INVITED SPEAKERS

Michael Heinrich

(Heidelberg, 1957)

PhD fellow (1987-1993) in the Department of Political Science at the Frei Universiteit-Berlin, he has been responsible for the Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA). Director (until 2014) of journal PROKLA-Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialwissenschaft, his research interests are the work of Marx and the history of economic theory. From 2005 he taught at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (HTW), from 2009 renamed as Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin. He has published An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital, New York 2012.

Gareth Stedman Jones

(1942)

Is a British historian, teacher of history of social thought and director of the Center for History and Economics at King´s College, Cambridge University, since 1997. He was member of the editorial board of the New Left Review from 1964 to 1981; he was also cofounder of the History Workshop Journal in 1976. In 1983 he published Languages of class, a pioneering study on the dominant political culture among the British workers in the age of the first Industrial revolution and the Chartist movement of mid-19th century. Having studied the dynamics of political economy and political sciences in the European continent during the age of Liberalism, he is the author of a study of the intellectual formation of Marx and Engels until the elaboration of the Communist Manifesto (Madrid, Turner, 2005). He has recently published Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2016).

Roswitha Scholz

(1959)

Is a feminist scholar, member of the reputed group Krisis (“Manifist against work”) and from 2004, along with Robert Kurz and Anselm Jappe, she has edited the journal EXIT! in Germany. She has developed in the last two decades a theory on the relation between patriarchy and capitalism, debating with various lines of thought from labor Marxism to Marxist feminism and queer theory. She tries to define a wide framework in order to understand the strength of capitalist system in its relation to gender and patriarchy in both its modern and postmodern forms.

Constantino Bértolo

(1946)

Studied Languages (Filología Hispánica) at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Between 1970 and 1990 he worked as literary critique in several printed media, such as El Urogallo and El País. He was the director of editing company Debate between 1994 and 2003, and cofounded the Escuela de Letras of Madrid, of which he was the Director of studies until 1995. Later he became literary director of the editing company Caballo de Troya from Random House-Mondadori group. He is currently retired. His works include La cena de los notables. Sobre lectura y crítica (Editorial Periférica, 2008), Lenin, el revolucionario que no sabía demasiado (Los Libros de la Catarata, 2012), Karl Marx contra los nacionalismos (Catarata, 2017), and Llamando a las puertas de la revolución (Penguin Clásicos, 2017).

Miren Etxezarreta

(1936)

Is PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics (1970) and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (1975); she has been teaching Economics at the Facultad de CC. Económicas de la Universidad de Bilbao (1970-1972) and Applied economics at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (1975-2006) from where she is now retired but remains as Catedrática emérita. Of her interest are topics from agrarian economy, economic development and political economy. She has compiled, edited and authored books such as El Caserío Vasco, 1976; El desarrollo rural integrado, 1988; La agricultura española en la era de la globalización, 2006; La reestructuración del capitalismo en España, 1991; Para qué sirve realmente la Economía, 2016, apart from numerous articles on Spanish economy. She is also member of the Seminario de Economía Crítica TAIFA.

Rolando Astarita

(1951)

Is an Argentinian economist. He is currently teacher of macroeconomics, money, credit and banking and the financial system at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. He is also teacher of changes in the world system economy at the Facultad de Sociología; from 2005 teaches on economic development at the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas of Universidad Buenos Aires. Throughout this time he has devoted his work to Marx´s theory, in particular —in his book Valor, mercado mundial y globalización— on an explanation of the internationalization of capital from the standpoint of labor-value. Between 1993 and 2003 he wrote several articles in Debate Marxista, a journal committed to the reformulation of a global approach to Marxism and socialist politics. He has also published regularly in Realidad Económica from IADE, where he has also organized seminars on dialectics and Hegel. He has no bachelor degree or master degree. He left high school in 1969 at the age of 18 and since then his education has been self-learning.

