Climate Catastrophe and the Capitalist State

The next CPERN workshop in the series: A Critical Political Economy of Covid Capitalism (every final Thursday of the month)

Fracking: how the police response is threatening the right to protest

Climate Catastrophe and the Capitalist State

Thursday, 24 June 4pm (British Summer Time)/5pm (Central European Summer Time)

**NOTE SLIGHTLY CHANGED TIME TO USUAL**

commentators:

Andrea Brock (University of Sussex)
Oscar Berglund (University of Bristol)
Madelaine Moore (Bielefeld University)

Register here: https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsd-Gpqj4vGdSfb-omMhyV_Pfi5b_F9Fuf

Text: Andrea Brock, 2020, ‘Frack off’: Towards an anarchist political ecology critique of corporate and state responses to anti-fracking resistance in the UK, Political Geographyhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629819301192

Format (derived from our highly successful project – the Critical European Studies workshop):

In order to foster a constructive debate, each workshop starts with a brief introduction of the theme and the pre-selected text used to kick-start the discussion followed by a few select expert commentators discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in the core text from the angle of their own research/activism and in the context of current struggles. This is followed by a workshop-type discussion instead of the conference-style Q&A, in order to collectively advance knowledge, understanding and analysis of the themes raised in the workshop and develop shared ideas for action.

Initial contributions are limited to 5 minutes per commentator.

Text: Andrea Brock, 2020, ‘Frack off’: Towards an anarchist political ecology critique of corporate and state responses to anti-fracking resistance in the UK, Political Geographyhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629819301192

commentators:

Andrea Brock (University of Sussex)
Oscar Berglund (University of Bristol)
Madelaine Moore (Bielefeld University)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Comparing (covid) capitalisms: forefronting crises, conflicts and contradictions in critical political economy

The next CPERN workshop in the series: A Critical Political Economy of Covid Capitalism (every final Thursday of the month, 5pm (British Summer Time)/6pm (Central European Summer Time)

Nurses allege understaffing and a lack of adequate COVID-19 protections –  Daily News

Comparing (covid) capitalisms: forefronting crises, conflicts and contradictions in critical political economy

Thursday, 27 May 5pm (British Summer Time)/6pm (Central European Summer Time)

commentators:

Ian Bruff (University of Manchester)
Reecia Orzeck (Illinois State University)
Jana Bacevic (Durham University)

Register here: https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcof-2uqz8uE9Y4Esc13KYENpdjnWFo10Qx

Text: Ian Bruff (2021) ‘The politics of comparing capitalisms’, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Spacehttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0308518X21997125

Format (derived from our highly successful project – the Critical European Studies workshop):

In order to foster a constructive debate, each workshop starts with a brief introduction of the theme and the pre-selected text used to kick-start the discussion followed by a few select expert commentators discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in the core text from the angle of their own research/activism and in the context of current struggles. This is followed by a workshop-type discussion instead of the conference-style Q&A, in order to collectively advance knowledge, understanding and analysis of the themes raised in the workshop and develop shared ideas for action.

Initial contributions are limited to 5 minutes per commentator.

Text: Ian Bruff (2021) ‘The politics of comparing capitalisms’, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Spacehttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0308518X21997125

commentators:

Ian Bruff (University of Manchester)
Reecia Orzeck (Illinois State University)
Jana Bacevic (Durham University)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Neoliberal transformations and the state, before and after Covid

The next CPERN workshop in the series: A Critical Political Economy of Covid Capitalism (every final Thursday of the month, 5pm (British Summer Time)/6pm (Central European Summer Time)

Neoliberal Transformations of the Italian State: Understanding the Roots of  the Crises - 9781786614735

Neoliberal transformations and the state, before and after Covid

Thursday, 29 April 5pm (British Summer Time)/6pm (Central European Summer Time)

commentators:

Adriano Cozzolino (University of Campania “L. VanvitellI”)
Davide Monaco (University of Manchester)
Aleksandra Piletić (University of Amsterdam)

Register here (incl. link to the text): https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpc-qrrD4tGtN5BHBbQvmBvZp5RjZx__SM

Format (derived from our highly successful project – the Critical European Studies workshop):

In order to foster a constructive debate, each workshop starts with a brief introduction of the theme and the pre-selected text used to kick-start the discussion followed by a few select expert commentators discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in the core text from the angle of their own research/activism and in the context of current struggles. This is followed by a workshop-type discussion instead of the conference-style Q&A, in order to collectively advance knowledge, understanding and analysis of the themes raised in the workshop and develop shared ideas for action.

Initial contributions are limited to 5 minutes per commentator.

Text: Adriano Cozzolino, 2021, Neoliberal Transformations of the Italian State: Understanding the Roots of the Crises.

commentators:

Adriano Cozzolino (University of Campania “L. VanvitellI”)
Davide Monaco (University of Manchester)
Aleksandra Piletić (University of Amsterdam)

We look forward to seeing you there!

A critical political economy of disruption and resistance

The next CPERN workshop in the series: A Critical Political Economy of Covid Capitalism (every final Thursday of the month, 5pm GMT)

People take part in a march against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque during a national strike, in Cali on November 27, 2019.

A critical political economy of disruption and resistance

Thursday, 25 March 5pm (GMT)/6pm (CET)

commentators:

Alke Jenss (Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut)
Clemence Fourton (Sciences Po Lille)
Nikolai Huke (University of Kiel)
Alona Lyasheva (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)

Register here: https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvce2tpzouG910oh1wTvIx0gPWUaAOOUKW  

Format (derived from our highly successful project – the Critical European Studies workshop):

In order to foster a constructive debate, each workshop starts with a brief introduction of the theme and the pre-selected text used to kick-start the discussion followed by a few select expert commentators discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in the core text from the angle of their own research/activism and in the context of current struggles. This is followed by a workshop-type discussion instead of the conference-style Q&A, in order to collectively advance knowledge, understanding and analysis of the themes raised in the workshop and develop shared ideas for action.

