Congress and Conferences

Tuning into the contemporary debates in Europe

The School of Transnational Activism acts as a space for debates and contemporary European challenges by connecting activists, citizens and creatives across the continent and engage them in the most crucial questions of our time.

What comes after the nation-state

15-16 September 2018

In September 2018, we launched the School of Transnational Activism at the congress What comes after the nation-state in Berlin. Ten years had then past since the collapse of Lehman Brothers ushered in the great Western financial crisis. Since that day, history has returned with a vengeance. From ongoing economic stagnation in large parts of the West to rising extremism, from threats of an end of liberal democracy to challenges to neoliberal globalisation, the world appears in a state of flux. The moment of crisis, interregnum, continues to this day. But while events are racing forwards, can the same be said of ideas? Our conceptual toolkit appears tragically unable to describe our present and shape our future. Why is that? And what are some of the categories that we should radically re-interpret today?

We hold that today only the vision of a radically alternative organisation of our world will enable us to recuperate agency over our future.

Speakers

In varying debates as well as artistic formats and with experts from all over Europe, the one-day Congress dealt with these questions and challenges.

Ulrike Guérot
Founder, European Democracy Lab
Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk
Feminist, activist, social and education researcher

Agnieszka is a Polish feminist, activist, social and education researcher holding PhD in Philosophy. Previously, she was a member of the National Board of the Polish political party Razem. She is also a member of the Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25). In 2016, Foreign Policy magazine included Dziemianowicz-Bąk on its annual list of the 100 most influential global thinkers for her role in organizing the "black protest" against a total ban on abortion in Poland.

Ann Pettifor
PRIME Economics

Ann Pettifor is best known for her prediction of the Great Financial Crisis in The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave 2006).  In 2008 co-authored The Green New Deal published by NEF. In 2017 Verso published The Production of Money on the nature of money, debt and the finance sector. She is the author of The Case for The Green New Deal (2019). In 2018 the Heinrich Boll Foundation awarded Pettifor the Hannah Ahrendt Prize. She is a Council member of the Progressive Economy Forum and director of PRIME economics – a network of Keynesian macroeconomists. In 2015 the Rt.Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP appointed her to the Labour Party’s Economic Advisory Committee. She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Newcastle for her work leading an international movement for the cancellation of $150bn of debt owed by 35 low income countries, Jubilee 2000.

Gesine Schwan
President, Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform

Gesine Schwan is a German political science professor and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. She was nominated by the party for the last federal presidential election. From October 1999 to September 2008, she was the President of the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). From June 2010 to June 2014, she was President of the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance. Today, she is the President of the follow-up project of the School of Governance, the Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform.

Lorenzo Marsili
Founder, European Alternatives

Lorenzo is the founding director of transnational organisation European Alternatives and one of the initiators of pan-European movement DiEM25. He has previously worked in publishing and was founding editor of the cultural quarterly Naked Punch. He is an active commentator and public speaker internationally. Lorenzo is also co-author of the book, Citizens of Nowhere.

Niccolò Milanese
Founder, European Alternatives

Niccolò is a philosopher and poet. He is a director of European Alternatives, and co-author of ‘Citizens of Nowhere: How to save Europe from itself’ telling the story of 10 years of activism throughout Europe (Zedbooks, London 2018). He is trustee of ECIT Foundation for European Citizenship in Brussels, and a director of INSTAR: Hannah Arendt Institute of Artivism in Havana, Cuba. Between 2018-20 he is a Marie Curie visiting fellow at PUC-Rio De Janeiro and UNAM Mexico. He is part of the advisory board of the NECE network of civic educators, and has been involved in establishing civil society, cultural and political organisations on each side of the Mediterranean in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings.

Impressions

What Comes After the Nation State? EA Congress in Berlin. Photos by: Frieder Unselt

School of Palermo and the Europe for the Many Conference

8-11 November 2019

The meeting point of the social and climate emergency and democracy in Europe

Organized in the city of Palermo, the two large scale events were part of the Transeuropa Festival 2019, a larger festival of arts, culture and politics organized by European Alternatives every two years, where the School of Transnational Activism played a central role.

The School of Palermo, a special edition gathering more than 200 local, national and international learners from different disciplines, explored the European and planetary challenges of today - : climate change, European democracy and free movement - and received insights on how a future beyond the nation-state could look like. Through master classes offered by renowned European academics Kalypso Nicolaidis, Mary Kaldor, Ann Pettifor, Daniele Archibugi and Clelia Bartoli as well as activists Yvan Sagnet, David Adler and Antje Scharenberg, the participants could developed their own understanding of social and environmental injustice and what are the new and innovative solutions for the future of Europe.

