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Portuguese Marisa Matias (European Parliament) & Prof. Howard Caygill to Speak at GCAS “Democracy Rising” Conference

Marisa Matias

Marisa Matias

The Global Center of Advanced Studies is excited to announce that Marisa Matiasa member of Portugese’s left-wing party, Left Bloc, and a member of the European Union Parliament, and Prof. Howard Caygill, Prof. of Modern European History (Kingston Uni), will be a featured speakers at our upcoming conference, “Democracy Rising” (July 16-19) Athens.


CALL FOR PAPERS: GCAS Conference “Democracy Rising”


The Global Center for Advanced Studies

Announces Our First World Conference

“Democracy Rising: From Insurrections to ‘Event’”



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

Conference Greetings by:

Alain Badiou (GCAS President)

Gabriel Sakellaridis (Central Spokesperson of the Greek Government) 

Aristides Baltas (Greek Minister of Education)  

Plenary Speakers:
Tariq AliMaria AristodemouBruno BosteelsJodi DeanCostas DouzinasStathis KouvelakisPaul MasonMaria NikolakakiLeo Panitch

Featured Speakers:
Athena AthanasiouAlex CallinicosAris ChatzistefanouDimitris DalakoglouCreston Davis, Paolo Gerbaudo,Stathis GourgourisSigrid Hackenberg, Dave HillSrecko HorvatAzfar Hussain, Athina Karatzogianni, Kostis KarpozilosTheodore Koulouris,Claudia Landolfi,  Spyros Marketos, John Milios, Rodrigo Guimaraes Nunes, Neni PanourgiaJulie Resche, Jerome Roos, Gabriel SakellaridisLola SánchezHelena Sheehan, Angeliki SpiropoulouStavros Stavrides, Igor Stiks, Bhaskar SunkaraKenneth Surin, Peter ThompsonGiovanni Tusa,Kees van der Pijl, Leonidas VatikiotisChristoforos VernadakisHilary Wainwright, Workers @ Vio.Me 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 with 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

Feminist Struggles Under Capitalism
Space and Capital
Class Struggles in Latin America
Struggles for the Commons
Incarceration, Capitalism, and Race
The 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

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, papers can be presented via the Internet.  In either case, the duration of a presentation should not exceed 20 minutes.  In addition to individual papers, we encourage panel proposals, each consisting of 2-4 participants.  The duration of a panel session should not exceed 40 minutes. This conference will be hybrid in that it will be broadcast 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:
A 250-word abstract for a paper and a 500-word proposal for a panel should be submitted no later than April 1, 2015 by 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.

Panel Presentations: If a panel is to be delivered via the Internet, the individual members that constitute that 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 the 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 our Internet infrastructure, including access, i.e., purchasing a subscription, security, equipment, and technical services).

Please register as soon as possible!  


The presenter 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 July 1, 2015. A GCAS course will be designed and offered on this conference; details are forthcoming.photo (14)


The Editors of the 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 the GCAS Press.

Location: Downtown Athens

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 and Professor of GCAS
Maria Nikolakaki, Professor, University of Peloponnese & GCAS
Creston Davis, Director, GCAS
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Special Activities:
There will be special tours of Athens that will follow the events of the struggles for Democracy as well as other travel opportunities.

All participants are responsible for their own lodging.

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