Who Was Rosa Luxemburg?


Tuesday, 6th February 18:30 – 20:00

Rosa Luxemburg was a Polish revolutionary socialist, Marxist and anti-war activist. She was a central figure of European revolutionary socialist movements in the early 20th century. She made significant original contributions to socialist theory and knowledge, including being the first theorist to identify ideas that developed into concepts such as imperialism, globalisation and the military industrial complex.

Her writing was persuasive, accessible, principled, and often barbed, reflecting the passion she equally brought to her frontline presence of political activism.

This seven week course will examine Rosa Luxemburg’s contribution to socialist politics regarding economics, identity, militarism, strikes and revolution, as well as exploring the context of her life. Each week we will look at a selection of her writing, and reflect on how best we can utilise her ideas for today's struggles. All are welcome, regardless of previous knowledge of her work or wider socialist theory.


This event is an introduction to Luxemburg. If you want to read or watch something about her in advance, we can recommend:

- Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg by Kate Evans

- The film Rosa Luxemburg (1986) 

- The Life of Rosa Luxemburg (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung) 


These events will happen at 6:30pm on Tuesdays on Feb 6th, Feb 20th, Mar 5th, Mar 19th, Apr 2nd, Apr 16th, and Apr 30th.