SESC IN SÃO PAULO AND BOITEMPO ORGANIZE SEMINAR IN CELEBRATION OF 100 YEARS OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION
“1917: the year that shook the world” will occur in September at SESC Pinheiros with international speakers, including Esteban Volkov, grandson of Trotsky
From September 26-29, Sesc in São Paulo and Boitempo will host at the Paulo Autran Theatre of Sesc Pinheiros in São Paulo, the international seminar 1917: the year that shook the world on the centenary of the Russian Revolution, one of the defining historical moments of the twentieth century. More than 30 speakers from Brazil and around the world, including some of the most representative names in the human sciences, will discuss the theme through courses, debates, lectures and book launches.
Among the highlights of the program is the course, The History of the Russian Revolution, composed of four classes, one per day each morning, which will introduce the process that led to the 1917 Revolution and the history of the USSR.
Afternoon and evening periods will be occupied by 10 lectures on historical and political themes related to the Russian Revolution, such as political organization, women’s equality, the idea of communism, artistic representations of utopian thought and the legacy of the Revolution, among other topics. Each lecture will have one or more commentators and a chair responsible for facilitating questions and comments from the public.
In addition, the seminar aims to go beyond academic discussion by promoting a general survey of the last century, taking as a reference point the Russian Revolution and its consequences, in order to provoke new paths in contemporary thinking.
The complete program of the seminar, as well as information on registering, may be accessed here: https://revolucaorussa.com.br
SOME OF THE CONFIRMED INTERNATIONAL GUESTS
ANTONIO NEGRI (ITALY)
Marxist philosopher, he was a member, among others, of the Italian Socialist Party, of Autonomia Operaia and of Potere Operaio. He was Professor of the Philosophy of Law and Theory of the State at the University of Pádua and also lectured at the University of Paris VIII and the Collège International de Philosophie. He is the author, among other books, of Labor of Dionysus: A Critique of the State-Form and a collection of studies with Michael Hardt. He wrote the preface for the Portuguese edition of Evgeny B. Pachukanis, The General Theory of Law and Marxism (Boitempo, 2017). He is one of the most influential thinkers in Western left movements and a critical reference in studies of globalization.
CHRISTIAN LAVAL (FRANCE)
Professor of Sociology at Paris-Ouest Nanterre-La Défense University. He is the author, among other books, of L’Homme économique: Essai sur les racines du néoliberalisme (Gallimard, 2007) and also a volume of the history of sociology, L’ambition sociologique (Gallimard, 2012). With Pierre Dardot, he published a Portuguese version of The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society (Boitempo, 2016). In the seminar, 1917: the year that shook the world they will launch together the book, Comum: ensaio sobre a revolução no século XXI.
DOMENICO LOSURDO (ITALY)
Professor of the history of philosophy at Urbino University, his doctoral thesis was on Karl Rosenkranz. He has published diverse books in Brazil, such as A linguagem do império: léxico da ideologia estadunidense (Boitempo, 2010), A luta de classes: uma história política e filosófica (Boitempo, 2015) and most recently Guerra e revolução: o mundo um século após Outubro de 1917 which will be launched at the seminar, 1917: the year that shook the world.
ESTEBAN VOLKOV (UKRAINE/MEXICO)
91 years old, this retired chemist is the grandson of Leon Trotsky. Volkov will speak on the role of his grandfather in history. Born in 1926 in the Ukraine, he went to live with his grandfather in Mexico when he was 13 years old. In this period, he survived a shootout, part of an assassination attempt against Trotsky in the house which they lived in. In a later assassination attempt, he watched his grandfather die. The only survivor of one of the most obsessive persecutions in history, Volkov will rescue the memory of the life and work of the Bolshevik intellectual. Volkov directs the Leon Trotsky Museum in Mexico in the house where his grandfather lived and was assassinated.
