​Seminar Held Marking 200th Birthday of Karl Marx

A seminar was held in Nanjing University on May 3 and 4, 2018, in commemoration of the 200th birth anniversary of Karl Marx.   

The seminar was jointly hosted by Nanjing University and Nanjing Normal University and organized by the Publicity Department of Jiangsu Provincial CPC Committee. 

Attending the opening ceremony were Wang Yanwen, standing member of Jiangsu Provincial CPC Committee and director of the committee’s publicity department, Ji Zhengju, board member of the Research Institute of CPC History and Documents, Zhang Yibin, chancellor of Nanjing University, Hu Minqiang, chancellor of Nanjing Normal University, Hong Yinxing, former chancellor of Nanjing University, Zhu Qingbao, vice chancellor of Nanjing University, and Zhao Jinsong, member of the Publicity Department of Jiangsu Provincial CPC Committee, and other leaders.    

Presiding over the opening ceremony was Jiao Jianjun, executive director of the Publicity Department of Jiangsu Provincial CPC Committee.   

The opening ceremony of the seminar (Photo: She Zhijun)   

In his opening speech, Zhang Yibin said, the birth of Marxism was a great event of epoch-making significance in human history. Under the guidance of Marxism, he said, the Communist Party of China has successfully led the Chinese people in achieving great leaps from standing up as a nation to enriching themselves and then to making China a stronger nation.  


The commemoration of Marx’s birth, said Zheng, is to remind people of Marx’s great, life-long aspiration for the liberation of humanity; to demonstrate Marxism’s distinctive theoretical and practical features of making progress with the time; to adhere to developing socialism with Chinese characteristics; and to explore new development of Marxism in the 21st century.   

Nanjing University has made many theoretical achievements in the study of the history of Marxist philosophy, Marxist political economics, Sinicization of Marxism and Marxism abroad, he said. With its academic characteristics and influence, it has become one of the major centers for Marxist research in the international community.   

In the new era, Zheng said, the university will continue to adhere to the principle of “being based on document research, tracking the development on the frontier, broadening academic exchange, highlighting problem-oriented thinking, and fostering ideological innovation.” It will raise its academic standing, foster its social service capacity and make contributions to developing the Marxism of contemporary China  and of the 21st century.   

Zhang Yibin reiterated that under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, socialism with Chinese characteristics will bring a bright future for socialism in the 21st century and Marxism will shine brightly both in modern China and in the entire world.   

Zhang Yibin speaks. (Photo: She Zhijun)   

Hu Minqiang said, while looking back at Marx’s great contributions to the development of humanity, we should also explore the contemporary value of Marxism, study Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era, and explore the new development of Marxism in modern China. Colleges and universities should carry out their missions and responsibilities to enable students to understand Marxism’s truthfulness as well as its epochal character.    

Ji Zhengju said that the in-depth study of Marxism requires the thorough reading and research on Marxist classics and that we should hold a critical spirit in response to challenges brought by the new era, by scientific development and by changes in the world and strive to achieve the localization and popularization of Marxism and look at and study Marxism from a scientific perspective.   

At the opening ceremony, Wang Yanwen and Zhang Yibin jointly unveiled the nameplate “The International Marxism Research Institute of Nanjing University.”    

This institute will bring together experts of Marxism from various countries, further promote Marxism research in the world, and serve as a platform to enhance the international influence of China’s research on Marxism.   

Wang Yanwen and Zhang Yibin jointly unveils the nameplate “The International Marxism Research Institute of Nanjing University.” (Photo: She Zhijun)   


During the period of keynote speeches, David Harvey, professor of City College of New York, analyzed the evolvement of Marx’s labor theory and his criticism of the bourgeois view of the value of labor.   

Hong Yinxing, professor of Nanjing University, believed that there is a connection between the domain of innovation in the practice of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the principals of Das Kapital; innovation needs driving force, and Marx analyzed the driving force for scientific and technological innovation in Das Kapital.   

Bernard Stiegler, professor of Le Centre national d'art et de culture Georges-Pompidou, pointed out that the materialist epistemology was the condition for activation of extrinsic knowledge and such knowledge makes possible the perspective in the first volume of Das Kapital.   

Yan Shuhan, professor of Party School of the CPC Central Committee, shared some important statements about The Communist Manifesto made by such CPC leaders as Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Xi Jinping and pointed out that adhering to the guidance of Marxism is one of the most important secrets for CPC’s prosperity.   

 Terrell Carver, professor of the University of Bristol, introduced the editing and study of The German Ideology.   

Wu Xiaoming, professor of Fudan University, said that the standpoints concerning history, social reality and self-activity of actual subjects in Das Kapital are of great importance to the development of philosophy and social science in China.   

The seminar (Photo: She Zhijun)   

The seminar (Photo: She Zhijun)   

The seminar invited more than 280 scholars including specialists from colleges, universities and major research institutes at home, internationally renowned Marx scholars, representatives of Jiangsu Provincial Center for Research of the Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, deans of Schools of Marxism from some colleges and universities in Jiangsu Province, and winners of titles of Jiangsu Provincial Philosophy and Social Science or the Youth Talent of Philosophy and Social Science.   

During the two-day seminar, participants held in-depth discussions on such topics as “From Classical Marxism to Contemporary Marxism in China,” “Contemporary Marxist Thoughts and Influence.”   

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