MarxFemConference 2023 – Call for Papers

We would like to kindly invite you to submit your presentation proposals for:

The International Marxist Feminist Conference:

Body, Work and Care in Contemporary Digital Capitalism.


The idea of an International Marxist Feminist Conference was originally brought into being, and was since then continuously organized, by the feminist section of the Berliner Institute of Critical Theory (InkriT) around the German sociologist and philosopher Frigga Haug. It was held in Berlin (Germany) for the first time in 2015, followed by an increasingly international second congress in Vienna in 2016, the third one took place in Lund (Sweden) in 2018 and the last one was held online (from Basque country) in 2021.

The 5th International Marxist Feminist Conference will be held in Warsaw, on 16 – 18 November 2023. This Conference will be organized and funded by transform! europe EUPF, along with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Fundacja Naprzód

See also: 13 Theses of Marxist Feminism, by Frigga Haug:


In a post-pandemic world, further shaken by increasing precarity and military conflicts, gender relations and labour struggles take a sharper, possibly radical, turn. Growing insecurity pushes the responsibility and maintenance of increasing amounts of care work onto those who are traditionally forced to provide it: women, migrant workers, and the poor. Since the 1990s, the precarization of the labour market, reinforced by supposedly post-political narratives, has allowed institutionalised health and care systems to be dismantled, shifting their functions to informal, external networks or already overwhelmed individuals. Our recent experience of lockdown, has further expanded the financial potential of globalised digital-based corporations, making them the new daily reality and core of capitalist production. The ongoing murderous European border regime and the Russian aggression against Ukraine further intensify the sense of insecurity and deprivation. The current backlash takes us decades back, with the anti-gender movements and fascist tendencies combatting women’s and minority rights endangering the future of the next generations. In these transitions, critical feminist analysis and responses become a necessary companion of social diagnoses and reactions, making these largely invisible changes comprehensible and allowing for the articulation of new challenges as well as new forms of resistance. During our conference, we would like to focus on feminist theoretical, political, cultural, and artistic responses to current crises. 


  1. Dimensions of care and reproduction in neoliberal societies: exploitation of reproductive labour, love power. Reproductive (in)justice: rights, technologies (surrogacy, in vitro, adoption etc), “birth strike”, environment and natality, LGBTQIA+ rights, migration, disabilities, and the nation-states politics.
  2. Contemporary capitalisms: digitalization, precarization, externalization of care labour and production, climate crisis, surveillance, and border industries. The body as commodity and battlefield: exploitation, violence, biotechnology.
  3. Healthcare and elderly care in the world after pandemic. Privatization of healthcare services
  4. Is Intersectionality Enough? – The Actuality of the Thirteenth Theses of Marxism-Feminism – class-race-gender in a Marxist- Feminist perspective today. 
  5. Women in military conflicts: Rosa Luxemburg’s forgotten warnings, dimensions of violence. Homefront and the battlefield. Fundamentalist takeovers. Forms and strategies of contemporary resistance: International Women’s Strike, refugee networks and solidarities, unionizing as activism and politics. 

The participation in the International Marxist Feminist Conference is free of charge. We invite individual papers and panel proposals. We also invite literary and artistic responses and feminist theory/practice contributions.

We will try to provide some costs of the speakers (travel and accommodation), please signalize your interest in such support in your presentation/panel proposal.

Please send your proposals written in English language (no more than 300 words + a short bio/affiliation) by 31 January 2023 to:


Heidi Ambrosch (transform!europe, Vienna, Austria)

Elena Beloki (Iratzar Foundation-Awalening Foundation, Basque Country, Spain)

Agata Czarnacka (Fundacja Izabeli Jarugi-Nowackiej -Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka Foundation, Warsaw, Poland),

Tomasz Kitliński (Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany)

Zofia Łapniewska (The Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland)

Ewa Majewska – Chair

Agnieszka Mrozik (Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw, Poland)

Katarzyna Rakowska (University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland).


  • Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2023
  • Notification of acceptance of the proposal: 31 March 2023
  • The program of the Conference will be announced by 15 May 2023


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