Europe: Final Crisis?

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Europe: Final Crisis?

Time: October 19, 2010 from 12pm to 2pm
Location: East Gallery, Buell Hall, Columbia University
Street: 116th and Broadway
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://maisonfrancaise.org/in…
Phone: 212-854-4482
Event Type: conference
Organized By: The Columbia Maison Française
Latest Activity: Oct 12, 2010

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The current political crisis in Europe, which affects both the national and the supranational level, giving rise to what is usually called a surge of "populism" and a distrust in the common institutions, has deep roots in the previous stages of the "European construction." It was brought to the fore in particular through the incapacity of the EU to fairly respond to the financial exposure of some member states. Etienne Balibar argues that, in the absence of a more democratic practice, we are unlikely to see the advances towards a greater degree of federal governance that are advocated by experts as a response to the trends of globalization. The European Left, in particular, faces a crucial dilemma of collapsing or reinventing its programs to gain popular support at a continental level.

Etienne Balibar is Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at Université de Paris X – Nanterre and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He has published widely in the area of Marxist philosophy and moral and political philosophy in general. He is currently a visiting professor at Columbia University's Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

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