Iron Curtain Cities? Urban Space in Cold War Europe
September 3-6, 2014
Moritz Föllmer (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)/Mark B. Smith (University of Leeds, United Kingdom).
We invite proposasl for a conference session which is meant to focus on urban space in Cold War Europe. The official description of the session (No 38) reads as follows:
The transformation of European life after 1945 has been the subject of a wide scholarship, but surveys of the period have not taken sufficient account of urban history. Moreover, urban historians have overwhelmingly focused on the periods up to the early twentieth century and are only beginning to explore the post-war period. In particular, the similarities and differences between cities in different parts of Europe, and especially on either side of the Iron Curtain, have not been adequately studied. After 1945, the cities of Western and Northern Europe experienced suburbanization and the emergence of conurbations, while Eastern, Southern and Southeastern Europe were subject to very rapid urbanization. Were these simply different stages of a common process of European urban modernization? Or, between the 1940s and the 1980s, did the contrasting ideologies of the Cold War separate European cities into two fundamentally different types: the ‘capitalist’ and the ‘communist’? How differe
nt or similar were the ways in which urban space was reordered, controlled, represented and appropriated by residents? How we answer these questions is not only highly relevant to urban historians but also affects our understanding of European history in this period. And it can throw light on the way we look at post-communist urban identity in Eastern and Central Europe today.
The organizers, one of whom has worked on urban themes in Western Europe and one of whom has researched urban life in Eastern Europe, have already explored urban life in Europe since 1945 from various angles in a series of conferences held at the University of Leeds. For the proposed panel, they would seek papers on any part of Europe provided that they relate the investigation of urban space to the broader theme of the Cold War. The hope is to find speakers who are prepared to reflect on how their own case study informs the wider debate about the similarities and differences between cities on either side of the Iron Curtain. Researchers working on cities on the ‘periphery’ of Cold War Europe, including Scandinavia, Iberia and the Balkans, would be as welcome to apply as researchers who work on the urban heartlands of Western and Eastern Europe.
Proposals (300 words abstract) should be submitted online via the EAUH 2014 website
The deadline for paper proposals is October 15, 2013. The papers themselves will be due in July 2014. For more information about the timetable, see the “Dates and Deadlines” section of the EAUH 2014 website.
We encourage prospective presenters to contact us at the following e-mail address before making an official proposal.
Session 01 10:00 – 12.00
Chaired by Godofredo Pereira
Costas Douzinas “Space, time and forms of resistance in Athens”
Aristide Antonas “Archipelago of Protocols”
Response: Yannis Stavrakakis
Session 02 12:30 – 14.30
Chaired by Charles Rice
Yannis Aesopos “Athens: Public Space and Crisis”
Orsalia Dimitriou “Whose commons?
Dilemmas of self-organization practices in public spaces and urban commons”
Platon Issaias “Τwo buildings and a movie: alienation, conflict and architectural form”
Response: Penelope Haralambidou
Session 03 16.00 – 17.30
Chaired by Lorenzo Pezzani
Maurizio Lazzarato “Debt and immaterial Labour”
Pier Vittorio Aureli “Less is Just Enough: Notes on Architecture and Asceticism”
Response: Ross Exo Adams
17.30 – 19.00
The Philosophy Department at the School of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the University of Athens in collaboration with the French Institute of Greece co-organise the Conference Jacques Derrida’s Political and Ethical Thought, from Thursday 24th of January 2013 till Saturday 26 January 2013 at the Ampitheatre “Argiriadi” (New Amphitheatre) at the Central Venue of the University of Athens (Panepistimiou 30) and at the French Institute of Athens.
The Conference hosts 40 delegates from different scientific disciplines ( philosophy, political theory, psychoanalysis, architecture, literature, etc) and covers a wide span of Jacques Derrida‘s ethical and political concepts, like: democracy, law, philoxenia,gift (offering), forgiveness, justice, decision, responsibility, morality and animals, etc.
On Friday 25/1 at the French Institute of Athens, 19:00-22:00, two roundtables will take place entitled : “The Crisis Considered in the Context of Jacques Derrida’s Thought”with the participation of four distinguished french philosophers Michel Deguy, poet, Professor of Philosophy Paris 8 University, Marc Crepon, director of The Faculty of Philosophy at École Normale Supérieure, Charles Ramond, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nice. Two Greek Philosophers will provide commentary after these four lectures. Professors Michel Deguy, Marc Crepon and Charles Ramond will also give lectures on Saturday morning at the Central Venue of The University of Athens. Translation will be provided during the conference.
The Conference will present the Greek National Television’s documentary ” The Paths of Jacques Derrida’s Thought”
In conjunction with the conference the art event “The Metaphor of The Blind” will take place, by Artist Georgia Sagri, curated by Sozita Goudouna ( Artistic Director of Out Of The Box Intermedia http://outoftheboxintermedia.org )
Entrance is free, for more information about the conference please visit : http://www.ppp.uoa.gr/
For More Info Please Contact the Conference Organiser:
Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities
Thursday 22nd November 7.15pm - 9pm Room B01, Clore Management Centre
All welcome – no registration – just turn up
Academics from Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain will discuss the economic, political and humanitarian crisis austerity has created in South Europe. But PIGS can fly. The widespread protests of 2011 have started again in Spain, Portugal and Italy while in Greece the new austerity has brought the government close to collapse. Is austerity or resistance the future of Europe?
Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck)
Andrea Fumagalli (UNI PV)
Maria Margaronis (journalist for The Nation & The Guardian)
Juan Carlos Monedero (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Boaventura de Sousa Santos (Coimbra University, Birkbeck Leverhulme Fellow)
BREAKING UP? A ROUTE OUT OF THE EUROZONE CRISIS
Friday 9 December, 2011
Doors open at 6 pm; the panel will begin at 6.30 pm
Brunei Gallery Theatre, SOAS , WC1H 0XG
Join us for a timely and urgently needed discussion over the future of
the eurozone, the possibility of exit, and what it will all mean for
the people of Europe . Bringing together leading economists, political
scientists and financial journalists, the discussion will play a
critical role in setting the terms of the debate for the tumultuous
period that lies ahead.
The panel includes:
- Costas Lapavitsas, professor, department of economics, SOAS, and
lead author of a series of groundbreaking reports on the eurozone
crisis from the Research on Money and Finance network.
- George Irvin professor, department of development studies, SOAS, and
author of ‘Super Rich: the Growth of Inequality in Britain and the
United States ‘.
- Paul Mason, BBC economics editor and author of ‘Meltdown: The End of
the Age of Greed’.
- Stathis Kouvelakis, reader in political theory, King’s College London.
The panel will be chaired by Seamus Milne, associate editor at The
Please register your participation (see link below or visit the RMF
website) and arrive as early as possible.
Read the latest RMF report on the eurozone crisis: www.researchonmoneyandfinance.org
A three-day Conference hosted by Birkbeck School of Law, and sponsored by The Leverhulme Trust, Birkbeck Law School and LSE Law Department, and Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities (BIH).
Dates: Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 November 2011
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London
Slavoj Zizek, Chantal Mouffe, Samuel Moyn, John Milbank, Upendra Baxi, Pheng Cheah, Walter Mignolo, Costas Douzinas, Conor Gearty, Bruce Robbins, Paul Patton, Paul Gilroy amongst others.
For further details contact: Valerie Kelley.
The economic crisis of 2008 is still gripping Europe. Governments are telling us that we are all in it together. But we are not responsible for this crisis of the neo-liberal system.
The EU Central Bank and the IMF are trying to impose austerity programmes on a scale not seen since the 1930s. This means mass unemployment, wage cuts, reforms of pensions, and privatisation of public services. Meanwhile the same bankers collect bonuses worth millions. But these programmes are not working. Greece and Ireland are now asking for more help as they are unable to pay back the first financial bail-out.
There is an alternative.
This crisis is not our crisis. We should refuse to pay their debt. Together across Europe, we must take action to resist these attacks and to defend our public services and jobs. And together, we must organise for a society which meets the needs of people and the planet, not private profit.
Delegations and representatives welcome from trade-unions, social movements and progressive organisations from across Europe.
Conference initiated by the
University of Thessaly
Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology
2nd International Conference
“Markets” and Politics:
Private Interests and Public Power (18th-20th c.)
10-12 February 2012 (University of Thessaly, Volos – Greece)
Call for papers
The Greek Economic History Association in collaboration with the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology/ University of Thessaly organize an international conference titled “Markets” and Politics: Private Interests and Public Power (18th-20th c.) and hopes to trace the historical evolution of this complex power relationship, over the period when contemporary capitalist economies were shaped, from the late 18th century until today.
These days, the economy seems to have become completely dominant over all other fields of social life. Politics, in particular, seems unable (or unwilling) to intervene in “markets”, presenting them as an overwhelming exogenous entity, to whose logic all people and societies must conform. How did this asymmetric relationship emerge? In which ways, and in what broader social context, did economics and politics – i.e. their agents and subjects – converse, converge or influence each other, and negotiate interests, power and ideological hegemony?
The conference will focus on the following four broader themes:
1. Economic theories: means of diffusion, reproduction and popularisation.
This concerns the processes whereby economic theories are constituted and reproduced, not only within academia, but also in the broader public sphere, and how public “economic culture” is shaped. Of particular interest is the process whereby market ideology assumed its ideological prominence in social science, as well as in political and public discourse. Read the rest of this entry »
Inventing Alternatives: Commons as Exodus from late Capitalism http://www.emst.gr/mappingthecommons/index.html#
The recurrent concept of the commons elaborates on the same idea, that is, that in nowadays world the production of wealth and social life are heavily dependent on communication, cooperation, affects and collective creativity. The commons would be, then, those milieux of shared resources, that are generated by the participation of the many and multiple, which constitute, some would say, the essential productive fabric of the 21st Century metroplis. And then, if we make this connection between commons and production, we have to think of political economy; power, rents and conflict
However, due to our tradition of the private and the public, of property and individualism, the commons are still hard to see for our late 20th Century eyes. We propose, therefore, a search for the commons; a search that will take the form of a mapping process. We understand mapping, of course, as proposed by Deleuze and Guattari, and as artists and social astivists have been using it during the last decade, as a performance that can become a reflection, a work of art, a social action.
20 – 21 May 2011 Birkbeck College, University of London Malet Street, Rooms G15 & 416 For reservation please contact V.firstname.lastname@example.org Friday 20 May Malet street, G15 11.00 – 11.15 Welcome & Tea/Coffee (Elena Loizidou) 11.15 – 1.00 Session 1: Chair Carolina Olarte (School of Law Birkbeck) Sara Ahmed (Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College) Wilfulness and Disobedience Lucy Finchett-Maddock (School of Law, Birkbeck) To Dis or not to Dis? Disobedience and ‘Disrespecting’: The Case of Naughty in Relation to Law Margarita Palacios (School of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck) Hermeneutics and the Art of Disobedience: A critical Reading of Rorty, Ricoeur and Derrida