Speakers

August Nimtz

August Nimtz is Professor in the Political Science department at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis. He is a leading thinker on socialist strategy, race in the United States and politics in Africa. His books include a two volume history of Lenin’s electoral strategy (2014), Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The ‘Absolute Democracy’ or ‘Defiled Republic’ (2003), Marx and Engels: Their Contribution to the Democratic Breakthrough (2000), and Islam and Politics in East Africa: the Sufi Order in Tanzania (1980).

 

Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali is a socialist writer and broadcaster. A leading voice in anti-imperialist campaigns, he has been at the forefront of protests against war from Vietnam to the Middle East. He is an editor of the New Left Review and author of many books including The Extreme Centre: A Warning (2015), Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties (2005) and five novels covering the history of Islam.

Lindsey German

Lindsey German is a socialist activist and thinker. As national convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, Lindsey was a key organiser of the largest demonstration, and one of the largest mass movements, in British history. She stood for MP and Mayor of London. Her books include ‘Material Girls: Women, Men and Work’ (2007), ‘Sex, Class and Socialism’ (1998), ‘A People’s History of London’ (with John Rees, 2012) and ‘How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women’ (2013).

Paul Le Blanc

Paul Le Blanc is Professor of History at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, and since the 1960s has been active in struggles for human rights and economic justice.   He has edited selected writings of V.I. Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, and Leon Trotsky for Pluto Press, and is author of such books as Lenin and the Revolutionary Party (1990), From Marx to Gramsci (1996), A Short History of the U.S. Working Class (1999), and Leon Trotsky (2015).

John Rees

John Rees is a writer, broadcaster and activist. He is one of the organisers of the People’s Assembly and a co-founder of the Stop the War Coalition. His books include The Leveller Revolution (2016), Timelines, A Political History of the Modern World (2012), A People’s History of London (with Lindsey German, 2012), The People Demand, A Short History of the Arab Revolutions (with Joseph Daher, 2011), Algebra of Revolution (1998) and In Defence of October (1997).

Tamás Krausz

Tamás Krausz is Professor of Russian History at the Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences in Budapest, and Head of the Department of Eastern European Studies. He is a well know radical intellectual in Hungary and is the President of the Editorial Board of Eszmélet, the sole Marxist theoretical and political quarterly in Hungary, founded in 1989. His book Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography has recently appeared in English translation.

Stathis Kouvelakis

Stathis Kouvelakis is Reader in Political Theory and King’s College, London. He has written widely on socialist strategy and philosophy. His books include Philosophy and Revolution: From Kant to Marx (2003) and the co-edited Lenin Reloaded: Toward a Politics of Truth (with Sebastien Budgen and Slavoj Žižek, 2007). He formerly served as a member of the Central Committee of Syriza and is a leading voice in Popular Unity in Greece.

Judy Cox

Judy Cox is a lifelong socialist writer and speaker. Now a teacher in East London, Judy was on the editorial board of International Socialism and has written amongst other things on Marx’s theory of alienation, Rosa Luxemburg’s economic theory, William Blake and Robin Hood.

Kate Connelly

Kate Connelly is a writer and historian. She led school student strikes in the British anti-war movement in 2003, co-ordinated the Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign in 2013 and is a leading member of Counterfire. Her book, ‘Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire‘ was published by Pluto Press in 2013.

Maria Nikolakaki

Maria Nikolakaki is Associate Professor of Pedagogy and Education at the University of Peloponnese, Greece. She is an activist and a unionist and founding member of the Cooperative Institute for Transnational Studies.

Chris Bambery

Chris Bambery is an author, political activist and commentator, and a supporter of Rise, the radical left wing coalition in Scotland. His books include ‘A People’s History of Scotland’ (2014), ‘The Second World War: A Marxist Analysis’ (2014) and ‘Ireland’s Permanent Revolution’ (1998).

Alastair Stephens

Alastair Stephens has been a socialist his whole adult life and has been active in Unison and the TGWU. He studied Russian at Portsmouth, Middle East Politics at SOAS and writes regularly for the Counterfire website.

Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

Vladimir Unkovski-Korica lectures in Central and East European Studies at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He has published a book entitled The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito’s Yugoslavia: From World War II to Non-Alignment. Vladimir is also an activist with the revolutionary group Marks21 in the Balkans and a member of the editorial board of LeftEast.