Initial contributions are limited to 5 minutes per commentator.

Text:

Alke Jenss (2021) ‘Disrupting the Rhythms of Violence: Anti‐port Protests in the City of Buenaventura’, Global Policy. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1758-5899.12878

commentators:

Alke Jenss (Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut)
Clemence Fourton (Sciences Po Lille)
Nikolai Huke (University of Kiel)
Alona Lyasheva (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)

We look forward to seeing you there!

A critical political economy of the European Union under covid capitalism

The next CPERN workshop in the series: A Critical Political Economy of Covid Capitalism (every final Thursday of the month, 5pm GMT)

Image result for european union covid

A critical political economy of the European Union under covid capitalism

Thursday, 25 February 5pm (GMT)/6pm (CET)

commentators:

Laura Horn (Roskilde University)

Muireann O’Dwyer (University of St. Andrews)

Etienne Schneider (University Vienna)

Register here:https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqf-mrqj0iHtWsMc_lSkwVXeZWuh124ii- 

Format (derived from our highly successful project – the Critical European Studies workshop):

In order to foster a constructive debate, each workshop starts with a brief introduction of the theme and the pre-selected text used to kick-start the discussion followed by a few select expert commentators discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in the core text from the angle of their own research/activism and in the context of current struggles. This is followed by a workshop-type discussion instead of the conference-style Q&A, in order to collectively advance knowledge, understanding and analysis of the themes raised in the workshop and develop shared ideas for action.

Initial contributions are limited to 5 minutes per commentator.

Text: Angela Wigger and Laura Horn, 2021, ‘Lobbying in the EU: How Much Power for Big Business? Still influential after all these years – corporate interests in the EU’, in H. Zimmerman and A. Dur (eds), Key Controversies in European Integration 3e, (Palgrave).

commentators:

Laura Horn (Roskilde University)

Muireann O’Dwyer (University of St. Andrews)

Etienne Schneider (University Vienna)

We look forward to seeing you there!

CPERN statement on UK HE redundancies

We in the Critical Political Economy Research Network note the ongoing attempts to use the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity by callous University managers seeking to cut costs and further undermine the UK higher education system.

Job insecurity and under-funding for those who work in universities clearly undermines the invaluable research and education which they do. To treat a pandemic as an opportunity to provide less support for these social necessities is, we agree, despicable and impossible to fathom.

We are obviously especially concerned at rumoured moves to ‘defund’ or ‘move away from’ specific research areas that are transversal to disciplines, such as political economy

CPERN opposes redundancies for anyone working in higher education, whether for research reasons or other restructuring reasons.

We are living through what will undoubtedly be the biggest change to our national and global political economies within living memory. Public and private debt, trading relations, investment, public expenditure, environmental and labour market regulation, health care, work-life balance, housing, employment relations, global economic management, monetary policy, technological change, and global sustainable development, are each fundamental to political economy, to name just a few of our areas of study. Knowledge in each of these areas will be crucial to our collective, society-wide and planetary wellbeing in the years ahead.

We wonder which of these crucial areas of research and knowledge university managers seek to defund or move away from? And why? Based on which rationalisation?

Only an ill-considered process of mismanagement could result in the kinds of poor decisions that university managers seem determined to make, with seemingly no awareness of their universally negative results. This is clearly yet another symptom of the decline of the UK’s neoliberal and morally-bankrupt model of political economy, which is in urgent need of more study and transformation, rather than its de-funding.

Any recovery from this pandemic will also require a vibrant Critical Political Economy. It is on this goal that we as a network focus.

CPERN Board
2 February 2021

A Critical Political Economy of the Populist Right, After Trump?

This is to announce the new CPERN workshop series: A Critical Political Economy of Covid Capitalism

every final Thursday of the month, 5pm GMT

These will be participatory workshops, advancing CPERN’s goals during the pandemic:

To critique existing structures of social inequality (including but not limited to class-, sex-, gender- and race-based forms of oppression), but also to provide a forum for the development and discussion of multiple visions for alternative futures, and to contribute actively to the politicisation and resilience of social struggles within and beyond academia.

And also to give us a chance to continue our debates and discussions despite being limited to Zoom…

First workshop: A Critical Political Economy of the Populist Right, After Trump?

28 January 5pm (GMT)Register here: https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/…/tZ0rcO2tqjkvH9NZt…

Format (derived from our highly successful project – the Critical European Studies workshop):

Morbid Symptoms

In order to foster a constructive debate, each workshop starts with a brief introduction of the theme and the pre-selected text used to kick-start the discussion followed by a few select expert commentators discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in the core text from the angle of their own research/activism and in the context of current struggles. This is followed by a workshop-type discussion instead of the conference-style Q&A, in order to collectively advance knowledge, understanding and analysis of the themes raised in the workshop and develop shared ideas for action.

Initial contributions are limited to 5 minutes per commentator.

Text: Owen Worth, Morbid Symptoms: The Global Rise of the Far-Right (introduction chapter)

commentators:

Owen Worth (University of Limerick)

Mònica Clua-Losada (University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley)

Yuliya Yurchenko (University of Greenwhich)

The event will be followed by drinks + comradely conversation

We look forward to seeing you there!