2019 marks 100 years since the brutal murders of socialist revolutionaries Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in Germany. The centenary commemorations of Rosa Luxemburg’s death largely focused on her contribution to understanding revolution, democracy, socialism, as well as her opposition to war and imperialism. For Ingrid Sharp and Corinne Painter, the missing link in these events is how Rosa’s life can open a  window on to the lives of many other women activists who played a significant role in the events that shaped the 20th century. Using Rosa Luxemburg’s life in this way helps us to recover lost histories, move beyond masculine images of revolutions, and recast women as not just passive beneficiaries of change, but active social agents.
Ingrid Sharp is Professor of German Cultural and Gender History and Corinne Painter is a cultural historian and lecturer at Leeds University (UK). Their research aims to write revolutionary women into historical accounts and public commemorative activities of the German Revolution and the end of WWI. This research has been used in the production of a 2018 play (Women of Aktion) and a moving exhibition.
Thursday, 18 July 2019 @18:00 – 20:00
Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, 67 Main Road, Mowbray, Cape Town
RSVP by Monday 15 July 2019 to info@tshisimani.org.za or call (021) 685 3516