Política, teoria e socialismo. Congresso nos 200 anos do nascimento de Marx (Politik - Theorie - Sozialismus. Der Kongress zum 200. Geburtstag von Karl Marx)


To celebrate the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung will be hosting a large congress: a short week filled with the theories, the politics and the arts that are connected to Marx’s anniversary.

Berlin, Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, May, 2-6, 2018.

Many will want to celebrate Karl Marx as a great thinker. Some might even concede that he is one of the greatest thinkers of all time – but also as one who bears little relevance today.

We beg to differ.

And while some will praise his brilliant theory of crisis, they will denounce or not even mention his political perspectives. Others will say that communism, i.e. the “real movement” that Karl Marx and his fellow thinker and activist Friedrich Engels inspired, was responsible for real socialism, numerous of crimes and the Gulag. And by doing so, they will try to denounce the desire and dreams of another, non-capitalist future as idealist and dangerous.

Not us.

Of course, critical self-reflection of Marxism-inspired politics is necessary – but also and at the same time the critical re-appropriation of a radical perspective of emancipation and liberation. For the simple thing that is so hard to achieve – as the German playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht called it. For a future, for a perspective of hope which can help us move forward so that, in the here and now, we can “overthrow all relations in which man is a debased, enslaved, forsaken, despicable being.” The congress will start with the question what it means to be a Marxist today. In the various fields of materialist theory, the analysis of society, and political activism. Then the relationship between theory and the practice of change, the question of the subjects of transformation/revolution, the art of politics including a “revolutionary realpolitik” (Rosa Luxemburg), a new politics of class, and the horizons of socialist perspectives and utopias will be placed at the center of this conference.

With an evening on “dangerous classes” event at and with the HAU-Theater (Hebbel am Ufer), the most outstanding independent theater in Berlin, May, 4, with partying into Marx’ birthday with political debate, concert, and DJs.

With: Tithi Bhattacharya (India), Luciana Castellina (Italy), Frank Deppe (Germany), Alex Demirovic (Germany), Frigga Haug (Germany), Ursula Huws (Great Britain), Rhian E. Jones (Great Britain), Katja Kipping (Germany), Hermann Klenner (Germany), Arlie Russel Hochschild (USA), Zhang Shuangli (China), Michael Hardt (USA), Wolfgang Fritz Haug (Germany), Michael Heinrich (Germany), Marcel van der Linden (Netherlands), Volker Lösch (Germany), Bernd Riexinger (Germany), Karl-Heinz Roth (Germany), Gayatri Spivak (India/USA),Hans-Jürgen Urban (Germany), and many others.

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Wednesday, May 2


4:00-5:45 p.m., Münzenbergsaal:

The unfinished system of Karl Marx: Critically reading Capital as a challenge for our time

With Patrick Bond (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Jan Toporowski (University of London), Kohei Saito (Osaka City University, Japan), Judith Dellheim (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung), Facilitation: Frieder Otto Wolf (Free University Berlin).

With simultaneous translation German-English.


6:00-7:00 p.m., Münzenbergsaal:

Karl Marx and the birth of modern society. His biography and the development of his works

With Michael Heinrich (Berlin). Facilitation: Antonella Muzzupappa (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung).

With simultaneous translation German-English.


8:00-9:30 p.m., Münzenbergsaal:


Luxemburg Lecture with Michael Hardt (Duke University, USA), presentation of Michael Hardt‘s and Antonio Negri’s new book ‘assembly’ in cooperation with the German publisher Campus Verlag, facilitation: Thomas Atzert (translator of the book).

With simultaneous translation German-English.


Thursday, May 3

1:00-3:00 p.m.:

First phase of workshops


3:30-5:30 p.m.:

Second phase of workshops


6:30-8:30 p.m., Münzenbergsaal

Opening plenary: Why being or becoming a Marxist?

Welcome: Mario Candeias (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)

Lecture by Wolfgang Fritz Haug (Esslingen)

Panel discussion with Katja Kipping (DIE LINKE), Katrin Röggla (Deputy president of the Academy of arts, Berlin, tbc), Zhang Shuangli (Fudan University, Shanghai, China). Facilitation: Rainer Rilling (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)

With simultaneous translation German-English.


8:45-10:30 p.m., Salon

Marxist sein im Film

Filme von Harun Farocki, präsentiert von Tom Holert (Harun Farocki Institut, Berlin).

Moderation: Ingar Solty


8:45-10:30 p.m., Münzenberg-Saal

Marxism-Feminism and the art of politics

In honour of Frigga Haug’s 80th birthday

with Katja Kipping (DIE LINKE), Daphne Weber (DIE LINKE/SDS), Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University, New York). Facilitation: Sybille Stamm (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)

With simultaneous translation German-English.


Friday, May 4


10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Third phase of workshops


11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Salon:

Luxemburg Lecture: Difficulties with the Marxist justification for the socialist state - reflections from within the Chinese context

Zhang Shuangli (Fudan University, Shanghai, China)

Facilitation: Marlies Linke (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)

With simultaneous translation German-English.


1:30-3:30 p.m.

Fourth phase of workshops


1:30-3:00 p.m., Salon

Luxemburg Lecture:  Marx, class and politics

Arlie Russell Hochschild (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Video speech

Facilitation: Katharina Pühl (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)

With simultaneous translation German-English.


3:30-5:00 p.m., Salon

LuXemburg Lecture: Global Marx, class and politics

Gayatri Spivak (Columbia University, New York)

Facilitation: Maria do Mar Castro Varela (Alice-Salomon-Hochschule, Berlin)

With simultaneous translation German-English.


4:00-6:00 p.m.

