Last Conference (see Schedule to the right)
International Rosa Luxemburg Society
Founded 1980 by Prof. Dr. Narihiko  I t o  (Tokyo)


Rosa Luxemburg and Her Ideas:
Engaging the Left and Impacting the World

Date and Location:

Friday, 27 April, 9 am – Sunday, 29 April, 2018, noon
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America
37, South Ashland Avenue, C h i c a g o , IL 60607

Conference Language: English; no conference fee

The German-Polish prominent socialist Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) dedicated her life to the fight against war, poverty, exploitation and any kind of suppression. Yet today in the age of neo-liberalism, we have the same problems as in the beginning of the 20th century. Luxemburg, a versatile Marxist theoretician, excellent journalist, and effective agitator has left us a body of work that may support and impact on the present left. At the conference international scholars will present relevant papers on the life and work of Rosa Luxemburg and her close comrades.
 We invite you to join us.

Keynotes:

- Prof. Dr. Drucilla Cornell, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA:
The Contemporary Significance of Rosa Luxemburg’s Socialist Feminism
- Prof. Dr. Helen Boak, Univ. Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK: “
Women in the German Revolution, 1918/19
 

Further Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Peter Hudis (Chicago), Prof. Dr. Michael Loewy (Paris), Prof. Dr. Radhika Desai (Winnipeg), Prof. Dr. Sandra Rein (Alberta), Prof. Dr. Paul Zarembka (Buffalo), and scholars from China, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Lithuania

Complete List of Participants with Issues look to the right side

Organizers
International Rosa Luxemburg Society (IRLS)
Co-Chairs:
Prof. (pens.) Dr. Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, Kolkata, India
& Prof. Dr. William A. Pelz †, Chicago, Illinois, USA
& Prof. Dr. Pablo Slavin, Mar del Plata
, Argentina
Voluntary Secretary: Ottokar Luban, Berlin, Germany
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office (RLS-NYC)
Co-Director: Dr. Albert Scharenberg, New York, USA
Program Manager: Ethan Earle, New York, USA

Contact
- Ed Tapia (Chicago): etapia7891@gmail.com; +1 312 476-0486 (IRLS)
- Ethan Earle (New York City):
ethan.earle@rosalux.org ; +1 917 601 6331 (RLS-NYC)
- Ottokar Luban (Berlin, Germany): oluban@gmx.de (IRLS)

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Conference Schedule

 

  • International Rosa Luxemburg Conference
  • Rosa Luxemburg and Her Ideas:
  • Engaging the Left and Changing the World

 

April 27, 9AM - 29, 2018, 1PM (Free)

 

At UE HALL, 37 S Ashland Ave, Chicago
Conference Language: English

Organized by:

    • International Rosa Luxemburg Society 
    • (Chairs: Prof. Dr. Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, India; Prof. Dr. William A. Pelz†, USA; Prof. Dr. Pablo Slavin, Argentina; Ottokar Luban, voluntary secretary, Germany) 
    • Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Office NewYork City 
    • (Co-Director Dr. Albert Scharenberg; Program Director Ethan Earle)
  • Contact: Peter Hudis [peterhudis@aol.com]; Ottokar Luban [oluban@gmx.de];
    Earle, Ethan [ethan.earle@rosalux.org]
    http://www.internationale-rosa-luxemburg-gesellschaft.de
    http://www.rosalux-nyc.org/

Programme

Day 1: Friday, April 27th

8:30AM - 9:00AM
Light Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30AM
Welcome
Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, Albert Scharenberg, Ethan Earle

9:30 - 10:15AM
Memorial for William A. Pelz by Axel Fair-Schulz
Memorial for Narihiko ITO by Ottokar Luban

10:15AM - 10:20AM
Short Break

10:20AM - 12:15PM
Panel 1
Reports on International Research

Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, Univ. Calcutta, India
 “Evaluation of Rosa Luxemburg : an examination of changing perspectives of international scholarship"

MA Jiahong, University Peking, PR of China; Post-doc researcher at IISH, Amsterdam, Netherlands  
Review and Prospect of Chinese Study in Rosa Luxemburg”

