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The V. European Conference of the Platypus Affiliated Society will take place from September 8-10, 2022 at the University of Vienna, Austria. You can also find the conference on Facebook.

Thursday, September 8th

Panel Discussion: Was ist das Kritische an der Kritik der politischen Ă–konomie? [German]
Was ist bürgerliche politische Ökonomie und warum entwickelt Marx eine Kritik an ihr? Wie verhält sich diese Kritik an der politischen Ökonomie zu seiner Kritik des Sozialismus? Was ist das spezifisch Politische daran? Inwiefern ist seine Kritik an der politischen Ökonomie dialektisch? Inwiefern lässt sich durch eine Rückkehr zu Marxens Kritik der politischen Ökonomie der Kampf um den Sozialismus heute re-aktualisieren?
5–7 pm (Hörsaal I at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)


  • Representative Initiative Sozialistisches Forum/ça ira publishing house [tbc]
  • Representative Der Funke/International Marxist Tendency
  • Lars Quadfasel (Hamburger Studienbibliothek)
  • Frieder Otto Wolf (Philosopher and Political Scientist) [tbc]

Friday, September 9th

Teach-In: What is Society?
10–12 am (Hörsaal I at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)

Workshops: Presentations by different leftists organizations
Different leftist organizations get the opportunity to present themselves, their aims, and their activities. [Organizations tba]
1.30–4 pm (Hörsaal 2 und 3 at Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna)

Panel Discussion: The Dictatorship of the Proletariat and the Left
What was the Marxist understanding of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat? How has our understanding of the necessity of the dictatorship of the proletariat been shaped and changed over the course of the 20th century? What is its relevance for the struggle for socialism today?
5–7 pm (Hörsaal I at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)


  • David Harvie (Political Economist)
  • Representative KPĂ– [tbc]
  • Olga Stefou (SYRIZA)
  • Thodoris Velissaris (Platypus Affiliated Society)

Saturday, September 10th

Teach-In: Prefigurative Politics and the Millennial Left
10–12 am (Hörsaal III at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)

Panel Discussion: Solidarność in the 1980s and the politics of solidarity
Solidarność (Solidarity) emerged in Poland in 1980 as a movement for workers solidarity with self-governing shipyard unions. With the support of dissident Polish intellectuals at home and broad sections of the Left abroad, Solidarność grew in strength and became a key participant in Polish reforms through the 80s and beyond. As such, it can appear as either a late expression of New Left attempts to further the revolution, or as a prefiguration of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
2–4 pm (Hörsaal I at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)


  • Bruno Drweski (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations)
  • Ĺ˝arko Puhovski (Philosopher, formerly member of the Association for Yugoslav Democratic Initiative)
  • Barbara Utracka (Platypus Affiliated Society) [tbc]
  • tba

Panel Discussion: What is Left of SYRIZA?
“You, SYRIZA, the true miracle, radical left movement, which stepped out of the comfortable position of marginal resistance and courageously signaled your readiness to take power. This is why you have to be punished.”
- Slavoj Zizek, 2012

In the recent past SYRIZA exemplified a moment of hope for a large part of the (European) Left. In sharp contrast, today it is considered an example of capitulation to the establishment and a scapegoat for the spoiled chances of the anti-austerity struggles. The stakes of SYRIZA politics were enigmatically expressed in the phrase: “SYRIZA was in government but not in power”. This panel wants to explore the legacy of SYRIZA and the sense in which SYRIZA did or did not express potential for radical political change.
5–7 pm (Hörsaal I at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)


  • Representative Anarchist Black Cross Vienna [tbc]
  • Giorgos Stefanidis (Platypus Affiliated Society)
  • Olga Stefou (SYRIZA)
  • Representative Worker's Party of Austria [tbc]