"When Princess Europa was kidnapped by Zeus in bull’s disguise, her father, Agenor, King of Tyre, sent his sons in search of his lost daughter. One of them, Cadmon, sailed to Rhodes. In Delphi he asked the Oracle about his sister’s whereabouts. On that specific point Pythia, true to her habit, was evasive -but she obliged Cadmon with practical advice: "you won’t find her. Better get yourself a cow, follow it and push it forward, don’t allow it to rest; at the spot where it falls from exhaustion, build a town".
Zygmunt Bauman

17 June 2017

Seminario Globernance

(Workshop en San Sebastián, 16.06.17, GLOBERNANCE)

Enlaces con vídeo de mi participación en el seminario sobre pluralismo etno-religioso y auge del populismo radical y de la extrema derecha en Europa. Presentación del paper 'New Realigment of Fears in Europe'. Más información en Globernance
Agradecimiento personal al director del instituto, Daniel Innerarity, y a Ander Errasti y Cristina Astier por la invitación. A finales de 2017 se publicará un libro conjunto.     

9:30-10:45. The state of Ethnoreligious Pluralism in Europe
Alexander Görlach (Harvard University): Religious and populist narratives in society and how they inform public discourse and policy making (30 mins)
Discussant: Sergio García (Dr. in Sociology – representative of Bahá’í community in Spain) (15mins)
Chair: Linda K. Wood (Dr. in Law – International Rule of Law Attorney)
11:00-12:15. The rise of Far-Right in Europe
Prof. Montserrat Guibernau (Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge): The rise of the radical right: Ideology and political discourse (30 mins)
Discussant: Carmen Innerarity (Universidad Pública de Navarra) (15mins)
Chair: Ander Errasti (Pompeu Fabra University)
12:30-13:45. The upcoming challenges as  sign of a complex political crisis
Dídac Gutiérrez Peris (Research Director, Viavoice Paris): New realigment of fears in Europe (30 mins)
Discussant: Joxerramon Bengoetxea (University of the Basque Country) (15mins)
Chair: Cristina Astier (Globernance Researcher)

Europe is facing a critical situation: after the 2008 crisis, both member-state and European Union’s democracies failed to adequately address the increasing fear, insecurity and uncertainties resulting from the crisis. The unfair distribution of the consequences of the crisis pushed citizens all over Europe to break up with the traditional sources of cohesion, including political parties, media, experts or public institutions. Neither Member States nor the European Union’s institutions managed to answer the impact of the crisis and adequately embrace/integrate the migrant population. Both issues, the rise of inequalities as a failure of the welfare state in Europe and the increase of migrant flows, fostered and are a breeding ground for racial, religious or ideological hatred. The distinct feature, compared to previous times when similar tensions arose, is that citizens are now channelling their claims through democratic means. New expressions of radical populism, nativism and far-right ideologies have burst into the European public sphere, in all three local, regional and European levels. This combination has turned the economic and refugee crisis into an also and mainly a crisis of politics.

The International Workshop on the European Crisis of Politics: Ethnoreligious pluralism and the rise of radical populism, nativism and far-right in Europe aims to address a dimension of this phenomena. It is intended to analyse, first, what does exactly mean the Ethnoreligious Pluralism in Europe to offer an evidence-based picture of the ongoing transformation. It will follow with a second panel focused on the radicalised reactions vis-á-vis this transformation, analysing how these movements have engaged the electorates. It will close with a panel analysing these phenomena within the crisis of politics focusing on the citizen’s fear and the impact of that fear on their political decisions. This last analysis will present the results of a project developed in six European Union’s member states.

The event will be held at the San Telmo Museum (Donostia – San Sebastian) on the 16th of June and will be open to the public. It will have a semi round-table format where experts will directly engage each other, with paper presentations and discussants’ reactions, while the public will be invited to participate in the debate.

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