[OPE-L] The Works of Karl Marx and the challenges of the 21st Century -- Conference in Havana, May 3- 6

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Date: Sat Mar 25 2006 - 12:37:45 EST

      3rd International Conference

      The Work of Karl Marx and the challenges of the 21st Century

      Havana May 3 to 6 - Palacio de las Convenciones

      At a particularly difficult crossroad in the history of humanity at
a time when there is an increase in the aggressive tendencies of
neo-fascists spearheaded by North American imperialism, but which
are being through concerted resistance by the peoples of all corners
of the earth, the Institute of Philosophy, through the programs
initiated by its Permanent Workshop, convokes social activists,
politicians and political scientists as well as all who are
interested to the 3rd International Conference on Karl Marx and
the challenges of the 21st century. The Institute at this
conference calls for the development of new debates and proposals
for the construction of a necessary and possible new world.

      This conference is dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the landing
of the yacht "Granmaâ" a historical event which marked the
beginning of the last stage of the struggle of the Cuban people for
their independence and sovereignty, and also celebrates XIXth
Congress of the Central Cuban Workers Federation

      This conference is run under the co-auspices of the following
institutions: (appearing in alphabetical order ): The National
Association of Economists and Accountants (ANEC), The Central Cuban
Workers Federation (CTC), The Latin America Popular Memory Research
Group (MEPLA), The Juan F. Noyala Centre for Economic & Planning
Studies (Ministry of Economics & Planning), Martian Studies Centre
(Centro de Estudios Martianos), The Center "Past and Present XXI",
The Latin American Council for the Social Sciences (CLACSO), The
Council for Social Sciences of the Ministry of Science, Technology &
the Environment, The Department of Marxist-Leninism and History at
the Ministry of Education, The Department of Marxist-Leninism at the
Ministry of Higher Education, The Corporation of Services of
Translators and Interpreters (ESTI),; Journal "Dialectics",
Mexico; The "Ñico Lopez” College of the Communist Party of Cuba,
The Faculty of Philosophy, Sociology and History of the University
of Havana, The Foundation for Social and Political Investigations,
Argentina; The Higher Institute of Art of the Ministry of Culture,
The Higher Institute for International Relations of the Ministry of
Foreign Relations,; Te National School Florestán Fernándes,
Movement of Landless Workers, Brazil, The Seminary for
methodological reading of "Capital", Buenos Aires, Argentina; The
Cuban Society for Philosophical Investigations, The Economic Society
of Friends of the Country, and The Popular University of the 'Madres
de la Playa de Mayo' of Argentina.

      The main thematic of the conference is "The Road leading towards
revolutionary power in the 21st century: classes, social movements
and political parties" and it will cover among others the
following topics:

      Commission I: Marxist thought and the challenges of social
development in the 21st century.

        a.. Development and social progress in today's world: new
technologies as tools of domination or emancipation
        b.. Human emancipation and post-modern thought
        c.. Individuality and Sociality in the 21st century
        d.. Knowledge based society and uneven development: benefits and
        e.. Ecological problems, and sustainable human development
        f.. Ethics, culture and social progress
        g.. The Law of Value and Capital in the 21st century
        h.. Human Capital and human progress
        i.. Humanism and scientific development in the 21st century
        j.. Marxism, dialectics, complexity: challenges to contemporary
        k.. Under-development in the 21st century seen as a complex social
phenomenon “ contemporary uneven development

      Commission II: Classes, social movements and political parties

        a.. The relation Capital-Labour within the context of current
        b.. Division of Work, human development and social classes
        c.. Working class “ labouring class “ the proletariat of the
21st century: their role in new social struggles
        d.. The peasants problem in Latin America
        e.. Social exclusion, social movements, class struggle:
unemployment, minorities, and social alienation in contemporary
        f.. Militarism, imperialism “ power “classes and class struggle
        g.. Imperialism “ empire and regional conflicts
        h.. State, Nation and globalization
        i.. State terrorism versus the third world: Latin America, Africa,
Palestine and the Middle East
        j.. Political parties, social movements and social representation
        k.. Parliamentary and extra-parliamentary routes in contemporary
class struggle: today's unions, social movements, and political
        l.. Classes – culture and class struggle

      Commission III: Revolution, change and revolutionary power. The
current capitalist system: the problematic of social reform and

        a.. How can the current system of globalized capital be transcended?
        b.. The model of capitalist accumulation and the conditions of
globalization: contradictions, perspectives and alternatives
        c.. Underdevelopment and globalized capital
        d.. Mass media, art and social emancipation
        e.. Post-capitalism? Socialism “ one alternative or the
        f.. Means towards social revolution: local and international
        g.. Latin America and the Caribbean: integration and new social
power to confront capital ALBA: a real alternative
        h.. New multinational powers and the means to revolutionary power
        i.. Sectarian struggles and revolutionary power for social

      Experiences of the 20th century: socialism for the 21st century

        a.. socialist construction: rupture and continuity: the
revolutionary subject and the new social order
        b.. class struggle and socialist construction: political economy
of socialist construction
        c.. ethics, politics, culture and socialist construction
        d.. property and socialist construction: the individual and society
        e.. political vanguard: social articulation: constructing power
– social leadership. Social organizations in socialist
        f.. Communist transformation: needs and realities

      Conference participants may attend all the activities scheduled to
celebrate the International Worker's Day on of the 1st of May plus
other events with Cuban and trade-unionists from other countries
which will take place on the 2nd of May and are to be attended by
the Cuban Central Trade Union. Activities also include interactive
sessions on Cuba in the 21st century, socialism, politics and
economics which will include many distinguished Cuban specialists
speaking on these topics. In order to attend these events
participants should notify the Organizing Committee prior to the
31st of May 2006.

