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Conference (English)

The main problem of modern realistic ethics is … to determine, first of all, the moral end in view. But this end or ends, however ideal they may be, and however remote their full realization, must belong to the world of realities.    The end of morals cannot be “transcendental,” as the idealists desire it to be: it must be real.
Kropotkin, Peter.  Ethics: Origin and Development.  Translated by N. Lebedev, Black Rose Books, 1992, Page 12.


Black Rose Books, in global collaboration with other organisations, scholars, activists and university departments, is organizing a conference to celebrate Peter Kropotkin’s life and work. This conference would commemorate 100 years since his death on February 8th, 1921.

Kropotkin is undoubtedly one of the most important anarchist thinkers to understand the vision, and action, needed for positive transformative change.  His legacy is critically important and needs to be shared so that others can know about his values and what he dedicated his life towards. 

As a multi-disciplinary scholar, he argued that the centralized bureaucratic state and capitalism are antithetical to a sustainable and just society.


  • The conference will take place from Friday February 5 to Sunday February 7.
  • On February 8th, the anniversary of Kropotkin’s death, we will be holding a commemorative event, which will ideally be connected with such events elsewhere in other cities.

The format will be held both in person and virtually.  These details will be forthcoming.

Kropotkin studied a wide range of subjects, which include, but is not limited to, geography, biology, economy, anthropology, and philosophy.

Given the broad range of Kropotkin’s works, the conference will be sectioned off into key topics that surround Kropotkin’s life and works.

Our goal is that people come out of the participatory sessions not only with a more developed understanding of Kropotkin, but also with knowledge that can be used on the ground in our contemporary settings. We want to encourage in particular a link between Kropotkin’s ethics and politics today.


There are several options for presenters/speakers.  This could include panels or lectures, however, all participants are asked to encourage participation, questions and discussion.

When accepted, presentations will be scheduled in the conference programme and publicly announced in a timely fashion.

We wish to invite a number of speakers from a number of cities.  However, we are open to other interested persons who wish to participate. All proposals for speakers should contain:

  • An approximate 500-word summary of what the individual intends to present
  • A CV that includes your background related to the subject being discussed

Proposals that keep our contemporary world in mind will be prioritized.  In addition, an ethical aspect to the topic should be included.

All submitted proposals will be examined by a qualified evaluation committee.  

Kindly send your proposals to this email address, with the subject ‘Kropotkin Conference 2021 – Proposal’:


  • Centro Studi Libertari, Milano
  • Geography Department of Concordia University
  • Planners Network.

BLACK ROSE BOOKS has published the collected works of Peter Kropotkin, including the only English-language edition of “Words of a Rebel”. 

Two new works are in progress; these are:

  • Kropotkin’s Siberian Diaries (1862-1867) 
  • Ethics Volume 2

Please visit for more details. 

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