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MOVEMENTS, NETWORKS, PROTEST: NEW AGENDAS FOR SOCIETY AND POLITICS

European and International Studies
3rd Annual Postgraduate Conference 2012
15th June 2012
The Council Room, Strand Campus, King’s College London

MOVEMENTS, NETWORKS, PROTEST
NEW AGENDAS FOR SOCIETY AND POLITICS

09.00-9.30 – Registration and coffee
09.30-9.45 – Welcome address by Professor Christoph Meyer (Head of European and International Studies, King’s College London)
09.45-10.30 – Keynote speech from Lord Allan of Hallam (House of Lords, Liberal Democrats, and Director of Policy in Europe for Facebook)

10.45-12.00 – Panel I. New agendas in social movement research (Chair: Christos Kourtelis, King’s College London)
Hugo Leal – Social Movement Network Studies: From Theory to Tahrir (European University Institute, Italy)
Brais Alvarez-Pereira – Information Technologies and the Fight for Freedom, a Complex Networks Approach (European University Institute, Italy)
Rose Erin Holyoak – The Political is Personal: Exploring Young Women’s Gendered Experiences of Social Movement Activism (University of Leicester, UK)

12.10-1.25pm – Panel II. Networks, borders and (trans)national movements (Chair: Paolo Chiocchetti, King’s College London)
Rosalind Greig – Success for Transnational Advocacy Networks: A Feminist Challenge (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Sofiane Ouaret – The construction and the management of a ‘transnational extreme left-wing network’ in Europe (King’s College London, UK)
Colombina Schaeffer – A Matter of Movement: How Patagonia Made Energy Politics Visible in Chile (University of Sydney, Australia)

2.30pm – 3.45pm – Panel III. Dynamics of local protest across the neoliberal world (Chair: Professor Alex Callinicos, King’s College London)
Barbara Audycka –  Tenants’ movement in Poland (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Samantha Fletcher –  These grievances are not all inclusive: the occupy movement in the age of austerity  (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)
Daniela Bressa Florentin – Exploring the (re)emergence of Buen Vivir in contemporary Bolivia and Ecuador: a Cosmopolitical approach (University of Bath, UK)

4.00pm – 5.15pm – Panel IV. Capitalism, culture and resistance (Chair: Dr Nagore Calvo, King’s College London)
Luke Cooper and Simon Hardy – Capitalist realism: challenges for the radical left (University of Sussex, UK)
Aude De Caunes – Créer c’est résister: autonomy, emancipation, and musical practices of protest in postcolonial France (King’s College London, UK)
Mike Foden – Anti-consumerist activism? Exploring the motivations of grassroots reuse groups (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
5.15 – 5.30 – Conclusions and closing statements

Registration: the conference is free and open to all but registration is required.
Please fill in the registration form at http://sites.google.com/site/kclesgrc/registration-form
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
For more information: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/europeanstudies/index.aspx
Contact details: Julia (julia.feilen@kcl.ac.uk) or Simon (simon.mcmahon@kcl.ac.uk)

 

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Big Society

DEVELOPMENTS IN CONTEMPORARY CITIZENSHIP

CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH GROUP
KING’S COLLEGE LONDON
CALL FOR PAPERS
DEADLINE: MAY 2nd 2011

The European Studies Postgraduate Research Group at King’s College London is pleased to announce a call for papers for their forthcoming research seminar, Developments in Contemporary Citizenship.

The institution of citizenship is undergoing a period of intense scrutiny in academia and political practice. The widening and deepening of the European Union, the social inclusion of migrant populations and the economic inequalities emphasised by the repercussions of the financial crisis are just a few examples of processes which today urge a renewed assessment of citizenship as a normative ideal and a political project.

The seminar is free and open to all. We hope to engage a range of speakers from interdisciplinary backgrounds in debate over theoretical conceptualizations of citizenship (Panel One) as well as case studies of the forms of and provisions for modes of citizenship in dynamically changing societies (Panel Two). The discussions will be chaired by Dr Stathis Kouvelakis and Dr Nagore Calvo of King’s College London. 

Key areas include (but are not limited to):
– The theoretical and social relevance of the concept of citizenship
– Citizenship, nationhood and the State
– Citizenship as inclusion: immigration, race, ethnicity
– Citizenship beyond national borders: the European Union and global rights
– Crisis, recession and economic rights
– Inclusion and exclusion on the local level: citizenship ‘from below’?

