About

The CES workshops are aimed to challenge advances as well as inconsistencies and blind spots that permeate European Studies and push the boundaries of the critical in the analyses of the area’s problematic; locate the European in the global political economy and its challenges. The themes discussed include the political crisis of the EU and authoritarian modes of politics, the politics of debt, challenges for the left movements and parties, 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 workshops provide 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. Four were held to date: at the University of Frankfurt in 2017, at the University of Greenwich in London 2016, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (2015), and at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2014). Programmes and proceeds can be found in our online archive. Anyone can join the online discussion that is a continuation of the workshop (it will be moderated for trolling, abusive, etc. comments and blogposts which will be removed; we do not censor posts on the basis of differences in vision).

In order to foster a constructive debate the workshop avoids the ‘usual’ conference structure with individual paper presentations and foregrounds collective discussions instead. We 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. In online discussion we too encourage the same approach i.e. instead of Q&A – a constructive discussion.

The workshops are open to all scholars and activists interested in critical perspectives on European issues. They are held free of charge.

The online forum is open to all those interested in contributing to the advancement of the discussion.