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5/11/2018 3:02:41 PM

Goethe Institute Hanoi launches dialogue about Karl Marx

The Goethe Institute Hanoi has launched a contest inviting all Vietnamese people to engage with their dialogue on Karl Marx, the great ideologist and outstanding leader of the working class and oppressed peoples around the world, marking celebrations for his 200th birthday.

Karl Marx (1818-1883).

Karl Marx was born in 1818 in Trier, which then belonged to Prussia. The Goethe Institute Hanoi will mark this anniversary by exploring the life, work, and most importantly, the impact of this multi-faceted thinker.

The contest will include short essays or fictional stories of about 500 words in length. Art works such as plays, poems, comic strips and picture stories or cartoons and artistic or documentary short films of no more than 90 seconds in length are also accepted.

“We want to call on all people, not only scientists and researchers, but also others from fields such as art to join the contest,” said Goethe Institute’s director Wilfried Eckstein at a press conference held on May 10th.

People can write in Vietnamese and English and send their work via email to before four deadlines on May 15th; June 4th; July 2nd and August 20th. After each deadlines a jury will select the items to publish on the website.

By May 15th, the organisation asks especially for design suggestions for a t-shirt celebrating the Marx 200 event. From the proposals, the organisation will choose the best to be used in the course of the Marx 200 campaign.

All texts will be presented to the jury in an anonymous format in order to protect the contestant’s identity. A public discussion and exhibition of the artistic submissions will take place on the weekend of September 21st-22th. Four topics on the dialogue will be Marx and Religion; Marx and Mass Consumerism; Marx and Globalisation and Marx and the Liberation of the Human Being.

The project will examine the enduring significance of the German philosopher, politician, and economist in modern Vietnamese society and politics. It is supported by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi National University (USSH Hanoi) and Justus-Liebig University Giessen.

Third topic: Marx and Globalisation.

Karl Marx and Frederic Engels built the revolutionary and scientific theological system which is considered to be the guideline and sharp spiritual weapon that led the revolutionary cause of the working class and workers around the world in the fight against oppression and exploitation.

The Manifesto of the Communist Party, compiled by Marx and Engels, was first published in February 1848, it carries great theoretical and practical significance to the international communist and workers’ movement as well as for the development of the world and the progress of humankind.

For Vietnam, Marxism-Leninism has become a material strength and valuable spiritual asset associated with the patriotic tradition. On the path to find the truth for national salvation, the young patriot Nguyen Tat Thanh, Nguyen Ai Quoc, and later President Ho Chi Minh, soon absorbed the light of Marxism-Leninism. He found a way to liberate colonised peoples in association with the struggle of the proletarian class./.

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