Third Critical European Studies (CES) workshop, University of Greenwich (UK), 18-19 June

The workshop follows previous CES workshops held at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (2015) and at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2014), put together with the support of CPERN scholars. This year, additional support is generously provided by AkE/AkG,  BISA-IPEG and Greenwich University Business School. The workshop provides a forum for scholars and activists to meet and discuss critical theoretical and empirical perspectives on the configuration of European capitalism, the EU and political resistance. This year’s workshop will focus on Europe’s many crises (economic, social, political, ecological, geopolitical) and their consequences, as well as the potential and challenges for resistance, particularly through education and academia. The themes discussed will include forms of dispossession and punitive mechanisms under neoliberalism; challenges to class compromises and social reproduction; and the crises of Europe understood in relation to ‘the rest of the world’, for instance focusing on the migrants’ crisis.

The workshop is open to all scholars and activists interested in critical perspectives on European issues. It is free of charge but registration is required. See the full programme below.

In order to foster a constructive debate the workshop will avoid the ‘usual’ conference structure with individual paper presentations and foregrounds collective discussions instead. We will proceed on the basis of thematic block sessions, with each tabling a core text that all participants will have read beforehand. Each of the sessions in the workshop starts with a brief introduction, and 6 participants (to be announced) discussing and enhancing the perspectives developed in that session’s core text from the angle of their own research/activism. This is followed by a mumble where all participants share their ideas in small groups, after which the floor is opened for a plenary discussion.

Workshop programme:

June 18

13:00-14:00 Round of Introductions

14:00-16:00 Session 1:  Domination and Resistance in education

Chair: Caroline Metz

Core text: Lynch, Kathleen, and Ivancheva, Mariya. 2015, “Academic freedom and commercialisation of universities: a critical ethical analysis”, Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, Vol. 15.

Introductory comment: Mariya Ivancheva (University College Dublin)

Discussants: Jon Bernat Zubiri (University of the Basque Country), Nadim Mishrak (University of Manchester), Devrim Yilmaz (Kingston University London), Richard Lane (University of Sussex), Zoe Evrard (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Sara Gorgoni (University of Greenwich).

16.00-16.30 Break

16.30-18.30 Session 2: Challenges to social reproduction in its entirety

Chair: Christoph Sorg

Core text:  Hansen, Bue Rübner. 2015. “Surplus Population, Social Reproduction, and the Problem of Class Formation”, Viewpoint Magazine, 31 October.

Introductory comment: Bue Rübner Hansen (Aarhus University)

Discussants: Olatz Ribera (Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona), Melissa Garcia-Lamarca (University of Manchester), Lucia Pradella (King’s College London), Magnus Ryner (King’s College London), Mariya Ivancheva (University College Dublin) and Surplus-Club.

19.30 Dinner (at own cost)

June 19
10:00-12.00 Session 3: Dispossession and punitive mechanisms of neoliberalism (part 1)

Chair: Daniel Keil

Core text: Bengtsson, Erik and Ryner, Magnus. 2015. “The (International) Political Economy of Falling Wage Shares: Situating Working-Class Agency”, New Political Economy, 20:3.

Introductory comment: Magnus Ryner (King’s College London)

Discussants: Ozlem Onaran (Greenwich University), John Evemy (University of Birmingham), Joel Benjamin (Debt Resistance UK), Stefanie Hürtgen (Universität Salzburg), Marika Frangakis (Nicos Poulantzas Institute; Attac Hellas) and Julian Muller (SOMO).

12.00-12.15 Break

12.15-14.15 Session 4: Dispossession and punitive mechanisms of neoliberalism (part 2)

Chair: Yuliya Yurchenko

Core text: Moore, Phoebe, and Robinson, Andrew. 2015. “The Quantified Self: What counts in the neoliberal workplace”, New Media and Society.

Introductory comment: Phoebe Moore (Middlesex University London)

Discussants: Alessandro Gandini (Middlesex University), Ian Bruff (University of Manchester), Ed Yates (University of Leicester), Bue Hansen Rübner  (Aarhus University) and Merce Cortina (University of the Basque Country).

14.15-15.30 Break

15.30-17.30 Session 5: Europe and the rest of the world

Chair: Jon Las Heras

Core text: Cetti, Fran. 2014. “Europe and the ‘Global Alien’: The Centrality of the Forced Migrant to a Pan-European Identity” in: Radeljić, Branislav (ed.): Debating European Identity. Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects. Peter Lang: Frankfurt, Oxford, 115-143.

Discussants: Olivia Rutazibwa (University of Portsmouth), Christoph Sorg (Humboldt-Universität Berlin), Yuliya Yurchenko (Greenwich University), Agnes Gagyi (University of Bucharest), and Adriano Cozzolino (University of Naples).

17.30-18.00 Closing

Best wishes,

The CES organising team (Jon Las Heras, Daniel Keil, Caroline Metz, Phoebe Moore, Christian Scholz, Christoph Sorg and Yuliya Yurchenko)