Latrobe Uni Socialist Alternative clubs Marxism 2013 conference banner. Looks amazing comrades!
This year’s Marxism will have an added component: A School of Rebellion for young people and children to participate in. Of course this will be rather different to your average school.
The School of Rebellion isn’t about testing and ‘achievement’ but about learning and agency. It’s not a school, like every other, where education is bound to commerce and productivity but rather one where knowledge and learning are connected to justice and authentic democracy.
The School of Rebellion isn’t framed by competition but by solidarity. The School of Rebellion aims to provide a framework for children and young people to investigate the world, blossom their creativity and challenge conformity. The School will include a range of workshops, exploring visual arts, poetry, writing, reading, philosophy and social justice.
The School of Rebellion is a challenge to the capitalist school, where education is an instrument "to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity". The School of Rebellion is inspired by the "the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world" (Freire).
The capitalist school sees the student as wage-slave, client and consumer. The School of Rebellion sees students as agents of social transformation and liberation. The capitalist school aims to produce a work-ready, disciplined and commodity thirsty citizen. The School of Rebellion aims to encourage constructive, collective and organised rebellion.
The Latin American writer, Eduardo Galeano, best summed up the fate of children under capitalism: "Day after day, children are denied the right to be children. The world treats rich kids as if they were money, teaching them to act the way money acts. The world treats poor kids as if they were garbage, to turn them into garbage. And those in the middle, neither rich nor poor, are chained to televisions and trained to live the life of prisoners. The few children who manage to be children must have a lot of magic and a lot of luck." (Galeano, 2000)
By coming to understand the world and recognising the need to change it, children and young people can challenge a ‘career’ centred education and become agents of change. Such agency opens a magical door to knowledge. This is what the School of Rebellion hopes for.
Organisation of the School of Rebellion
- Childcare is provided for free for all Marxism conference attendees with children/grandchildren etc.
- The “Rebellion School” will be run in addition to the childcare provided (children don’t have to attend School of Rebellion sessions if they don’t want to).
- Parents/carers will need to enrol their children in the School of Rebellion sessions beforehand and have a valid ticket to the Marxism Conference (children attend free).
- The School of Rebellion will have sessions for both reading age and pre-reading age children and young people; including a number of arts based activities.
- More information about sessions, how to enrol and how you can get involved will be available soon
Hey. Come to this. Tomorrow in Melbourne. Oppose Israel’s bombing of Gaza & Gillard’s support for it. #Palestine
The Marxism Conference website has heaps of audio and video recordings from previous years’ sessions. Here’s a favourite from 2012 - Mamdouh Habib, speaking about his fight against government cover ups, his torture, and more.
Check out the records archive at marxismconference.org (you can get tix online too fyi!)
"Unity is possible between our two organisations because we agree on the fundamental question of the necessity of building a clear cut revolutionary organisation in the here and now. We can’t wait for some dramatic upsurge in the class struggle to begin to lay the basis for a revolutionary party that can challenge the rule of the capitalist class in Australia and of the mainstream political parties that serve their interests."
- Speakers from both Socialist Alternative and the Revolutionary Socialist Party will be speaking at Marxism 2013. Tix @ marxismconference.org
American actor Brian Jones will be performing ‘Marx in Soho’ a play by Howard Zinn at Marxism 2013.
Marx is back! The premise of this witty and insightful “play on history” is that Karl Marx has agitated with the authorities of the afterlife for a chance to clear his name. Through a bureaucratic error, though, Marx is sent to Soho in New York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his case.
Howard Zinn, best known for his book, ‘A Peoples History of the United States’, introduces us to Marx’s wife, Jenny, his children, the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, and a host of other characters.
Brian Jones, an African American actor and activist, has been performing this engaging one-man show across the country since 1999.
Marx in Soho is a brilliant introduction to Marx’s life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Zinn also shows how Marx’s ideas are relevant in today’s world.
Judging by the comments posted on her piece (121 as of this writing), I’m sure they got zillions of letters.
Well, I suppose that’s what blogs are for!