Rosa Cobo

(1956)

Is a writer and feminist scholar; she teaches gender sociology and is the director of the Centro de Estudios de Género y Feministas in Universidad de A Coruña. Graduated in Political Science and Sociology, she wrote her PhD on democracy and patriarchy in Jean-Jacques Rousseau in 1992. She founded and directed the Seminario Interdisciplinar de Estudios Feministas in Universidad de A Coruña between 2000 and 2003. She was also in charge of the Master of gender and policies of equality between 2005 and 2008. Her main research lines are feminist theory and gender sociology. She has been member of the advisory team of the Unidad de Mujeres y Ciencia (UMYC) from the Spanish Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. In 2008 she was also advisor for the Ministerio de Igualdad. She was the IP of the proyect Prostitution and public policies financed by the Instituto de la Mujer. She currently teaches a course on History of feminist theory at Universidad de A Coruña and a Master on equality and equity in development cooperation at Universidad de Vic. Her most recent publication is La prostitución en el corazón del capitalismo (Madrid, La Catarata, 2017).

Bob Jessop

(1946)

Is a British scholar and writer who has extendedly published on state theory and political economy. He is currently teacher of sociology at Lancaster University. His main contribution to state theory consists in not regarding the state as an entity but as a social relation with different strategic effects. This view is known as “relational-strategic perspective” and can be regarded as an extension and creative development of Marx´s conception of capital, and so not as a thing or an institution but as a social relation; he also draws from Gramci´s and Poulantzas´ conception of the state as a social relation. Among his most renowned works are The Capitalist State: Marxist Theories and Methods (Oxford, Blackwell 1982), Nicos Poulantzas: Marxist Theory and Political Strategy, (London, Macmillan 1985), State Power: A Strategic-Relational Approach, Cambridge: Polity 2007) and The State. Past, Present, Future (Cambridge, Polity Press, 2016).

Xabier Arrizabalo​

(1966)

Is PhD in Economics from Universidad Complutense de Madrod (1993), graduate in Economics (1989) and y Sociology (1992), Master in planification, development and public policies (CEPAL-ILPES, 1990). He currently teaches at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he is co-director of the Grupo de estudios de economía política: Capitalismo y desarrollo desigual and from 2010 director of the Degree in análisis crítico del capitalismo (El método marxista y su aplicación al estudio de la economía mundial actual). Among his publications are Capitalismo y economía mundial (2014 and 2016, in Spanish; edition in French in 2017 and in English and Portuguese forthcoming); Enseñanzas de la Revolución rusa. Interpretación marxista de la experiencia soviética a través de sus textos (in print); Crisis y ajuste en la economía mundial (1997); Milagro o quimera: la economía chilena durante la dictadura (1995). He has translated and edited Fundamentos y límites del capitalismo by Louis Gill (2002). He has been visiting professor in several European and Latin American universities.

Clara Navarro

(1989)

Graduated in philosophy and is Master in advanced studies in philosophy from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where she currently writes her PhD under the supervision of Pablo López Álvarez. Her research and interests revolve around the critique of valor division [Wertabspaltungskritik], with special attention to the figure of Robert Kurz, and also on the possibility of studying capitalism as a form of social praxis from an intersectional perspective.

Jordi Maiso

(1981)

Is PhD in philosophy from Universidad de Salamanca (Special award 2009-2010), where he was graduate and doctoral researcher. He has made research stays at several German universities and has been fellow at DAAD. His main research interests are: critical theory, philosophy after Auschwitz, forms of socialization in advanced capitalism and ethical-political challenges of synthetic biology. He is the author of Elementos para la reapropiación de la Teoría Crítica de Theodor W. Adorno (2010) together with different articles. He is member of the editorial board of Constelaciones. Revista de Teoría Crítica and of the Sociedad de estudios de teoría crítica.

Isabel Benítez

(1981)

Is Graduate in sociology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, activist from the Coordinadora obrera sindical and member of the editorial board of journal La Directa. She is co-author of a study on the longest strike in contemporary Spanish history —the bread-producer Panrico—, and has published numerous articles on feminism and the question of class, a topic on which she has also given many talks and conferences.

Dario Azzellini

(1967)

PhD in political science and sociology from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, his main research lines are: processes of social transformation, social movements, democracy and local and labor self-management. Among his recent publications are Communes and Workers’ Control in Venezuela: Building 21st Century Socialism from Below (Amsterdam, Brill, 2017); (together with Michael G. Kraft [eds.]), The Class Strikes Back. Self-Organized Workers’ Struggles in the Twenty-First Century, (Amsterdam, Brill, 2018); and as editor, An Alternative Labour History: Worker Control and Workplace Democracy (London, Zed Books, 2015).

