MARXIST LITERARY GROUP
INSTITUTE ON CULTURE AND SOCIETY
UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY, SUNY
JUNE 17-22, 2018
Marx and the Problem of Politics
Each summer the MLG membership meets for its annual institute. Over several days members convene to present papers, hold reading groups, and conduct business. Everyone from tenured faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars participate in all activities. There are no concurrent sessions, which allows for conversations to develop over the course of the institute.
This year’s MLG ICS will consider the problem of politics of today in relation, most directly, to the past century of Marxist political thought, a century that begins with the Bolshevik revolution of 1917, finds its mid-point in the events of 1968, and now leaves us facing our current moment of crisis. Throughout this century the liberatory struggles of workers, women, colonized or formerly colonized peoples, indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ communities have been at the front-line of Left politics. They remain so today, even as the relation between these particular social formations and the reproduction of capital urgently requires continued re-theorization. To that end, this year’s ICS will be structured around shared readings of five key thinkers in the Marxist political tradition—Marx, Kollontai, Lenin, Mao, and Fanon—each of whom confronted directly the question of political strategy in relation to capital, the state, racism, sexism, empire and combined and uneven development.