The 1st Manchester Forum

 Call for Contributions 

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester 23rd November, 2019

To launch the first Manchester Forum we are delighted to announce a call for work by politically- motivated artists and thinkers. This can take any form the contributor wishes. TMF2019 will be a day-long event which showcases this work, inviting all attendees to participate in the discussion. Proposals are invited from performers, composers, artistes and scholars involved in any way with the production or reception of political art. Submissions with a focus  on  the  topics  of  race, gender, class, economics, tradition, ritual and religion are actively encouraged.

Presentation style contributions should be 20 minutes with an expectation that contributors will be involved in a Q&A after their presentation and take part in discussion panels at other points in the day. Other forms of contribution are encouraged and can vary in length from 10 to 30 minutes. We actively seek contributions which differ from the traditional conference style paper presentation and are open to any proposal. Additionally, collaborative contributions are welcome.

Proposals (which should usually be between 300-500 words) should include:

  • Your name
  • Any affiliation to an institution you might have
  • A description of the work you wish to contribute
  • Any particular resources your proposed work would require and whether you will be able to facilitate this yourself
  • Why you wish to contribute to TMF2019 in particular

TMF is able to offer support with regards to basic audio equipment and, in some instances, personnel but the onus is on the contributor to provide the key resources for their contribution.

Please send proposals to and do not hesitate to get in contact with any queries.

More About TMF2019
The Manchester Forum is a platform for new political voices from any background to converse, facilitated by creative practice and panels from contributing politically-motivated artists and thinkers. It is for anyone and everyone who is interested in hearing and discussing new ideas about our world, the way it operates and is structured. Whilst our methods may differ, we all have one goal: to encourage attendees to observe the machinations of power in our world to deconstruct them and see how they work, to offer the chance to evaluate these mechanisms, criticise them and challenge them. By uniting political artists, thinkers and audiences through The Manchester Forum we can engage in a unique and intriguing dialogue about our world and learn from and with each other. This festival of ideas will offer new perspectives and methodologies in our socio-political environment and explore new ways of seeing, thinking and being.