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Evening lectures

September 7: Automation and the Future of Work. Talk by Aaron Benanav

In the first lecture of Radical Futures talks series, Aaron Benanav critically discussed new economic theories of the "rise of the robots," which claim that rapidly unfolding processes of computerization and robotization are the main causes of growing problems of unemployment and underemployment worldwide.

March 31, Lecture: Egypt under the regime of Field Marshal Sissi

Egyptian socialist Taher Mokhtar will give a talk on the development of the political and social situation in Egypt from the January 2011 Revolution, passing through the Muslim Brotherhood era, and the return of a staunch military dictatorship.

March 5: lecture by Vivek Chibber 'The Promise and Perils of Postcolonial Theory'

In recent years, postcolonial theory has emerged as the most influential scholarly framework for understanding the Global South. It is known for its criticism of Western theories, especially Marxism, and as not only being inadequate but even complicit in Europe’s imperial project.

December 11: Lecture by Robin Blackburn: Who invented Human Rights?

This lecture examines the role of anti-slavery and slave resistance in the elaboration of 'human rights' and the misappropriation of such ideas by Western colonialism and militarism. Robin Blackburn is a historian and sociologist, and one of New Left Review’s editors. Blackburn teaches at the New School in New York and the University of Essex in the UK.

October 16: The Kurdish struggle against IS

We will be discussing the Rojava experience, current situation, the position of the Turkish State, the ways of solidarity with the resisting people of Kobane, and the position of the Dutch State. The event will be in English and Dutch. Confirmed speakers: Sheruan Hassan (PYD Spokesman) Nuri Karabulut (DIDF) Sadet Karabulut (SP Member of Parliament) A recommended donation will be asked to be se

Conference and Debate with Eufrosina Cruz

On the 21st of March, the IIRE will proudly host a debate with Eufrosina Cruz, in collaboration with the Indigenous Movement and Movies That Matter Festival. Eufrosina Cruz 

Lively discussion with Anja Meulenbelt

On invitation of TENK, a network of left-wing activists and scholars, Dutch socialist-feminist Anja Meulenbelt came to the IIRE to speak about her current project, a new book on the left and feminism. Meulenbelt looked back at the second wave of feminism in the Netherlands in which she played a prominent role and her classic 1976 book 'Feminisme en Socialisme'.

Hot marxism and Liberation Theology in Latin America

On Wednesday 21st of November, the IIRE hosted a presentation of the book "Religión sin redención:Contradicciones sociales y sueños despiertos en América Latina" by its author Luis Martínez Andrade. Here are the recordings:

Boots Riley and The Coup in the IIRE

On Sunday the 8th April 2012 Boots Riley, the legendary anticapitalist MC from the hip-hop band The Coup, visited the IIRE for a public talk on the Occupy movement and the General Strike in Oakland.
Followed by a concert of The Coup in the neighbour venue Studio/K. See a presentation of both events in this video.

 

Video: A Radical Approach to Humanitarian Relief

Evening lecture: A Radical Approach to Humanitarian Relief

Natural disasters are becoming more and more a central issue of politics in the Third World, which is situated in the crossroad of socio-economical exploitation, and capitalist climate change. The answer to these catastrophes has often been taken on by independent NGO's and international agencies, both in the countries affected and in the First World countries where the funds are gathered.

Video lecture: Detlef Hartmann in the IIRE

The magazine Jaarboek Kritiek organised on Friday the 27th of January a debate with the German activist Detlef Hartmann. More than thirty people were present.

27 january: Detlef Hartmann in Amsterdam

The editorial staff of the magazine Kritiek organises an important public meeting in Amsterdam. The well known theoretician and activist Detlef Hartmann will talk about the economic crisis, the reorganization of capitalism and the possibilities of resistance.

Public meeting: What way out of the debt crisis?

17 november, 8pm - IIRE Conference Center 

* Lessons from Argentina by Claudio Katz, economist, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

* The crisis in Europe and the struggle for the abolition of the debt  by Eric Toussaint, President of the CADTM (Committee for the Abolition of the Third World Debt) 

IIRE hosts LGTB - Cuban evening debate

On Monday, 24 October, IIRE hosted a closed roundtable discussion for 25 local LGBT activists with Mariela Castro Espín, director of Cuba’s national centre for sexual education (Cenesex) and daughter of the late revolutionary feminist Vilma Espín Guillois, and Camilo García, International Relations Officer of Cenesex and member of the Cuban Communist Party.

September 27: Socialist Humanism recordings

"To answer questions about values, human nature and material needs it is necessary to formulate a vision on what it means to be human, and on the development of human society. Instead of leading to constrictions on human freedom such a vision can give direction to human life and to new possibilities to change our lives.

