Marxism 2000 conference agenda

Green Left Parramatta glparramatta at
Tue Nov 9 22:12:08 MST 1999

Dear friends,

The provisional agenda for the Marxism 2000 Asia Pacific
Solidarity and Education Conference to be held in Sydney January 5-9,
2000 is now available (e-mail dsp at for the complete agenda)
There is already a wide range of leaders of left parties from the
region committed to attending, and more will confirm by the time of the

The Democratic Socialist Party and Resistance send a warm
invitation to left activists from around Australia and around the world
to also attend and participate in the extensive and important
discussions that will be taking place.

If you would be interested in attending or would like further
information, please contact the DSP at: <dsp at>.

In solidarity,

John Percy
national secretary
Democratic Socialist Party
Marxism 2000
Asia Pacific Solidarity and Education Conference
Sydney January 5-9, 2000

Initiated by the Democratic Socialist Party and Resistance

Marxism 2000: a gathering of left parties and socialist activists from
Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and around the world, to discuss the
prospects for socialism in the 21st century.

Five days of feature presentations, talks, workshops, classes, cultural
events and discussion.

International guest speakers:
John Pilger  Internationally acclaimed left journalist and film-maker
James Petras  Latin American specialist, Professor of Sociology, New
York University
Francisco Nemenzo Professor of Political Science, President of the
University of the Philippines

Leaders of left parties and socialist activists from:
India:  Dipankar Bhattacharya, Communist Party of India Marxist
Leninist, general secretary
Philippines:  Sonny Melencio, Socialist Party of Labour, chairperson;
Rasti Delizo, executive council, Reihana Mohideen, national committee.
Cris Gaerlan, Alab-Katipunan, secretary-general.
Indonesia: Five leaders of the Indonesian Committee for Socialism and
the revolutionary democratic movement
Pakistan:  Farooq Tariq, Labour Party Pakistan, general secretary; Amjad
Ayub, national committee
East Timor:  Avelino dos Santos, Socialist Party of Timor secretary
A central leader of Fretilin, and other Fretilin activists
Britain:  Phil Hearse, Socialist Democracy Group
United States:  Caroline Lund, Malik Miah, Barry Sheppard, Solidarity
Scotland:  Pam Currie, Scottish Socialist Party
France:  Stan Demidjuk, Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire
New Zealand:  Adam Novack, editor, International Viewpoint (Fourth
Matt McCarten, NZ Alliance director
Burma:  Maung Maung Than, All Burma Students' Democratic Organisation

As well as activists from: Aceh, PNG, Bougainville, West Papua, East
Timor, Malaysia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Hong
Kong. Plus speakers from the Democratic Socialist Party, Resistance,
Green Left Weekly, Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor,
Committees in Solidarity with Latin America and the Caribbean, and
activists from political campaigns and union struggles around Australia.

The Marxism 2000 Asia Pacific Solidarity and Education Conference
consists of 15 plenary talks and panels, and 86 multiple choice talks,
classes or workshops. Unfortunately, with so many choices, it won't be
possible for you to attend all those you'll want to. The multiple choice
talks are arranged in 23 streams which group related talks, workshops
and classes. These streams don't clash, allowing conference participants
to attend all the sessions in a particular stream.

Seminar Series
Talks, classes, workshops
A. Internationals and Internationalism
B. The Indonesian revolution
C. East Timor's struggle for freedom
D. The history and perspectives of the Philippines left
E. New developments in the Latin American left
F. Issues facing the left in Asia
G. Struggles for democracy and independence in South East Asia
H. Classics of Marxism-Leninism
I. Creating capitalism — understanding bourgeois revolutions
J. Marxist philosophy
K. Marxist economics
L. Marxism and the national question
M. Crucial issues for Marxists
N. Introduction to the DSP & Resistance
O. Australian workers' history and struggle
P. Propaganda tools for revolutionaries
Q. The political legacy of the Bolsheviks
R. The historical contribution of Trotskyism
S. Towards a history of the US Socialist Workers Party
T. Building socialist parties in advanced capitalist countries
U. How Marxism analyses women's oppression
V. Can humanity survive the 21st century?
W. Panels and debates

We will record and publish many of the talks, so if you miss out on some
talks you wanted to get to, you will be able to read the presentation in
Green Left Weekly or Links magazine, or on our web pages:
Democratic Socialist Party:
Green Left Weekly:

Organising meetings for DSP and Resistance members active in particular
unions and areas of political work will be held on Friday afternoon.
Some classes and workshops are scheduled at the same time.
Further talks and workshops will be added to the agenda, but we will try
to ensure the talks listed in this agenda are presented on the days
(** Indicates the session will be a book launch)

The conference will be held at the Hawkesbury campus of the University
of Western Sydney, in a semi-rural setting an hour's drive from Sydney.
There is a range of accommodation, in single, double or dormitory rooms.
The conference is fully catered. Facilities include an Olympic size
swimming pool, tennis courts, professional child-care, a bar and coffee
shop, and a well stocked conference bookshop.

For a complete agenda e-mail dsp at

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