The workshop followed 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 was 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.
13:00-14:00 Round of Introductions
14:00-16:00 Session 1: Domination and Resistance in education
Chair: Caroline Metz
Core text (here): 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 (comments here): 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).
16.30-18.30 Session 2: Challenges to social reproduction in its entirety
Chair: Christoph Sorg
Core text (here): 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 (comments here): 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 Barbeque (University of Greenwich courtyard)
10:00-12.00 Session 3: Dispossession and punitive mechanisms of neoliberalism (part 1)
Chair: Daniel Keil
Core text (here): 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 (comments here): 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).
12.15-14.15 Session 4: Dispossession and punitive mechanisms of neoliberalism (part 2)
Chair: Yuliya Yurchenko
Core text (here): 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 (comments here): 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).
15.30-17.30 Session 5: Europe and the rest of the world
Chair: Jon Las Heras
Core text (here): 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 (comments here): 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).