This promises to be very positive given the number of people who have expressed interest in coming to it.
At the moment we envisage four main areas of discussion:
- in the morning, lessons of the social movements of 2011, based around our international statement https://en.internationalism.org/icconline/201203/4766/statement-social-movements-2011. But hopefully the discussion will incorporate more detailed experiences from various parts of the world.
- In the afternoon, two shroter discussions: one is a discussion on art. The presenter (Mark Hayes) has sent a brief outline of the areas to be covered. A more detailed text may be available soon.
According to Trotsky, “Art, which is the most complex part of culture, the most sensitive and at the same time the least protected, suffers most from the decline and decay of bourgeois society.”
How does the history of art in the last 100 years confirm this view?
What if anything does the history of modern art have to tell us about capitalism and the need for revolution?
Is revolutionary art still possible today?
- the other is a discussion on Islam. The presenter (jaycee) has posted this outline on,libcom:
I'm giving a presentation about Islam.
I thought I would put down some of the topics I will be looking at, feel free to give advice, ask questions and whatever else.
1. why should revolutionaries study Islam?
can it develop our understanding of religion generally?
2. What have revolutionaries said about Islams historical origins?
(I have mainly come across Marxist analysis here, if anyone knows of any Anarchist views I would be grateful to hear about them)
3. Muhammad and the role of the individual in history: Mad, mystic or Machiavellian?
4. What was the Islamic civilization?
how did it relate to Muhammad's ideas and practices and did Islam bring into being a new mode of production?
5. How should Revolutionaries relate to Muslim workers-
- A short session at the end to discuss where to go next...all ideas welcome