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COLLECTIVE REFLECTIONS ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS

KCL European Studies Research Students Seminar presents:

DOCTORAL STUDENTS & FRIENDS COLLECTIVE REFLECTIONS ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS

Tuesday 15th of June 2010, 2 PM – 7.30 PM, King’s College London, 
Strand campus, Room S-1.22 (basement)

The economic developments we have witnessed recently are yet another indication of the instability that the ongoing global economic crisis has brought about, with arguments within the European Union centered around the bailout of Greece and its wider implications. Certain commentators have even been considering the possible breakdown of the eurozone, and the future of the Union itself has been put into question as a result of the dynamics of the crisis.

Given the depth and extent of the crisis, the multiple forms it is taking, the far-reaching implications it has, the difficult search for its resolution within the given framework and the ongoing practical elaboration of solutions that go beyond the current state of affairs, it would be of great value to have a collective discussion about it. The different topics we are exploring in our research – including ‘social movements’, ‘political parties’, ‘social exclusion’, ‘migration’, ‘political philosophy’, ‘international relations’, ‘political economy’ – can certainly contribute to look at the crisis from different perspectives and perhaps help us trying to understand the origins of the crisis, throw light on current events, think about possible future developments and, who knows, maybe even to contribute to elaborate some alternative views.

PROGRAMME:

2 pm:  Welcome address

SESSION ONE (2.10 pm – 3.30 pm): THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE CRISIS

* Lucia Pradella: A crisis of the ‘neoliberal system’ and Western hegemony
* Luke Cooper: The crisis of Globalisation and the rise of China – towards a new world order?
* Adam Fabry: Hungary in the current global economic crisis
* Lorenzo Fusaro: Looking at the current crisis with Gramsci’s category of ‘Organic Crisis’

Discussant: Alex Callinicos

SESSION TWO (4pm – 5.30 pm): CRISES AND RESISTANCE NOW & THEN

* Paolo Chiocchetti: Crisis, Class Struggle, Class Consciousness: a complex relationship
* Sara El Sheekh, Student and Activist: …but our streets are still nearly empty…
* John Bowden, Workers Power: What can the Left learn from the crisis of the 1970s?
* Simon Guy, Socialist Workers Party: Resistance today

Discussant: Stathis Kouvelakis

SESSION THREE (6pm -7.30pm): POLITICAL AND CULTURAL ASPECTS OF THE CRISIS

* John Cooper: Etienne Balibar: The Crisis and the Faltering Project of European Transnational Citizenship
* Simon McMahon: Recession and racism in the UK and Spain: discursive framing of immigration at a time of economic downturn
* Christos Kourtelis: Who is to blame? The response of the Greek media to the Greek crisis
* Aude de Caunes: Politics in crisis, music as radical politics. Cultural resistance and symbolic appropriation in postcolonial France

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Aude de Caunes
PhD Researcher in European Studies,
Kings College London
Office: room E1, East Wing, Strand Campus
London     WC2R 2LS
e: aude.de_caunes@kcl.ac.uk
w: http://kcleuresearch.wordpress.com

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Peter Townsend

Peter Townsend

PETER TOWNSEND MEMORIAL CONFERENCE

 

Conway Hall

25 Red Lion Square

London, WC1 (nearest tube: Holborn)

Friday 20th November 2009

10.00am to 4.00pm

For free tickets please send an e-mail to: townsend-memorial@bristol.ac.uk

This free one day memorial conference for Peter Townsend will consist of four panels of speakers about Inequalities in Health, Older People, Poverty & Social Exclusion and Social Policy.  The aim of the conference is to be forward looking rather than only reminiscing about the past.  Speakers will be asked to spend at least half their time talking about what still needs to be done (both academically and politically) and how this can be achieved.  Each session will have time for discussion.

Speakers will include: Julio Boltvinik (El Colegio de México), Jonathan Bradshaw (University of York), Roger Bullock (Social Research Unit at Dartington), Danny Dorling (University of Sheffield), David Gordon (Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research), Kate Green (Child Poverty Action Group), Paddy Hillyard (Queen’s University, Belfast), Hilary Land (University of Bristol), Ruth Levitas (University of Bristol), Roy Parker (Centre for Social Policy), Allyson Pollock (University of Edinburgh), Asuncion St.Clair (University of Bergen), Randall Smith (University of Bristol), Nick Spencer (University of Warwick), Peter Taylor-Gooby (University of Kent), Alan Walker (University of Sheffield) Margaret Whitehead (University of Liverpool), and  Nicola Yeates (Open University)

This memorial conference is designed to complement the memorial celebration that will be held at St Martins in the Field, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, between 11.00am and 12.30pm on Thursday 19th November – all are invited.

The conference is being supported by Academy of Social Sciences, British Academy, Child Poverty Action Group, Comparative Research Programme on Poverty, Fabian Society, Social Policy Association, Social Research Unit at Dartington and the University of Bristol.

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