From Saturday August 14 to Sunday August 22 we will be holding our 2021 summer Communist University. This CU will include 27 sessions, covering a wide range of topics, such as: communist theory and programme, political economy, history, anthropology, anti-racism, Israel-Palestine, free speech, identity politics, and much more!

The international nature of this event is reflected in our diverse list of invited speakers. More information – such as the final timetable – will be available soon. For the latest updates, follow our Facebook page here

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this event will be held online via Zoom.

Organised by CPGB: www.cpgb.org.uk and Labour Party Marxists: www.labourpartymarxists.org.uk

CU 2021 SUMMER – PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE

Saturday 14th August

10:00 AM

‘The Chatham House rule, safe spaces, no platforming, and other such self-imposed barriers to socialism’

Speaker: Mike Macnair
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02:00 PM

‘Trans rights orthodoxy and its discontents’

Speaker: Amanda MacLean
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06:00 PM

‘Free speech: unrestricted or restricted?’

Debate between Norman Finkelstein and Tony Greenstein
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Sunday 15th August

10:00 AM

‘A damning phrase? “The communists do not form a separate party opposed to other working-class parties” – Marx-Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848)’

Speaker: Lawrence Parker
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02:00 PM

‘Without a hegemonic Communist Party the Labour Party can never be transformed into a vehicle for socialism’

Speaker: Kevin Bean
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06:00 PM

‘The poisonous logic of seeking, normalising, and joining coalitions with bourgeois politicians’

Speaker: Gus Ootjers (Communistisch Platform)
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Monday 16th August

10:00 AM

‘‘Left wing communism’: a long-established disorder?’

Speaker: David Broder
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02:00 PM

‘Yeomen and the English Revolution of the Seventeenth Century: The Missing Bourgeoisie?’

Speaker: Marc Mulholland
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06:00 PM

‘Iran-Israel’s new hot cold war’

Speaker: Yassamine Mather
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Tuesday 17th August

10:00 AM

‘Being human: what chimpanzees can teach us’

Speaker: Chris Knight
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02:00 PM

‘The first human revolution: red ochre, the red flag of prehistory’

Speaker: Ian Watts
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06:00 PM

‘Capitalism as robbery: Time and revolution’

Speaker: Camilla Power
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Wednesday 18th August

10:00 AM

‘Israel-Palestine: does the solution still rely on a working class-led Arab revolution?’

Speaker: Moshe Machover
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02:00 PM

‘Indyref 2: what position should Marxists take?’

Speaker: Sandy McBurney
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06:00 PM

‘Border poll politics in Ireland: referenda and the problem of the British-Irish’

Speakers: Kevin Bean and Anne McShane
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Thursday 19th August

10:00 AM

‘Do machines create value?’

Speaker: Ian Wright
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02:00 PM

‘Do machines create communism? The political economy of accelerationism, AI, robots, and the working class’

Speaker: Yassamine Mather
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06:00 PM

‘Marx’s so-called transformation problem in Capital’

Speaker: Michael Roberts
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Friday 20th August

10:00 AM

‘Was the collapse of ‘really existing socialism’ inevitable?’

Speaker: Hillel Ticktin
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02:00 PM

‘China: the unexpected political economy’

Speaker: Alan Hudson
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06:00 PM

‘Lenin and the Democratic Revolution: 1917 and After’

Speaker: Lars T. Lih
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Saturday 21st August

10:00 AM

‘Anti-racism as the politics of consensus’

Speaker: Paul Demarty
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02:00 PM

‘Black Lives Matter: mass moment?’

Speaker: Daniel Lazare
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06:00 PM

‘Democratic Socialists America: the necessity of a minimum-maximum programme’

Speaker: Donald Parkinson (Cosmonaut magazine)
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Sunday 22nd August

10:00 AM

‘The transitional programme – the reformist banality of a supposed revolutionary profundity’

Speaker: Mike Macnair
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02:00 PM

‘Anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism: why the big lie keeps getting bigger and bigger’

Speakers: Tina Werkmann, Kevin Bean and Tony Greenstein
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06:00 PM

‘Economy, war, and climate change: the positivity, limits, and ultimate futility of protest politics. Why a working-class party and working-class rule are vital’

Speaker: Jack Conrad
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*** This is a provisional timetable and is liable to change closer to the event ***

 

For a flavour of previous years, check out the videos in our CU video archive.

This year’s CU is free of charge online.

If you would like to make a contribution to the technical costs of hosting the event please  follow the instructions below:

Cheques:
Make payable to CPGB and send to: BCM Box 928, London WC1N 3XX.

Bank transfer:
Communist Party of Great Britain, Co-operative Bank
Sort code: 089299, Account no: 65109991
IBAN: GB33 CPBK089299 65109991,
BIC: CPBK GB22

PayPal (we do prefer above payment methods as PayPal has a hefty fee).