Open Seminars

OLIve Weekend Programme runs the Open Seminar Series every Saturday online. The seminar is for all of the CEU and international OLIve community. Guests are welcome if respectful of the learning environment.

June 6, 2020

Colonial Configurations: race, law and justice

By Prem Kumar Rajaram

This talk will examine the extent to which colonialism and colonial power are relevant to understanding the persistence of global social, economic and political inequalities.  Particular attention will be paid to the idea of justice and to the law, noting the extent to which the interests of economic elites take precedence.  Further attention will be paid to the intersections of race and capitalism and the production of surplus and disposable labour.  Overall, the talk will try to address the extent to which the categories of governance of European colonialism of the 19th century remain relevant in social, political and economic structures.

May 30, 2020

The Creation of Uneven development: the unbalanced relation between city and countryside in Thailand

By Claudio Sopranzetti

This seminar will explore one of the main axis of inequality in the contemporary world: the one between cities and countryside. Why and how did this emerge? Exploring how the uneven development between this two entities has been historically created in Thailand, we will reflect on how the project of social justice needs to intersect with geographic inequality and address it.

May 23, 2020

Digital Rights

By Veszna Wessenauer

Tech companies were once widely thought to be forces of liberation. In 2011, the Egyptian activist Wael Ghonim famously said: “If you want to liberate a society, just give them the internet.” While the number of internet users has more than doubled since then, global internet freedom has declined. Organizations that track global internet freedom, press freedom, and democracy all report alarming declines in these critical areas over the same period. Human rights, freedom, and democracy are under attack across the world. Attacks are enabled by the very technology that connects people and ideas across borders.

As the research manager of the Ranking Digital Rights project, Veszna will discuss these questions during this Olive seminar: What do we mean by digital rights? Why do we need to be aware of our digital rights? What kind of instruments are needed in order to enable citizens to exercise their digital rights?

May 16, 2020

Authoritarian Neoliberalism, Radical Conservatism and Social Policy in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe

This presentation will address the hegemonic position of authoritarianism, populism, conservatism and neoliberalism in a number of states in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe and the centrality of social welfare to new hegemonic settlements. The articulation of modes of governmentality that combine heteronormative familialism, repatriarchialization, nationalism, ethnicized demographic renewal and anti‐immigrant sentiments is particularly worrying. Diverse forms of layered social divestment are occurring, delivering a radical new vision of social reproduction and fundamental differentiations in terms of access to social citizenship between those seen as ‘deserving’ of support and those who are not, who are increasingly subjected to disciplinary measures. Although the degree of welfare retrenchment varies, the radical nature of restructuring, breaking down traditional notions of left and right on welfare, is suggestive of longer‐term restructurings not reliant on individual politicians or parties.

May 9, 2020

Gender and Social Justice

By Viola Zentai

This seminar will discuss some outstanding issues of justice in gender relations. We will pay specific attention to the problem of violence and care, which are at the center of critical theories of gender equality.

Viola will help us explore why there is no social justice without deeply understanding and transforming how these two practices are regularized, legitimized, and contested in societies.

April 25, 2020

Migrant Rights and Justice

By Andras Lederer

OLIve Weekend Programme runs the Open Seminar Series every Saturday online. The seminar is for all of the CEU and international OLIve community. Guests are welcome if respectful of the learning environment.

April 18, 2020

Everyday Struggles for Environmental Justice

By Tamara Steger

In this interactive seminar we will draw on our everyday environmental experiences. What is it like in our own home towns to secure quality drinking water and food, clean air, and safe schools and working conditions? We will build from the participants’ experiences to explore ideas about how we define and think about the environment.

Looking at the environmental justice movement and the three main principles that are important from the perspective of movement actors, we will consider how certain understandings of the environment and environmental justice movements support a better quality of life for all?

April 4, 2020

X is just, Y is unjust, in my opinion. Fine, but what is justice?

By David Weberman

We use the words “just” and “unjust” widely in all sorts of situations, judging some things to be one and some things to be the other. But do we have a good sense, in the first place, of what justice is? Maybe not.

The task of clarifying what we mean or should mean by ”social justice” is a philosophical exercise, one at the heart of our ability to live with one another. Join us for a talk with philosopher at CEU, David Weberman, this Saturday. We will try to get a better sense of what guides our intuitions and judgments about what is just, while discussing some interesting examples such as how to divide a pizza justly?

March 28, 2020

The Long Twilight Struggle Against Offshore Secrecy: Exposing the plumbing of global wealth

By Dean Starkman

CMDS fellow-in-residence and SPP Visiting Professor Dean Starkman discusses the secretive offshore financial system and how it is driving the recent explosion in wealth inequality; how western financial, law and accounting firms are integral to, and profit from, the system that makes possible large-scale public corruption, tax avoidance and money laundering; journalistic efforts in the past decade to bring this system and its effects into public view and onto the global policy agenda; and the role of mass data leaks cross-border journalistic collaboration (“professional peer production”) in doing so.

March 7, 2020

Desegregation as a tool for Racial Justice – The Case of the Roma

By Marius Taba

The story of the racism towards the Roma population remains incomplete regardless of the sustained efforts devoted in the last 30 years. Yet the inequality created in the past continues to be reproduced and to overwhelmingly influence life chances of many Roma in the present.

In this seminar Marius argues that the disadvantages of Roma are legacies of explicitly racist and discriminatory policies initiated under the eugenic theoretical framework, with reverberations during the communism and our days. Further, he argues about the importance of school desegregation as key prerequisite of ‘racial justice.’

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