CFP: 150 Years Rosa Luxemburg — New Perspectives on Life, Works, and Impact

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Call for Papers
March 5, 2020 to March 6, 2020
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Intellectual History, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Political Science, Political History / Studies

CfP: 150 Years Rosa Luxemburg — New Perspectives on Life, Works, and Impact 

Berlin, March 5-6, 2020


In preparation for the 150th birthday of Rosa Luxemburg on March 5, 2021 the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is preparing a conference, which should present new perspectives on the life, works, and impact of one of the most important personalities in German history, especially of the political left in Germany. What is the value Luxemburg’s works have until today? What are the theoretical questions that have so far not been sufficiently addressed? What elements of Luxemburg’s life resemble the political developments of the German Kaiserreich (1871-1918), and which reflect the situation of politically active women in this period? All in all this first preparatory conference intends to determine the significance of Rosa Luxemburg for political theory, the historical research about the German Kaiserreich, and the political discourse within the Left.

We ask scholars — especially young colleagues, who are currently at the start of their scientific careers and represent young academia — to submit a proposal for a presentation of 15 minutes, which should address one of the three following topics:


  1. Life of Rosa Luxemburg: Breaks and changes? Companions?
  2. Work of Rosa Luxemburg — preferably in relation to other politicians of the German Kaiserreich: Influences? Enmity? Activities?
  3. Impact of Rosa Luxemburg: Perception? Interpretation? Commemoration?


Coordination of the conference: Prof. Dr. Frank Jacob (Nord Universitet, Norway) and Dr. Jörn Schütrumpf (Historical Center of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)


A short proposal (max. 350 words) together with a short biography should be submitted until July 31, 2019


Limited funds for travel are available and can be granted in special cases. Applicants should indicate with their proposal if financial support is necessary. We, however, ask interested presenters to apply fo travel funds at their home institutions.

Contact Info: 

Prof. Dr. Frank Jacob (Nord Universitet, Norway)

Dr. Jörn Schütrumpf (Historical Center of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)

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