27th of September: Lecture: 'The meaning and relevance of a socialist humanism'

Anybody who is politically active and discussed with others about the possibility of a different society will have heard arguments like 'what you want is all very nice but it will never work, that is just not the way people are'. Ecological activists are confronted with the question what human needs need to be fulfilled to ensure a good life.

Public meeting: The Radical Left in Indonesia

View video recording of the talk

Unfortunately we just received the news that Max Lane will not be able to give his talk on 10 June. Instead, Paulus Suryanta Ginting will give a talk on the current situation of the radical left in Indonesia.

Public meeting: The Radical Left in Indonesia

Public Meeting: The Queer Politics of Migration

Reflections from the United States on 'Illegality' and 'Incorrigibility'

View video recording of the lecture

IIRE, Amsterdam, 15th June 2010, 19.30 (see details below)

Reclaim the State? Experiments in Popular Democracy

As the global financial crisis continues to fester, local and national governments tend to place the bulk of the burden on public spending. More cuts and lay-offs, reductions in salaries and the disappearance of community-based projects place the most vulnerable sectors of society at higher risk.

12, 13 februari: Verander de wereld, niet het klimaat

12 en 13 februari organiseert Grenzeloos een discussiebijeenkomst over links en de klimaatbeweging na Kopenhagen. Zaterdag 13 februari zal onder andere Marijke Colle, de nieuwe co-directeur van de het IIRE, een discussie inleiden over de opbouw van een ecosocialistische beweging.

Erik Swyngedouw on David Harvey and geographical materialism

The IIRE organises in cooperation with the yearbook 'Kritiek. Jaarboek voor socialistische discussie en analyse' a lecture by Erik Swyngedouw on David Harvey, geographical materialism and urban social struggles on Thursday, the 29th of October.

1 October 2009: A Left View of the Neoliberal Crisis

A year has past since the world fell into the deepest economic crisis since the 1930s and the end is nowhere in sight. Vulnerable groups like youth, migrants and precarious workers will be especially hard hit.

Marx in Soho

Friday, 3 July 2009 the IIRE will host a performance of Howard Zinn’s MARX in SOHO

Directed by Michael Fox Kennedy with Jerry Levy as Karl Marx

Friday, 3 July 2009

20.00 hrs. (Doors open at 19.30)

Venue: IIRE, Timorplein, Lombokstraat 40, Amsterdam

 

Donation:  €5-10    

 

Marx in Soho

Friday, 3 July 2009 the IIRE will host a performance of Howard Zinn’s MARX in SOHO

Directed by Michael Fox Kennedy with Jerry Levy as Karl Marx

1 July: Literature, Memory and Social Movements: Indonesia 2009

 

IIRE and Grenzeloos Magazine

invite you to the public forum:

 

Literature, Memory and Social Movements:

Indonesia 2009

A public lecture by MAX LANE 

1 July 2009, 19.30

 

27th of may: Crisis in Europe: an anticapitalist perspective

The current economic crisis shows once again that economical and political developments don't end at national borders. Some politicians draw the conclusion that the European Union should play a greater role in handling crises like this one. However, according to critics the EU itself is part of the problem because it propagates the same kind of neoliberal policies that were a factor in causing this crisis. What would a left-wing, Europe-wide approach to the crisis look like?

CANCELLED: Debate: 28th of March, Amsterdam - A left-wing view of the crisis

DUE TO ILLNESS THE PLANNED MEETING ON THE CRISIS THIS SATURDAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

New mp3 files: Palestine, Solidarity and the Left

Taking advantage of the high-level profile of those participating in the Palestine Seminar, IIRE -together with the Dutch bimonthly Grenzeloos, organised a public forum on Palestine.

Seminar Series - Returns of Marxism 2008/09

  Next lecture:

Tuesday, June 9th, 7.30 p.m.

Contradictions and Limits of Neoliberal European Governance – Laura Horn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Seminar Series - Returns of Marxism 2008/09

  Next lecture:

Tuesday, June 9th, 7.30 p.m.

Contradictions and Limits of Neoliberal European Governance – Laura Horn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Elements of an essay on human change

By Joost Kircz

A preliminary remark

Elements of an essay on human change

 

By Joost Kircz

A preliminary remark

Seminar Series - Returns of Marxism 2008/09

Next lecture:

Tuesday, June 9th, 7.30 p.m.

Contradictions and Limits of Neoliberal European Governance – Laura Horn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dialectics as a method of social research, part I and II

Dialectics as a method of social research

Seminar given at the IIRE, Amsterdam, on 15 January 2008

Guglielmo Carchedi

 
Part I. A general introduction.

