Fourth Critical European Studies Workshop, Goethe-University Frankfurt, 23-24 June 2017

This is the fourth edition of a successful series of workshops put together by European scholars, students and activists with the support of CPERN, the Arbeitskreis kritische Europaforschung (AkE/AkG) and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

This year the CES workshop continues to challenge inconsistencies and blind spots that permeate European Studies and push the boundaries of the critical in the analyses of the area’s problematic. The themes discussed will include the political crisis of the EU and authoritarian modes of politics, the uprise of the new right, questions of climate, and problems of resistance and strategy in production and reproduction as well as in politics and on the streets.

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. Previous editions were held at the University of Greenwich in London 2017,at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (2015), and at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2014).

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.

Confirmed Discussants include Sonja Buckel, Daniela Caterina, Ian Bruff, Daniel Mullis, Carina Book, Manuela Boatca, Sigfrido Ramirez, Tamas Gerocs, Stefanie Hürtgen, Daniela Tepe-Belfrage, Andreas Bieler, Nikolai Huke, Thomas Sablowski, Yuliya Yurchenko, Agnes Gagyi, Daniel Keil, Tibor Meszmann, Theodorus Rakopoulos and more to be announced soon.

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.


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Friday 23th June

12h30-13h: Round of Introduction

13-15h Session 1: Crisis of the state: state of emergency and authoritarian modes of politics in the EU

Coretext: Oberndorfer, Lukas 2015: From new constitutionalism to authoritarian constitutionalism. Economic Governance and the state of European Democracy, in: Jäger, Johannes/Springler, Elisabeth (eds.): Asymmetric Crisis in Europe and Possible Futures. Critical political economy and postKeynesian perspectives, London New York, 186-207

15-15h30 Break

15h30-17h30 Session 2: The uprise of the new right in Europe

Coretext: Kumral, Sefika 2015: Hegemonic transition, war and opportuinities for fascist militarism, in: Saull, Richard (eds.): The Longue Durée of the Far-Right, London New York, 64-84

17h30-18h Break

18h-20h Shifts in (transnational) fractions of capital and ‘deep state’ (Roundtable-Discussion)

20h: Dinner at own costs

Saturday June 24

10h-12h Session 3: Climate – the invisible obvious: from denying the problem to inadequate solutions based on agnotology

Coretext: Moore, Jason W. 2014. The End of Cheap Nature. Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying about “The” Environment and Love the Crisis of Capitalism, in:

12h-13h Break

13h-15h Session 4: Resistance and strategy 1: in production and reproduction

Coretext: Bruff, Ian/Wöhl, Stefanie 2016: Constitutionalizing Austerity, Disciplining the Household. Masculine Norms of Competitiveness and the Crisis of Social Reproduction in the Eurozone, in: Aida Hozić and Jacqui True (eds) (2016) Scandalous Economics: Gender and the Politics of Financial Crises. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 92-108

15h-15h30 Break

15h30-17h30 Session 5: Resistance and strategy 2: in politics and on the streets

Coretext: Cristina Flesher Fominaya (2017) European anti-austerity and pro-democracy protests in the wake of the global financial crisis, Social Movement Studies, 16:1,1-20

17h30-18h Closing




Max-Horkheimer-Straße 4


60323 Frankfurt


The CES organizing team (Agnes Gagyi, Christakis Georgiou, Daniel Keil, Tino Petzold, and Yuliya Yurchenko) hopes to see many of you there!