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Suggest a speaker

A quick post to draw your attend to our experiment in crowd sourcing the planning for a symposium. We’re planning another event (probably next academic year) and we’d like to get your input into who we should invite. If you think of a speaker who would address the theme of Discourses of Dissent in an interesting way then please do let us know.



Thanks everyone for a great day. We recorded video and audio of both sessions which will be posted up on the website as we get them online. We’re also planning a series of podcasts exploring ideas and accounts which came up in greater detail.

There will be another event, with a similar format, next academic year. The same theme applies: how can academic research help inform and sustain political resistance? If you’d like to suggest a speaker for us to approach then you can do so here.

Also you can now follow us on Twitter: @dis_of_dissent

Final Schedule for the Day

1:00 to 1:30 – Registration (tea/coffee)

1:30 to 3:30 – Social Theory and the Politics of Austerity

3:30 to 4:00 – Break (tea/coffee & cakes)

4:00 to 6:00 – Public Universities and Public Futures

6:00 to 6:30 – Wine reception

We still have tickets available so please invite your friends and colleagues!

A map of the venue’s location can be found here. Please e-mail Mark if you have any questions about the day.

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.