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February 13, 2021

Marxism and Cultural Revolution: A Live Conversation with Shalon van Tine and Doug Enaa Greene (Interactive Group Video Session – 9th March 2021)


According to Leon Trotsky, “even a successful solution of the elementary problems of food, clothing, shelter, and even of literacy, would in no way signify a complete victory of the new historic principle, that is, of Socialism. Only a movement of scientific thought on a national scale and the development of a new art would signify that the historic seed has not only grown into a plant, but has even flowered.”  For  Trotsky, and a range of very different figures such as Mao Tse-Tung, Alexander Bogdanov, Bertolt Brecht, Walter Benjamin, Oscar Wilde, Adorno, Horkheimer and Jean-Luc Godard, a Marxist revolution required not merely a political and economic transformation, but also a cultural revolution. In this session we will be joined by Shalon van Tine and Doug Greene, who are currently collaborating on a book on Marxism and Cultural Revolution in order to discuss themes and issues related to this topic.
Shalon van Tine is a PhD student in cultural and intellectual history at Ohio University and an adjunct professor in the humanities for University of Maryland’s Global Campus.
Doug Enaa Greene is an independent communist historian, who is the author of Communist Insurgent: Blanqui’s Politics of Revolution and A Failure of Vision: Michael Harrington and the Limits of Democratic Socialism, forthcoming with Zer0 Books.


Further Reading:
Doug Enaa Greene and Shalon van Tine, ‘A Fight on Two Fronts: On Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise’ Cosmonaut Magazine, 28/8/2019
Circular of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution May 16, 1966
Leon Trotsky, Literature and Revolution, 1924
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism, 1891
Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 1936
Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception, 1944


This session will be run as part of the Exploding Appendix Avant-garde Art Practice and Research Group’s fortnightly meetup, which will be taking place online via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7317698673?pwd=OTlBN3RzalBRMGh1TW9qSHNDWmptdz09). The meeting ID is 731 769 8673.  The passcode is “go“. This session will be run by Bradley Tuck and take place on the 9th March 2021 from 19:30 – 22:30 (UTC UK time). If you would like to join us for the session, or have any questions please message me at explodingappendix@gmail.com


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