CES Barcelona 2015

In 2015 the Critical European Studies Workshop took place at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona from 29 to 30 May 2015. The workshop is the sequel of the successful workshop at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, bringing together scholars from the Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN) and from the Arbeitskreis für kritische Europaforschung (AkE). The workshop provided a forum for critical scholars within and outside academia as well as activists to meet and discuss critical theoretical perspectives on the configuration of European capitalism, the EU, its crisis and political resistance. 2015 workshop focused on austerity, the political economy of Spain, debt as well as strategies of social movements, trade unions and new left parties.


Friday, 29 May

Round of Introductions

Session 1: Locking in austerity. The current state of European crisis management
Core text (here): Radice, H. (2014) Enforcing austerity in Europe: the structural deficit as a policy target. Journal of Contemporary European Studies 22(3): 318-28.

Comments: Heirich, Frangakis, Oberndorfer


Session 2: The Eurozone crisis and the political economy of Spain.
Core text (here): López, I. & Rodríguez, E. (2011): The Spanish model. New Left Review 69: 5-28.

18.30- 19.00

Public event (tba)

Saturday, 30 May

Session 3: Politicizing Debt
Core text (here): Roberts, A. and Soederberg, S. (2014) Politicizing Debt and Denaturalizing the ’New Normal’. Critical Sociology 40(5): 657-68.

Comments: Nunes, Cutillas, Suarez, Gagyi


Session 4: Strategies of Social Movements and Trade Unions in the European crisis
Core text (here):  Huke, N., Clua-Losada, M. and Bailey, D.J. (2015) Disrupting the European Crisis: A Critical Political Economy of Contestation, Subversion and Escape. New Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2014.999759

Comments: Sablowski, Spanou, Nowak, Yurchenko


Session 5: Syriza, Podemos, Venceremos? Left Parties
Core text (here): Spourdalakis, M. (2014) The Miraculous Rise of the ‘Phenomenon SYRIZA’. International Critical Thought 4(3): 354-66.

Comments: Völpel; Bailey.

Confirmed participants include Núria Alabao, David Bailey, Sergi Cutillas, Agnes Gaygi, Mathis Heinrich, Albert Jiménez, Stefanie Hürtgen, Nicholas Kiersey, Katrin McGauran, Vicenç Navarro, Jörg Nowak, Marica Frangakis, Lukas Oberndorfer, Henk Overbeek, Frederico Pinheiro, Albert Recio, Ramon Ribera Fumaz, Thomas Sablowski, Michalis Spourdalakis & Maka Suarez.