Marx2019 – held at ABF-huset in central Stockholm – will provide a meeting place for activists and researchers who take Marx and the Marxist tradition as points of departures in their research, writing, struggles and organising. Following on the previous conferences of 2013 and 2016, this years conference focuses on the topic of Climate Change and the End of Capitalism.
The program will involve dozens of panels, talks and presentations, centered on but no exclusively concerning the question of Eco-Socialism and the intersections of Climate activism and Marxist thinking.
Sonia Guajajara, is an environmental and indigenous activist, and the executive coordinator of Brazil’s indigenous movement, Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil, as well as the former vice-presidential candidate of Brazil’s Socialism and Liberty Party. Guajajara is a leading voice advocating the protection of the Amazon rainforest and indigenous land rights against president Bolsonaro’s plans to open up reservations to mining and commercial farming. Her talk will be followed by a conversation with Patricia Lorenzoni.
Costas Lapavistas, is a professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is an expert on the relationships between financial systems and development. Based on his expertise in these fields he is a critic of the current capitalist system. Lapavitsas also criticizes the political and economic role played by the European Union in upholding the principles and foundations of this system. His presentation at Marx2019 will highlight the continuing relevance of a Left criticism of the European Union. His talk will be followed by a conversation with Kajsa Ekis Ekman.
Andreas Malm, is a senior lecturer in human ecology at Lund University, as well as a prolific writer and journalist. His research and writings focus on the intersections of capitalism and climate change, as well as on the politics of opposing the fossil capitalist system. Amongst his works are Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming and The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World. His talk will concerns ways to escalate the struggle against climate change, and the possibilities of direct action and sabotage.
Kate Soper, is a British emeritus professor of philosophy, currently at University of Brighton. Her work has focused on feminism, the environment and theories of need and consumption. Her most important works include What is Nature? Culture, Politics and the Non-Human and The Politics and Pleasures of Consuming Differently. Her talk will concern the current job-loss and disaffection with work, and on the form that a more benign post-work order might take. In contrast to the tech-utopian and ‘luxury communism’ visions currently influential on the Left with their rather orthodox views on consumption, she will defend the potential of a less techno-driven and intensive work culture for introducing more fulfilling ways of living, developing new skills and reinstating some earlier ways of doing and making.
The full schedule is forthcoming in September.
For more information visit marxconf.org.