The University of Iowa

Marxism in China and North Korea: An International Workshop

May 1st, 2014

An upcoming workshop at the UI will address the question of what happened to Marxism in China, North Korea, and beyond on Thursday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The workshop is free and open to the public and no pre-registration is required. 

While both China and North Korea have in their origins Marxism – or, more often, Marxism-Leninism – today, neither country embraces Marxism-Leninism in the same way. As China is entering pacts with the U.S. and other global economies and North Korea intensifies its embrace of an ideology rooted in the thought of Kim Il Sung, the reasons for their divergence of Marxism-Leninism are radically different.

Featured presenters at the workshop will be Mark Selden, professor emeritus of sociology at SUNY Binghamton and Cornell University; Michael Dutton, professor of politics at Goldsmiths College, University of London; Travis Workman, assistant professor of Korean studies at the University of Minnesota; Hoon Song, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota; and Sonia Ryang, professor of anthropology and international studies and endowed chair of Korean Studies at the University of Iowa.

See the full workshop schedule

This event is sponsored by an Association for Asian Studies Conference Grant and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies in UI International Programs.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Dongwang Liu in advance at 319-356-1305 or