Μessage from the HM Athens 2019 Organising Committee

 

Dear participants,

We would like to thank you for attending the Historical Materialism Athens Conference 2019 and for contributing to the dialogue and the exchange of ideas.

For us, the conference has been a wonderful experience of interdisciplinary Marxist discussion, expanding the dialogue upon questions that are not only theoretically important but also politically pertinent. We would like to think that it was not just another academic conference but an opportunity to converse and debate in a comradely and egalitarian manner. Of course, all this would not have been possible without your presentations and interventions, for which we are grateful.

At the same time, we would like to apologise for any problems or inconveniences you may have experienced and ask you to bear in mind that this was the first such conference organised in Greece and that Greek Universities are still suffering the consequences of austerity policies. We would like to urge you to send us your feedback on this collective theoretical and political experience; especially, criticisms concerning things that you believe went wrong, and suggestions on how to make the conference better in the future.

We take this opportunity to thank again the Department of Social Policy at Panteion University for its cooperation, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Office in Greece) for its support and, above all, the volunteers—students but also researchers and activists—whose hard work and commitment made the conference possible.

In the next few days, we will discuss and review the conference and also announce our plans for the next Historical Materialism Athens Conference. As mentioned during the conference, any participant who requires a certificate of attendance can send us an e-mail and we will provide him/her with one. If you have any panel recordings, videos, or photographs from the conference, kindly also send them to us. We will try to put online as many discussions/panel recordings as possible.

We urge you to check the Call for Papers for HM London Conference 2019 and send paper and panel proposals to: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/sixteenth-annual-conference. We also invite you to check the HM Ankara 2020 Conference whose CfP will soon be circulated.

Finally, we would like to urge participants to take up subscriptions to the Historical Materialism journal (and ask your institutions to subscribe to both the Journal and the Book series). We would also like to urge you to contribute to the journal. Historical Materialism encourages submissions from social groups historically marginalised and discriminated on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality and other ways, as they are underrepresented in academic scholarship.

Again, many thanks for coming, presenting, discussing and contributing to the first Historical Materialism Athens conference!

In Solidarity,
The Organising Committee of the Historical Materialism Athens Conference
e: historicalmaterialismathens@gmail.com
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