Fellows

Our network of fellows is a crucial leg in the development of critical thought at the IIRE.

Through the years an international network of Fellows has been built, most of them teaching at university level, combining scholarly and activist expertise. Besides coming to Amsterdam to lecture at the Institute and take part in discussions, Fellows contribute to and edit our publications, maintain links with organizations that wish to participate in our activities, and help shape the Institute's overall direction.

Our current fellows are:


We chose here, to honour two fellows who have passed away, but who have had immense importance for the Intstitute.

In memoriam Jakob Moneta (1914-2012)

The eldest living member of the FI in Germany, Jakob Moneta, died on the third of March 2012 at the age of 97 in Frankfurt.
Jakob was born in 1914 in Austria in a Jewish family, which escaped to Cologne in Germany in 1919 after a pogrom in his hometown in 1918.
Since secondary school, he was active in the SJVD, the youth organisation of the Socialist Workers Party.
In 1933 he went to Palestine and worked in a Kibbuz. He worked together with Palestinians and organized strikes for the 8-hours day. From 1939 on he was a prisoner of the British forces in Palestine for more than two years. After his release he became a journalist and in 1948 he went back to Cologne, where he joined the German section of the FI.
When the German section of the FI turned to entrism, he became a member of the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) and worked from 1953 on at the German embassy in Paris. During the fifties he was engaged in clandestine work for the fight for national liberation of the Algerian people. 1962 he returned to Cologne and became chief-editor of the monthly newspaper of the German metal workers union, „Metall“ until his retirement in 1978. During that period he was also working for the German section and publishing under a pseudonym in our press.
From 1990 on he was member of the PDS (former Communist party of Eastern Germany) and was a member of  the national leadership until 1995.
Jakob wrote hundreds of articles, essays and books. Until the age of 90 he was still publishing in the press of the FI.
With Jakob Moneta we loose a lifelong fighter against oppression and for the emancipation of mankind.
We will not forget him.

Jakob-Moneta-petitThe eldest living member of the FI in Germany, Jakob Moneta, died on the third of March 2012 at the age of 97 in Frankfurt.

Jakob was born in 1914 in Austria in a Jewish family, which escaped to Cologne in Germany in 1919 after a pogrom in his hometown in 1918.

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Cinzia Arruzza

cinziaCinzia Arruzza is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York and was appointed an IIRE Fellow in 2011. She is author of the IIRE Notebook for Study and Research, The dangerous relationships, Marriage and divorces between Marxism and feminism. Originally written in Italian this book has already been translated into Spanish and Portuguese. German and Turkish translations are underway and an English edition is planned for publication by the IIRE at the end of 2011. 

Arruzza hosted a gender panel at the 2011 Left Forum to discuss the overcoming of an approach based on the establishment of a hierarchy of priorities between oppressions.

Dr Arruzza is author of numerous articles and a book, Les Mésaventures de la théodicée. Plotin, Origène et Grégoire de Nysse. She is also editor of Pensare con Marx, ripensare Marx. Teorie per il nostro tempo and of “Cosa vogliamo? Vogliamo tutto”. Il Sessantotto quarant’anni dopo.

Sexual self-determination in Cuba

In Cuba, there is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite, Transsexual (LGBTT) movement whose gestation is found at the intersection of the state and organised civil society. This movement seeks to tackle the main themes of LGBTT reality from the perspective of human rights, health and social integration, while inserting itself into the national project of edifying a just society. Historically, the space for its existence was provided by the country’s Women’s Movement, which was largely responsible for making Cuba, in 2008, the first country in the Americas having the sex-change operation included in the package of universal health care that island’s citizens enjoy.

This January, IIRE Fellow Antonio Carmona Báez interviewed Mariela Castro, president of the Havana-based National Centre for Sexual Education (CENESEX) and a bulwark for the nascent LGBTT movement in Cuba.

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IIRE's Arruzza hosts gender panel at Left Forum

cinziaThe elaborations on gender of the last 20 years, in particular Queer theory, challenge the Marxist approach to the issue of gender oppression, and thereby demand the overcoming of an approach based on the establishment of a hierarchy of priorities between oppressions. At this year's annual Left Forum (the former Socialist Scholar Conference), IIRE Fellow Cinzia Arruzza hosted a panel to discuss this challenge: "Does Marxism have Gender Trouble?" on Saturday, March 19th.

The challenge is to see how a complex relation of material and ideological factors contributes to the continuous reproduction of Capitalism as a whole, and therefore of women's oppression. The panel focused on gender oppression within Capitalism, coping with issues as gender division of labor and social reproduction. In dealing with these topics, the panel took into account the general question of the relation between gender theories, in particular Queer theory, and Marxism. An aim of the panel was the discussion of the critical potential of the notion of gender performativity, and the way in which this transformative perspective might offer a common ground for both Socialist and Queer politics.

The panel was joined by Catherine Sameh, Johanna Brenner and Rutgers University's Nancy Holstrom. For a full programme of this year's Left Forum see: http://www.leftforum.org/conference/2011

G. Achcar, fellow van het IIRE, waarschuwt voor vertrouwen in Egyptische militairen

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Welke rol spelen de voormalige militairen in de nieuwe Egyptische regering?

In een interview met Real News Network legt Achcar, auteur van The Clash of Barbarism en fellow van het IIRE, uit dat er gevaarlijke illusies bestaan over het nieuwe regime. Dit blijft een belangrijke klant van de VS en de continuïteit met de dictatuur van Mubarak is reëel . Gilbert Achcar is Hoogleraar van Studies inzake ontwikkelingshulp en internationale relaties in de School of Oriental and African Studies in Londen.

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