      The conference fees are: for presenters and general participants 125
Cuban (CUC); 50.00 (CUC) for students.

      Travel and accommodation arrangements in Cuba including
transportation to and from conference sites: contact the
conference’s official tour operator Top Caribe Inc. attention
Raymundo GĂłmez, topcaribe@enet.cu

      Applications to participate in the Conference should be sent to the
e-mail addresses of the Organizing Committee. Papers should not
exceed 10 double spaced pages (8 x 11) with a maximum of 20,000
characters including spaces) and should be delivered on a diskette
or sent via e-mail on Microsoft Word for Windows 95 or higher. All
papers that are submitted prior to the event will be posted on the
conference's web site (Cuba Siglo XXI and Portal de Filosofia
Cubana (except in those cases where authors specifically request
that a paper not be published).

      The working languages of the conference are Spanish, English, French
and Portuguese.

      Panels presenting at the Palacio de Convenciones are scheduled for
morning or plenary sessions in the evening. Each presenter will be
allotted 15 minutes for their presentation in order to allow ample
time for discussion. Plenary sessions are scheduled to cover the
main thematic of the conference and will be conducted on the basis
of inter-active panels.

      All conference papers will be included on a multi-media CD, unless
otherwise requested by each author.

      For updates on the conference and general activities of the
Permanent Workshop please log-on to the following websites: Cuba
Siglo XXI (www.nodo50.org/cubasigloXXI/) or filosofĂ­a cubana
(www.filosofia.cu) or please e-mail the members of the Organizing
Committee whose e-mail addresses appear herein below.

      It is our renewed purpose today to continue working towards
strengthening solidarity, unity and revolutionary action for a
better world together with all those who are willing to collaborate
in order to assert and work for the continued existence of humanity

      The Permanent Workshop - The work of Kart Marx and the challenges
of the 21st century

      Organizing Committee: President, Dra. Concepcion Nieves Ayus,
Director of the Institute of Philosophy: nieves@filosofia.cu

      Academia Coordinator
      Dr. JesĂşs Pastor GarcĂ­a Brigos. Email: jpastor@infomed.sld.cu
      Lic. Nchamah Miller: iac@cubaconfmarx21.com

      Members of the Academic Committee for Cuba (in alphabetic order)

      Dra. Esther Aguilera
      Dra. Georgina Alfonso
      Lic. José Aróstegui
      Dr. Orlando Cruz Capote
      Doctora en Ciencias TalĂ­a Fung RiverĂłn
      Dra. Carmen GĂłmez GarcĂ­a
      Dra. Norma Gálvez
      Lic. Marta Harnecker
      Lic. DarĂ­o Machado
      Lic. Luis Marcelo Yera
      Dra. Olivia Miranda
      Dr. Ernesto Molina Molina
      Dra. Isabel Monal
      Lic. Haydée Montes
      Dra. Romelia Pino Freyre
      Dr, Hugo Pons
      Dr. Rigoberto Pupo
      Lic. Isabel Rauber
      Dra. Daysi Rivero Alvisa
      Dr. Ramón Sánchez Noda
      Dr. Jorge Luis Santana
      Dr. Pedro Luis Sotolongo Codina
      Dr. Luis Suárez Martín
      Dr. Gilberto Valdés

      Internacional Academic Committee

      Prof. Dr, Robert Albritton, Canada
      Ing. Luciano Alzaga, Sweden
      Prof. Dr. Samir Amin, Senegal
      Prof. D. Ricardo Antunes, Brasil
      Prof. Dr. Atilio BorĂłn, Argentina
      Prof. Dr. Al Campbell, USA
      Prof. Dr. Ken Cole, England
      Profesor Dr. Theotonio Dos Santos, Brasil
      Prof. Dr. Julio Gambiina
      Profesor, Dr. Pablo González Casanova, Mexico
      Prof. Dr. Francois Houtart, Belgium
      Prof. Dra. Lau Kin Chi,Hong Kong
      Prof. Dr. Nestor Kohan, Argentina
      Prof. Dr. Georges Labica, France
      Profesor Emeritus, Dr. Michael Lebowitz, Canadá.
      Profesor Emeritus, Dr. Istvan Meszáróz, England .
      Lic. Nchamah Miller, Canada
      Prof. Dr. Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez, Mexico.
      Prof. Dr. Gabriel Vargas Lozano, Mexico

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