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GRIP Academic Workshop. 200 Years of Socialism: Revisiting the Old Dilemmas

1 June 2023 @ 09:15 - 2 June 2023 @ 12:45 CEST

Workers in Arms from the Coit Tower Murals.
Workers in Arms from the Coit Tower Murals. Photo by Thomas Hawk, Flickr


1 June 2023 @ 09:15 CEST
2 June 2023 @ 12:45 CEST


The Global Research Programme on Inequality
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Ulrikes aula
Professor Keysers gate 1
Bergen, Vestland
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200 Years of Socialism:
Revisiting the Old Dilemmas


Following GRIP’s Annual Lecture 2023 held by Marcel van der Linden, a two-day academic workshop will be held focusing on themes outlined in the “200 Years of Socialism: Revisiting the Old Dilemmas” lecture. You can read the concept note here!

The workshop will take place on Thursday June 1 and Friday June 2 at Ulrikes Aula, the University of Bergen. This is an in-person only event and will not be streamed.


The workshop will gather a group of prominent labour and socialism scholars among them:


All interested are welcome to attend in person by registering using this link! Please note the event will not be live-streamed.


Ulrikes Aula, University of Bergen

09:15   Opening statements by Synnøve Bendixsen (Univeristy of Bergen) and Don Kalb (GRIP/University of Bergen)

09:30 – 10:45 Session “Long Arch”

Chair: Svati Shah (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • David Meyer (University of Vienna) – “Cycles Upon cycles – Labour’s 200-Year Arch in Connection with “Political Ecology”
  • John Barzman (Université Le Havre Normandie) – “Questions on 200 Years of Socialism”

11:00 – 12:15 Session “Forms”

Chair: Christopher Senf (University of Bergen)

  • Sjaak Van der Velden (International Institute of Social History) – “The Future of Strikes and Trade Unions”
  • Rohini Hensman (independent scholar) – “How the Abandonment of Democracy and Internationalism has Decimated the Socialist Movement” On Zoom.

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch 


14:00 – 17:15 Session “Revolutions”

Chair: Ernesto Semán (University of Bergen) and Don Kalb (GRIP/University of Bergen)

  • Jairus Banaji (SOAS, Univeristy of London) – “Rethinking the Origins of Stalinism” On Zoom
  • Lewis H. Siegelbaum (Michigan State University) – “Soviet Inflection Points – a Play in Three Acts”
  • Dilip Simeon (independent scholar) – “Militant Capitalism, Bad Infinity, and the Longing for Total Revolution”

Short pause

  • Lucas Poy (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) – “Kautsky’s Unexpected Comeback: Understanding the Reemergence of the Second International in Contemporary Debates”
  • Reiner Tosstorff (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) – “The Spanish Civil War as a Bifurcation Point for the International Left: Civil war, social revolution or geopolitics (as test run for World War II)?”


FRIDAY 2 JUNE, Ulrikes Aula, University of Bergen

09:15 – 10:30 Session “Countries”

Chair: Greg Ruiters (University of The Western Cape)

  • Kate Alexander (University of Johannesburg) – “Mines, Movements and Moments in South African Labour History”
  • Geert Van Goethem (Ghent University) – “Social Democracy in Belgium – a Historian-Participant’s Analysis”

10:45 – 12:00 Session “Citizenship”

Chair: Anette Fagertun (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)

  • Ragnheiður Kristjansdottir (University of Iceland) and Silke Neunsinger (Swedish Labour Movement Archives and Library & Uppsala University) – “Socialist Women’s Activism for Equality” On Zoom
  • James Wickham (Trinity College Dublin) – “The Long Shadow of the Working Class Movement”

12:00 – 13:00 Session “Predicaments: Closing Reflections”

Chair: Don Kalb (GRIP/University of Bergen)

Closing reflections by:

  • Henry Bernstein (University of London)
  • Göran Therborn (University of Cambridge)
  • Marcel van der Linden (International Institute of Social History).


To prepare for the workshop, you can read the GRIP Academic Workshop – Abstract Overview!

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

GRIP Secretariat | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Bergen | PO Box 7802 | 5020 Bergen, Norway
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