San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
On the occasion of the accession of Croatia into the European Union, the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the UCL European Institute are organising a round table debate featuring prominent academics, artists and authors from Croatia and Slovenia.
Having lived in the federal union of Yugoslavia and through the short-lived independence of these two nations only to join another supranational structure, our guests will bring an outsider but vital perspective on some of the key issues at stake both in their countries as well as in the United Kingdom.
- Having seen through the demise of Yugoslavia, what if anything has the European Union learned?
- Is the nation state still a sustainable and feasible organisational mode of society?
- What are the implications of the current financial and economic crisis in the EU for sovereignty both individual and national?
- Is there future for the European Union given the current unemployment rate of its youth?
Chair: Dr Bojan Aleksov, UCL SSEES
- Renata Salecl, philosopher, sociologist and legal theorist. Her books in English include Choice, On Anxiety, The Spoils of Freedom: Psychoanalysis and Feminism after the Fall of Socialism and (Per)versions of Love and Hate.
- Srečko Horvat, philosopher and the director of the Subversive Forum. His latest books include After the End of History. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement and together with Slavoj Žižek, What does Europe want? (in German).
- Costas Lapavitsas teaches economics at SOAS, University of London. In recent years he has worked on the Eurozone crisis and on the financialisation of capitalism. His latest books are Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All (Verso, 2013) and Crisis in the Eurozone (Verso, 2012).
- Tena Štivičić, Croatian playwright living in London, Her plays in English include Can't Escape Sundays, Perceval, Psssst, Two of Us, Goldoni Terminus, Fragile!, and Fireflies.
- Igor Štiks, currently based in Edinburgh where he investigates the nexus of nation and citizenship in the Former Yugoslavia and its successor states. Author of two novels, which have won numerous awards and have been translated into a dozen European languages.
This evening will be concluded by a performance from the UCL SSEES Choir, followed by a Balkan style reception.
You will also have the opportunity to buy the books of the authors present at the discounted price.
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UCL European Institute
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