Russian Revolution Centenary: Reflections on the 21st Century


Announce the International Conference on

 "Russian Revolution Centenary: Reflections on the 21st Century".

26th -29th October 2017, University of Peloponnese, Corinth, Greece.



Featured speakers

Tariq Ali, Samir Amin, Francesca Coin, Mike Cole, Ana Dinerstein, Cassie Earl, Stratos Georgoulas, David Graeber, Andrej Grubacic, Dave Hill, John Holloway, Boris Kagarlitsky, Jerry Kachur, Ravi Kumar, Dimitri Lascaris, Vicki Macris, Peter McLaren, John Milios, Mike Neary, Maria Nikolakaki, Denis O’ Hearn, Leo Panitch, Dimitris Patelis, John Rees, Ingo Schmidt, Helena Sheehan, Kenneth Surin, Teivo Teivainen.

The list is not exhausted.

Important historical anniversaries are good reasons to consciously reconsider history and observe the lessons from historical experience. The Russian Revolution was a series of major historical events in Russia in the year 1917 that not only marked the history of this country, but had also a decisive influence throughout modern world history. It is often described as one of the greatest historical events of humankind.

For some, the Russian Revolution of 1917 was a crucial milestone in the long and arduous course of humanity’s seek to achieve the ideals of freedom from humankind’s oppression and exploitation. Others see it as a disastrous development that had a negative impact in the world.

On the centenary of the revolution, it is time to boldly evaluate its achievements, its contradictions, its difficulties, its errors, and its transformative influence not only in former USSR but also to the whole world. It’s time again to reflect on the possibilities to create a word where humans are not exploited, a society of equality and freedom.

This year is also the sesquicentennial of the publication of  Marx’s Capital/ Volume 1 (1867). Given the influence of Marx’s work in the Russian Revolution, this conference wants to elaborate on Marx’s scientific human theory and the need to revitalize a revolutionary theory for a revolutionary praxis.



The revolutionary moment

The revolutionary subject

Contradictions of early socialism

War and revolution

The aesthetics of the Russian Revolution and communism

Propaganda and media’s influences

Revolutionary education

The struggle to equality in early socialism

Marxist theory and revolution

The political economy of revolution

Revolution and counter-revolutions

Literature and revolution

Does the class struggle end in socialism?

Gender/race/religion and revolution

Dialectics and revolution

Impact of the Russian revolution in other countries.

Impact of the Russian Revolution in scientific fields.

Fascism and communism

Wars and nationalism/revolution and internationalism.

The possibility of revolution

Anarchism and revolution

Greece and revolution

Revolutionary struggles today

The themes are not exhausted here; proposals that situate the Russian Revolution within a living history, reflecting on their significance to revolutionary theory and practice, will be considered.

Book presentations

  1. Lenin, by Tariq Ali
  2. The Levelers, by John Rees
  3. The Syriza wave, by Helena Sheehan.

    4. Critical Race Theory and Education: a Marxist Response by Mike Cole

    5. New Developments in Critical Race Theory and Education: Revisiting Racialized Capitalism and Socialism in Austerity by Mike Cole

    Organizing Committee

Maria Nikolakaki, Andrej Grubacic, Dave Hill, Dimitri Lascaris, Ravi Kumar, Ana Dinerstein, Stratos Georgoulas, Mike Cole, Salim Nabi, Thanasis Santsoglou, Alex Politaki (media consultant).

Scientific Committee

Maria Nikolakaki, Andrej Grubacic, Dave Hill, Dimitri Lascaris, Ravi Kumar, Ana Dinerstein, Stratos Georgoulas, Mike Cole, John Rees.

Languages of the Conference: Greek and English.

The Conference has  free entrance.



To propose a paper, please send an abstract of up to 250-word abstract for a paper and a 500-word proposal for a panel by the conference platform no later than 15th September.
Please include a very short bio in your submission.  Please also state in the subject title of your email either “Paper” or “Panel Proposal”

The presenter fees are 80 Euros per person or 200 Euros per panel presentation. Each panel should include 3 papers at least.

Student presenters’ fees are 30 euros.

The fees include a dinner table and a day excursion to Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nemea, Epidavros and Nafplio.

The papers accepted will be published in the Conference Proceedings, while selected papers will be published at CITS Journal "Cooperatives and the Commons".