Beltza Emilio López Adán "Beltza"

(Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1946)

medical doctor and writer, member of the historical group Gatazka and of ETA until the 1974 split of Frente Obrero, he is renowned as one of the leading theoreticians of the V Asamblea of ETA, though he could not be present at it. After that he lived in exile, first in Brussels, later in the French Basque Country, where he currently lives. Historian of Basque nationalism and author of a wide historiography on then national liberation movement in the Basque Country, among his most outstanding texts are El Nacionalismo Vasco y Clases Sociales (San Sebastián, 1976) obra premiada en las Ferias del Libro de Donostia y Durango); El Nacionalismo Vasco en el exilio (1936-1960) (San Sebastián, 1977) and ETAren estrategia armatuaren historiaz (Maiatz elkarte, 2012).

Emilio Santiago

(1984)

Is PhD in social anthropology. He has been postdoctoral researcher and teacher in the Department of social anthropology and Spanish philosophical thought at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. His research activity revolves around the social processes of the transition to sustainability. He is member of the Transdisciplinar research group on socio-ecological transitions and of the leading grouo of the manifest Última Llamada. Currently he is part of the staff of the Programa de Estudios Independientes of MACBA in Barcelona. His scientific publications include No es una estafa, es una crisis (de civilización) (Enclave, 2015); Rutas sin mapa. Horizontes de transición ecosocial (Essay Prize Catarata 2015) and Sentir Madrid como si fuera un todo. Geografía poética y etnográfica reencantada de una ciudad (La Torre Magnética, 2016). He has a long experience of involvement in social movements and is one of the founders of the research and social transformation group Instituto de Transición Rompe el Círculo. He currently works as director of environment of Ayuntamiento de Móstoles.

Ángeles Maestro Martín

(1952)

Commonly known as Nines Maestro, is a Spanish politician. Militant of the Spanish Communist Party (PCE) since 1974, in 1979 she was elected as councilor of the village of Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), where she served as deputy for Health affairs in the first municipal government democratically elected after Franco´s dictatorship. In 1989 she was elected as MP for the political party Izquierda Unida (IU), and reelected in 1993 and 1996. She was one of the founders of IU and from its beginnings was member of the Consejo Político Federal (Federal political council) and the Presidencia Ejecutiva (Executive presidency). Maestro is currently the main leader of the organization Red Roja, which tries to recover the original project of Corriente Roja, stuffed with purely communist cadres.

Jaime Pastor

(1946)

Is professor of Political Science at UNED and editor of journal Viento Sur. He started as a militant of the extreme Left in 1966 in the Frente de Liberación Popular (Popular Liberation Front), during Franco´s dictatorship, which forced him into exile in France. He returned to Spain in 1973. Since then he has participated in the creation of the Liga Comunista Revolucionaria in 1971, of Izquierda Alternativa in 1991, of Espacio Alternativo -integrared in the political party Izquierda Unida (IU)- in 1995 and of Izquierda Anticapitalista in 2008, when he left IU. He was of the promoters of Podemos. He has published an essay in the Catalunya issue, Cataluña quiere decidir. ¿Se rompe España? (Icaria, 2014), where he defends the right of decision.

César Ruiz

(1972)

Es profesor de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Especializado en Historia de la Filosofía Contemporánea, Filosofía Social y Filosofía Política, es miembro de varios grupos de investigación en esa misma universidad, así como secretario de redacción de la revista Res Publica. Revista de Historia de las Ideas Políticas. Cabe mencionar su experiencia como traductor (es autor, en colaboración con otros autores, de dos libros dedicados al "alemán para filósofos"), siendo editor también de clásicas del pensamiento filosófico como Introducción a la historia de la filosofía, de G. W. F. Hegel, La esencia del fascismo, de K. Polanyi, Sobre la libertad, de J.S.Mill. Entre sus artículos se cuentan, asimismo, varios relacionados con el marxismo, la dialéctica, el fetichismo y la teoría de las crisis de Marx.