Public Symposium, 16th February, Birmingham

Public Symposium, Warwick Social Theory Centre
16th February 2011, 1:30pm-6:30pm, Drinks afterwards
Birmingham Midland Institute

Discourses of Dissent is a symposium, open to all, which explores the relationship between social theory and political resistance. In light of the coalition government’s austerity agenda and the emerging movement against it, the event asks how academic research (with a particular focus on social theory) can help inform and sustain political resistance.

In doing so it will confront a variety of pressing questions standing at the interface between theory and politics. How do theoretical justifications of austerity work to constrain public debate? How does the current government’s incongruous blend of neoliberal realism and superficial progressivism relate to what went before it? What resources can we find in social theory to critique the coalition’s agenda and it’s relationship to the wider crisis of late capitalism? How can academic research in general (and social theory in particular) aid the cultivation and propagation of positive discourses which would allow us to break out of the ever narrowing political and cultural horizons which have defined the public life of the UK over the last three decades?

Confirmed speakers are Steve Fuller, Dan HindJohn Holmwood, Ruth Levitas, Sasha Roseneil and Karen Rowlingson. More speakers are to be confirmed in the near future. The event is being organized by the Social Theory Centre at the University of Warwick and the BSA Theory Study Group. It takes place on the 16th February at the Birmingham & Midland Institute in central Birmingham.

For more details please contact Mark Carrigan. To register online please click here.


6 responses to “Public Symposium, 16th February, Birmingham

  1. Can we please have abstracts of the presentations for the day?

  2. It would be useful to have some idea of when the event will start and finish and if there is any chance of a post event drink/get together. This would help those of us coming by train to book tickets.

    • Hi Terry, sorry about that, we’ve finalised details but I’ve been a bit slow at keeping the website updated. The event will last from 2pm till 6pm and we will do something afterwards, though I’m not sure yet if this will be dinner or just a couple of drinks somewhere nearby.

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