Marx at 200: A Symposium

April 12, 2018, 1:30pm-8:00pm
Symposium and Keynote Lecture at the GHI
Conveners: Warren Breckman (University of Pennsylvania), James Brophy (University of Delaware), Simone Lässig (GHI Washington), and David Lazar (GHI Washington)

Organized in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Karl Marx the icon, revered and reviled in equal measure, has often overshadowed Karl Marx the nineteenth-century journalist, political activist, and social theorist. The 200th anniversary of his birth offers occasion to reconsider Marx both as a historical actor and as a thinker. "Marx at 200," a symposium jointly organized by the GHI and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, will explore the challenges in situating Marx in his times and assess the bearing of Marx's ideas on new approaches to the history of capitalism.

Session 1: The Historical Marx (1:30 - 3:30pm)

Speakers: Jürgen Herres (Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe), Jonathan Sperber (University of Missouri), and Gareth Stedman Jones (Queen Mary University of London)

Session 2: Marx for Historians of Capitalism (4:00 - 5:30pm)

Speakers: Ritu Birla (University of Toronto), Timothy Shenk (Washington University / New America), and Noam Maggor (Queen Mary University of London)

Keynote Lecture: Karl Marx and the History of Capitalism (6:30 - 8:00pm)

Speaker: Jürgen Kocka (WZB/Berlin Social Science Center)