Writer and campaigner Melissa Benn in conversation with social historian Jane Martin about the strength of political and family traditions – concerning ethics, ideas and ways of campaigning – and how this works its way through the generations.
Melissa Benn comes from a long line of outspoken campaigners and prominent Parliamentarians. Her journalism has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Independent, the Times, Public Finance, Marxism Today, Guardian, the New Statesman, Mslexia and Teach Secondary magazine, where she writes a regular column. Her essays have appeared in Storia, Feminist Review, Women: A Cultural Review, Race and Class, Forum, The Political Quarterly and in several collections of essays including Feminism and Censorship (Prism), Moving Targets: Women, Murder and Representation (Virago), New Gender Agenda (IPPR) and Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism (Guardian Books).
Jane Martin is Professor of Social History of Education in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and Director of the Domus Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Histories of Education and Childhood. She teaches and researches on gender and history, education policy and social justice, and research methods in education.