Marxism 2018: An Overview of the Weekend

The antepenultimate post in my series on Marxism 2018.

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to this, the antepenultimate post in my series about Marxism 2018 (to be followed by a post about the environmentally themed meetings I attended and a post about the Final Rally), in which I cover Saturday and Sunday.

SATURDAY

Having arranged to stay in a hall of residence near the event I was able to walk in, and had time to take a few photos along the way:

Warren Street Station and the BT Tower

Warren Street Station
London’s Pride march was taking place this same Saturday, hence the crowd outside Warren Street Station.

The BT Tower

I started my day with Sarah Bates’ meeting “How did women win the vote?”. She started by pointing out that it was only wealthy British women who actually won the vote 100 years ago – their poorer compatriots had to wait, like a few of the men, a further 10 years. Then she went on to talk about the struggles that led up to women’s suffrage being granted in this country in those two stages. A lively discussion followed.

Before the meetingSarah BatesThe chair calls the meeting to order.Almost ready to startChair introduces speakerSarah making her speechSarah, close upThe MeetingA contribution from the floorSarah summing up

I then went up one floor, from the Malet Suite where that meeting had happened to room 3C/D for WhatMakes Humans Different from Animals? The Marxist View of Human Consciousness, with John Parrington. This one was based around a powerpoint presentation:

Parrington on Human ConsciousnessParrington on Human Consciousness IIPostersPosters IIThrough the window 1Through the window IIPacked housemeeting titleThe chair introduces the meetingJohn Parrington speakingLooking towards the speakerTitle slideComparisonHuman CivilizationHPEnv CatEvolution of Human UniquenessH.U RHU LA Marxist Theory of the MindP1170067Vygotsky close up 1Vygotsky close up 2VoloshinovA modern Marxist view of the mindNerve and BrainGenome and EpigenomeWaves and signalsEmotions and ChemistryConscious and UnconsciousNormality and illnessResistance and rebellionFuture of ConsciousnessParrington

A contribution to the discussion
Jenny, who was filming the meeting (most of the meetings at this event should now be viewable on youtube) also made a contribution to the meeting.
Psychologist Beth contributes to the discussion
Psychologist Beth was well received when she made her contribution.

After lunch I headed for Nunn Hall and the meeting on Disability, Oppression and Resistance, featuring an excellent panel of speakers from DPAC. This meeting was particularly fiery, as you might expect. Mention was made of the petition that DPAC have started to get Esther McVey sacked for lying to parliament.

Nunn Hall 1Nunn Hall 2Education painting, Nunn HallThe panelEllen Clifford from DPACFilling up IIEllen starts the meetingPaula Peters makes a contributionMeeting underwayMark DunkRebeccaThe panel IIThe story of the murder of a disabled asylum seekerconcluding the opening speechesPaula PetersThe picture on Paula's t-shirtPaula Peters IIRMT

Paula Peters IIIEllen Clifford

After this meeting I headed for Politics of the Mind: Marxism and Mental Distress, a book launch meeting. There were two other meetings in that session that would have been of interest but for the clash, John Bellamy Foster on Marxian theory and eco-revolution, and a debate being Charlie Kimber and an as yet unnamed Labour MP, What Would a Labour Givernment Look Like?. The meeting I opted for was a very interesting one, with many people sharing their stories during the discussion section.

Room 3CD for the Politics of the Mind - Marxism and Mentakl Distress book launch meetingThe platformThe bookPostersThe chair calls the meeting to orderIain Ferguson speaking

I concluded my day by going to Alex Callinicos’ meeting on Marx the Revolutionary.

The Venue before the start of Marx the RevolutionaryPreparing for Marx the RevolutionaryPlatformSpeaker and chairBannerJust before the meetingSarah intorduces the meetingAlex Callinicos speakingDuring the meetingCallinicos continuesThe VenueThe Venue IISarah opens the discussion section

SUNDAY

Since I was returning to King’s Lynn that night I was leaving my accommodation on the Sunday morning, and got away earlier than I needed to. My first meeting was at The Institute of Education, but before that I needed to deposit my larger bag at Student Central. I walked via Euston Square this time, using its two street level entrances as a convenient way to cross the Euston Road. 

Euston Square stationDisplay bioards, Euston Square

My first meeting of the day was Capitalism and Extinction, featuring Sarah Ensor and Ian Rappel. This is one I shall be covering in my next post, so for the moment here is a single picture:

Decline in Marine populations

After this meeting I headed for Brian Richardson’s meeting on “Who gets to be remembered: should all the statues fall?”. The thrust of this was that while statues do not necessarily have to fall it is appropriate to demand that the bad side of people like Cecil Rhodes (vicious racism and imperialism) be acknowledged. 

Platform for the who gets to be remembered meetingPlatformchair Despina introduces the meetingAudienceAudience IIRoomDespinaBrian Richardson speakingThe Rhodes statue

Mary from Norwich makes a contribution tio the discussion
Mary from Norwich contributing to the discussion.

Mary speaking

A brief note on meals: food was available at the event for £5 per meal, and also there were district picnics, where the food was cheaper. I therefore attended the Norwich picnics, donating £2 per time.

The lunch area

My third meeting of the Sunday was “Dirty energy and capitalism: what’s the real story?”, featuring Suzanne Jeffery and Tina Louise Rothery, which I shall be covering in my next post. 

TLR XII

For my final meeting before the Closing Rally I opted for “Corbyn, antisemitism and justice for Palestine”, featuring Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi (founder of Jewish Voice for Labour), Salma Karmi-Ayoub (British-Palestinian lawyer) and Rob Ferguson. This meeting was chaired by Anna Gluckstein (I do not usually mention chair’s surnames or origins, but she is Jewish, and her father Ygal, also known as Tony Cliff, was a founding member of the Socialist Workers Party, organisers of the Marxism Festival). 

I left this meeting slightly before the end in order to reach the final rally venue early because I was hoping to catch three of the four speakers at that before departing in time to at least be home by 9PM.

Upper Hall before meeting on antisemitismNaomi Wimborne Idrissi, Salma Karmi-Ayoub and chair Anna Gluckstein before the meetingBefore the meetinghalf a rose windowAnna and Naomi preparing themselvesAnna and NaomiPostersRob Ferguson arrivesNaomi Wimborne-IdrissiAnna opens the meetingNaomi continuingThe upper hall during Naomi's speechNaomi finishes her speechPalestinian biorn lawyer Salma speaksSalmaSalma Karmi-AyoubUpper hall during Salma's speechUpper hall during Salma's speech IIRob's speechA contribution to the discussion

 

Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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