Building Education for the Commons
Announces Our First World Conference
“Democracy Rising: From Insurrections to ‘Event’”
Date: July 16-19th 2015, Athens, Greece
Speakers: (The Following Speakers will be Present in Athens)
Tariq Ali, Kenneth Surin, Stathis Kouvelakis, Azfar Hussain, Paul Mason,Alex Callinicos, Maria Nikolakaki, Athena Athanasiou, Creston Davis, Athina Karatzogianni, Kostis Karpozilos, Giovanni Tusa, Dimitris Dalakoglou, Leonidas Vatikiotis, Claudia Landolfi, Peter Thompson, Aris Chatzistefanou II, Julie Resche, Theodore Koulouris, Sigrid Hackenberg, Srecko Horvat, Dave Hill, Stavros Stavrides and special guests from Syriza and Podemos.
Margaret Thatcher’s slogan, “There is no alternative” was a declaration of war that installed the horrors of neoliberal policies that have eroded and systematically undermined democratic and public-based projects for more than 30 years. The global financial crisis of 2008 exposed these neoliberal policies that have paved the way for the rise of an untouchable oligarchical class whose top 80 members now possess more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population. It is now abundantly clear that neoliberalism has accelerated radical inequality and at the same time forced the world to conform to their unquestionable, anti-democratic policies, lest even greater disasters befall us. Faced with no alternative, on their terms, in 2011 a new series of insurrections began to emerge from the Occupy movement to Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, to Spain, Ireland, and Greece. The recent historic victory of Syriza brings forth the message that citizens must decide their own future and thus the reassertion of the primacy of politics takes place again in the world. In the wake of Syriza’s victory and the hope it articulates for the world, we propose a conference comprised of academics and activists from the birthplace of democracy, Athens, Greece. The purpose of the conference is to bring together intellectuals and activists to think through and propose strategic alternatives for democracy and its future.
Neoliberalism and Austerity Measures
Philosophy and Political Struggles
The Global Debt Crisis
Capitalism & Education
Democracy & Activism
European Union & the Euro-Zone
The Rise of Fascism in Europe
Neoliberalism and Globalization
Uniting the Workers with the Intelligentsia
The Hope of Left Governance
The Rise of Podemos in Spain
Organizing Locally & Globally
Inequality & Democracy
Academics and activists are invited to give papers on relevant topics that support the conference’s description. Papers can be presented in Athens, Greece, or in some cases, via the Internet. In either case, papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length. In addition to individual papers, we encourage panel proposals consisting of 2-4 participants. Panel sessions should be no longer than 40 minutes in length.
This conference will be hybrid in that it will be broadcasted live on the internet making it one of the first academic conferences in the world to be live and available to all.
Call for Papers:
250 word Abstracts for Papers, and 500 word abstracts for Panel Proposals should be submitted no later than April 1, 2015 midnight Eastern European Time to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a photo and a very short Bio in your submission. Please also state in the subject title of your email either “Paper” or “Panel Proposal” and whether or not your paper or panel will be presented at the conference or via the Internet.
NOTE: Panel Presentations: If your panel is being delivered via the Internet the individual members that comprise your panel can present from anywhere in the world so long as their Internet connection is excellent. You will need to verify that all Internet connections range between 6-10 Mbps so that access quality is at a premium.
You can test your Internet speed here: http://www.speedtest.net/
Acceptance/Rejection emails will be sent no later than April 15, 2015. The papers will be judged by the Conference Organization Committee.
Registration is free & open to the public for participants in Athens & $5 for participants on-line (to help cover Internet infrastructure including access (purchasing a subscription), security, equipment, and technical services).
Please register as soon as possible! REGISTER HERE
Presenters Fees are $20 per person or $40 per panel presentation
Conference Dinner $30 Athens (TBA)
Registration deadline for on-line participants is 1 July 2015.
A course will be designed and offered on this conference, details forthcoming.