Marxism 2012 GLOBAL CRISIS. GLOBAL RESISTANCE.

Marxism is the annual political conference organized by the International Socialists. This year’s theme is “global crisis, global resistance.” Held over three days at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, Marxism 2012 features more than 30 talks and panels with speakers from across Canada and Quebec and around the world.

Marxism 2012 is endorsed by the Ryerson Students’ Union.

DATES

Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, 2012

For exact times, please see the full schedule.

LOCATION

Ryerson Students’ Centre *

55 Gould Street

Toronto, Ontario

TTC: Dundas | Directions & map

* The Ryerson Students’ Centre is a fully accessible space.

MORE INFO

Email: marxism [at] socialist [dot] ca

Phone: 416-972-6391

Facebook: Marxism 2012

Schedule

This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change. Speakers’ biographies are available here.

FRIDAY MAY 25

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • The global fight against austerity: from the ballot box to the street (Room 1) – Nikos Loudos, Judith Orr, Andria Babbington, Monique Moisan, Carolyn Egan

9:00 pm – late

  • Social

SATURDAY MAY 26

10:00 am – 11:15 am

  • Egypt and the Arab World: the year of revolution (Room 1) – Member of Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists (TBA), Yusur Al-Bahrani, Sid Lacombe

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

  • The 2012 Quebec student strike (Room 1) – Xavier Lafrance, Monique Moisan, Sibel Epi Ataoğul
  • Thomas Mulcair & the NDP: what next? (Room 2) – Ritch Whyman
  • The red in the rainbow: socialists & queer liberation (Room 3) – Darren Edgar
  • Why is the 1% imposing austerity? (Room 4) – Pam Frache, Paul Kellogg

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

  • Building rank & file resistance in labour / lunch break (Room 1) – Carolyn Egan, Sung-Lim Kang, Jonathon Hodge, Jeff Ince, Pam Johnson

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Tar Sands, pipelines & Indigenous sovereignty (Room 1) – Ben Powless, John Bell
  • ‘Occupy everything!’ The history of the Russian Revolution (Room 2) – Octavian Cadabeschi
  • Can capitalism be reformed? (Room 3) – Kevin Brice
  • 1965: Canada’s rank & file rebellion (Room 4) – Pam Johnson

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

  • ‘From each according to their ability’: socialists & the disability movement (Room 1) – Melissa Graham, Michele MacAulay, Patricia Reilly
  • Quebec, First Nations & the Canadian state (Room 2) – Chantal Sundaram
  • Too many people? Population, immigration & climate change (Room 3) – Ian Angus
  • The radical roots of hip hop (Room 4) – Mohammad Ali Aumeer

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Can we stop the Harper Agenda? (Room 1) – Brigette DePape, Tasha Peters, Ben Powless, Hadayt Nazami, Michelle Robidoux

9:00 pm – late

  • Social

SUNDAY MAY 27

10:00 am – 11:15 am

  • Eyewitness to the Greek rebellion (Room 1) – Nikos Loudos
  • ‘Never going back!’ How women won abortion rights (Room 2) – Michelle Robidoux, Judith Orr
  • The new class struggle in Africa (Room 3) – Ali Awali
  • From Libya to Syria: revolution vs ‘humanitarian intervention’ (Room 4) – Jesse McLaren

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

  • Palestine: imagining the one-state solution (Room 1) – Palestinian guest speaker, Abbie Bakan
  • Racism, Islamophobia & economic crisis (Room 2) – Nikos Loudos, Chantal Sundaram
  • 1972: when Quebec workers occupied (Room 3) – Jessica Squires
  • Chile: students & workers rise up (Room 4) – Peter Hogarth

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Are you a revolutionary? Introduction to the International Socialists / lunch break (Room 1) – Yusur Al-Bahrani, Kevin Brice

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

  • The role of socialists in Egypt’s revolution (Room 1) - Member of Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists (TBA), Judith Orr
  • What’s green about Marxism? (Room 2) – Bradley Hughes
  • Women, workers & resistance in Iran (Room 3) – Niaz Salimi, Faline Bobier
  • Hacktivism, social media & revolution (Room 4) – Chris Bruno, James Clark

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Closing rally: global crisis, global resistance (Room 1) – Nikos Loudos, Judith Orr, Monique Moisan

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