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2012 Platypus International Convention

Platypus International Convention 2012

The 1990s-2000s: combined legacies of the recent history of the Left for today. 

The two decades of the 1990s 2000s form a cycle containing certain common as well as differing concerns. The second decade of the 21st century has begun under the mixed legacy of recent history, presenting important problems needing to be worked through, moving forward.

For Platypus’ 2012 international convention, two plenary panels will ask speakers from various perspectives to bring their experience of the Left’s recent history to bear on today’s political possibilities and challenges.

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Friday, March 30 

Workshops: Differing Perspectives on the Left (2:30-5:30pm)

Opening Plenary: The ‘90s Left Today (7:00-9:00pm)

Saturday, March 31

Workshops: Differing Perspectives on the Left (10:00am-12:00pm)

Panel discussions: Lessons from the recent history of the Left (1:00pm-4:30pm)
- Panel 1: Defining Democracy: the Labor Movement and #Occupy
- Panel 2: Changes in Art and Society: A view from the present
- Panel 3: Politicizing G8 and NATO: Rulers, Domination, and Emancipation
- Panel 4: Whence Anarchism? The historical conjuncture of #Occupy

Closing Plenary: The ‘00s Left Today (7:30-9:30pm)

Sunday, April 1 

Platypus Plenary: Why I joined Platypus (11:00am-12:30pm)

Platypus President's Report: 1873-1973: The century of Marxism (1-1:30pm)