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Events CASE Thinking in Dark Times - Critical Theory Seminar

Thu, 23 Mar 2017

Thinking in Dark Times - Critical Theory Seminar

Townsville, Cairns

When: 23 March 17, 11am -- 1pm

Where: At James Cook University
Room 2, Building 9 - Multi-purpose Building 1 and Audio Visual Services, Townsville Campus
Room 3, Building B1 - Library, Cairns Campus

This weeks topic: The rise of nationalist collectivism and the hot-button issue of immigration: A German-British comparison of recent migration-related crises

This week we have a presentation by Dr Sandra Kostner, a visiting researcher from Germany, on nationalism and immigration policy in Germany and the U.K.. All those interested in understanding the rise of anti-immigration sentiment in Europe, and its possible implications for Australia, are encouraged to attend.

Speaker: Sandra Kostner (University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany)

Dr Sandra Kostner teaches intercultural relations, migration history and comparative migration politics at the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

Abstract

I compare two recent migration-related crises that are closely linked to the European project, i.e., the “freedom-of-movement crisis” in the United Kingdom that was aptly exploited by nation-first-populists and heavily informed the Brexit vote, and the “refugee crisis” in Germany that has also been adeptly used by far-right populists to mobilise anti-immigration and anti-EU sentiments among the electorate in 2016. My paper addresses the following questions: (1) What kind of institutional settings and circumstances engender the transmutation of transgovernmental policies into migration-related crises on national levels? (2) Once crises are unfolding, how does their handling by established political parties impinge on the ability of populists to gain traction with their anti-immigration and anti-EU agendas? (3) And in what ways do national crises impact on transgovernmentalisation processes?

Thinking in Dark Times Critical Theory Seminar - 7 part series

The rise of racist nationalism, the demise of liberal democracy and citizen rights, the expulsion of growing numbers of people from the ranks of legitimate life, the cultural and technological legitimation of inequality, and the gloomy subjectivity of ecologically assured destruction hark back to the dark times that gave rise to the Frankfurt School of critical theory, and to Arendt’s appeal to critical thought as our primary defense against the banality of evil. In the context of the entrepreneurial university, meanwhile, thinking (and reading) is increasingly an externality. This seminar aims to foster citizenship through critical thought and discussion of the contemporary moment, and relations among culture, politics and technology. This year’s topic addresses the question ‘what ideas are good to think with in our current dark times’?

Critical theory seeks to identify the contradictions, crisis tendencies and lines of actual or potential conflict in contemporary society, and to demarcate and politicize possibilities for more progressive, socially just, emancipatory and sustainable forms of life.

This seminar is a forum for discussing contemporary politics in relation to critical theory, and a great way for anyone interested in thinking politically to share insights on topical issues.

Critical theory seeks to identify the contradictions, crisis tendencies and lines of actual or potential conflict in contemporary society, and to demarcate and politicise possibilities for more progressive, socially just, emancipatory and sustainable forms of life.

Who can attend

All staff and students welcome. NO RSVP required.

Cost

Cost Free

Contact details:

Series Convenor - Robin Rodd by email to robin.rodd@jcu.edu.au