THURSDAY 29 APRIL
19:00 – 20:00 BST
SUNDAY 2 MAY
20:00 – 21:00 BST
An opening… and a return act. Leading marxist historian Vijay Prashad delivers a two-part keynote lecture called Variants of Inhumanity – one on the first day of the festival, another nearing its end. Exploring repetitions, cycles and crises, Vijay’s keynote responds to our prompt – quoting the philosopher Henri Lefebvre – that, in the equation A = A, the second A is different to the first by virtue of it being second.
It is the same and it is not the same. How might we make sense of history’s repetitions? How might we break free of them: its emergencies and catastrophes, its growing disparities and endless loops?
Vijay Prashad is Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter, and Chief Editor at LeftWord Books. He is the author of thirty books, most recently Washington Bullets, with a foreword by Evo Morales Ayma. He has appeared in the award-winning film Two Meetings and a Funeral and hosts a weekly news show called Give the People What They Want.