100 Years of Georg Lukács’s History and Class Consciousness: An International Conference

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100 Years of Georg Lukács’s History and Class Consciousness: An International Conference



100 Years of Georg Lukács’s History and Class Consciousness: An International Conference

13 September-15 September 2023

Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös Loránd University

Faculty of Humanities

1088 Budapest, Múzeum körút. 4.

Faculty Council Hall (Building A, ground floor 039)


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of History and Class Consciousness the conference addresses the topicality and relevance of Hungary’s most influential philosopher anew. The keynotes and panels explore the historical context, the theoretical dimensions, and the contemporary actuality of Lukács’ masterpiece.


A collaboration of:

Rüdiger Dannemann, Internationale Georg Lukács Gesellschaft

Ágnes Erdélyi, Lukács Archive International Foundation

Samir Gandesha, Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

Johan Hartle, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

Tyrus Miller, School of Humanities, University of California, Irvine

Csaba Olay, Eötvös Lorand University Budapest, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungarian Society of Philosophy


Schedule of Presentations:

WEDNESDAY, 13 September 2023


Welcome and Opening Remarks

9.30 – 11.00


Moderator: Samir Gandesha

Esther Leslie, Vienna, Christmas, 1922 - Budapest, March 1967: Between the Land of Milk and Honey and the Sun not Rising

11.15 - 13.15

Panel 1 Topic/ Theme: On the way to "History and Class Consciousness" (The Troubled history of a philosophical classic)

Rüdiger Dannemann, Detours to the new edition of History and Class Consciousness (Georg Lukács' difficult relationship to his philosophical masterpiece)

Éva Karádi, The reception of Lukacs' Geschichte und Klassenbewusstsein in Heidelberg and in his own circle

Moderator: Anna Wessely



Lunch break


14.30 – 16.00


Karl Lauschke, Die Architektur von Geschichte und Klassenbewusstsein – eine historisch-philologische Analyse (The Architecture of "History and Class Consciousness" - a Historical-Philological Analysis)

Moderator: Rüdiger Dannemann


16.30 – 18.30

Panel 2 Topic/ Theme:  History and Class Consciousness - an unfinished project (Lukács’ “orthodox” Marxism and its relationship to Hegel)

Christian Lotz, Lukacs’ Concepts of Category and Wechselwirkung, Considered with Cassirer and Kant

Zhang Shuangli, Rethinking Georg Lukacs’ Hegelian Marxism

Tyrus Miller, Objective Possibility in Lukács' History and Class Consciousness

Moderator: Rogelio Regalado



 DIALOGUE IN THE ARCHIVE with Mihály Vajda, at the Lukács Archive, Belgrád rkp. 2, 1056 Hungary


THURSDAY, 14 September 2023

9.00 – 11.00

Panel 3 Topic/ Theme: Revolutionary Thought (The Infinite Dialectic of Theory and Praxis)

Tivadar Vervoort, Critical Theory and Partisanship: The Lukácsian Paradigm

Miklós Mesterházi, Über Sekten. Eine Randbemerkung zu Lukács’ „Methodisches zur Organisationsfrage (About sects. A marginal note on Lukács’s „Towards a methodology of the problem of organisation)

Frank Engster, Lukács as the Turning Point between Classical Newtonian Time and Einstein’s Relativist Space-Time

Moderator: Serafina Bytyqi


11.30 – 13.00


Konstantinos Kavoulakos, Reification, Crisis, and Praxis in Lukacs's History and Class Consciousness

Moderator: Johan Hartle



Lunch break


14.30 – 16.00

Panel 4 Theme/ Topic: Reification, Art(s), Nature and New Technologies

Károly Kokai, Verdinglichung und Sachlichkeit in der Literatur der 1920er Jahre (Reification and Objectivity in the Literature of the 1920s)

Mario Wenning, Reification and the Machine Heart(jixin機心)

Moderator: László Gergely Szücs


16.30 – 18.00


Anita Chari, On Theory and Haptics: Exploring Embodiment in History and Class Consciousness

 Moderator: Tyrus Miller


FRIDAY, 15 September 23


Panel 5 Topic/ Theme: Lukács and …  (The Reception and Impact of History and Class Consciousness)

Samir Gandesha, "Standpoint Theory from Class Consciousness to Intersectionality and Back?"

János Weiss, Die Reformulierungen der Verdinglichungstheorie in der Frankfurter Schule

Francisco García Chicote, Siegfried Kracauer’s reception of History and Class Consciousness

Moderator: Levente Hollós




Lunch break



Panel 6  Topic/ Theme: Lukács in the 21st century – The problem of identity

Mariana Teixeira, Feminist Standpoint Theory and the relevance of Lukács’ History and Class Consciousness on its 100th anniversary

Titus Stahl, Grounding Epistemic Privilege: A Reconstruction of Lukács's Standpoint Theory

Richard Westerman, The Problem of the Standpoint

Moderator: Ágnes Erdélyi

15.30 – 17.00


Rahel Jaeggi, Der Standpunkt der Kritischen Theorie: Klassenbewusstsein, revolutionäre Subjekte und epistemische Überlegenheit"

Moderator: Csaba Olay


Closing Remarks