 

Dialectics as a method of social research, part I and II

Dialectics as a method of social research

Seminar given at the IIRE, Amsterdam, on 15 January 2008

Guglielmo Carchedi

  Part I. A general introduction.

 

As well known, Marx did not explicitly write a work on dialectics. Nevertheless, he thought it would be possible to make intelligible to people with ordinary intelligence in a few pages what is rational in the method “which Hegel discovered and at the same time mystified”. In spite of Marx’s warning that Hegel mystified dialectics, traditionally, commentators have tried to force Marx into conformity with Hegel. I will depart from this tradition and will submit a notion of dialectics as a method of social research, a method focused exclusively on social reality. This method is extracted from Marx’s own work rather than from Hegel’s work. I argue that it is internally consistent with Marx’s theory and therefore capable of further developing that theory in order to account for capitalism’s new features.

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120 Attend Gramsci Conference

Saturday’s Gramsci conference in Amsterdam turned out to be a big success, both in terms of participation and discussions.

 

With 120 registration, much more than expected, the organisers were forced to turn down people who wanted to participate.

 

Lecture's Paper by Roland Boer

A Difficult Love Affair? On the Relation Between Marxism and Theology

Roland Boer

October 2007

Lecture's Paper by Roland Boer

A Difficult Love Affair? On the Relation Between Marxism and Theology

Roland Boer

October 2007

Abstract: From the moment Marx and Engels became involved with the League of the Just, Marxism has always had a long and often difficult relation with theology and the Bible. Some of the leading figures of the twentieth century were no exception - Althusser, Adorno, Gramsci, Lefebvre, Eagleton are just a few. And in our own day we have the rush of engagements with Paul's Letters in the New Testament by thinkers on the Left. In light of my recent book, Criticism of Heaven: On Marxism and Theology, as well as the next book, Criticism of Religion, I ask why Marxism and theology seem to be so close, why they argue so much, and what it means for both of them. Does it weaken them or are they stronger for the connection?

 

Lectures in Marxism

RETURNS  OF MARXISM
for understanding and
attempting to change the world

 

Lectures in Marxism

Take the Power to Change the World - Public Webcast

Title: Take the Power to Change the World

Date: Sunday 5 August, 5 pm Amsterdam, 4 pm London, 11 am Eastern, 8 am pacific. 

Location: Skypecast, via Internet. ONLY CYBERSPACE!

 Take the Power to Change the World, is the latest IIRE publication, published jointly with Resistance Books in Britain.

 

Recent marxist analysis of the state

The 9th october 2007

Peter Thomas will present a discussion on the marxist analysis of the state.

The course will be held in the IIRE-institute building at Lombokstraat 40, Amsterdam

The presentation will be in english with simultaneous translation to dutch.

The course is free of charge.

serie de Seminarios - Regresos del Marxismo 2008/09

Luego de una exitosa serie inaugural de seminarios en 2007/2008, Regresos del Marxismo continuará a partir de octubre 2008. Los temas en la conferencia de este año incluyen: política latinoamericana contemporánea; la política de la 'gentrification'; lectura de capital, feminismo radical, marxismo, filosofía y más.

En años recientes se ha visto un renovado interés en el marxismo alrededor del mundo. Una nueva generación está descubriendo la fertilidad de muchas de las tradiciones del marxismo para entender y tratar de cambiar al mundo. Este seminario busca reunir académicos, escritores y activistas de diferentes campos para discutir la relevancia de las ideas marxistas en los debates contemporáneos.

27 mai - La crise en Europe : Une perspective anticapitaliste

L'actuelle crise économique montre une nouvelle fois que l'économie et le dévellopement politique ne s'arrête pas aux frontières nationales. Certains politiciens en concluent que l'Union Européenne devrait jouer une rôle plus important pour solutionner la crise. Mais l'UE est elle-même une part du problème puisqu'elle propage le même type de politiques néolibérales qui sont la cause de cette crise. A quoi devrait ressembler une approche de gauche à l'échelle européenne ?

Returns of Marxism 2008/2009

Après le succès de la première édition en 2008/2009, Returns of Marxism continuera à partir d'octobre 2008. Les sujets des formations de cette année comprennent : les politiques contemporaines en Amérique Latine, les politiques d'embourgeoisement, lire Le Capital, le féminisme radical, marxisme et philosophie...

Debat le 28 mars à Amsterdam - Une vue de gauche de la crise

Le magazine Grenzeloos organise un débat, avec l'économiste français Michel Husson et l'économiste néerlandais, sénateur du Parti Socialiste, Geert Reuten, sur la crise économique actuelle et la réponse de la gauche.

Elements d'un essai sur le changement de l'homme

Par Joost Kircz

 

Une remarque préliminaire

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