Axel Fair-Schulz, State University of New York, Potsdam, USA
"Rosa Luxemburg and the November Revolution: Recent Trends in Historiography"

Uwe Sonnenberg, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Berlin, Germany
Report: “Coming (Co-)Organized Events by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung on the Centenary of the German Revolution 1918/19”

Chair: Mario Keßler

 

12:15PM - 1:00PM
Lunch

1:00PM - 2:10PM
 P a r a l l e l  Panel 2 a
Race, Class, and Movement Building

Peter Hudis, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL, USA
“Racism and the Logic of Capital: A Marxist-Humanist Assessment of the Relevance of Luxemburg’s Thought for Today’s Struggles Against Racism”

Valentine Eben, Univ. of Minnesota, USA
 "A View from Indymedia Africa: What would Luxembourg Say About Today's Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Revolution?

Chair: Michael Löwy


1:00PM - 2:10PM
P a r a l l e l
 
Panel 2 b

The Private Rosa Luxemburg

Helen Scott, University of Vermont, Burlington, USA 
 
“’Like a flash from eternity’: Rosa Luxemburg on Literature

Rory Castle Jones, Swansea Univ., Wales, UK
“’All the hidden, bitter tears’”: family, identity and the shaping of revolutionary Red Rosa”

Chair: Helen Boak

2:10PM - 2:15PM
Short Break

2:15PM – 3:25
Panel 3

Rosa Luxemburg and Colonialism

Alyssa Adamson, Stony Brook University, NY, USA
 
“Rosa Luxemburg and Decolonial Political Theory”

Sandra Rein, University of Alberta, Canada
“Rosa Luxemburg on colonialism:  Why it still Matters”

Chair: Lorraine Cohen
 

3:25PM – 3:40PM
Coffee/Tea Break


3:40PM - 6:00PM
Panel 4

Luxemburg and Other Female Socialist Thinkers

Andreas Stuhlmann, University of Alberta, Canada
“The Ghost of Rosa Luxemburg”: Hannah Arendt on Undogmatic Judgment, Spontaneity, and Revolution”

Eleni Varikas, Univ. Paris 8/ Saint-Denis, CNRS, France; 2018: Visiting Prof. at Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY, USA
Rosa Luxemburg, Hannah Arendt and the question of plurality

Franklin Dmitryev, Chicago, USA
“Revolutionary Intercommunication between the Ages: The "Dialogue" between Rosa Luxemburg and Raya Dunayevskaya

Dana Mills, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK 
“Going Ahead in 1893: when Eleanor met Rosa”

Chair: Sandra Rein
 

6:00PM - 6:05PM
Short Break
 

6:05PM - 7:45PM
Keynote 1

Drucilla Cornell, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ, USA
“The Contemporary Significance of Rosa Luxemburg’s Socialist Feminism”


Chair: Ankica Čakardič

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Day 2: Saturday, April 28th

8:30AM - 9:00AM
Light Breakfast

9:00AM - 10:40AM
Panel 5

Discussions on Luxemburg’s The Accumulation of Capital (1)

Inderjeet Singh, Department of Economics, Punjabi University, Patiala, India
The Accumulation of Capital in the Era of Imperialism” (cancelled)

Andrew Kliman, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY, USA
Luxemburg’s Theory of Capital Accumulation: Still Influential, but Still Wrong(cancelled)

Bradley Mayer, San Leandro, California, USA  
Primitive Accumulation Inside and Out

Chair: Ingo Schmidt


10:40AM - 10:45AM
Short Break

10:45AM - 11:45AM
Panel 6

Discussions on Luxemburg’s The Accumulation of Capital (2)

LIN Haochao, Wuhan University, PR of China
 “The Inevitable Rise of Opposing Individual Freedom in Modernization: Based on the Theory of the Accumulation of Capital

Ankica Čakardič, Univ. Zagreb, Croatia
 “Rosa Luxemburg and ‘woman question’- From theory of accumulation to social reproduction theory”

Chair: MA Jiahong

 

11:45AM - 12:00PM
Coffee/Tea Break


12:00PM - 1:10PM
Keynote 2

Helen Boak, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
“Women in the German revolution, 1918/19”

