This illustrated talk presents an overview of very recent historical and analytical research on Marx and Engels, arguing that The German Ideology “never took place,” considering how and why activists become “thinkers,” and exploring what difference a practice-based contextual approach might make to the discourses through which political theory is defined in scholarly and other communities.
Terrell Carver is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK. He has published widely on Marx, Engels and Marxisms, and also on sex, gender and sexualities. He is co-general editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series "Marx, Engels, and Marxisms" and co-editor of the journal Contemporary Political Theory. Currently he is Program co-chair for the 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science in Brisbane,July 21-25, 2018.