[OPE-L:6315] Lelio Basso Prize

Gerald Levy (glevy@pratt.edu)
Fri, 20 Mar 1998 09:22:03 -0500 (est)

Most listmembers received a copy of the following. For the benefit of
those who did not, I am re-sending it./ In solidarity, Jerry

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 14:42:45 +0100
From: Raffaele Piria <piriaraf@zedat.fu-berlin.de>
Subject: Lelio Basso Prize

The Lelio Basso International Foundation for the Rights and Liberation
of Peoples, Rome
The Lelio and Lisli Basso Foundation -Institute for the Study of
Contemporary Society (ISSOCO), Rome
The Basso Family

announce the offering of the


The Italian political theorist and militant socialist, Lelio Basso,
always stood for a radical and, at the same time, democratic form of
socialism during his life. Socialism without democracy, he elaborated on
Rosa Luxemburg, is as unsustainable as a democratic order without social
commitment. The development of true Socialism, he argued, is the result
of a long lasting process of collective research and political action.
As many people as possible should participate worldwide in this project,
individuals as well as collective movements.
Although Socialism in the former Soviet Bloc failed, the question of
alternatives to the neoliberal dominance of the global market and the
pressures of structural adjustment is again on the agenda. Political
crises, military conflicts, social exclusion and ecological
destructiveness are threatening the survival of human kind.
The purpose of the International Lelio Basso Prize for Economic and
Political Alternatives is to stimulate the search for alternatives in
the tradition of Lelio Basso's understanding of "collective research".
How is it possible to conceptualize the idea of a democratic and
socialist society in the 21st century after the experiences of the 20th
century? The Prize is dedicated to written works on theoretical and
strategic aspects as well as on pratical political experiences.
The International Lelio Basso Prize consists of two $ 10,000 awards to
be given to the 2 prize winners. Works to be considered should be
submitted by July 15th, 1998, to the Committee of the International
Lelio Basso Prize, written preferably in English, French, Spanish or
Italian, either elaborating crucial theoretical, strategic and political
issues or describing and reflecting on practical political experiences.
They should not exceed 50 pages.
The Prize will be distributed during a conference to be held in Italy at
the end of 1998, the 20th anniversary of Lelio Basso's death.

The members of the Committee of the International Lelio Basso Prize are:

Elmar Altvater (Berlin), Samir Amin (Dakar), Perry Anderson (London),
Carlo Basso (Milano), Linda Bimbi (Roma), Monique Chemillier-Gendreau
(Paris), Luiza Erundina (Sao Paulo), Pierre Galand (Bruxelles), Eduardo
Galeano (Montevideo), Pablo Gonzalez Casanova (Ciudad de Mexico), David
Harvey (Baltimore), Eric Hobsbawn (London), Corinne Kumar (Bangalore),
Milos Nikolic (Beograd), Oda Makoto (Nishinomiya), Leo Panitch
(Toronto), Adolfo Perez Esquivel (Buenos Aires), Marco Revelli (Torino),
FranÁois Rigaux (Bruxelles), Stefano Rodotŗ (Roma).

Secretariat: Raffaele Piria c/o Prof. Elmar Altvater
Freie Universitšt Berlin, Dpt. of Political Science,
Ihnestr. 21, Berlin D-14195
Tel: +49-30-838 4964
Fax: +49-30-838 4066
E-Mail: piriaraf@zedat.fu-berlin.de

For more information please contact the Secretariat or look at the
Homepage of the International Foundation: