CES Frankfurt 2017

This year the CES workshop continued 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 included 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 took place with support from AkE, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, International Political Economy Group of British International Studies Association (BISA-IPEG), and Transform! network.


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

Core text (here): 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

Comments (here): Sonja Buckel, Daniela Caterina, Ian Bruff, Yuliya Yurchenko

15-15h30 Break

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

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

Comments (here): Daniel Mullis, Daniel Keil, Alice Blum, Tamas Gerocs, Priska Daphi

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

Core text (here): 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

Comments (here) Ulrich Brandt, Stephanie Hürtgen, and John Treat.

12h-13h Break

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

Core text (here): 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

Comments (here): Daniela Tepe-Belfrage, Laura Horn, Christoph Sorg, Laura Schnieder, Felix Hauf

15h-15h30 Break

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

Core text (here): 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

Comments (here): Nikolai Huke, Andreas Bieler, Tibor Meszmann, Karel Yon, Anne Reiff, Agnes Gagyi

17h30-18h Closing