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May Day School 2014 - Schedule


May Day School 2014 **Classes on the Periphery

**30 April–3 May 2014 Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana Slomškova 18, Ljubljana

Wed., 30 April

10:00–12:00: Jane Hardy: What Is Happening to International Capital? New Divisions of Labour in Global Capitalism

12:3014:30: Panel discussion I: On the Marxian Theory of Class:

17:0019:00: Panel discussion II: Critique of Contemporary Ideologies:


Thu., 1 May

10:0012:00: Guglielmo Carchedi: Capitalism In the Age of the Internet

12:3014:30: Panel discussion III: Women and Class:

17:0019:00: Ursula Huws: Labour and Class in the Internet Age


Fri., 2 May

10:0012:00: Panel discussion IV: Restoration of Capitalism and Class Recomposition: The Cases of Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

12:3014:30: Panel discussion V: Local Historic Blocs I: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia:

17:0019:00: Panel discussion VI: Local Historic Blocs II: Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia:


Sat., 3 May

10:0012:00: Branko Bembič: The Shifting Balance of Class Forces in Slovenia

12:3014:30: Panel discussion VII: Case studies of Slovenian Media Industry, Culture Industry and the Academia:

17:0019:00: Panel discussion VIII: Class Differentiation of the Peasant Population: The Cases of Slovenia and Croatia:


Branko Bembič - The Shifting Balance of Class Forces in Slovenia

Slovenia underwent some far reaching political and economic changes in the course of a few decades. After the abandonment of the system of self-managed socialism, the so-called gradualist approach to the transition to capitalism was adopted. This model, however, collapsed in the recent crisis. Futur...

Guglielmo Carchedi - Capitalism In the Age of the Internet

The Internet has given a new shape to modern capitalism. These new features have drawn the attention of numerous studies and have become the focus of highly topical and controversial questions. However, as a rule, the literature has not taken as its starting point the development of a Marxist episte...

Joseph Choonara - Marx, Class and Contemporary Capitalism

Scepticism about the capacity of workers to challenge capitalism is the common sense across much of the radical Left. Such views often start from the position that capitalism has been so fundamentally transformed that focussing on workers is hopelessly nostalgic. An influential version of this thesi...

Women and Class (Jovanović, Levačić)

When it comes to gender equality, the consequences of the dissolution of socialism are ambiguous at best. On one side, with the fading of the project of universal emancipation politics based on highlighting injustices incurred to particular elements of society became much more prominent. In this con...

Local Historic Blocs I: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia (Kojanić, Korsika, Kostanić)

As argued by Antonio Gramsci, the concept of historic bloc refers to a historical congruence between material forces, state and civil institutions and ideologies, or, put differently, an alliance of different classes politically organised around hegemonic ideas that give coherence to its constituent...

Class Differentiation of the Peasant Population (Kavčič, Lovec, Đulić)

Slovenian agriculture is characterised by small farms of 6,5 ha in average. Almost half of the utilised agricultural area is cultivated by agricultural holdings smaller than 10 ha. In 2012, agriculture employed 8 % of the population. The concentration of agricultural land is a slow yet steady proces...

On the Marxian Theory of Class (O'Kane, Rutar)

The last chapter of the third volume of Marx’s Capital bears a promising title: ‘Classes’. Marx opens this chapter by listing ‘the three great classes of a modern society based upon the capitalist mode of production’: wage-labourers, capitalists and land-owners. He proceeds by posing an important...

Ursula Huws - Labour and Class in the Internet Age

This presentation begins by summarising changes in employment patterns since the middle of the twentieth century, arguing that the mid 2000s marked the beginning of a fourth distinctive phase, the earlier ones having begun, respectively, after the end of World War II, after the 1973 oil crisis and a...