The political philosophy of Rosa Luxemburg. A critical assessment

Event, 10-11 January 2019, Berlin, Germany

Conference organizers:

Christian Neuhäuser (TU Dortmund University), Gabriel Wollner (University of Bayreuth), Lea Ypi (London School of Economics), Nicholas Vrousalis (Universiteit Leiden), Robin Celikates (Universiteit van Amsterdam).

In cooperation with Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.


Academic Programme

Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, Wallotstr.14, 14193 Berlin

10th-11th of January 2019


Thursday, January 10th

08.45-09.00 Welcome and introduction

09.00-10.00 Camila Vergara (Columbia University, New York) - The Materialist Constitutional Thought of Rosa Luxemburg

10.15-11.15 Michael Brie (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin) - Rosa Luxemburg’s analysis of the Russian revolution and her strategy during the German Revolution

11.30-12.30 Zsolt Kapelner (Central European University, Budapest) - Rosa Luxemburg and the value of self-emancipation

Chair: Gabriel Wollner


Lunch Break


13.30-14.30 Joshua Wavrant (Université Reims Champagne Ardenne) - The revolutionary praxis of education: Rosa Luxemburg’s critical pedagogy at the Party School,


14.45-15.45 Helen Scott (The University of Vermont, Burlington) - Capturing the ‘the spirit of struggle’: Rosa Luxemburg’s Literary Analysis

16.00-17.00 A.J. Julius (UCLA) - The ocean and the tumbler, the sediment and the wave

Chair: Hannah Schmidt-Glenewinkel


19:30 Panel Discussion with Lea Ypi, Ernst Piper, and Paul Mason

Chair: Johanna Bussemer

Roter Salon, Volksbühne Berlin Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 10178 Berlin


Friday, January 11th

09.30-10.30 Antonio Mota (State University of Campinas) - Reassessing Rosa Luxemburg's early writings on the national question

10.45-11.45 Ankica Cakardic (University of Zagreb) - The accumulation of capital and social reproduction theory

12.00-13.00 Peter Hudis (Oakton Community College) - Racism and the Logic of Capital: A ReAssessment of Luxemburg’s Thought in Light of Struggles Against Colonialism

Chair: Zeynep Kivilcim


Lunch Break


14.00-15.00 Callum MacRae (City University of New York) - How Liberal is Luxemburg’s Socialism? A Comparison of Millian and Luxemburgian Defences of Civil Liberties

15.15-16.15 Mathijs van de Sande (Radboud University, Nijmegen) - Rosa Luxemburg’s Councilism: Bridging the Gap Between Direct Democracy and Popular Representation?

16.30-17.30 Nicholas Vrousalis (Leiden University & Aarhus University) – Luxemburg on the relationship between revolutionary means and ends

Chair: Christian Neuhäuser


Additional Events


Wednesday, January 9th

17:00-20:00 Panel Discussion „Rosa Luxemburgs Kampf um Gerechtigkeit“

With Annelies Laschitza and Eckhart Müller

Organized by “Internationale Rosa Luxemburg Gesellschaft”

At Stiftung Archiv der Parteien und Massenorganisationen der DDR im Bundesarchiv, Finckensteinallee 63, 12205 Berlin Lichterfelde.


To register, please email Ottokar Luban:


Saturday, January 12th

13:00-24:00 Various Luxemburg Events

Organized by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin


Sunday, January 13th

Memorial at Cemetery

Gedenkstätte der Sozialisten, Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde, Gudrunstraße 20, 10365 Berlin