Europe’s Common: Spaces for Action, Battles of Knowledge

Europe’s Common: Spaces for Action, Battles of Knowledge: January 13 – 14 2014

Over the past few years, discourses of austerity have monopolised the space for political action in Europe leading to a systemic crisis of the European federal project and its cosmopolitan claims. While their intention is to alleviate the symptoms of the economic crisis, such measures have only further deepened inequalities. In the absence of emancipatory alternatives, Europe is in the process of re-nationalizing leading to a re-awakening of long-forgotten populist, fascist and colonial discourses that it believed to have left behind. If it is to manifest its political promise, Europe has to rethink not only its formal political and institutional parameters but also more poignantly its shared values, visions and aspiration for a common future. The workshop, entitled Europe’s Common: Spaces for Action, Battles of Knowledge, embraces the task of thinking Europe and its project through the notion of the “common” by engaging the normative claims of new and emerging social conflicts and the constituent power of present-day social movements with the aim of re-opening the European space as a creative common field of action and a productive form of knowledge.

Despite its radical political legacies, having been linked historically to autonomist, workerist movements, the notion of the “common” has thus far not been explicitly articulated in the context of Europe as a community, common field of action and space of expression for its people. The workshop thus turns to practices of “commoning” for an exploration of alternative notions of society and modes of political existence. Commoning calls for a re-evaluation of the idea of Europe by rejecting nationalist and racist trapping as it re-engages “Europe’s common” through the prism of present-day anti-fascist, anti-nationalist and anti-populist platforms. It takes inspiration from the practical strategies, modes of articulation and self-exploration of European social movements for a way to resist submission to austerity, precarity, urban segregation, ghettoization, ethnic hatred and the racialised politics of present-day Europe. It takes the common as a grammar and suggestive imagery with potential to re-configure the European common-space, community memory, action and culture in a more open, hospitable and solidary way.

Speakers include:

Davide Tarizzo (University of Salerno, Italy)
Maria Drakopoulou (University of Kent, UK)
Sergei Prozorov (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Bostjan Nedoh (Institute of Philosophy, Slovenia)
Andrea Mura (Open University, UK)
Marco Piasentier (University of Kent, UK)
Tomaso Ferrando (Science Po, Paris, France)
Simona Rentea (Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain)
Raúl Sánchez Cedillo (Universidad Nómada, Spain, tbc)
Emmy Eklundh (University of Manchester, UK)
Samo Tomsic (Humbolt University, Berlin and Institute of Philosophy, Slovenia)
Andreja Zevnik (University of Manchester, UK)

The event is sponsored and organized by CRIPT (the British International Studies Association specialist working group on International Political Theory) and Politics in Times of Anxiety research project (Poststructuralist and Critical Thought Cluster, University of Manchester, UK). More information on: http://www.politicalhorizons.co.uk

To register your attendance, please send an email with your name and institutional affiliation to CRIPT convenors Andreja Zevnik (andreja.zevnik@manchester.ac.uk) AND Simona Rentea (rentease@slu.ed). Attendance is free but spaces will be limited.

Registration deadline: 20 December 2013.

The event is sponsored by: CRIPT (Contemporary Research in International  Political Theory), BISA, Poststructual and Critical Thought Research Cluster (UoM). 

Download the events poster here.

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