The idea of an international marxist-feminist conference was originally brought into being, and was since then continuously organized, by the feminist section of the Institut of Critical Theory (Inkrit) around the German sociologist and philosopher Frigga Haug. It was held in Berlin for the first time in 2015, followed by an increasingly international second congress in Vienna in 2016, and the third one in Lund (Sweden) in 2018.
The 4th International Conference will be held in Bilbao (Bizkaia Aretoa), organized and funded by transform! europe and the University of the Basque Country, along with Iratzar Foundation, Bilbo-Barcelona Critical Theory Group (BIBA CT), the Institut für Kritische Theorie (Inkrit) and Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation and ParteHartuz, among others (which will be made public in the following months).
The programme will be announced here and on the website of the MarxFem Conference.
Nancy Fraser (Baltimore, United States, 1947) is the Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the CUNY Graduate Center in 1980. She works on social and political theory, feminist theory, and contemporary French and German thought. Widely known for her critique of identity politics and her philosophical work on the concept of justice, Fraser is also a staunch critic of contemporary liberal feminism and its abandonment of social justice issues. She is President of the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division.
Lorena Cabnal, a Maya-Xinka from Guatemala, is an advocate of community feminism. Originally from Santa María Xalapán, Jalapa, Lorena is the daughter of the Xinca Maya cosmogony and co-founder of the community-territorial feminist movement in Guatemala, the Network of Ancestral Healers of Community Feminism, Tzk’at (in Mayan Quiché).
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (India, 1942) is University Professor, and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. She received her B.A. in English (First Class Honors) from Presidency College, Calcutta, 1959 and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University, 1967. She is a critical theorist whose work has been particularly influential in the field of post-colonialism, which she is often said to have pioneered. An activist and educator, she is involved in international women’s movements and issues related to organic farming. She has been deeply involved in rural education in Asia for almost two decades. She sits on the editorial board of many journals, including Cultural Critique, boundary 2. New Formations, Diaspora, ARIEL, Re-thinking Marxism, Public Culture, Parallax, Interventions.
Francesca Gargallo (1956, Rome, Italy) is a writer, feminist, activist, teacher and editor who has been working in Mexico and the rest of Latin America since 1979. She has a degree in philosophy from the University of Rome La Sapienza and a postgraduate degree in Latin American Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is part of the Mexican and Latin American feminist movements, where she has worked with autonomous feminist collectives, indigenous and popular women, sexual dissidents and human rights. Her narrative participates in the thesis of contemporary non-universalist epistemology, which is situated, political, depatriarchalizing and decolonizing, in view of the experiences of peoples, ans several movements: feminist, women’s, peace, popular, ecological and artistic expressions that question and resist capitalist modernity. In 2002 she founded the degrees of Philosophy and History of Ideas and Literature and Literary Creation at the Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM). In 2009, together with the academic and activist Norma Morgrovejo, she inaugurated the Seminar of Feminismo Nuestroamericano as a subject of the Master’s Degree in Defense and Promotion of Human Rights at the Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM).
Elsa Dorlin (France, 1974) is since 2011 Professor of Political and Social Philosophy at the University of Paris 8, and since 2014, member of the Center for Feminist and Gender Studies of the same center. In 2004, she received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Paris-Sorbonne with the thesis Au chevet de la Nation: sexe, race et médecine:XVIIe-XVIIe siècles. Her studies focus on the intersections between gender, race and other systems of domination.
Tithi Bhattacharya (Siliguri, India, 1971) is a professor of South Asian History and the Director of Global Studies at Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in 2000. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2005) and a long time activist for Palestinian rights and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Tithi is a longstanding social justice activist, she is active in her local community as well as in struggles nationally and internationally. A prominent Marxist feminist, she is one of the national organizers of the International Women’s Strike on March 8, 2017. She writes extensively on Marxist theory, gender, and the politics of Islamophobia. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and Studies on Asia.
Silvia Federici is Emerita Professor at Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York). She received her B.A. from Universita degli Studi di Bolo in 1965, her MA from SUNY Coll Buffalo in 1970 and her PhD from SUNY Coll Buffalo in 1980. A feminist activist since 1960, she was one of the main animators of the international debates on the condition and remuneration of domestic work. Her field of research is political philosophy and women’s studies. She has also contributed various essays on educational and cultural politics. In the 1970s she was a cofounder of the International Feminist Collective. From 1991 to 2003, after a period of teaching at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria, she was a co-founder of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa and co-editor of the CAFA Bulletin. From 1995 to 2002 she has also helped found the Anti-death-penalty project of the U.S. based Radical Philosophy Association.