The IIRE is organizing two important activities in the coming weeks. From August 6th to August 10th, we are organizing a new Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Intersex-Queer seminar. Shortly after the seminar, we will have our yearly youth school from August 17th to August 28th.

 This is already the sixth LGBTIQ seminar at the IIRE. These are gatherings of activists in LGBTIQ movements from around the world who are committed to radical anti-capitalist politics. The aim of the LGBTIQ Seminar is to share and develop ideas on the most pressing topics concerning the struggle for human rights in the LGBTIQ community, debate about strategies for LGBTIQ liberation, and discuss how to participate in LGBTIQ struggles on the basis of an anti-capitalist political project. 

This seminar will focus on several topics:

-Lesbians in 21st century capitalism
-Trans/Intersex struggles
-LGBTIQ people in the contemporary uprisings
Between imperialism and homophobia: homonationalism and homophobia

The youth school enables young activists to discuss political strategies. The school aims to give a global perspective on social struggles and provide young activists with tools to understand and change the world. As one of the participants put it, the youth school is an important opportunity for 'young activists involved in the reconstruction of an international revolutionary movement'. Like all our schools, the youth school is an international event. This year we expect participants from all over the world.

But this global participation also poses challenges for us. The increase in participants and the wide reach of our activities means an increase in the money needed. Participating organizations make large contributions to the travel costs but social movements from the Global South need our solidarity to make the most of their participation. That is why we appeal to everyone to contribute to the seminar and the youth school. All donations, large or small, will help to make possible the participation of activists from the Global South.

Contributions can be made via the 'Donate' button on the right or made out to:

SOWS (Stichting voor Onderzoek naar en Vorming in het Wetenschappelijk Socialisme)
Address: Postbus 1962
1000 BZ Amsterdam
IBAN : NL55INGB0001039161
BIC: INGBNL2A
Bank: ING
Postbus 1800
1102 BW
Amsterdam
The Netherlands

(please mark your donations as 'school' or 'seminar' if you want to support a specific activity)

Six years ago we lost our friend and comrade Daniel Bensaïd. As a revolutionary activist and marxist philosopher, Bensaïd made important contributions to the work of our institute. Several of his books can be ordered through our website, such as Strategies of Resistance. We also sell his fascinating autobiography, published in English by Verso books: An impatient life: a political memoir by Daniel Bensaïd. Two of the notebooks Bensaïd wrote for the IIRE are available for download: The formative years of the Fourth International (1933-1938) and Revolutionary Strategy Today.

We are happy to announce that the recordings of a number of the lectures he gave in Amsterdam are now available online. In these lectures, given in the eighties, nineties and early after the turn of the century, Bensaïd discusses the marxist concepts of the party, the Spanish and Cuban revolutions, aspects of the history of the Fourth International and other topics.

You can find the recordings here.

We have added to new working papers to our online library. 'Reality, knowledge and forecasting' by Joost Kircz is an an attempt to attack the problem of human knowledge from a materialistic and dialectical point of view. 'Stalinist caterpillar into libertarian butterfly? The evolving ideology of the PKK' by Alex de Jong disccuses the changes of the worldview of the Turkish Kurdish PKK since its foundation. Both working papers can be downloaded as pdf here.

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