Invitation to the International Conference on Rosa Luxemburg 2013 in Paris

This October, the International Conference on Rosa Luxemburg will be held at the Sorbonne in Paris. The conference centres on ‘Rosa Luxemburg’s Concepts of Democracy and Revolution’ and brings together leading Luxemburg scholars from around the world for two day of discussion and debate. All are welcome to attend, see the programme and invitation from the International Rosa Luxemburg Gesellschaft (http://www.internationale-rosa-luxemburg-gesellschaft.de/) below:

International Conference on Rosa Luxemburg

Paris, Sorbonne, October 4 and 5, 2013

The conference languages will be French and English with simultaneous translation.

 

« Rosa Luxemburg’s Concepts of Democracy and Revolution »

One of the most important contributions of Rosa Luxemburg to modern Marxist thought is her refusal to separate the concepts of “democracy” and “revolution”. This approach is developed in a) her criticism of the limits of bourgeois democracy, b) her conception of the revolutionary struggle as democratic self-emancipation of the great masses, c) her vision of socialist democracy with the workers’ councils’ system as a possible form of “dictatorship of the proletariat”, and d) her firm insistence – in discussion with Russian revolutionaries – on the importance of democratic freedoms in the transition towards socialism.

We will deal with the question of democracy in her writings on Marxism, on political economy and on the national question (self-administration and national autonomy as democratic solutions).

These are issues that remain relevant at the beginning of the 21 Century. The aim of the Conference will be not only to analyze the historical aspects and the texts themselves,  but also  the political significance of these issues,  in an epoch that sees a crisis of democracy within the context of crisis in capitalist civilization.

PROGRAMME

         Friday, October 4th
      
Venue: Sorbonne, amphithéâtre Lefebvre

3pm – 5:30pm: Panel Discussion 1: Presentation of New Editions of Rosa Luxemburg’s Work in German, English, and French

Peter Hudis, Eric Sevault, Annelies Laschitza, Holger Politt, Jacqueline Bois

 

5:30pm-6: 30pm: informal reception

 

6:30pm-9pm: Public Opening of the Conference

        I) Introduction [6:30pm – 7pm]

Presidency:   Elisabeth Gauthier. Welcome speeches: Narihiko Ito, Evelin Wittich.

        II) Panel Discussion 2.  Opening   [7pm – 9pm]

        Isabel Loureiro, Claudie Weill, Mylene Gaulard, Michael Löwy, Rory Castle

 

Saturday, October 5th
Sorbonne, la Salle 6 du Panthéon

10am – 12:15pm: Panel Discussion 3: Socialism and Democracy

Michael Brie, Ottokar Luban, Jean-Numa Ducange, Pablo Slavin

       

12:15pm – 2pm: Lunch break

 

2pm – 4:15pm: Panel Discussion 4: Bourgeois Democracy, Revolutionary Democracy

Jörg Wollenberg, Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, Ingo Schmidt, David Muhlman, Michael Kraetke

       

4:15pm – 4:45pm: Coffee break

       

4:45pm – 7pm: Panel Discussion 5: Rosa Luxemburg and Others

Frigga Haug, Sandra Rein, Alexey Gusev, Ben Lewis, Philippe Corcuff

 

Conference organized and/or supported by:

  • International Rosa Luxemburg Society
  • University of Paris I Panthéon-La Sorbonne/Centre d’histoire des systèmes de pensée moderne (CHSPM)
  • Espaces Marx
  • Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
  • Gerda und Hermann Weber Stiftung
  • Transform!Europe

 

Please register with Maxime Benatouil – benatouil@transform-network.net

 

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About rosaluxemburgblog

I was awarded a PhD in History by Swansea University for a thesis on Rosa Luxemburg (2016). I am currently co-editing the fourth volume of 'The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg' and am a member of the Advisory Board of the International Rosa Luxemburg Society.
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