Rethinking Capitalist Crisis

Ecology, Society, Democracy

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We are living through a crisis of great severity, yet we lack a critical theory that could adequately clarify it. Certainly, today’s crisis is multi-dimensional, encompassing not only the official economy, including finance, but also such apparently ‘non-economic’ phenomena as global warming, ‘deficits of care’ and the hollowing out of public power at every scale. But our received theories tend to focus exclusively on the economic aspects, which they isolate from, and privilege over, the other factors.

This conference seeks to promote a comprehensive, multi-dimensional understanding of the current crisis. The culmination of a five-year research project, funded by the Einstein Stiftung of Berlin, hosted by the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Free University-Berlin, and directed by Einstein Fellow Nancy Fraser, it brings together a distinguished group of international scholars to discuss the various aspects of the current crisis and the prospects for emancipatory resolution. The general aim is to promote thinking that can integrate analyses of ecological crisis, social-reproductive crisis, and political crisis with the financial and economic dimensions–all within the framework of an expanded conception of capitalist society.

schedule

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

10.00 – 10:30: Welcome
Introductions:
Representatives of the Einstein Stiftung, the JFKI / GSNAS, and Nancy Fraser, Loeb Professor of Politics and Philosophy, New School for Social Research, and Einstein fellow, JFKI-GSNAS, Free University, Berlin

10.30 – 13.00:
Capitalism’s Ecologies:
Crises of Nature, Social Reproduction and Everyday Life

Larry Lohmann, The Corner House, London
The Past and Future of Capital’s New Natures

Cindi Katz, Professor of Geography, City University of New York
Intimate Dispossessions – Social Reproduction, Nature and the Crisis of Capitalism

Response: Larry Reynolds, Einstein postdoctoral fellow, JFKI-GSNAS, Free University, Berlin

13.00 – 14.30: lunch break

14.30 – 17.00:
Capitalism’s Labors:
Crises of Emancipation and Care

Amy Dru Stanley, Professor of History, University of Chicago
Slave Emancipation and the Sovereign Market: Human Rights in America

Johanna Oksala, University of Helsinki and New School for Social Research
Affective Labor and Feminist Politics

Response: Ethan Zane Miller, Einstein postdoctoral fellow, JFKI-GSNAS, Free University, Berlin

17.00 – 17.30: coffee break

17.30 – 19.00:
Keynote Lecture: Capitalism’s Externalities

Colin Crouch, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne and Emeritus Professor, Warwick University.
The problem of externalities: the vulnerable point of capitalist theory?

Response: Nancy Fraser, Loeb Professor of Politics and Philosophy, New School for Social Research, and Einstein fellow, JFKI-GSNAS, Free University, Berlin

19.00 – 20.00: Reception

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

10.00 – 12.30:
Capitalism’s Politics:
Crisis of Europe, Crisis of Democracy

Susan Watkins, Editor, New Left Review
"No Guarantees Without Control": The Making of Merkel's Europe

Hauke Brunkhorst, Professor of Sociology, European University of Flensburg
Crisis and Democracy: The Case of the European Union

Response: Brian Milstein, Gerda Henkel fellow, College d’etudes mondiales, Paris

12.30 – 13.30: lunch break

13.30 – 16.00:
Capitalism’s Economies–and ours:
The Future of Democracy

Isabella Bakker, Distinguished Research Professor, Political Science, York University, Toronto
Rethinking Global Economic Governance from a Feminist and Human Rights Perspective

José Luis Corragio, Emeritus Professor and Academic Director of the Masters in Social Economy, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina
Social Economy, Democracy, Revolution: A Latin American View

Response: Blair Taylor, Einstein doctoral fellow, JFKI-GSNAS, Free University, Berlin

16.00 – 16.30: coffee break

16.30 – 18.00:
Concluding Panel Discussion:
Rethinking Capitalist Crisis

Nancy Fraser, Loeb Professor of Politics and Philosophy, New School for Social Research, and Einstein fellow, JFKI-GSNAS, Free University, Berlin
David Strecker, Professor of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Özge Yaka, Einstein postdoctoral fellow, JFKI-GSNAS, Free University, Berlin

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Datum & Uhrzeit

04.11.2014 (Ganztägig) bis 05.11.2014 (Ganztägig)

Ort

Brunnenstr. 64
Berlin
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