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Featured speakers and guest organisations

We are pleased to announce that US hip-hop artist and activist Boots Riley will be speaking at the Marxism 2014 conference. Boots Riley is one…
Gary Foley is a legendary Aboriginal activist, writer, actor, teacher, story teller and historian. He is a prominent figure in the history of Aboriginal resistance…
Gilbert Achcar was born in Senegal and grew up in Lebanon before moving to Europe. A committed socialist and antiwar activist, he taught and researched…
Panos has been a member of DEA since the end of 2005. At the time he studied journalism at Panteion University where he was involved…
Cornelius has written more than 20 plays, which include Slut (2008, Platform Youth Theatre), The Call (2009, Griffin Theatre Company), Good, Do Not Go Gentle……
Shiralee Hood is Australia’s # 1 female Aboriginal comedian. Winner of Deadly Funny 2009, and nominated for a 2012 VIPA Award, Shiralee has been rocking…
Kutcha was born on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River at Balranald, New South Wales, of the Mutti Mutti people and is among the many…
Ahmed Shawki is an Arab American socialist activist and journalist, the editor of the International Socialist Review and a leader of the International Socialist Organization.…
Ali Alizadeh is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and criticism. His latest book is the novel Transactions (UQP, 2013), which, in the words…
Sarah Gregson teaches industrial relations at the University of New South Wales. Her research interests are an eclectic mix of labour and social history, which…
Kistnasamy is a Central Committee member of LALIT(meaning struggle in English)LALIT is a Revolutionary Socialist Party founded in 1976 in Mauritius. He is the Web…
Chris Graham is the former managing editor and founder of Tracker magazine, owned by the mighty NSW Aboriginal Land Council. He’s also the former and…
Ronny Kareni is one of the organisers of the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua to protest against ongoing oppression of his people. He grew up…
Representatives of the Philippines Labor Party will be speaking at Marxism 2013. In particular they will be offering stories from the frontline struggle of the…
"A society," says Vickie "should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens, but by how it treats its criminals." Jewel Topsfield, The…
Sandra Bloodworth has been active since the mid-1970s in a wide range of campaigns and strikes including the campaign to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine and the Refugee Action Collective. She…
Les Alderton Aboriginal Elder from the Ngiyampaa/ Wangaaybuwan/ Wangaibon language group Western NSW and Palawa people Tasmania, and currently enrolled in a Masters/ PhD by…
Marjorie Thorpe from the Gunnai and Maar Nations of Southern Victoria was born and raised in Yallourn, in the Latrobe Valley. Marjorie work has been…
  Kim Bullimore is a long-time socialist, political activist and anti-racism campaigner.  Kim is a volunteer with the International Women’s Peace Service, the only all…
Louise O’Shea was active in student politics in the anti-capitalist movement of the early2000s and National Union of Students Education Officer in 2006. She has been involved in…
Liz Ross has been active in women’s and gay liberation and socialist politics since the early1970s. Author of “Dedication doesn’t pay the rent! The 1986 Victorian…
Tom Bramble has been a socialist activist since the late 1970s. He is a senior lecturer in industrial relations at the University of Queensland. He has published…
Mick Armstrong has been active in a wide range of struggles and strikes since the late1960s, including more recently the Victorian Peace Network and campaigns in…
  Max Lane was active around Third World development issues in the 1960s and 1970s on Sydney University campus. He radicalized while in Indonesia, which he started…
Corey Oakley is editor of Socialist Alternative magazine and the Socialist Alternative website www.sa.org.au. He is also on the editorial committee of the Marxist Left Review journal www.marxistleftreview.org.
Tom O'Lincoln is an American born Marxist historian, author and one of the founders of the International Socialist Tendency in Australia. He attended UC Berkeley in 1966 and joined the International…
Roz Ward is a delegate in the National Tertiary Education Union at La Trobe University. After growing up in Thatcher's Britain, she moved to Australia and joined…
  John Percy was one of the first activists against the war in Vietnam in Sydney, and radicalised to become a founder of the socialist youth organisation Resistance…
  Ian Jamieson has been an industrial worker and unionist all his life. A tram conductor, steelworker, railway shunter, an underground miner and union fighter in Tasmania for…
Santo Cazzati is a spoken word artist. The son of Italian immigrants to Australia, he emerged from past lives as a classical concert pianist and…
Jane Kenway is a Professorial Fellow with the Australian Research Council, a Professor in the Education Faculty at Monash University and an elected Fellow of the Academy…
Barry Sheppard was a member of the U.S. Socialist Workers Party from 1959 until 1988. For most of that time, he was a central leader…
Jerome Small is Socialist Alternative's industrial organiser. He is a member of the main construction union, the CFMEU, having spent the last 12 years working…
Louisa has been a member of Socialist Alternative for 10 years. She is a member of the Australian Services Union and has recently been involved…
Manolya is an activist and sub-branch representative in the AEU, an active member of rank-and-file group Teachers and ES Alliance (TESA) and Popular Education Network…
Cathy Lewis is a delegate for the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) in Victoria and has been central in building a rank and file…
Adam Bottomley has been a member of the Australian Services Union since 2002, and a delegate since 2008, playing a leading role in the Equal…
Kate is a member of the NSW Public Service Association, and in 2012 was elected as part of a rank and file ticket to the…
Janey Stone is a life-long socialist. She was a founding member of an early predecessor of Socialist Alternative and is today active as a supporter.…
Vashti Kenway is a member of the National Executive of Socialist Alternative. She became active in revolutionary politics in the anti-capitalist movement, was a founder…
Rick Kuhn is a long term socialist and social movement activist. He was the convenor of the umbrella anti-war organisation in Canberra during the struggle…
Diane Fieldes has been active since the early 1970s in many campaigns such as those for Aboriginal rights and against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the…
Jess Melvin is an observer of Indonesian history and politics. She is currently in the final stages of completing her PhD, ‘Mechanics of Mass Murder:…
Much can be said about the struggle of union activists, but limited attention has been given to the efforts of Australia's Indigenous unionist Ted Wymarra.…
Lisa Milner is an academic and filmmaker, and has long been studying the intersection of Australian radical activism and screen culture. Her doctoral study that…
Tania Canas is an artist, researcher and community cultural development worker. Tania is a master’s research student at the VCA, In 2012 Tania presented at…
Michael Karadjis has been politically active since protesting the war in Vietnam in his early high school days, and is a member of Socialist Alliance,…
Sue Bolton has been a socialist activist since the early 1980s. In 2012, Sue was elected to the Moreland council as a representative of Socialist…
Gemma Weedall lives in Adelaide and is a part time worker and an active member of Socialist Alliance and Resistance. Gemma has been involved in…
MC Bek Poetik is a Conscious Hip Hop Artist & emerging Spoken Word Artist who has always aspired to create Conscious, Political, Cultural & Spiritual…
Janine Williamson describes herself: "I am a wife to one of the locked out Yallourn power station operators, and a very active supporter of the…
Paulus Suryanta Ginting is the national spokesperson for the Peoples Liberation Party (PPR/PLP). He has been active in politics since a university student in Yogyakarta.…
Azja Kulpińska (Master of Ethnolinguistics/currently enrolled in Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) Azja has been working in the community development field for the last 6…