About Marxism2018

Now in its 18th year, Marxism2018 is the largest, longest-running Marxist forum in South Korea.

One year since Moon Jae-in came to power on the back of the candle light protests, the lives workers and young people have improved little under a presidency that claims to champion ‘respect for labor’. Bullying by the rich and powerful continue, as does discrimination against women and LGBT people. Historic summit meetings between the North and South Korean heads of state haven’t stopped the latter from deploying THAAD missiles. East Asia and the Korean peninsula remain as unstable as ever, under the shadow of US-China rivalry and tensions.

Marxism2018 is a forum for socialists, social and labor movement activists, radical writers, students and youths to explore answers to the pressing questions of our day: the future of the Korean peninsula after the North-South summits, the workers’ movement under Moon, the struggle against sexism, the relevance of Marx’s ideas, and many others.

We invite everyone who is inclined to question the world as it is today, full of contradictions even 200 years after Marx’s birth, to come to Marxism2018 and discuss ideas for change.

What makes our forum special:

  • Wide range of speakers including social and labor movement activists and leftist researchers and writers from Korea and abroad
  • Over 70 topics covered, ranging from issues of the moment to history and Marxist theory
  • Plenty of discussion time for participants from the floor
  • Talks that inform concrete activity rather than scholastic debates
  • A unique opportunity to debate Marxist ideas inside and out

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How to attend

Just register at the registration booth on the day of the talks to attend any meetings that interest you!


Registration fees

 19th(Thu)20(Fri)21st(Sat)22nd(Sun)Full event
General public 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 70,000
Discount price for college students (undergraduates only)
and young unemployed
15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 40,000
Discount price for youths, migrant workers,
and workers on extended strike
8,000 8,000 8,000 8,000 22,000

Contact us at: marxism@marxism.or.kr


Marxism2018 is hosted by Workers’ Solidarity

▶ Go to the Workers’ Solidarity website

▶ Go to the Workers’ Solidarity paper


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