Friday, 21 September 2012

Marxism and Revolution Today

This weekend - Doors open at 10am – You can register on the door

International Socialism journal weekend school

Marxism and Revolution Today

(please note new venue)

London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray's Inn Road , Holborn, London WC1X 8UE
(near Kings Cross St Pancras station)

Saturday and Sunday 22-23 September 2012

In 1987, Bookmarks published Revolutionary Rehearsals, a collection of essays on France 1968, Chile 1972-3, Portugal 1974-5, Iran 1978-9 and Poland 1980-1. Were a “second edition” to appear a quarter century later, what new experiences would need to be taken into account? This weekend school will explore some aspects of the revolutionary experience of the past 25 years.

Outline programme

Saturday 22 September

Registration 10.00-10.30 a.m.

Session 1. 10.30a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Introductory themes:
Neil Davidson – “Transformations of Social Revolution: from the Year One Thousand to the Arab Spring”
Alex Callinicos – “Old and new in today’s revolutionary wave”

Session 2. 1.30-3.30 p.m.

The Arab Spring 2011-12:
Anne Alexander – “From people’s revolution to permanent revolution?”
Dalia Mostafa – “The Egyptian Revolution.”

Session 3. 4.00-6.00 p.m.

Eastern Europe 1989 and the “colour revolutions” 2003-5:
Gareth Dale – " Eastern Europe : Why was 1989 not 1980?"
Megan Trudell – “The colour revolutions: made in the USA?”

Sunday 23 September

Session 4. 10.30 a.m. -12.30 p.m.

South Africa
Claire Ceruti – “Apartheid and its aftermath - mechanisms of deflection and their failure”

Session 5. 1.30-3.30 p.m.

Latin America, 2000-2012:
Jeffery Webber – "A Revolution Contained: Combined Liberation Struggles in Bolivia , 2000-2012"
Mike Gonzales – “ Latin America : revolutions stalled?”

Session 6. 4.00-6.00 p.m.

Contemporary problems of revolutionary politics:
John Rose – “The significance of Lenin’s ‘Left-wing communism’ today”
Jonny Jones – “Radical and anti-capitalist movements since the fall of the Berlin Wall”
Colin Barker – “The challenge of socialist revolution”

The cost of the weekend school will be £20 (£10 unwaged)

For further details of the weekend school, and to be included in the Marx-Rev listserv, please contact Colin Barker

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