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Marx & Philosophy Society Annual Conference 2019

The Legacy of Georg Lukács

Saturday 15th June 2019, 9:30-5:45
Room 728, University College London Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

2019 marks the centenary anniversary of the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic, a period that found Georg Lukács both as an active participant and as developing the ideas which would culminate in the collection of essays History and Class Consciousness. It is a timely commemoration in which, at present and despite international objection, the Hungarian regime of Orbán has seemingly enacted a mission to erase Lukács from collective memory. From the removal of the Lukács sculpture from Saint Stephen’s park in Budapest to, more alarmingly, the recent closure and removal of the Lukács Archives by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, it seems the fate of Lukács and his legacy hangs in the balance.

Keynote speakers:
Agnes Heller – title tba
Michael J. Thompson (William Paterson University) ‘Georg Lukács, Critical Social Ontology and the Renewal of Marxian Philosophy’
Konstantinos Kavoulakos (University of Crete) ‘What is Reification in Georg Lukács’s Early Marxist Work?’

Postgraduate panel:
Sebastian Sanchez-Schilling – ‘Foot or Lukács? The foundation of ethics’
Eleonora Antonakaki Giannisi – ‘Contemplative stance or blasé attitude? Simmel as an interlocutor in Lukács’s work on reification’
Richard Donnelly – ‘Reconsidering the Blum Theses: totalitarianism and the degeneration of bourgeois culture in Lukács’s revolutionary middle period’

Conference abstracts (PDF)


Admission is free but please reserve a place in advance by emailing Eric-John Russell at

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