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Current International Reading Groups

How do I join a reading group?

Platypus reading groups are held in universities around the world. Though these are frequently connected to chapters on college campuses, association with a university or membership in the organization is not required for participation.

Additional information about reading groups in a particular city can be found on its respective chapter page. Many chapters also run regular supplementary activities such as Coffee Breaks; please see the respective chapter page for more information.

If you are interested in attending a group but do not see one listed in your area, please contact us at and we will respond as soon as possible.

Primary Marxist Reading GroupIntroduction to the history of the Left and Marxism

November 28, 2022
Through reading key texts from the high period of the history of Marxism in the 2nd International and its crisis in the early 20th century, the problem of consciousness of this history and its potential political implications in the present are addressed. Readings include Luxemburg, Lenin, Trotsky, the philosophical reflections on Marxism by Lukacs and Korsch, and their ramifications in the Frankfurt School Critical Theory of Walter Benjamin, Horkheimer, and Adorno.

Short course in Platypus, History of the Left and Marxism A short series of readings introducing the key points of departure for the Platypus project. (4 weeks)

- Platypus introduction to the history of Marxism readings
A series of 10 sessions introducing Platypus’s approach to the history of Marxism, including readings on Luxemburg, Lenin and Trotsky.

- Introduction to Platypus readings
10 sessions of readings introducing the raison d’être of the Platypus project, including published transcripts of our public forum activities.

Summer Reading Group

Every summer, Platypus holds a special summer session of our reading group internationally. Information will be posted here when the syllabus for our upcoming Summer Reading Group is available!

Summer Reading Group Archive

Primary Reading Group Archive