We aim to create a space for open discussion and critical development of original work. Papers should be of around 15 minutes’ duration, followed by discussion from the audience. Academics, researchers and postgraduate students are encouraged to send abstracts of no more than 250 words proposing articles, working papers, discussion pieces on theoretical debates or empirical case studies that can offer a new perspective to the debate.

Date: 10th June 2011
Place: King’s College London, Waterloo Campus

Abstracts should be sent to Simon McMahon at simon.mcmahon@kcl.ac.uk by Monday 2nd May at the latest. Speakers will be contacted during the following week.

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Ilana Verdansky

THE ANATOMY OF MARGINALITY

Final Call for Papers: THE ANATOMY OF MARGINALITY

A Special Issue of “The European Legacy”

Guest Editors: COSTICA BRADATAN (The Honors College, Texas Tech University) & AURELIAN CRAIUTU (Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington)

“The European Legacy” invites contributions to a special issue devoted to the study of marginality, broadly defined.

The issue will feature at the outset a conversation on marginality with WENDY DONIGER (Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of History of Religions, University of Chicago), RAMIN JAHANBEGLO (Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto), GORDON MARINO (Professor of Philosophy, St Olaf College) and GIUSEPPE MAZZOTTA (Sterling Professor of the Humanities for Italian, Yale University).

“The European Legacy,” published by Routledge, is the official journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10848770.asp

This special issue is scheduled for 2012.

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Academic disciplines have been routinely dominated, both in terms of research agendas and dissemination practices, by a concentration on a relatively small number of “canonical” thinkers and writings. A tacitly accepted “principle of economy” makes that, in our research, we (almost) always gravitate toward “canonical” authors, texts, and themes. Teachers, for instance, tend to persuade their students to pay attention to the “central” aspects of any given problem and stay away from the allegedly “marginal” or “peripheral” ones, which are thus deemed to be either too risky or otherwise unworthy of sustained consideration. Not surprisingly, we end up spending most of our time concentrating on what the academic community considers to be the “core-issues” in various academic disciplines, just as we tend to focus our projects on the study of various “mainstream” authors, “central” themes and “canonical” texts. As a result, our systems of reference – in scholarship, but also in every-day life, morality, art, politics and religion – have come to rely heavily on the assumption of an intrinsic superiority of the “center,” the “canonical” and the “mainstream,” to such an extent that “marginal” and “peripheral” are epithets customarily used with (and perceived as carrying) pejorative connotations.

This special issue of The European Legacy seeks to challenge this assumption. We surmise that there is a great deal of vitality and richness to be found both at the margins  – wherever they may be and wherever they may be placed in relation to the centers of power – and in theorizing on marginality as a philosophical, literary, political, and hermeneutic trope. The center (or the core) exists only in relation to the margins: it is in fact from the margins that the center receives its recognition (there can be no center without margins), just as it is from the vitality of the margins that the center extracts its resources. Therefore, it is only by looking at things (events, cultures, ideas, texts, political and social processes) dialectically – that is, from both the perspective of the center and that of the margins, and especially as a result of the center-periphery dynamic – that we can  better understand their role in the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

The central aim of this project is to offer a reconceptualization of marginality, by exploring how it is perceived, constructed, and deconstructed, and by examining the role it plays in the dynamic of knowledge production across humanistic disciplines. We propose to consider marginality in a broad sense, e.g., the marginality of an idea, of a scholarly topic or theme of research, of a methodology or way of thinking, as well as in relation to “marginal” thinkers, cultures and schools of thought. In proposing this reconsideration of marginality we also hope: 1) to cast new light on marginality as a philosophical theme in its in own right – that is, as a subject worthy of sustained theoretical reflection; 2) to revive interest in some key themes and authors of great merit whose rediscovery or retrieval from oblivion might enrich and enliven debates in fields such as philosophy, comparative literature, political theory, sociology, history, anthropology, and religious studies; and 3) to challenge the “centro-centric” obsessions and parochial self-sufficiency that sometimes creep into the academic literature produced within these fields.

We believe that a critical and interdisciplinary study of marginality (broadly defined) can contribute to the emergence of a new epistemic ecumenism allowing us to understand the multifarious ways in which our knowledge of the world is produced, structured and disseminated.  The reconsideration of marginality – of marginal themes, authors and texts, of non-canonical ways of thinking, methodologies and epistemic cultures – can also help us better understand ourselves as members of various scholarly communities. Finally, in the long run, a sustained engagement with marginality can make us intellectually richer, culturally more open, and politically more tolerant.

