SATURDAY 26.10

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Period 1 [10:45-12:15]

  • Andreas Malm
  • Klimatkrisen – reformismens andra chans?
  • Communist spirits – the afterlives of Chinese communism

Period 2 [12:30-14:00]

  • Sônia Guajajara
  • I: Whiteness, fascism, fossil fuel
  • The Specters of an impasse: The ideologies of Environmental destruction

Period 3 [14:15-15:45]

  • Costas Lapavitsas
  • II: Whiteness, fascism, fossil fuel
  • Reclaiming ideological and programmatic hegemony

Period 4 [16:00-17:30]

  • The enemy is not the worker but capitalism
  • Conversation: Costas Lapavitsas and Kajsa Ekis Ekman
  • Klimatomställning och revolution

The party Saturday evening [20:30-01:00]
READ MORE ABOUT THE PARTY here. And please note that you need to purchase separate tickets for this event, and that it’s location is a few blocks walk from ABF. Facebook-event here.

ABOUT THE SESSIONS

Period 1 10:45-12:15


[ZÄTA] Andreas Malm is a senior lecturer in human ecology at Lund University, as well as a prolific writer and journalist. His research and writings focus on the intersections of capitalism and climate change, as well as on the politics of opposing the fossil capitalist system. Amongst his works are Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power, the Roots of Global Warming and The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World. His talk will concern ways to escalate the struggle against climate change, and the possibilities of direct action and sabotage.

[PALME] Klimatkrisen – reformismens andra chans? Om löntagarfondsfrågans aktualitet

För ett sekel sedan, med införandet av den politiska demokratin, intensifierades diskussionen om möjligheterna att utveckla en reformistisk, samhällsomdanande strategi som syftade till att överskrida kapitalismen och bana väg för socialismen. Demokratin uppfattades då som det instrument som stod arbetarklassen till buds i strävan efter en socialistisk samhällsomvandling. Kapitalismen skulle bli sin egen dödgrävare genom att göra arbetarklassen till en majoritet i samhället som på demokratisk väg kunde genomföra den eftersträvade samhällsomvandlingen. Nu, hundra år senare, är denna reformistiska politiska strategi död och begraven, i Sverige symboliserat av misslyckandet på 1970-talet att genomföra den ekonomiska demokratin i form av förslaget till kollektiv kapitalbildning genom löntagarfonder. Men idag har löntagarfondsfrågan aktualiserats på nytt inom vänstern i USA, Norge och Storbritannien. Innebär det ett försök att väcka liv i en traditionell reformistisk strategi eller utveckla en ny? Och kan löntagarfonder och, bredare, ekonomisk demokrati erbjuda ett instrument för att förhindra att kapitalismen löper akut och ytterligare skärper klimatkrisen? Medverkande: Lars Ekdahl, professor emeritus i historia vid Södertörns högskola. Arrangör: Clarté

[SANDLER] Communist Spirits: Discussing Afterlives of Chinese Communism

Seventy years after the Chinese Revolution of 1949, what remains of Mao’s communist legacy? This session brings together authors from the recently published volume Afterlives of Chinese Communism (2019 Verso) to discuss how, and to what extent, concepts and practices from the Mao period continue to shape Chinese politics today. Taking Chinese revolutionary political discourse as the point of departure, the panellists will explore the lessons we can learn from the Chinese communist project and whether there is a future for the egalitarian politics that communism once promise. Chair: Catherine Liu (University of California – Irvine)
Panellists: Ivan Franceschini (Australian National University), Matt Galway (University of Melbourne), Jane Hayward (King’s College London), Nicholas Loubere (Lund University),
Christian Sorace (Colorado College)

Period 2 12:30-14:00


[ZÄTA] Sônia Guajajara is an environmental and indigenous activist, and the executive coordinator of Brazil’s indigenous movement, Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil, as well as the former vice-presidential candidate of Brazil’s Socialism and Liberty Party. Guajajara is a leading voice advocating the protection of the Amazon rainforest and indigenous land rights against president Bolsonaro’s plans to open up reservations to mining and commercial farming. Her talk will be followed by a conversation with Patricia Lorenzoni.

[PALME] White skin, black fuel I: Responses to climate change from far-right denial to liberal democracy´s inaction

1) Lise Benoist
Introducing Zetkin Collective, the conference Political Ecologies of the Far Right, and the book “White skin, black fuel” (Verso, in press). Gives an overview over the topic.

2) Kristoffer Ekberg
Titel: ”Climate change, complicity and economic growth- early response denialism in Sweden”

3) George Edwards
Title: ”Autarky in the UK: nationalism and climate change”.

4) Ståle Holgersen
Title: “Changing climate policies in Norway: green – neoliberal – denial.”

