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THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS for the nomination of the Democrat and Republican candidates for President have demonstrated the depth and extent of the disarray of the two Parties. Sanders has successfully challenged Hillary and has gone beyond being a mere messenger of protest to become a real contender for the Democratic Party nomination. But this has been on the basis of the Democrats' established constituencies and so has limited Sanders's reach.

„Die Tradition aller toten Geschlechter lastet wie ein Alp auf dem Gehirne der
Lebenden“ (Karl Marx)

Daten: Freitags vom 22. April bis 5. August
Zeit: 16-19 Uhr
Ort: Campus Bockenheim
Raum: Neue Mensa 118


Wednesday March 23, 7pm RHB 220: The Fall (Peter Whitehead)

Wednesday April 13, 7pm RHB 139: La Chinoise (Jean-Luc Godard)

Wednesday May 4, 7pm RHB 308: Germany in Autumn (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
The Platypus Affiliated Society of London goes to the cinema!

Join us as we consider the politics of student movements in 1968, through films by Peter Whitehead, Jean-Luc Godard and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

This Wednesday, March 23, we will begin with the film “The Fall” by Peter Whitehead, a controversial figure in the British cinema. In an attempt to document the political actions held at Columbia University (NY), Whitehead presents via his camera the rebellious spirit of this period.

The film screenings come straight after our weekly coffee break discussions, and will be followed by a discussion on the film relating to the suggested readings below
Suggested readings prior to the screening:

Theodor Adorno, “Resignation” (1969)

Platypus Panel: The Decline of the Left in the 20th Century (2009)

Chris Cutrone, 'The Vicissitudes of Historical Consciousness and possibilities for emancipatory social politics today" (2007)

Theodor Adorno, “Imaginative Excesses” (1944–47)

Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse, Correspondence on the German New Left (1969)

On November 4, 2015, the Loyola University Chicago chapter of the Platypus Affiliated Society hosted a panel discussion entitled “Women: The Longest Revolution?” The panelists were Margaret Power, professor of History at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the author or editor of several books on Latin American history and the political right; Brit Schulte, a grassroots organizer, founding editor of Red Wedge magazine, and current graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Yasmin Nair, a Chicago-based writer, academic, and activist in Chicago, co-founder of the Against Equality editorial collective, and volunteer policy director of Gender JUST.
On November 7, 2015, the Platypus Affiliated Society hosted a panel discussion at its 2nd European Conference in Frankfurt entitled “Women: The Longest Revolution?” The panelists were Cornelia Möser, who earned her PhD in gender studies and political science and is a researcher for the CNRS at the CRESPPA-GTM in Paris; Lucy Parker, a member of Platypus based in London; Joy McReady, a journalist and revolutionary social activist who writes a monthly column on women’s liberation for Workers’ Power, the British section of the League for the Fifth International; and Ursula Jensen, a founding member of the International Bolshevik Tendency and a longterm member of the works council within the IG Metall.