Conference program

Conference Program

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Anniversaries
Art, Culture + Literature
Asia
Australia
Current Issues
Environment
Fascism + The Far Right
Guest Speaker
History
Indigenous
Marxism 101
Marxist History of Ideas
Middle East
Organising Workers
Philosophy + Theory
Russia 1917
Russia Revolution 101
Socialist Myth Busting
FULL PROGRAM
THU
FRI
09:30
Readings
Socialist Myth Busting Isn't Marxism a 19th century concept?
Organising WorkersHospitals and care for profit: The neoliberalisation of the health and community sectors
AsiaGandhi and the myth of non violence
Russian Revolution 101A revolutionary primer to Russia 1917
Philosophy and TheoryDiscipline and Punish: Power, Foucault and Marx
Current IssuesPopularism and the rise of the political 'outsider'
11:30
The modern Australian working classMarxism 101
Class rebellion in India todayGuest speaker
Lessons in class: How elite schools cultivate entitled kidsCurrent Issues
'Real Aussies', migrants, multiculturalism and the quest for integrationAustralia
Hansonism rebooted: The hows and whys. Fascism and the far right
From weapons to waste dumps: A history of nuclear in South AustraliaEnvironment
Thank God it's Friday - with special Palestinian guest speakersMiddle East
Readings
13:00
14:00
Readings
Middle EastA burning country: Syria, resistance and revolution
Russian Revolution 101The festival of the oppressed: A celebration of 1917
Guest SpeakerEyewitness to resisting Trump with guest speaker Khury Petersen-Smith
Marxist history of ideasThe individual
AustraliaOut of the closets: The fight for Marriage equality
IndigenousAustralian Apartheid: From mission times to the NT intervention
AsiaThe Great Divide: The partition of India and Pakistan
Art, culture and literatureKatharine Susannah Prichard and her inter-war activism
16:00
RevolutionMarxism 101
Anti-Polish racism in Western Europe today Current Issues
HegemonyMarxist history of ideas
Bolsheviks in the underground: Cecilia Bobrovskaya and other rebelsRussia 1917
The Democrats: Lesser evil or just plain evil?Current Issues
Versus: The life and work of Ken LoachRadical Reels
Readings
19:30
Readings
Socialist Myth BustingDoesn't Marxism work in theory but not in practice?
Russia 1917Storming the Winter Palace today: Is the October revolution still relevant?
Art, culture and literatureWinds of the people: Art, music and poetry in Allende's Chile
Current IssuesTrump, fascism and the alt-right
Anniversaries1967: Israel's 6 day war
Organising WorkersThe unions and White Australia: A history
Anniversaries1927: Chinese revolution
SAT
9:30
Gender and sexuality Marxism 101
Class or sect? Politics in the modern Middle EastMiddle East
Refugees fight back: Manus IslandCurrent issues
Showdown: China vs the USCurrent Issues
Class, identity politics and Trump's electionCurrent Issues
Guts and Pity: The 1967 hanging that ended capital punishment in AustraliaAnniversaries
Green capitalism: The god that failed Environment
Readings
11:30
Readings
Current Issues Crisis or stasis? The world economy today
Russian Revolution 101 The defeat of the Russian revolution: The real story
Current issuesAre racism and nationalism sweeping the world?
Guest speakerFrom the river to the sea: Free Palestine
Radical ReelsServant or Slave [2015]
13:00
14:00
Why you should be a socialistMarxism 101
Reason and revolt: The philosophical impact of 1917Russia 1917
Systems analysis: IT workers and capitalismOrganising Workers
From Redfern to Kalgoorlie: Aboriginal riotsIndigenous
Wobblies, pacifists and communists: Generations of student activism at Melbourne UniversityHistory
Surrealism and revolutionArt, culture and literature
The resistible rise of the European far right Fascism and the far right
Readings
16:00
Readings
Socialist Myth BustingIsn't Marxism deterministic?
Current IssuesCensorship and sexuality in schools
Current IssuesThe war on Muslims: From the USA to Australia
Organising WorkersStrategies to fight the Australian Building and Construction Commission
Guest Speaker#blacklivesmatter and the struggle against racism in the USA
Philosophy and TheoryStructure and agency in Marxist theory
Radical Reels'The art of life itself': Documentary film in the first days of the Russian revolution
19:30
The environmentMarxism 101
Trump, unions and workersCurrent Issues
Consensus, democracy and movements: A scorecardPhilosophy and Theory
Karl Kautsky and Rosa Luxemburg on the mass strike: Debates and their echoesHistory
Rising tide: Eyewitness to Chinese workers' struggleGuest speaker
Against campism: Russia's imperial role in the world today Current Issues
Readings
20:45
SUN
9:30
Readings
Marxism 101War
Middle EastTurkey, the military, Islam and democracy
Russia 1917Marxist theories of Stalinism
Organising WorkersAussie jobs for Aussie workers? Nationalism in the union movement today
Current IssuesBrexit and Trump: Crisis of establishment politics?
Current IssuesWhiteness theory: A Marxist critique
EnvironmentThe market vs the commons: Neo-liberal environmentalism today
11:30
Laïcité: The racist history of French secularismCurrent Issues
And the last shall be first: Women in the Russian revolutionRussia 101
Lebanon, communalism and rebellionGuest speaker
From the Old to the New Guard: Australia's far right in the 1930sFascism and the far right
1917: Australia's greatest ever strikeAnniversaries
Marxist debates over caste and class in IndiaAsia
Readings
14:00
Readings
HistoryOut of the backyard: The fight for abortion rights in Australia
HistoryPost insurrection: Cuba's struggle for socialism
Organising WorkersOrganising Uber: The false promises of the sharing economy
Current IssuesFrom protest to co-option? The modern Australian Greens
Philosophy and TheoryIs Marxism ethical?
Current IssuesThe political psychology of the rich and powerful
16:00
Greece after the stormGuest Speaker
Flame on the snow: Poetry, literature and the 1917 revolutionRussia 1917
A history of the Communist InternationalsHistory
Migration, discrimination and disability in AustraliaCurrent Issues
Marxism and electoral studies: Class and other cleavages consideredCurrent Issues
Common senseMarxist history of ideas
Readings
19:00
Readings
Special speakersFinal wrap up - with guest speakers

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