MICHAEL LÖWY (BRAZIL/FRANCE)
Emeritus Research Director in Social Sciences at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris. He is considered one of the greatest scholars of the works of Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg, György Lukács, Lucien Goldmann and Walter Benjamin, and has become one of the main theoretical references for revolutionary activists all over Latin America. He is the author of books and articles translated in over 29 languages, including the Portuguese versions of Fire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin’s On the Concept of History (Boitempo, 2005) and the A jaula de aço (Boitempo, 2014). During the event, he will launch the collection Centelhas: marxismo e revolução no século XXI with articles by him and Daniel Bensaïd.
MIGUEL VEDDA (ARGENTINA)
Doctor in Letters and Chair of German Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at the University of Buenos Aires. He is a member of the Internationale Georg-Lúkacs-Gesellschaft and is on the editorial board of the journal, Herramienta. He is already well-known in Brazilian academic circles and admired for his competent and rigorous production in the area of aesthetic theory and literary studies. His recent publications include György Lukács años de peregrinaje filosófico, with Mario Duayer (Herramienta, 2013) and Placeres de la melancolía. Reflexiones sobre literatura y tristeza with Martín Ciordia (Gorla, 2014).
PIERRE DARDOT (FRANÇA)
Philosopher and researcher at Paris-Ouest Nanterre-La Défense University, he is a specialist in the thought of Marx and Hegel. With Christian Laval, he has coordinated since 2004 the research group Question Marx, that aims to contribute to a renovation of critical thought. Also with Laval, he has published a Portuguese version of The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society (Boitempo, 2016). In the seminar, 1917: the year that shook the world they will launch together the book, Comum: ensaio sobre a revolução no século XXI.
TAMÁS KRAUSZ (HUNGARY)
Professor of Russian History at Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences in Budapest, he is one of the most well-known intellectuals and activists in his country. Tamás Krausz worked over four decades writing Reconstructing Lenin, a biography to be launched during the event about one of the most enigmatic and influential figures of the twentieth century. Krausz will argue in his lecture that now, after the fall of the Soviet Union and “actually existing socialism”, that it is possible to return to Lenin and learn from his theoretical and political contributions.
TARIQ ALI (PAKISTAN/ENGLAND)
Author of more than twenty books on world history and politics and one of the editors of the New Left Review, Tariq Ali lives in England and works as a journalist, writer, historian, film maker and political activist, focusing on international politics. On the occasion of his visit, he will launch a new edition of the Communist Manifesto combined with the revolutionary tract of Lenin, the April Theses, with an original introduction by Ali on these two basic texts on the 1917 Revolution. In addition to tracing the influence of the Manifesto on the April Theses, Tariq was interviewed for an issue of the journal Margem Esquerda, which will also be launched during the event.
WENDY Z. GOLDMAN (UNITED STATES)
Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, she is a specialist in the social and political history of Russia and the Soviet Union. Author of the Portuguese version of Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 (Boitempo, 2014) and other works on the period, Goldman has become a reference in Brazil for scholars of the history of feminism.
PRELIMINARY PROGRAM AND POST-SEMINAR EVENTS
The Center for Research and Formation (CPF) of SESC, in partnership with Boitempo, will organize a series of talks between February and September to introduce the public to historical, social, political, cultural and artistic aspects of 100 years of the Russian Revolution. Moreover, after the seminar 1917: the year that shook the world the event will have continuity around the country in universities, with the assistance of Boitempo and SESC in São Paulo, who will organize lectures and debates in diverse states with participants that will include some of the invited international guests.
More information on the preliminar program may be found here: https://sescsp.org.br/cpf
Phase 1 – Course “The History of the Russian Revolution” | organized by Gilberto Maringoni
Chair: Alexandre Linares.
26/sept | Tuesday
12pm–2pm | Class 1 | FROM IMPERIAL RUSSIA TO THE RUPTURE
With Michael Löwy.
27/sept | Wednesday
10:30am – 12:30pm | Class 2 | THE REVOLUTION OF THE DESPERATE
With José Paulo Netto.
