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Socialism 2023 is a festival of anti-capitalist ideas to be held in Sydney from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August at the University of Sydney Business School (Abercrombie Building). To find out more about the venue, COVID safety and getting there, visit our Event Info page.

The conference will kick off with an opening night event on Friday at 6PM, continuing on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM until 8PM. Registration for conference attendees will open each day half an hour prior to the conference commencing.

There’s something for every left-wing person in the program, whether you’re new to socialist politics or you’re a seasoned activist. The Marxism 101 stream will introduce some of the core ideas of anti-capitalist politics such as class, race, gender & sexuality and revolution. Other sessions on contemporary issues and struggle will cover everything from the impact of AI, to the strikes in France against pension reforms and the rise of the far right globally.

Marxism 101 sessions will explore some of the core ideas of anti-capitalist politics such as class, race, gender & sexuality and revolution.

War and Militarism sessions will look at the tensions between the US & Australia and China, the history of socialist anti-war activism and Australia’s imperialist role in the Pacific.

Radical History sessions will look at inspiring stories of resistance from the Illawarra Aboriginal Advancement leagues campaign to desegregate the Illawarra in the 60s, to the role of Rosa Luxemburg in the German Revolution.

World of Struggle sessions will explore the emerging flashpoints of resistance today, from the strikes and riots in France against Macron’s pension reforms to the ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ protests in Iran.

Contemporary Issues sessions will unpack some of the key attacks confronting the left from the anti-Trans backlash in the USA and globally, to the rise of AI, to the housing crisis.

The full conference program will be available soon. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook for updates.

Socialism Conference will take place in Sydney, venue TBA. Tickets for the whole weekend begin at only $30. Get your tickets here.

The Socialism Conference brings together hundreds of people who want to understand the world in order to change it and provides a much needed forum to discuss socialist ideas, radical history and key questions in left wing politics. The weekend will feature sessions on global capitalism and inequality, revolution, racism and the far right, gender and sexuality, war and imperialism, Marxist theory and more.

There’s something for every left wing person. For those new to socialist politics, a dedicated stream of Marxism 101 sessions will provide an introduction to the core ideas of Marxism. These sessions are the best environment to find out what Marxist politics are all about and to answer any questions you might have. There are also a range of more advanced discussions of Marxist theory.

The Socialism Conference is unlike any university lecture or class at school.

Each session is made up of a talk presented by activists with years of experience organising, reading and writing on the topic; and dedicated time for discussion from the floor. The discussion is a perfect opportunity to ask questions, contribute your thoughts and hear from other attendees. Participation is strongly encouraged, especially for those new to anti-capitalist ideas.

Suggested readings will be available for each session to provide an introduction and background to the discussion.

Whether you’re new to socialist ideas or a long-term activist, the Socialism Conference provides a much needed space for left wing people to meet and get organised.

The Socialism Conference is Sydney’s largest annual gathering of left wing activists, students, unionists and academics; and is a much needed reprieve from the right-wing consensus of mainstream Australian politics. Hundreds of people have attended the conference every year since it was first launched in 2015.

The Socialism Conference is hosted by Socialist Alternative, Australia’s biggest anti-capitalist organisation. To find out more about Socialist Alternative, click here.

The conference is supported by Red Flag, Australia’s leading left wing newspaper. To find out more about Red Flag or to subscribe, visit redflag.org.au