Symposium 2021

Dear Friends

Hoping that you are all keeping well and safe! We are now planning to hold our Ilyenkov 2020 symposium in April 2021. So we’re changing its name accordingly to Ilyenkov 2021.

In the meantime, we are organising bi-monthly web-based discussions via video-conference. Check out the programme here.

With best wishes.

Ilyenkov 2020-21 organising group




Keynote speaker: David Bakhurst, Queen’s University, Canada/UCL, Institute of Education

Human society is at a crossroads. We face the breakdown of representative democracy and the rise of populism, an eco-systems emergency that has reached tipping point, alongside gross and growing social inequality. What is the role of philosophy in theorising these challenges in ways that point towards solution-oriented practices and activities? We welcome papers that take forward Evald Ilyenkov’s concept of the Ideal, the renewed interest in dialectics and the work of other Marxist theorists.

Suggested themes:

* The role of education in social transformation

* Understanding the present, neo-liberal period of history

* Social alienation and our relation to nature

* Theorising the state and democracy

* Social emancipation and the subject in the 21st century

Deadline for 500 word abstracts: extended to 30 March 2020. Mini abstracts and micro-presentations also accepted. Diverse views welcomed! Send to conference organising committee:

Registration is essential to reserve your place. Even if you can’t attend, please help with travel costs with a donation via the registration page.

Everyone is invited to a pre-symposium social evening on Thursday, 11 June. Details to be announced.

Register for free tickets via Eventbrite here.

The call for the symposium is supported by:

Bill Bowring Professor of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London; Illesh Ilyenkov, Ilyenkov’s daughter, co-editor of Ilyenkov’s collected works; Alex Levant, Ilyenkov translator & assistant professor Wilfred Laurier University, Canada; Andrey Maidansky co-editor of Ilyenkov’s Collected Works, Professor of Philosophy Belgorod State University, Russia; Elena Mareeva Professor of Philosophy at Moscow State Institute of Culture;   #eTownHalls The Great Mandate for Real Democracy USA, Real Democracy Movement UK




Deconstructing Neoliberal Hegemony


The Copenhagen interpretation of Ilyenkov’s relevance – ifi.2018 symposium report


Corinna Lotz & Penny Cole
Deconstructing Neoliberal Hegemony

Signe Juhl Møller
The Pedagogy of daring (Powerpoint show)

Seth Chaiklin
Teaching thinking – abstract and background reading

Morten Nissen, Thomas Gylling Andersen, Sebastian Tobias-Renstrøm
The dialectics of concepts, aesthetics and politics in social work

Marcelo José de Souza e Silva
State and health

Mikhail B. Konashev
Ecological crisis, evolutionary theory, “market” economy and alienation
+ Powerpoint show



2014 Helsinki

Evald Ilyenkov – Prospects and Retrospects in Philosophy and Psychology:  An international symposium arranged by the Aleksanteri Institute and the Centre of Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE), University of Helsinki 15-16 April 2014

Contradictions within the Ideal, mediation and transformation in global capitalist society – paper given by Corinna Lotz, Paul Feldman, Penny Cole and Gerry Gold

2012 Helsinki

SPINOZA IN SOVIET THOUGHT, An International Symposium
at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki  18-19 May 2012

Spinoza, Ilyenkov & Western Marxism – meeting the challenges of the global crisis – paper given by Corinna Lotz and Penny Cole