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Class Struggle

Class Struggle


XI Congress of Historical and Social Research of CEICS – Center for Study and Research in Social Sciences
International Meeting of the Revolutionary Left
– Call for Papers –
Where are we? The Revolutionary Left and the class struggle in the world today
Buenos Aires, from September 1 to 3 of 2016

The world burns: Africa is affected by the violence product of a growing social decay that deepens from the crisis of the Arab Spring to Boko Haram.  In the extremely pauperized Asia new conflicts arise from the economic slowdown; Europe moves from recession to mass mobilizations and struggles against the capitalist adjustment. USA swings between post-Obama political apathy and the radicalization of the Republican right; Middle East is, today, a seething cauldron; Latin America undergoes the crisis of the Bonapartist regimes that formerly appeased the almost revolutionary crisis of the end of last century.
Everywhere are to be seen these multifaceted expressions of a general crisis of global political relations. However, nowhere are to be seen the formation and development of revolutionary parties, let alone international coordination. Why doesn’t the crisis beget its own gravedigger? Furthermore, how is the class struggle today? What’s the role of the revolutionary vanguard? Is it carrying out the political task of building a revolutionary party? Those are the questions that we want to pose on the eve of the anniversary of the Russian Revolution:
For this purpose, we call, in the frame of the XI Congress of Historical and Social Research, the International Meeting of the Revolutionary Left. Its aim is to foster the scientific study of reality to further advance in the construction of the strategy and development of the organizations necessary to change that reality.  As in previous editions we invite researchers and activists of all tendencies to forge the necessary unity between reason and revolution.

The conference will be organized around four themes:

1. The global crisis
a. The economy
b. The society
c. The politics

2. The political alternatives
a. The religious fundamentalism
b. The nationalist movements
c. The crisis of Latin American populism
d. The emergence of alternatives in Europe
e. The anti-systemic movements

3. The current situation of the revolutionary left
a. What remains of Maoism and Guevarism?
b. Trotskyism today
c. The non-marxist left
d. Many strategies or no strategies?
e. Do we need a new international?

4. Marxism in the XXI century
a. Is the crisis of Marxism gone?
b. Marxism and modern science
c. Balance and prospects

Closure meeting:  Debate and discussion with revolutionary organizations

The themes are suggested as a guide for participants. However, this list is not exhaustive. Proposals are expected to be focused on these issues, either in current or historical perspective; empirical analysis and theoretical reflections are both welcome.

Timetable and format:
1. Deadline proposals for symposiums, Panel discussions and book presentations:  30th April 2016 proposals.
2. Deadline Abstracts: 30th, June 30 abstracts.
3. Deadline for presentations: 20th August.
4. Papers should not exceed 20,000 characters with spaces.

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  1. Racism in the West Midlands Lecturer’s Union

    The hypocrisy of West Midlands NATFHE Regional officers, some of whom became national officials, proclaiming themselves to be anti-racist while acquiescing with national and regional officials in the lecturer’s union’s racist discriminatory policy. This policy refused advice and assistance to victims of (a) racial discrimination in the union’s procedures and (b) racist and sexist harassment at Bournville College, Birmingham. Read the manoeuvrings of the Broad Left political Coalition and of the West Midlands Women’s Panel, who used union procedures, structures, influential trade union officials, and the rumour lobby, to try to intimidate an Asian woman complainant into abandoning her complaints against three officers and the union bureaucracy. This covers a McCarthyite episode, the Beider Affair and the Regional Committee’s passing of a racial discriminatory motion – all of which were aimed at the complainant and are dealt with in Chapters X to XIII inclusive.
    The national official in charge, David (now Lord) Triesman took no action on these issues and later disclosed to an Industrial Tribunal hearing that the union had a policy that refused advice and assistance to women and ethnic minorities when they brought cases of harassment and discrimination against other union members. As a result other trade union officials criticised NATFHE’s policy.
    A significant comment on the case, at the time, came from a CRE Officer on trade union policy, who said “The victims of racial discrimination are now defenceless…. Any union member guilty of racial abuse would know that the union would not help the victim.” (chapter XX)
    Read ‘The Anti-racism Myth: A Flight into the Cuckoo’s Nest’, see also Chapters II to VIII, & XIV to XVII. Download for free at

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