The Bolshevik Revolution in Historical and Comparative Perspective and Lessons for Left Politics in Contemporary Pakistan (Keynote)
The Bolshevik Revolution had a far-reaching impact on the world and transformed the way we understood society, politics and power. A century later, what lessons can we draw from its successes and failures, and in light of those lessons, how can we realize a living socialism for the 21st century?
Keynote speech by Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, followed by discussion with Nighat Saeed Khan and Farooq Tariq. The floor will be opened to the audience at 7.15pm for questions.
As the Soviet Union and 20th century socialism collapsed, political and social movements increasingly became divided into identity-based struggles. Why did this happen? Can the Left once again unite these disparate struggles into a unified movement against oppression?
The rampant exploitation of the earth's natural resources by man have brought our planet to the brink of collapse. Developing countries like Pakistan are now facing the consequences of environmental neglect in the shape of poisonous smog in cities and regular natural disasters. What does the Marxist framework have to offer as an answer to the our critical ecological crises?
Global Capitalism in the 21st Century: What Das Kapital Can Teach Us About Building a Socialism for the 21st Century (Keynote)
150 years after it was published, Das Kapital remains the most compelling and relevant account of the inherent contradictions of capitalism that cause its periodic crises. How can the Marxist critique of capitalism help us to construct an alternative economic order?
Keynote speech by Yousuf Mustikhan, followed by discussion with Bakhshal Thalho and Shahab Khattak. Question and answer session with the audience will commence at 3.45pm