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SOAS, University of London
A major international conference celebrating Marx’s work and exploring the significance of Marxism in the world today. Organised by the Marx Memorial Library on the bicentenary of Marx's birth, it dealt with how Marxism can be applied to present day conditions, concerning gender and race, the role of the state, nationalism, and the environment.
Speakers included Isabel Monal, Editor of Cuban theoretical journal Marx Ahora; Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the Communist of India (Marxist); and John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, who brought the event to a climactic end by highlighting the new wave of interest in Marxism which had followed the 2007-8 financial crash. Sponsors of the event included the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, Unison, the Indian Workers' Association, the Ken Sprague Fund and SOAS.