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No Marx without Engels! IAS Workshop

Date: 26 November 2009 Time: 2.00-5.00pm

Venue: IAS Meeting Room 2

During the world crisis which started in the autumn of 2007, some ghosts have reappeared on the scene quite unexpectedly. Marx was declared dead and buried, so was Keynes. They are both back - as prophets and analysts of great crises in the past. So are some of the big projects and research programmes in the social sciences which go far beyond the established disciplinary patterns as we know them. Historical materialism is one of them. The founding fathers of this research programme were two: Marx and Engels. Without Friedrich Engels, who spent most of his adult life in Britain, in Manchester and in London, there would never have been anything like "Marxism". We are lucky because a completely new biography of Friedrich Engels by a British historian, Dr. Tristram Hunt, has been published this year. We will use the occasion to renew our acquaintance with Engels and to start rethinking Historical materialism and similar big research programmes, joining up with some of the biggest inter- and postdisciplinary research projects which are running today both in Europe and in Asia.

Workshop: Thursday, 26 November 2009

Venue: IAS building, MR2

Time: 14:00 - 17:00 PM

Schedule:14:00 pm Welcome

14:15 - 15:00 Lecture: Tristram Hunt "The Life and Times of Friedrich Engels in Victorian Britain"

15:00 - 15:30 Discussion

15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 - 16:30 Lecture: Michael Kraetke "Engels as a Polymath of the 19th century and the research programme of Historical Materialism"

16:30 - 17:00 Discussion

To be continued by further workshops on eminent ghosts from the past in the following terms.

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Michael R. Kräetke

Organising departments and research centres: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Institute for Advanced Studies


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