Who Sews Kamala Harris' Clothes? Public Lecture
Feminist Struggles: Individual Emancipation versus Class Liberation
The aesthetics of feminism have never been so trendy! Take the idea that the feminist struggle is one of individual emancipation - in that case, we can be delighted with what we've achieved: Women are conquering top management positions. They are now in the highest positions of politics - we have the first woman of color as the USA's vice president. But are these real victories for the feminist movement that aims for systemic change of society?
The 21st century has inaugurated a new stage in the life of global capitalism. Neoliberalism has been replaced by a yet darker entity, the ‘precarity capitalism’, marked by the massive spread of insecurity for the 99 per cent: for rich and poor, men and women, the well-educated and the poorly skilled, insiders and newcomers. This, creates an unprecedented opportunity for victorious radical politics.
We face a tension that is both psychological and political the more our societies diversify naturally and culturally. We often end up in echo chambers and political silos that act as a haven and give us a sense of refuge. As these divisions increase and society becomes more and more splintered, so does animosity between groups.
The pandemic has disclosed that precarity, above all, is what grieves the 99 per cent. Albena Azmanova, in her new book Capitalism on Edge, suggest that this presents a unique opportunity for effecting radical change without the help of a terminal crisis of capitalism, grand utopias, or a revolution. We will explore, in discussion with her, the new paths for progressive politics our historical junction has opened.
Precarity and Subversion Public Lecture
The New Language of Radicalism
I open the Guest Lecture series at Fisher Center for Gender and Justice at Hobart & William Smith Colleges with a discussion of precarity, the meta-crisis of capitalism and subversion as a form of radical change without a revolutionary break.
The wake of the financial crisis has inspired hopes for dramatic change and stirred visions of capitalism’s terminal collapse. Yet capitalism is not on its deathbed, utopia is not in our future, and revolution is not in the cards. In Capitalism on Edge, Albena Azmanova demonstrates that radical progressive change is still attainable, but it must come from an unexpected direction.
Corona within Precarity Capitalism Interview
Following the crisis of the health care systems and the social lockdown, the socio-economic consequences of the corona pandemic are now coming sharply to the surface. The crisis thereby encounters already existing social dynamics, problems and opportunities that condition which economic recovery will be possible and politically desired.
Out-of-the-box ideas for the future of the United Nations debated with experts and your participation through Q&A.
It is not inequality or ownership over means of production that is the greatest problem in contemporary capitalist society. It is the competitive pursuit of profit – the pressure to constantly expand your turnover, sales, profits in ever-growing competition with others. This is what Albena Azmanova – an associate professor of Kent University and a leading British political theorist, believes. In a comprehensive interview, given to The Barricade’s Maria Cernat, Azmanova discusses her maverick ideas.
Capitalism on Edge Interview
How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Utopia or Crisis
Capitalism seems to many to be in a sort of constant crisis, leaving many struggling to make ends meet. This desperation was intensified in 2008, and for many never went away in spite of claims of a general economic ‘recovery.’ More recently, the tensions and shortcomings of our current socioeconomic system have been exacerbated by the COVID-crisis, with poorly compensated frontline workers struggling to stay safe in workplaces that have failed to take adequate care of their health and safety.
As a sympathetic outsider to the convivialist position, I will question the priority they give to concerns with inequality over those with poverty as well as their endorsement of competition (why not speak of "interactions" instead). What instruments does convivialism supply for the struggle against capitalism?
The Second Convivialist Manifesto: Towards a Post-Neoliberal World
In this discussion of the Open Letter to Angela Merkel for a citizens-centered Conference on the Future of Europe (to mark the beginning of the German EU presidency), I caution against turning democracy into a neoliberal fantasy: political elites should not be allowed to dump their responsibility onto the people, allegedly in the name of democracy.
While supporting this appeal for a democratic social contract of the EU, I caution that our political leadership is quite apt at hijacking democracy and transforming it into a neoliberal fantasy (to use Jodi Dean's phrasing) - and an instrument deployed for the consolidation of global capitalism.
ACUNS Annual Meeting Event
UN @ 75: The Future of Partnership and Multilateralism
I will give a paper "Precarity Capitalism, COVID-19 and the Quest(s) for Growth and Justice" to the panel: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs".
In an international webinar hosted by the Noida International University (India), I will address the place of the European Union in the post-pandemic geopolitical landscape: to understand how the EU might change the world, we need to understand how the EU is changing.
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Social crisis after Covid-19 Interview
Fighting poverty & intervening to the realm of production
I speak to ENA elaborating on a series of policy proposals aiming at reducing the general precarity and insecurity of our era, which has been exacerbated by the crisis.
I argue for the overcoming of the classic redistributive approaches and for the shifting interest from inequalities to poverty and from intervention in the realm of redistribution to the realm of production.
EU, Brexit and the UK-Norway Comparison
The Global Europe Centre (Brussels School of International Studies) and the ARENA Centre for European Studies (University of Oslo) join forces to explore the issues of Brexit and the experience of Norway.
Marx and Europe Event
International seminar with Etienne Balibar, Albena Azmanova and Raúl Fornet-Betancourt.
I will open the session on Covid-19 and social justice with a reflection on the gravity of economic and social insecurity (precarity) as the key problem of our times and the importance of building a strong European Social Union.
