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Philosophy Football presents
Seminar: The Revolution is dead, long live the revolution!
Saturday 21 October
In a nutshell
1917, the storming of the Winter Palace, Revolution - how do these historic events connect to shaming the world of Trump and May today?
'The revolution is dead, long live the revolution' is the theme of our afternoon seminar for the centenary of October 1917. Organised in association with Soundings, ' a journal of politics and culture', we aim to provide three hours of participative discussion ranging over the meaning of revolution, then, and now, models of change, old and new, and the legacy of 1917 for how today's Left organises with a strong historical, theoretical and cultural dimension.
What to Expect
Following Jeremy Gilbert’s theme of the afternoon ‘revolution’ the panellists will each introduce a particular topic for the audience to take in whatever direction they choose:
The revolutionary discipline of Lenin’s revolutionary party vs the libertarianism of a social movement Left
The deeply embedded values embedded in the post 1917 communist tradition
The West European variants of Communism and how these connect with today’s ‘outside Left’ parties such as Syriza and Podemos and in Britain Corbynism
Presented by self-styled ‘sporting outfitters of intellectual distinction’ aka Philosophy Football. In association with Soundings, a journal of politics and culture.
Jeremy Gilbert is a regular contributor to the Guardian Opinion pages, Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London and author of Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism.
John Medhurst has recently had published by Repeater his new book No Less than Mystic : A History of Lenin and the Russian Revolution for a 21st Century Left
Kevin Morgan is one of the editors of the journal Twentieth Century Communism and has written widely on the history of Communism, particularly British Communism including Communists and British Society 1920-1991 : People of a Special Mould
Marina Prentoulis appears regularly across the UK media as a spokesperson for Syriza and has recenly contributed a chapter on what Corbynism can learn from the Greek left's experience of government in the book The Corbyn Effect.
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Suitable for ages 16+
Please note: This event is free, but tickets must be booked beforehand here.
This event is wheelchair accessible.