March 20th 2019, marks the spring equinox, and therefore, the ancient festivity of “Nowruz”, celebrated by millions of people around the world as the beginning of new year. Nowruz celebrations, which date back to more than 3000 years ago, are observed by people of many different ethnic and racial groups, from the Uyghur community in China, to different majority and minority communities in Iran, to various communities in the Balkans. This non-religious festivity is a celebration of renewal of the earth with its ceremonies mostly centered around nature and community. Marking the first day of the first m ..
Note from LeftEast editors: We are happy to share the trailer of Georg, a documentary about Marxist philosopher György Lukács which will be released in April 2019. Beyond the merits of the philosopher’s work, the movie’s appearance also bears witness on two different levels. On the one hand, it comes in the year when the Left in Hungary celebrates the anniversary of the 1919 revolution and the rise of the short-lived but immensely inspiring Hungarian Soviet Republic, during which Lukács was a People’s Commissar for Education and Culture. On the other hand, it is a powerful if sad reminder, ..
Chiara Bonfiglioli in Ljubljana, 10.11.2018, at a ERC Eirene project workshop entitled “Women and Post-War Transitions: Politics”. Her presentation was titled “The Antifascist Women’s Front (AFŽ) and the Reconfiguration of Women’s Citizenship Rights in Early Socialist Yugoslavia (1945-1953).” Chiara Bonfiglioli is a lecturer in Gender & Women’s Studies at University College Cork.
Video of lecture and text of presentation. The text originally appeared on Paul Stubb’s website, Paul’s thoughts on the multi-level, complex and contested nature of everything. Presentation for “Marx and the Modern History of Welfare”, University of Trier 24 May 2018 Introduction Let me start by saying what an honour it is to have been invited to this event. I hope, however, that the rather pretentious title of my intervention will not raise your expectations too high. In the time available, I really want to present some personal, even idiosyncratic, reflections only on two moments – one involving Marxi ..
Note from LeftEast Editors: We publish this Video with the kind permission from the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York. Socialist countries have always had banks: central banks, savings banks taking local deposits, commercial banks, and export banks. Che Guevara was even the director of the National Bank of Cuba. What makes socialist banks “socialist”? And what are the relationships between socialist and global finance? How was socialist finance taken over by networks of secret services and company managers, who supported and structured the transition to authoritarian, ..
This video and accompanying abstract is part of our ongoing collaboration with Talk Real. In this episode, held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Talk Real discusses the implications of environmental degradation for the local Roma community, and the intersection of systemic racism with environmental neglect. In its post published on October 4, Talk Real writes: Pata Rât is located at the periphery of the city of Cluj Napoca, and serves as the space for living of three distinct groups of Roma people. In Pata Rât there is no electricity, drinking water nor sanitary conditions. While authorities maintain that people came v ..
Note from the LeftEast editors: This is an interview with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian citizen and prisoner in Blugaria, who is the founder of the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association. In 2007 Jock was convicted for the murder of Bulgarian Andrei Monov although claimed that he was trying to help two Roma people that were attacked by a group of fifteen football hooligans. Many details about this night remained unclear to this day. The main witnesses–the two Roma–have disappeared. The surveillance camera footage that could show what happened this night has vanished without a trace. And even if Jo ..
Our friends at #TalkReal have uploaded footage from the official launch of the Democracy in Europe Movement held at the Acquario Romano in Rome last week. Check back here in the weeks ahead for discussions of some of the ideas and strategies presented by DiEM and their relevance for the (East) European Left.
The UK’s #EUreferendum coming up on June 23 is a momentous historic occasion, not only for British citizens but for Europe itself. TalkReal discussed the international implications of #Brexit and Europe’s ‘referendum fever’ with Ulrike Guérot (founder and director of the European Democracy Lab Democracy Lab), Federico Campagna (writer, philosopher and Rights Manager at Verso Books), Marina Prentoulis (Another Europe Is Possible) and James Schneider (Momentum, the campaign which supported Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership campaign).