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Etienne Balibar – Europe, final crisis? – Thursday 12th May

Conference – Friday 13th May

According to several commentators from different countries, different disciplines, and different political orientations, the “European political construction” is undergoing a dramatic crisis, which could result either in a collapse of the “project” launched half a century ago or in a more or less complete transformation of its functions and objectives. Admittedly, this is not the first “crisis” (in the broad sense of the term): there is even the idea that crisis is the “normal” regime under which the EU proves able, periodically, to reconfigure its geometry, its institutions, its internal hierarchies, and produce among the populations of the (old or new) member states a majoritarian consensus. But it can be argued also that, if such a pragmatic mechanism has actually taken place, it benefited from a cultural moment, geopolitical conditions and a world-economy which are now totally transformed.


Etienne Balibar (BIH Professorial Fellow/Irvine),

Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck),

Engin Isin (Open University),

Albena Azmanova (Brussels School of International Studies/ Kent)

Ulrich Bielefeld (Hamburg Institute for Social Research),

Kalypso Nicolaidis (South-East European Studies, Oxford),

Pierre-Noël Giraud (Centre of industrial economics MINES ParisTech/Université Paris-Dauphine)

Thursday 12th May 6.30pm Room B34 – Key note address – Etienne Balibar – ‘Europe, final crisis?’

Friday 13th May 10am – 6pm Room B04, 43 Gordon Sq – Conference
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