Rosa Luxemburg's Concepts of Democracy and Revolution

Conference, 4-5 October, Paris, France
International Rosa Luxemburg Society; University of Paris I Panthéon-La Sorbonne/Centre d'histoire des systèmes de pensée moderne (CHSPM); Espaces Marx; Rosa Luxemburg Foundation; Gerda und Hermann Weber Stiftung; Transform!Europe
04.10.2013-05.10.2013, Paris, Sorbonne

International Rosa Luxemburg Society

Our next conference with the main issue « Rosa Luxemburg's Concepts of Democracy and Revolution » with international speakers (e. g. Annelies Laschitza, Isabel Loureiro, Frigga Haug, Sandra Rein, Claudie Weill, Michael Brie, Jean-Numa Ducange, Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, Peter Hudis, Narihiko Ito, Michael Kraetke, Michael Löwy, David Muhlman, Ingo Schmidt, Jörg Wollenberg) will take place on October 4 - 5, 2013 in Paris. The conference languages will be English and French with simultaneous translation.

You will find a detailed - always updated - program on our website.

English version:
http://www.internationale-rosa-luxemburg-gesellschaft.de/html/_english_p...
French version:
http://www.internationale-rosa-luxemburg-gesellschaft.de/html/francais.html

Ottokar Luban
(Secretary of the International Rosa Luxemburg Society)

International Conference on Rosa Luxemburg

Paris, Sorbonne, October 4 and 5, 2013
The conference languages will be French and English with simultaneous translation.

« Rosa Luxemburg's Concepts of Democracy and Revolution »

One of the most important contributions of Rosa Luxemburg to modern Marxist thought is her refusal to separate the concepts of "democracy" and "revolution". This approach is developed in a) her criticism of the limits of bourgeois democracy, b) her conception of the revolutionary struggle as democratic self-emancipation of the great masses, c) her vision of socialist democracy with the workers' councils' system as a possible form of "dictatorship of the proletariat", and d) her firm insistence - in discussion with Russian revolutionaries - on the importance of democratic freedoms in the transition towards socialism.

We will deal with the question of democracy in her writings on Marxism, on political economy and on the national question (self-administration and national autonomy as democratic solutions).

These are issues that remain relevant at the beginning of the 21 Century. The aim of the Conference will be not only to analyze the historical aspects and the texts themselves, but also the political significance of these issues, in an epoch that sees a crisis of democracy within the context of crisis in capitalist civilization.

PROGRAMME
Friday, October 4th
3pm - 5:30pm: Panel Discussion 1: Presentation of New Editions of Rosa Luxemburg's Work in German, English, and French Peter Hudis, Eric Sevault, Annelies Laschitza, Holger Politt, Jacqueline Bois

5:30pm-6: 30pm: informal reception

6:30pm-9pm: Public Opening of the Conference
I) Introduction [6:30pm - 7pm]
Presidency: Elisabeth Gauthier. Welcome speeches: Narihiko Ito, Evelin Wittich.

II) Panel Discussion 2. Opening [7pm - 9pm]
Isabel Loureiro, Claudie Weill, Mylene Gaulard, Michael Löwy, Rory Castle

Saturday, October 5th
10am - 12:15pm: Panel Discussion 3: Socialism and Democracy Michael Brie, Ottokar Luban, Jean-Numa Ducange, Pablo Slavin

12:15pm - 2pm: Lunch break

2pm - 4:15pm: Panel Discussion 4: Bourgeois Democracy, Revolutionary Democracy Jörg Wollenberg, Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, Ingo Schmidt, David Muhlman, Michael Kraetke

4:15pm - 4:45pm: Coffee break

4:45pm - 7pm: Panel Discussion 5: Rosa Luxemburg and Others Frigga Haug, Sandra Rein, Alexey Gusev, Ben Lewis, Philippe Corcuff

Please register with Maxime Benatouil - benatouil [at] transform-network.net

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[Cross-posted, with thanks, from H-Soz-u-Kult]