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GCAS, “Democracy Rising” Conference Update, New Speakers, Workers Union, Sponsors

The Global Center for Advanced Studies is pleased to provide you with an update about our conference, “Democracy Rising” July 16-19, Athens Greece.

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1. Recently Committed Speakers:

Aristides Baltas, Greece’s Minister of Education

Gabriel Sakellaridis, Greece’s Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister, and Government Spokesperson.

Stathis Gourgouris, Professor of Literature, Columbia University (New York)

Rodrigo Guimarães Nunes, Departamento de Filosofia, PUC-Rio, Brasil

Kees van der Pijl, is a Dutch Political Scientist who is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex

Neni Panourgia, (Columbia University, New York, The New School for Social Research), is an Expert on the History of the Greek Left and author of Dangerous Citizens

2. Workers PanelVio.Me. Workers Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 8.33.45 PM

The workers of Vio.Me., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its owners, have been unpaid since May 2011. By decision of their general assembly they have decided to occupy the factory and operate it under direct democratic workers’ control. After a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide.

3. New Sponsor:  We are honored to be partnering with Solidarity For All.   Solidarity for All is inspired by the triptych solidarity – resistance – self-organization and is a nationwide hub facility and meeting of social solidarity structures.

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Conference Details

GCAS Conference “Democracy Rising”


The Global Center for Advanced Studies

Announces Our First World Conference

“Democracy Rising: From Insurrections to ‘Event’”


Date: July 16-19th 2015, Athens, Greece


GCAS President, Alain Badiou will Address the Conference

Plenary Speakers:  

Tariq Ali

Maria Aristodemou

Bruno Bosteels

Jodi Dean

Costas Douzinas

Stathis Kouvelakis

Paul Mason

Maria Nikolakaki

Leo Panitch

Featured Speakers: Athena Athanasiou, Alex CallinicosAris ChatzistefanouCreston Davis, Paolo Gerbaudo,Sigrid Hackenberg, Dave HillSrecko HorvatAzfar Hussain, Athina Karatzogianni, Kostis KarpozilosTheodore Koulouris, Claudia Landolfi,  Spyros Marketos, John MiliosJulie Resche, Jerome RoosLola Sánchez,Helena Sheehan, Angeliki SpiropoulouStavros Stavrides, Igor StiksKenneth Surin, Peter ThompsonGiovanni TusaLeonidas VatikiotisChristoforos VernadakisHilary Wainwright, and special guests from Syriza and Podemos.

Description: 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 wants limited government but needs paramilitary forces

Thematics: Feminist Struggles Under Capitalism Space and Capital Class Struggles in Latin America Struggles for the Commons Incarceration, Capitalism, and Race Precarious and the Precariat Ecosocialism, Global Justice, and Climate Change Marxist Histories and Theories Capitalist Crisis: Theories and Experiences 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

Format: 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.Democracy Rising

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: submit@thegcas.com. 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 thanApril 15, 2015. The papers will be judged by the Conference Organization Committee.

Registration: 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!  


Presenters Fees are $20 per person or $40 per panel presentation Conference Dinner $30 Athens (TBA)

Conference Language:   English

Registration deadline for on-line participants is 1 July 2015. A GCAS course will be designed and offered on this conference, details forthcoming.photo (14)


The Editors of Insurrections Series at Columbia University Press have agreed to consider supporting the proceedings for publication.  Some papers will also be considered for GCAS’s Journal via GCAS Press.

Location: TBA

Organizational Committee: Creston Davis, Maria Nikolakaki, Anghelos Palioudakis, George Souvlis, Bob Drury King, Evi Zevgiti, Che Brandes-Tuka, Steven A. Panageotou, Michael D Wassell, Salim Nabi, Stavros Stavridis, Katerina Anastasiou, Kimon Markatos

Scientific Committee: Alain Badiou, President of GCAS Azfar Hussain, Vice-President of GCAS Maria Nikolakaki, Prof., University of Peloponnese & GCAS Creston Davis, Director GCASScreen Shot 2015-02-18 at 8.21.04 PM

Special Activities:  There will be special tours of Athens that follow the events of the struggles for Democracy as well as other travel opportunities.

Accommodations:  All participants are responsible for their own lodging.

Sponsors:  InforWar Productions, RedNotebookROAR Magazine, SolidarityForAll

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Sponsorships: If your organization would like to help support this conference please contact :  info@thegcas.comScreen Shot 2014-09-22 at 3.02.27 PM


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