My intellectual home is the School of Marxism Studies, at Dalian University of Technology, which is in the beautiful and historic port city of Dalian in northeastern China. This page will gradually collect items that are relevant for DUT’s School of Marxism Studies, which is a ‘key research centre’ for Marxism in China.
For those who may not be aware, Marxism is a major discipline in its own right in China, and is seen as the over-arching intellectual discipline for all other disciplines. This means that a School of Marxism Studies is in many ways the nerve centre of a university. As a discipline, Marxism has six subdisciplines that are the subject of research and teaching: Basic Principles of Marxism; History and Development of Marxism; Sinification of Marxism; International Marxism; Theoretical and Political Education; Basic Studies of Modern and Contemporary Chinese History.
In what follows, I add links to files that relate to DUT’s School of Marxism Studies.
- 2020: ‘What is Comparative Marxist Philosophy?’ This is the text of a keynote presentation, delivered in December 2020, at an international ‘cloud workshop’ on Marxism, organised by DUT. Download here.
- 2019: ‘Domenico Losurdo in China’. A seminar series I gave at DUT in late 2019, after being asked to discuss a leading European Marxist. Domenico Losurdo was the obvious choice. The seminar series became the basis of an article entitled ‘Losurdo in China’ and has been published by the journal Socialism and Democracy (here). You may also view the bilingual slide presentations I prepared and used: Seminar 1 (here); Seminar 2 (here); Seminar 3 (here). As you will see, our focus was on two books by Losurdo that have been translated into Chinese: Liberalism: A Counter-History and Hegel and the Freedom of the Moderns.
- 2019: ‘Socialism with Chinese Characteristics is Socialism and not some other -ism’. This is the topic of my inaugural lecture at DUT from September 2019, which became the basis for a journal article. I provide here a pdf version of the slide presentation I gave at the lecture (download here). You may also find an English report on the lecture here.
Finally, here is the iconic statue of Mao Zedong, which is directly outside the School of Marxism Studies at DUT.