Chair: Alyssa Adamson
 

1:10PM - 2:00PM
Lunch

2:00PM - 4:00PM
P a r a l l e l  Panel 7 a
Marx
ist Thinking

Julia Killet, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, office Munich, Germany
Rosa Luxemburg‘s advice to the socialist movement (Considerations by the Luxemburg Biographer Paul Froelich)”

Mario Keßler, Center for Contemporary History, Potsdam, Germany
"Ossip K. Flechtheim, 1909-1998: Editor of Rosa Luxemburg's Works and Pioneer of Research on Communism in Germany"

ZHANG, Meng, Wuhan University, PR of China
 “
Reflection on the Relationship between Rosa Luxemburg’s Thought and Marx’s Theory”

Paul Zarembka, State University of New York, Buffalo, USA
“Luxemburg, a Stable ‘Materialized’ Composition of Capital in the U.S. and Its Implications”

Chair: Albert Scharenberg

 

2:00PM - 4:00PM
P a r a l l e l  Panel 7 b
Rosa Luxemburg’s Activities in the Socialist Movement

Arunas Vysniauskas, University Vilnius, Lithuania
Rosa Luxemburg and the Polish ‘mosaic’ in Lithuania

Reiner Tosttorff, Univ. Mainz, Germany
 „
Between Bockenheim, Hanau and Frankfurt: Rosa Luxemburg's Rhein-Main connections

Ottokar Luban, Berlin, Germany    
The Spartacus Group in the German Novemberrevolution 1918/19

Chair: Rory Castle

 

4:00PM - 4:10PM
Coffee/Tea Break

 

4:10PM - 6:00PM
Panel 8
Party and Leadership

Chris Cutrone, School of the Art Institute, University of Chicago, USA
“Rosa Luxemburg and the Party”

Lorraine Cohen, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York, USA    
 
“Rosa Luxemburg’s theory of leadership: An Alternative Approach”

Edward Remus, Ronald Williams Library, Northern Illinois University, Chicago
"American Bernstein, American Luxemburg: Views of the SPD's revisionist dispute and great schism from the Socialist Party of America, 1900-1918”

Henry Holland, Hamburg, Germany  
 “Beyond Nationalisms: Spontaneity and Working-Class Organization in Scotland, 2012-2017 through the lens of Luxemburg’s dialectic”

Chair: Kaveh Boveiri

 

6:00PM – 6:05PM 

Short Break

 

6:05PM - 8:00PM

International Plenary

Chances for Socialist Solutions of Current World Problems?

With Erek Slater, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Chicago; Michael Löwy, Brazil; Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, India; Ankica Čakardič, Croatia; Jiahong Ma, PR China; Ingo Schmidt, Canada

Chair: Peter Hudis

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Day 3: Sunday, April 29th


8:30AM - 9:00AM
Light Breakfast

9:00AM - 10:45AM
Panel 9
Luxemburg and Lukács and Gramsci: Interpretations and Evaluations

Kaveh Boveiri, Univ. Montreal, Canada 
„Lukács’s Reading of Rosa Luxemburg’s Conception of Totality: A Reappraisal”

Sevgi Doğan, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy 
ANALYSIS OF INTELLECTUAL MOVEMENT AS POLITICAL ACTION THROUGH GRAMSCI AND LUXEMBURG”

Daniel Egan, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA 
“Rosa Luxemburg and the Mass Strike: A Corrective to Gramsci’s Critique”

Chair: Ethan Earle

 

10:45AM - 11:00AM
Coffee/Tea Break

11:00AM - 12:45PM
Panel 10
Socialist Internationalism versus Imperialism

Michael Löwy, Univ. Paris, France, Paris, France; 2018: Visiting Prof. at Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY, USA  “Rosa Luxemburg and Internationalism“

Attila Antal, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary 
 “Anti-war Theory and Activism in Permanent State of Exception”

Ingo Schmidt, Athabasca University, Canada  
 
“Hilferding, Luxemburg & Lenin on Imperialism: Variations Amongst the Classic”

 

Chair: Bradley Mayer

 

12:45PM - 1:00PM

Farewell Words

Peter Hudis, Ottokar Luban, Albert Scharenberg