28/sept | Thursday
10:30am – 12:30pm | Class 3 | FROM COLLECTIVIZATION TO THE WAR
With Maria Orlanda Pinassi.
29/sept | Friday
10am– 12pm | Class 4 | CONSOLIDATION, DECADENCE AND FALL
With Angelo Segrillo.
Phase 2 – Cycle of Debates “Dialogues with the Russian Revolution”
26/sept | Tuesday
5pm – 1. FROM SOVIET SOCIALISM TO THE NEW RUSSIAN CAPITALISM
Debate with José Paulo Netto, Lenina Pomeranz and Luis Fernandes. Chair: Fernando García.
8pm – 2. THE REVOLUTION OF WOMEN
Lecture by Wendy Goldman, commentaries by Djamila Ribeiro and Maria Lygia Quartim de Moraes. Chair: Tory Oliveira.
27/sept | Wednesday
2pm – 3. THE LIFE OF TROTSKY
Lecture by Esteban Volkov with commentaries by Valerio Arcary and Osvaldo Coggiola. Chair: Isa Penna.
5pm – 4. LENIN: LIFE AND WORK OF A REVOLUTIONARY LEADER
Lecture by Tamás Krausz, commentaries by Marly Viana. Chair: Diana Assunção.
8pm – 5. DIALOGUES WITH THE THEORETICAL THOUGHT OF LENIN
Lecture by Tariq Ali, commentaries by Vladimir Safatle and Virgínia Fontes. Chair: Fernanda Mena.
28/sept | Thursday
2pm – 6. THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AND THE NATIONAL QUESTION
Lecture by Michael Löwy, commentaries by Isabel Loureiro and Ruy Braga. Chair: Juliana Borges.
5pm – 7. STATE, ECONOMY AND POLITICS IN SOVIET SOCIETY
Lecture by Antonio Negri, commentaries by Alysson Leandro Mascaro and Leda Paulani. Chair: Maria Cristina Fernandes.
8pm – 8. WAR AND REVOLUTION
Lecture by Domenico Losurdo, commentaries by José Luiz Del Roio and Gilberto Maringoni. Chair: Daniela Mussi.
29/sept | Friday
2pm – 9. THE SOVIET UNION AND BRAZIL
Lecture by Anita Prestes, commentaries by Luiz Bernardo Pericás and Antonio Carlos Mazzeo. Chair: Renato Rovai.
5pm – 10. ART AND REVOLUTION
Debate with Miguel Vedda, Jorge Mautner and Walnice Nogueira Galvão. Chair: Tata Amaral.
8pm – 11. THE IDEA OF THE COMMON: THEORY AND HISTORY OF AN IDEAL
Lecture by Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval, commentaries by Christian Dunker. Chair: Laura Carvalho.
9:45pm – Closing Event: music by Jorge Mautner
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR “1917: the year that shook the world”
SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2017
Address: Rua Paes Leme, 195
Tel.: 11 3095.9400
Valet Parking: Tuesday-Friday, 7am-9:30pm; Saturday, 10am-9:30pm; Sunday and holidays, 10am-6:30pm. Prices/ vehicles and motorcycles: Full SESC members: R$ 12 for the first three hours and R$ 2 for each additional hour. Non-SESC members: R$ 18,00 for the first three hours and R$ 3 for each additional hour. For activities in the Paulo Autran Theatre, single price: R$ 12 (SESC members) and R$ 18 (non-members).
Public Transport: Metrô Faria Lima – 500 meters/Estação Pinheiros – 800 meters
Information for the Press
Press Consultant| International Conference
Ana Maria Barbour | 11 98287 9942
Press Consultant | Boitempo
Yumi Kajiki | 11 3875-7285
Press Consultant | Center for Research and Formation (CPF) of SESC
Rita Solimeo Marin | 11 3254-5641
Press Consultant | Sesc Pinheiros
Poliana Queiroz | 11 3095.9423