists and the City , Cold War City to Occupy/Square Movements, 1945 -2011 Tuesday 9th May, 5PM  K.1.05   

Past speakers (2015-16)

Elizabet Vasileva   Anarchist Studies Network Fourth International Conference 14-16 September 2016 Visit the webpage
Scott Crow Independent What, Me Worry? The Rise Of The Surveillance State & What We Can Do About It Tuesday 27 October, 5pm J202 (in the Edward Herbert Building)
Grietje Baars  City University London Explaining the 'obvious' interconnection of all struggles: Conversations on veganism, gender and queer liberation with the Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall Wednesday 27 January, 5pm K105 (in Manzoni)
Nick Kiersey Ohio University Occupy Dame Street and Irish Left Strategy: Lessons and Possible Futures Wednesday 2 March, 5pm K105 (in Manzoni)
Colin Bruce   Towards Green Anarchism: Total Liberation and the Abolition of Hierarchy Wednesday 27 April 5pm K105 (in Manzoni)
Robert Lamb University of Exeter In Defence of the Citizen-Philosopher: Political Theory and the Idea of Expertise Wednesday 18 May 5pm K105 (in Manzoni) 

Past speakers (2014-15)

An exciting innovation was the Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art Series 2014-15, whereby The Politicized Practice Research Group and the Anarchism Research Group joined forces with a broader range of Loughborough researchers to convene a series of events on Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art. The events, under the banner of the Communication, Culture and Citizenship Research Challenge, exhibited and reflected on the use of diverse forms of art to question prevailing political, economic and cultural orthodoxies. In our shrinking world, where communication media remain dominated by entrenched interests and surveillance, critical citizens are developing creative tactics and performances to provoke debate in the public sphere. This series is a space to showcase and critically discuss art activists’ efforts to give a voice to the excluded, promote inclusive alternatives, and enrich global culture and citizenship. This series builds on local multidisciplinary strengths and specialisms, and contributes to the University’s strategic ambitions to enhance the global community’s social, cultural and economic wellbeing, to put forward solutions to contemporary global challenges, and to impact national and international citizenship practices.

Past speakers (2012-13)

Name Affiliation Title Date Room
Allan Antliff University of Victoria Pacifist-Anarchism and the Arts: Kenneth Patchen, Jackson MacLow, John Cage and Donald Judd 31 October, 5-6:30pm A204 (Schofield)
Kathy Ferguson Hawaii Anarchist women of the first wave 7 November, 5-6:30pm A204 (Schofield)
Diogo Duarte Instituto de Historia Contemporânea, Lisbon Anarchism and the State in Portugal in the early 20th century 5 December, 5-6:30pm A204 (Schofield)
Peter Ryley Independent Anarchism's Hidden Histories: Researching Individualism in 19th Century Britain 13 February, 5-6:30pm A204 (Schofield)
Uri Gordon Loughborough Contemporary Anarchist Critiques of the State 24 April, 5-6:30pm A204 (Schofield)
Constance Bantman Surrey Transnational lives - internationalism and nationalism in Belle Epoque anarchism 1 May, 5-6:30pm A204 (Schofield)

Past speakers (2011-2012)

Name Affiliation Title Date
Georgios Sagriotis Panteion and Patras Benjamin and Anarchism (paper available below) 2/11/11
Anthony Fiscella Lund University, Center for Theology and Religious Studies From Anarcho-Fascism to Libertarian Spirituality: What Does it Men to be Free? 29/11/11
Christos Memos University of York Anarchism and Marxism: In Search of Lost Revolutionary Time 18/1/12
Judy Greenway East London ‘Not the Church and not the State, women must decide our fate’: anarchist feminists and the politics of reproduction. 8/2/12
Diane Morgan Leeds Seriality and Everyone's Place Under the Sun: Proudhon with Kant (paper available below) 7/3/12
Andrew Cornell Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3  The Evolution U.S. Anarchism in the Mid-20th Century: From Mother Earth to the Fifth Estate 25/4/12
Richard Morgan UCL  Hygiene is the best of medicines': Petr Kropotkin and Criminological Science.  16/5/12

Past speakers (2010-11)

Name Affiliation Title Date
Cris Iliopoulos Loughborough The anarchist aspects of Nietzsche's philosophy (paper available below) 06/12/10
Maurizio Atzeni Loughborough Worker Occupations in Argentina (paper available here) 26/01/11
Charlotte Alston Northumbria Tolstoyism: An international movement in the late 19th / early 20th centuries  09/03/11 
Emma Dixon  Bangor  Women, Love and Anarchism: Anarcho-Sexism and The Rise of British Second Wave Feminism  04/05/11 
Gabriel Kuhn  independent Gustav Landauer, Erich Mühsam, and Anarchism in Germany  05/05/11

Past speakers (2010)

Name Title Date
Saul Newman Postanarchism and contemporary politics (paper available below) 10/12/08 
Paul McLaughlin  Bakunin and Marx: An Unbridgeable Chasm? (paper available below) 26/01/09 
Ben Franks Anarchism and the Problem of Political Philosophy (slides available below) 13/05/09 
Paul Blackledge  Between science and morality: Victor Serge and Simon Critchley on Marxism, anarchism and the ethics of anti?capitalism  10/03/10

Seminar papers/slides for download: