Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Spectre of Marx

An Interdisciplinary Conference on Marxism, Its Origins, and Its Ghostly Presence in Our Contemporary World
On February 21, 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto, calling on the workers of the world to unite and destroy capitalism.

All kinds of trouble ensued.

To commemorate the 170th anniversary of this historic publication, ECU SCREENS and Linscheid Library Academic Friends are hosting "THE SPECTRE OF MARX: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Marxism, Its Origins, and Its Ghostly Presence in Our Contemporary World."

The conference will kick off at 9:30 a.m. on February 20th with two, 75-minute discussion panel/Q&A sessions featuring Drs. Joshua Grasso (English and Language), Preston Draper (Political Science), Jennifer McMahon (English and Languages), Michael Scott (Business), and Greg Sutton (History).

The conference will culminate on February 21st with a 6:30 screening in the Estep of the NT Live production of the Bridge Theater's new comedy Young Marx. starring Rory Kinnear.

We also want ECU students to be a part of the program, so we are issuing a call for papers (600-750 word mini-essays) and an art prospectus (for song, poetry, art work and short films). Click here for a pdf of the CFP. Click here for a pdf of the Prospectus. Click here for application and entry cards for artworks.

The deadline for student submissions is February 7th.

We expect to be giving out up to $300 in award money for outstanding student submissions.

Please send further questions to:

“Can someone be a Marxist and a Christian?”

“Do the horrors of Stalin, Mao and other self-identified Marxist totalitarians demonstrate the moral bankruptcy of Marxism?”

ECU SCREENS and Linscheid Library Academic Friends invite students to submit brief scholarly essays that:
· discuss opposing views of Marxism as they relate to questions like those above;
· deploy Marxist or anti-Marxist theories to analyze works of art or literary, cinematic or historical texts;
· engage the topic of the horrific consequences of social class warfare (or its utter necessity) in a smart way that we haven’t thought of yet.

Essays should be 600-750 words in length. We welcome dual submissions from two authors who have opposing viewpoints on the same question.

An ECU faculty jury will review submissions and invite selected authors and artists to present their work to the public at The Spectre of Marx conference, which will be held on February 20-21, 2018 on the ECU Campus.

We want your songs, poems, artwork and short films about "Work and the Evil (or the Glory) of Class Warfare."

Eligibility: Artists/Poets/Musicians must be current ECU students
Deadline: February 7, 2018
Curator: A jury of ECU faculty will review submissions. Selected artists/poets/musicians will be asked to present their work to the public at The Spectre of Marx conference held at ECU on February 20-21 2018
Art Specifications: Two-dimensional artworks should be no larger than 22 x 28”. All artwork must be hang-ready with D-rings and wire—we cannot accommodate saw-tooth or raw canvases without wire. Prints and drawings should be glazed and supported with wire. Three-dimensional work will be considered, but must be able to hang from gallery wire hanging system, as there will be no shelving units available. Digital, video, new media and original musical works must be presented on a USB drive formatted for presentation on both PC and Mac operating systems.
Applications:. Submissions should be emailed to Physical artworks should be delivered to Faust 155 along with entry form and artwork cards, which can be found at
Awards: Selected artists/poets/musicians will be notified by email of acceptance by February 14.
Sponsors: This competition is sponsored by ECU SCREENS and Linscheid Library Academic Friends
Liability: Artists are responsible for the safe delivery, installation, and timely pick up of their work. ECU SCREENS is not responsible at any time for the loss, damage, or theft of artwork.
Entry Fee: None.

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