Fifth phase of workshops


6:30 p.m., HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1, Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin):

„Dangerous classes“ – subjectivities between revolt and revolution

With Jasmina Metwaly (artist, Cairo, working on the subjects of an ongoing revolution), Rhian E. Jones (Goldsmiths, University of London, author of „Clampdown: Pop-Cultural Wars on Class and Gender“, UK), Patrick Eiden-Offe (Zentrum für Kultur- und Literaturforschung, Berlin, author of „Die Poesie der Klasse: Romantischer Antikapitalismus und die Erfindung des Proletariats“), Samar Tlily (activist in Manich Msameh and the UGTT, Tunisia).

Facilitation: Christian Frings (Cologne)

With simultaneous translation English/German.

A cooperation of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. 

Entrance: 5 €, reduced 3 €. Tickets at www.hebbel-am-ufer.de


9:00 p.m., HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1, Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin):

Concert: Kammerflimmer Kollektief.

A cooperation of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. 

Entrance fee: 15 €, reduced 10 €. Tickets at www.hebbel-am-ufer.de


10:00 p.m.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (WAU, Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin)

Party with DJs Aram Lintzel and Julian Weber.

A cooperation of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. 

No entrance fee.


Saturday, May 5


10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Seminarraum 1:

The state we’re in – Marx and the analysis of the present situation

With Riccardo Bellofiore (Universität Bergamo, Italien), Jayati Ghosh(Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India), Alfredo Saad-Filho(University of London, UK), Birgit Mahnkopf (Berlin School of Economics and Law). Facilitation: Thomas Sablowski (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)

With simultaneous translation German-English.


10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Münzenbergsaal: The politics we’re in

With Luciana Castellina (Italien), Klaus Lederer (DIE LINKE), Vish Satgar(Wits University, South Africa), Moderation: Wenke Christoph (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung).

With simultaneous translation German-English.


12:15 p.m. -1:45 p.m.:

Sixth phase of workshops


12:15-1:45 Uhr p.m., Salon

Luxemburg Lecture

Marx, class and politics

Frank Deppe (Philipps-University, Marburg)

Facilitation: Loren Balhorn (tbc)

With simultaneous translation German-English.


2:30-4:30 p.m., Seminarraum 1:

Imperialism today: From U.S. empire to new global rivalries? Conflict and cooperation in a changing world

With Radhika Desai (University of Manitoba, Kanada), Patrick Bond(University of the Witwatersrand, Südafrika), Ingar Solty (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung). Facilitation: Greg Albo (York University, Toronto).

With simultaneous translation German-English.


3:00-5:00 p.m., Münzenbergsaal:

The rise of the radical right, class politics and the future of the national welfare state

With Christina Kaindl (DIE LINKE), Klaus Dörre (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), Hans-Jürgen Urban (IG Metall), Facilitation: Sebastian Friedrich (Journalist und Autor)

With simultaneous translation German-English.


2:30-4:00 p.m., Salon


Jenny und Eleanor Marx. Zwei Frauen im Schatten eines Genies

Ein fiktives Gespräch zwischen Mutter und Tochter


4:00-5:00 p.m., Salon


Norbert Niemann (Bachmann-Preisträger, letzter Roman: "Die Einzigen", zuletzt bei Hanser erschienen: "Globalisierung in der Literatur/Literatur unter dem Diktat der Marktideologie")


5:00-8:00 p.m., Theater Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3, Tempelhofer Ufer 10, 10963 Berlin):

Desire – Fetish – Virtuosity

Roundtable talks with Bini Adamczak (Berlin), Noam Yuran (Tel Aviv/Beer Sheva), Teresa Koloma Beck (München), Kevin Rittberger and further speakers.

Organized by Matthias Naumann, Johannes Wenzel (Futur II Konjunktiv) and Anja Quickert (Internationale Heiner Müller Gesellschaft)

A cooperation of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.

Entrance fee: 5 €, reduced 3 €. Tickets at www.hebbel-am-ufer.de


8:00 p.m., Theater HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1, Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin):


"Ceremony: The return of Friedrich Engels", by Phil Collins (UK 2017, 60 min.)

German Premiere.

English with German subtitles.

A cooperation of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. 

Entrance fee: 5 €, reduced 3 €. Tickets at www.hebbel-am-ufer.de


5:00-6:30 p.m.:

Seventh phase of workshops


5:00-6:30 p.m., Salon:

Luxemburg Lecture

The interest of the law is allowed to speak insofar as it is the law of private interest“ (Marx)

Hermann Klenner (Berlin)

With simultaneous translation German-English.


7:30-9:30 p.m., Münzenbergsaal:

The art of revolutionary ‚Realpolitik‘ (Luxemburg) and new class politics

With Tithi Bhattacharya (Purdue University, USA), Bernd Riexinger (DIE LINKE), Sarah Leonard (The Nation, USA), Facilitation: Kerstin Wolter (DIE LINKE).

With simultaneous translation German-English.


7:30-9:30 p.m., Salon:

Classes, art and politics or The art of new class politics

With Lowkey (aka Kareem Dennis, Rapper, London, tbc). Facilitation: Ingar Solty (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)

With simultaneous translation German-English.

After this: Music


Sunday, May 6

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:

Eighth phase of workshops


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Salon:

Luxemburg Lecture

Marx und die Kunst der neuen Klassenpolitik

Volker Lösch (Theaterregisseur)

With simultaneous translation German-English.


12:15-2:15 p.m., Münzenbergsaal:

Closing plenary:

Socialist/communist perspectives und utopias

With Karl-Heinz Roth (Stiftung für Sozialgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, Bremen), Alex Demirovic (Goethe-University Frankfurt/M.), Kavita Krishnan(All India Progressive Women's Association, Indien), Facilitation: Mario Candeias (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)

With simultaneous translation German-English.

Dr. Thomas Sablowski
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