Here are some of the questions that we invite potential contributors to consider: What is marginality and how should this concept be studied? How, and on what grounds, something comes to be considered “marginal” or “central”? Is marginality (or centrality, for that matter) some “quality” intrinsic to an idea, topic or author? If yes, what is it exactly? If not, is marginality (centrality) a matter of context and circumstance, or something else? How is it that an originally “marginal” idea, theme or author come to acquire mainstream status? Is it simply a matter of “passing the test of time,” of chance, a matter of “the right time and the right place”? Is the fact due to some form “epistemic luck”?  Reversely, how exactly do ideas, topics, and authors go “out of fashion” and become marginal? How does one’s “anxiety of marginality” shape one’s thinking? What is the role of marginality in the formation of the epistemic canon? How do the center and the margin communicate with each other? How exactly does the periphery change, challenge and redefine the body of knowledge that is produced by/at the center? 

We invite submissions addressing several modes of marginality:

*    epistemic marginality (the marginality of an idea, concept, theory, methodology)
*    auctorial marginality (marginality of an author in relation to the mainstream)
*    cultural marginality (local research cultures, marginal research programs/agendas)
*    geographic marginality (peripheral places/cultures and their relationship to the metropolitan centers). 

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES:

Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2011

Length: 6000 words (including notes)

After an initial editorial screening, all articles and reviews submitted to “The European Legacy” will undergo a peer-review evaluation. Manuscripts, typed double-spaced, should be submitted to the Guest Editors as e-mail attachments. The author’s full address should be supplied as a footnote to the title page. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition.

Contributions should be submitted via e-mail to: bradatan@hotmail.com and  acraiutu@yahoo.com (with “For the marginality special issue” in the subject line). Please allow approx.  4 months for the review process and editorial decisions. Receipt of materials will be confirmed by email. Unless otherwise noted in this Call for Papers, the Instructions for Authors on the journal’s webpage are adopted for this issue:
http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1084-8770&linktype=44

We look forward to your submissions!

Sincerely,

Costica Bradatan & Aurelian Craiutu
_______________________________________
Costica Bradatan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Texas Tech University
The Honors College
PO Box 41017
Lubbock, TX 79409
http://www.webpages.ttu.edu/cbradata
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Global Economic Crisis

MARXISM AND THE ALTERNATIVES TO THE CRISIS

International Socialism
A seminar hosted by the quarterly journal of socialist theory

Marxism and the Alternatives to Crisis

It has been three years since the economic crisis first manifested. The credit crunch has given way to financial crash and the Great Recession. The ruling classes of Europe, faced with a growing crisis in the Eurozone, have embraced austerity and cuts in order to shift the cost of the crisis to workers, students and the unemployed.

In response, we have seen movements of resistance right across Europe. In countries like Greece, France and Ireland, strikes and protests have been complemented by alternative programmes and debates about the way forward for the movement. In Britain, the student revolt has marked a turning point in the struggle. This seminar will bring together academics and activists to discuss the current situation and what lies ahead.

With:

Alex Callinicos: (Editor of International Socialism and Professor of European Studies at Kings College London)

Jane Hardy: (Author of Poland’s New Capitalism and Professor of Political Economy at the University of Hertfordshire)

Stathis Kouvelakis: (Author of Philosophy and Revolution and lecturer at Kings College, London)

Costas Lapavitsas: (Member of Research on Money and Finance and Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies)

Tuesday 7 December, 6.30pm
Brunei Lecture Theatre,
School of Oriental and African Studies,
Russell Square campus,
London, WC1H 0XG

Free entry – All welcome

http://www.isj.org.uk * isj@swp.org.uk * (020) 7819 1177

International Socialism
http://www.isj.org.uk
+44 (0)20 7819 1177

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The Black Rock

SEMINAR ON THE AVANT-GARDE

KCL EUROPEAN STUDIES RESEARCH STUDENTS SEMINAR presents:

Tuesday 2nd November 2010, 5pm

Chrysi Papaioannou – From New Left Books to the October group: editorial collectives, publishing houses, and the emergence of an avant-garde paradigm

All meetings in room D11, French Department, East Wing, Strand Campus

All welcome!

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