Summer Schools on Marxist Theory
How relevant is Marxist Thought for us today? The regular summer schools jointly organised by the South Asian University (SAU) and RLS, are devoted to discussing this question and connect young people, activists and scholars. In July 2017, the nine-day workshop will discuss theoretical questions of epistemology, economy, politics and social movements. The summer school to open for everyone, details about the application process can be found on the website of Insurgentscripts.
Last year, the two-day conference was embedded in a sequence of regular weekend classes on social and economic theory. These sessions brought together people from various backgrounds to discuss the state of critical theory in contemporary South Asia and strengthen networks of people from the left political spectrum.
In 2015, the Marxist Summer School was held in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand. Around 40 young people participated in the ten-day programme and attended courses held by esteemed scholars from various strands of Marxist theory. The courses and lectures covered a broad range of topics, such as the political economy of India, Marxism and caste, gender inequality and the development of capitalism in India. The evening sessions of the summer school were largely devoted to the discussion and analysis of a recently conducted research project on new forms of precarious working conditions in Delhi, for example of delivery boys for restaurants, or contractual workers on construction sites.
The South Asian University is an international university established by the eight member nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC): Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The university, which is based in Delhi, provides research and postgraduate courses ranging from social sciences and law over economics to biotechnology and computer science. For more information on the upcoming summer school as well as the related publications, please visit Insurgentscripts.