International congress «The Left» in the international political context» (IC"LEFT")

Venue: St.-Petersburg State University, Assembly hall

Location: St. Petersburg, Russia

Event Date/Time: Sep 26, 2008 End Date/Time: Sep 27, 2008
Registration Date: Aug 01, 2008
Early Registration Date: Jun 30, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 30, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Sep 01, 2008
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International congress
«The Left» in the international political context»
Saint Petersburg, September 26-27, 2008.
The St.-Petersburg State University
Faculty of philosophy and political science
The international congress is planned by organizers as a forum where representatives of political parties and social movements, as well as scientists and experts from several countries could discuss various aspects and prospects of "the modernized social democracy".
The development of contemporary left movement in Latin America, EU countries and Russia shows the crisis of liberalism and traditional social democratism. The political picture of the modern world looks rather complicated and inconsistent. One of the perspective emerging phenomena is the new modern socialism, requiring a comprehensive estimation today. The basic goal of analysts and practical experts today is to rethink and reposition the social democracy as a real practical concept for the XXI century.
During the XX century the left ideology and the left political forces rendered significant influence on the formation of social and economic policies in the developed countries of the West. Well-established by the second half of the XX century and still existing corrected model of "the social market democracy" was the direct consequence of domination of the left ideas in economic and social policies. One of the tasks the congress is to resolve is to reveal theoretical grounds of social and economic policies, bring to light its conceptual and practical manifestation in the form of welfare state, finding the reasons of welfare state crisis and failure of many basic elements of the left social and economic policies in the late XX - beginning of the XXI century.
Invited to take part in the congress are representatives of social-democratic parties and movements, representatives of non-profit organizations, sociologists and political scientists interested in the discussion of various aspects of the modern left ideology.
The following issues will be discussed at the congress:
- left-wing parties and working-class movements in XXI century: new challenges and forms of political struggle;
- updating the ideology of social democracy: breaking or reconsideration of traditions;
- bureaucracy and socialism in XXI century;
- anti-globalism and social democracy: similarities and distinctions of ideological platforms;
- social democracy in the modern Russia - birth of the new political force;
- Latin America – the new centre for development of social democracy;
- the China phenomenon: export opportunities for the model of development and limits of effective growth;
- new models of the social state;
- justice in the state of science and education: new forms of social stratification;
- crisis of liberal ideology and the response of social democrats;

- non-profit organizations as subjects of effective social policies;
Quantity of participants: 250
Duration of congress: 2 days
Participation fee
Before 30/06/2008 - 180 euros
After 30/06/2008 - 250 euros
PhD students fee - 80 euros
Closing date of registration - 1/08/2008
Participation fee includes coffee-breaks and all materials for the conference.
Applications for writing articles and speaking at round table discussions should be e-mailed to Alexander Kurochkin ( and Alexander Sherstobitov (, Faculty of political management, faculty of philosophy and political science, the St.-Petersburg State University, Universitetskaja nab. 7/9, St. Petersburg, RUSSIA.
Applications (200-300 words) should include: name of the article, full name of the author (authors), organization, position, author's electronic address and brief description of contents (abstract).
Closing day for applications: 30/06/2008
Accommodation in hotels at the participants' expense. Organizers of the Congress will render assistance in booking.
Place of the congress: Saint Petersburg, 7/9 University Embankment, the St.-Petersburg State University, Assembly hall, University centre, premises of the faculty of philosophy and political science.


7/9 University Embankment