2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, the violent shutting-down of a peaceful protest that resulted in 15 fatalities and hundreds being injured at the hands of the mounted Yeomanry.

As we reflect on its significance, we also ask: what is the place of protest and activism today and how does it make a difference to wider political outcomes?

Historian and author Jacqueline Riding will be in conversation with lecturers Athina Karatzogianni and Keir Milburn, discussing activism and dissent today and the effect of technology’s presence on traditional forms of protest.

About The Speakers

Athina Karatzogianni

Dr Athina Karatzogianni is an Associate Professor in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. Athina has built and led research networks investigating the impact of technology on ideology, governance and organization, particularly in relation to conflict, platform activism and alternative digital governance.

Keir Milburn

Keir Milburn is a long-time political activist, as well as a lecturer in Political Economy and Organisation at the University of Leicester. His latest book, Generation Left, published recently by Polity, explains why young people are moving to the left while older people are tending towards the right.



Jacqueline Riding

Jacqueline specialises in British history and art of the long eighteenth century. She is an experienced adviser and consultant for museums, historic buildings and film. She was the historical and art historical consultant for Mike Leigh’s award-winning feature film Mr. Turner (2014) and his new film Peterloo.