Conference: Alternatives to Neoliberalism

After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto, published early in 2015, argued that although the neoliberal economic settlement is unravelling, its political underpinning remains largely unchallenged. The manifesto calls into question the neoliberal order itself, and argues that we need radical alternatives to its foundational assumptions.

After Neoliberalism: Scotland and Alternative Political Futures seeks to develop key arguments of the manifesto through locating them in relation to the burgeoning political engagement that has characterised Scotland both during, and perhaps in more unexpected ways, after the ‘defeat’ of the yes campaign in the independence referendum.

The workshop seeks to take forward selected aspects of the manifesto to deepen them and to think how they can be developed and articulated in relation to the emerging political conjuncture.

These key themes are: understanding and contesting neoliberal common sense; articulating alternative publics/ states and forging internationalist opposition to austerity. The workshop will locate austerity in relation to broader histories and geographies of contestation in an attempt to shift terms of debate and locate these processes in a broader analysis of neoliberalism. Further, it will be designed to facilitate international discourses and exchanges of left alternatives, analysis and policies and in this regard will be important in allowing different movements to learn from each other.

Speakers include:

Athina Arampatzi, University of Leeds; Giovanni Bettini, Lancaster Environment Centre; Ross Beveridge, Leibniz Institute, Berlin; Cat Boyd, Rise; Andy Cumbers, author of Reclaiming Public Ownership, Neil Davidson, (co-editor of Neoliberal Scotland: Class and Nation in a Stateless Nation), Doreen Massey (founding editor of Soundings and co-editor of The Kilburn Manifesto), Angela Last and Lazaros Karaliotas, Geography, Glasgow University; Jenny Morrison (co-author of Scottish Independence: A Feminist Response); Satnam Virdee (author of Racism, Class and the Racialised Outsider).

When Saturday, 12 December 2015 from 10:00 to 18:00 (GMT) – Where Kinning Park Complex – by Kinning Park tube. 40 Cornwall Street. Glasgow G41 1AQ GB – View Map

Funded by Human Geography Research Group, University of Glasgow and the Lipman Miliband Trust.
After Neoliberalism: the Kilburn Manifesto, Scotland and Alternative Political Imaginations

Workshop Programme

10:00 – 11.30 Neoliberalism, Scotland and the Movements for Independence

  • Neil Davidson, Sociology, Glasgow University.
  • Satnam Virdee, Sociology, Glasgow University.
  • Cat Boyd, RISE.
  • Jenny Morrison, Politics, Glasgow University

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.00 Break out Workshops

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.30 Articulating alternative publics/ states

  • Andy Cumbers Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow University.
  • Ross Beveridge, Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS), Berlin.
  • Angela Last and Lazaros Karaliotas, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, Glasgow University.

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 18.00 International Solidarities

  • Doreen Massey, founding editor of Soundings, co-editor of Kilburn Manifesto.
  • Giovanni Bettini, Lancaster Environment Centre,
  • Athina Arampatzi, Geography, Leeds University,
  • Speaker TBC, Anti-austerity struggles in Spain



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