MARXIST LITERARY GROUP
INSTITUTE ON CULTURE AND SOCIETY
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO
JUNE 21-26, 2019
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 Institute on Culture and Society will focus on the question of what today constitutes the other terms in Lenin’s dictum — what today might constitute “stupid materialism” and what, if anything, “intelligent idealisms” have to offer Marxism today. As always, this year’s focus is not exclusive: all proposals bearing on Marxism will be considered. This ICS will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Marxist Literary Group; this year proposals on the history of the MLG or of Marxism in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries may be of particular interest.