The Council is the highest decision-making body of the party.
Growth - Climate - Society - Labour
In this panel of scholars and thinkers, I propose that we refocus the social justice agenda on fighting precarity, and away from the growth-and-redistribution agenda which is prevailing now.
Beyond the Liberal-Communitarian Debate
I hold a workshop "The political economy of liberal communities" focused on my concept of a 'political economy of trust', as articulated, most recently, in my book Capitalism on Edge.
An Author Meets Critics Panel
Claus Offe, Amy, Allen, Lea Ypi and Paul Apostolidis discuss with Albena Azmanova the avenues of critique of capitalism and radical change as raised in her new book Capitalism on Edge and as they manifest in the current conjuncture. A panel convened by Azar Dakwar.
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In this session, we explore what coronavirus means for the future of public ownership and economic democracy. Will the big state stick around, and is that what we want? What would a democratic economy look like? And what should the left be saying and doing to get there?
Before the pandemic, progressive forces were mobilising under the banner of fighting inequality. The pandemic, however, has revealed that the scourge of our societies is the generalised precarity — the massive economic and social fragility that four decades of cuts to public spending created. What policies are necessary for a swift change of direction?
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Pandemic and Politics Event
COVID-19, Global Crisis and the Challenge to Humanity
In this webinar, my colleagues Adrian Pabst, Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels, and I discuss the political world of COVID-19 responses, the effectiveness of politicians, the hidden politics behind the health management and the potential of new political environments.
The Outrage Against Inequality Interview
In the fourth episode of Political Bites, Dr Iain MacKenzie introduces Dr Alebena Azmanova from the Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent to discuss the topic of the outrage against inequality.
For Europe Day, I will participate in a panel discussion with some of the signatories of the open letter to Merkel on European bonds, hosted by Citizens Take Over Europe.
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All events of the day will be live-streamed on YouTube at the European Democracy Lab channel.
I discuss my new book "Capitalism on Edge: How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Crisis or Utopia".
I speak about my new book Capitalism on Edge, with a special focus on the process of conceiving and executing a politically relevant and theoretically rigorous research project.
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[e-Salon] After COVID Event
Can we do things differently?
An online salon discussion with three fantastic speakers about what we can learn from the extraordinary times in which we are suddenly living. COVID-19 has led each of us to slow down or totally halt some areas of our lives while other aspects seem to continue at the same relentless pace. Our speakers will reflect on whether this enforced slowing down can lead us to reflect critically on the world we have inadvertently built, with all its contradictions, vulnerabilities and environmental challenges; and whether it might be a time to think and act differently.
On "Capitalism on Edge" Interview
Douglas Lain and I discuss the renewal of Marxism and the prospects for radical politics: class struggle and counter-hegemony as the two available strategies of emancipation; how to subvert capitalism, rather than overthrow it.
At the edge Interview
On generalized precarity and subversive pragmatism
It is the peculiarity of our historical time that revolution is not in the cards - so I'm asking if this is not very likely to happen, do we have to give up? I say no, we can find resources for a radical change, without the crutch of a revolution, without the crutch of crisis, without the crutch of utopia - even the wonderful socialist utopia.
Is Socialism making a comeback? Public Lecture
The failure of Western economies to recover fully from the 2008 crisis has encouraged some to consider the benefits of socialism and a ‘post-capitalist’ future. But there are critics who argue that every attempt to create socialist societies has ended in either failure, misery or authoritarianism.
Action, Liberties, and Citizenship
I deliver a lecture on Populism and the Missing Crisis of Capitalism.
Modern America: what’s behind the rise of AOC and the Squad? Public Lecture
In June 2018, a young Hispanic Democrat, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), caused a major upset by defeating a 10-term incumbent, Joe Crowley, in the party primary for New York's solidly Democrat 14th congressional district.
This panel of speakers, filmed at the Battle of Ideas Festival in November 2019, consider what is going on.
The Trilemma of Democratic Capitalism
Reset DOC Seminars 2019
British Academy symposium on the future of the EU after Brexit
While religiously inspired social movements, political parties, and charity institutions make an important contribution to society in terms of civil life and social cohesion, every religion can also play a negative role in radicalizing identities, in making compromises more difficult, and provoking violence and wars.
Post-Neoliberal Capitalism? Interview
Where does capitalism stand today? If the system is crisis-ridden and hasn’t delivered the goods to large sectors of the population, why aren’t we in a revolutionary moment? And what has happened to the neoliberal version of capitalism that first emerged in the 1970s? Albena Azmanova contends that we’ve entered a new stage of capitalism, one in which a few are handed opportunities and the rest are made to shoulder the risks.
I discuss the nature of EU legitimacy - as European integration has no purpose other than the socially responsible rule.
Is Europe Boring Public Lecture
This short, terrific offering is far from boring as speakers do battle over why the European project might indeed bore us. From dubious claims that it's boring due to its success, to fresh insights on our deliberate exclusion since its inception, the debate gets heated.
On "The Scandal of Reason" Interview
A Critical Theory of Political Judgment
"The Scandal of Reason" Interview
A Critical Theory of Political Judgment
On the Politics of Fear Interview
Far-right populism and anti-establishment protest erupted already in the affluent 1990s. How come? I discuss my research into the political economy of precarity capitalism which I believe is generating the politics of fear.