Ståle Holgersen is researcher at Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF) and at Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University. He is a member of the Zetkin Collective

[SANDLER] The Specters of an Impasse:

The Ideologies of Environmental Destruction

The capitalist mode of production, to which transformation, exploitation, and the destruction of nature is inherent as it seeks to meet its demand for perpetual capital expansion and accumulation, exerts considerable pressure on the ecosystems on our planet. Different ideological constructions, fantasies, practices, and discourses serve to conceal and maintain the exploitative nature of this system, and in this session, we invite everyone who is interested in exploring the origins, workings, and outcomes of such ideologies. This session also invites contributions that investigate how struggles over, and discourses about nature and environmental issues may themselves be ideologically constituted. Participants: Jonas Thoreson, Örjan Bartholdson och Katarina Landström

 

Period 3 14:15-15:45


[ZÄTA] Costas Lapavitsas is a professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is an expert on the relationships between financial systems and development. Based on his expertise in these fields he is a critic of the current capitalist system. Lapavitsas also criticizes the political and economic role played by the European Union in upholding the principles and foundations of this system. His presentation at Marx2019 will highlight the continuing relevance of a Left criticism of the European Union.

[PALME] White skin, black fuel II: whiteness, fascism, nationalism, and fossil fuel

1) Marcus Mohall
Title: “Automobility and white supremacy: the politics of infrastructures in Atlanta, Georgia”

2) Laudy van den Heuvel
Title: “Autobahn, anti-bolshevism, entartete art and the role of a health ideology in Nazi Germany.”

3) Andreas Malm
Title: “Skin and fuel: episodes from the history of fossilised whiteness”

Andreas Malm is a senior lecturer in human ecology at Lund University, as well as a prolific writer and journalist. He is a member of the Zetkin Collective.

[SANDLER] Reclaiming ideological and programmatic hegemony:

The role of radical left political foundations in Europe

Although it is increasingly obvious that neoliberal capitalism is responsible for the catastrophic climate change and the increase of poverty and inequalities in Europe and the world, people either do not react, or are attracted by authoritarian, nationalist and extreme right discourses. Political education of radical left party members, activists of social movements, trade-unionists and, in a broader sense, society as a whole is an important weapon in the necessary fight of emancipatory forces for regaining hegemony in the field of ideas. Facilitation: Haris Golemis (transform! europe) Participants: Giuseppe Cugnata (Espaces Marx, France), Danai Koltsida (Nikos Poulantzas Institute, Greece), Jenny Lindahl (Center for Marxist Social Studies, Sweden) Katharina Pühl (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany), Barbara Steiner (transform! europe)

Period 4 16:00-17:30


[ZÄTA] The enemy of nature is not the worker but capitalism. How to merge class and environmental struggles.

The conflict between the environment and work has always been a central theme in the environmental movement. For a long time and still today for many environmentalists, workers are accused of being insensitive towards ecological issues. According to this narrative, for them preserving their jobs is the main aim. Instead, scientific research and struggles on the ground have clearly proved that workers have been and should be crucial actors in any environmentalist mobilization which aims to merge social and environmental justice. We will discuss of labour and the environmental question with two eminent scholars who have uncovered the hidden histories of working-class commitment to socio-ecological justice.
Panelists: Stefania Barca and Chistopher Sellers. Chair: Marco Armiero

[PALME] Conversation: Costas Lapavitsas & Kajsa Ekis Ekman

This conversation will revolve around the political implications of the EU’s current development and what implications it may have for member countries such as Sweden, the United Kingdom and Greece, as well as the implications of development for progressive politics. Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish journalist, writer, and activist. She is the author of several works about the financial crisis, women’s rights, and capitalism critique. Her book Stolen Spring describes the eurocrisis as seen from Athens, and the way in which it affected the Greek economy.

[SANDLER]

Klimatomställning och revolution

Varför är frågan om revolution avgörande för våra chanser att lyckas möta klimathotet? Vilka förutsättningar finns för en sådan revolutionär klimatomställning? Hur skulle den kunna se ut? Utgångspunkten för samtalet är dels Fronesis #60-61 med temat Revolution, dels en serie artiklar som publicerats under åren i Röda Rummet. I Fronesis temanummer ryms texter om revolutionsbegreppets olika betydelser (exempelvis Marx distinktion mellan borgerlig och proletär revolution) och frågan om revolutionära strategier (bland annat genom texter av Michael Hardt och Antonio Negri å ena sidan och Jodi Dean å den andra). I Röda Rummet har en rad artiklar, inte minst om ekosocialism, publicerats som ger perspektiv på de frågor som ska lyftas i panelsamtalet. Medverkande: Nina Björk, litteraturvetare och författare, Lars Henriksson, facklig aktivist och socialist och samtalsledare Johan Örestig, sociolog och aktivist. Arrangör: Tidskrifterna Röda Rummet och Fronesis.

Between 19:00 and 00:00 on Saturday 26th we celebrate with music, drinks, poetry and DJs. More details to be announced a few weeks before the conference. Are you an artist, DJ or do you know someone who should perform? Send us suggestions on info@marxconf.org