Features — 01 June 2012

Dr. Kevin Binfield, professor in the department of English and philosophy at Murray State University, was a keynote speaker at “Enoch’s Hammer,” a conference held at the University of Huddersfield, located in West Yorkshire, England. Named after the hefty tool Luddites used when they smashed machinery installed by factory owners, the all-day event featured representatives from universities in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Binfield gave the closing remarks at the conference. He is an expert on the Luddite social movement of the 19th century. Luddites were against the changes produced by the Industrial Revolution, which they felt were leaving them without work and changing their way of life.

His writings on the Luddites have been widely published and, during the 2011 bicentenary of the beginning of the movement, Binfield was often tapped for interviews on the subject, including an article in Smithsonian magazine.

Binfield earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He joined the faculty at Murray State in 1997.

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