On November 9th, the conference Europe for the Many catalyzed the main topics of the School of Transnational Activism by bringing together the School of Palermo with a local audience of Palermitans in an exchange with high-level speakers and experts in the field of social and environmental policy across Europe. innovative and practical solutions to the major challenges facing Europe in the twenty-first century.

Speakers

Ann Pettifor
PRIME Economics

Ann Pettifor is best known for her prediction of the Great Financial Crisis in The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave 2006).  In 2008 co-authored The Green New Deal published by NEF. In 2017 Verso published The Production of Money on the nature of money, debt and the finance sector. She is the author of The Case for The Green New Deal (2019). In 2018 the Heinrich Boll Foundation awarded Pettifor the Hannah Ahrendt Prize. She is a Council member of the Progressive Economy Forum and director of PRIME economics – a network of Keynesian macroeconomists. In 2015 the Rt.Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP appointed her to the Labour Party’s Economic Advisory Committee. She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Newcastle for her work leading an international movement for the cancellation of $150bn of debt owed by 35 low income countries, Jubilee 2000.

Mary Kaldor
London School of Economics

Mary Kaldor is an Emeritus Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit in the LSE Department of International Development. Professor Kaldor also directs the unit’s largest research project, the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), an international DFID-funded partnership investigating public authority, through a theoretical lens of the political marketplace and the concept of civicness, across a range of countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Kalypso Nicolaidis
University of Oxford

Kalypso Nicolaidis is professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. Previously at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she has worked with numerous EU institutions, including as a member of the European Council’s reflection group on the future of Europe chaired by Felipe Gonzales (2008-10). She is currently chair of the Oxford Working Group on Brexit as well as of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs in Oxford (CTGA) and the Global PeaceTech programme. Her research interests revolve around theaters of recognition, demoicratic theory, solidarity and empathy, global governance and international trade, European politics and economics, sustainable integration, post-colonialism, myth and politics. Her last book is: Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit (2019).

Daniele Archibugi
National Research Council of Italy

Daniele Archibugi is Acting Director of the Institute for Research on Population and Social Policy of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRPPS) in Rome, and Professor of Innovation, Governance and Public Policy at the University of London, Birkbeck College . He has worked at the Universities of Sussex, Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Science, Harvard and Rome LUISS and given courses at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and the SWEFE University in Chengdu. In 2006 he was appointed honorary professor at the Sussex University. In the field of international political theory, he has advocated a cosmopolitan democracy (The Global Commonwealth of Citizens, Princeton UP, 2008) and a greater involvement of citizens in transnational movements to counter-balance the power of governments in world politics. His latest works are an assessment of European citizenship strategy (with Ali Emre Benli, Claiming Citizenship Rights in Europe. Emerging Challenges and Political Agents, Routledge, 2018) and a critical assessment of international criminal justice (with Alice Pease, Crime and Global Justice. The Dynamics of International Punishment, Polity, 2018).

Yvan Sagnet
No Cap

Yvan Sagnet is a Cameroonian activist and non-fiction writer, known for founding the charity No Cap and his work against the exploitation of workers in the Italian agricultural industry.

Antje Scharenberg
Goldsmiths University

Antje Scharenberg is a PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research is an ethnographic investigation of the politics of contemporary pro-European activism from a media and cultural studies point of view, carried out in collaboration with actors from civil society. European Alternatives is one of the collaborating partner organisations.

Clelia Bartoli
University of Palermo

Clelia Bartoli is a Researcher at the Department of Law at the University of Palermo, where she teaches “Human Rights”, “Sociology of Law” and “Ethics and the Market”. She deals with Street Law programs within the Legal Clinic for Human Rights of the University of Palermo. “Polipolis” has designed and conducted an educational experimentation for unaccompanied foreign minors, from which “Giocherenda” was born, a company run by young refugees that invents and builds cooperative games. Among her books: Investigation in Ballarò. The right seen from the margin (Navarra 2019); Racists by law. Italy that discriminates (Laterza, 2012); The theory of subordination and the case of Dalits in India (Rubettino: 2008).

Martin Pairet
Capacity Building Manager, European Alternatives

Martin is in charge of capacity building at European Alternatives. He is in charge of the development of the transnational network of the organisation and of member communications and organising. Martin has been working in the non-profit sector for more than eight years with experience in membership development, communications and fundraising in international organisations such as IFOAM – Organics International and Oxfam France. He is also engaged as a member of SOS Méditerranée, a civic, European organisation for the rescue of people in distress in the Mediterranean and of MitOst, an international network of cultural actors and active citizens. He has a strong interest on how activists and civil society organisations are articulating and organising themselves to influence European politics both at the grassroots and at the institutional level.

Impressions

School of Palermo

Europe for the Many

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