Lunchtime Talk by Mark Kelly

Whither Europeanism?
Mark Kelly
Date & Time
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:15
1300, 1555 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Étienne Balibar has established himself as the foremost proponent in contemporary philosophy of Europeanism as a political-philosophical position, that is, the adoption of both the idea of Europe and the institution of the European Union as constituting fundamental coordinates for political thought in Europe today. Associate Professor Mark Kelly will argue Balibar took up Europe in the 1990s as a replacement to his previous commitment to communism and the Soviet Union. In light of major ongoing concrete developments, in particular the Greek debt crisis and the Brexit vote,  he critically interrogates Balibar’s position. Mark Kelly will suggest that Balibar's commitment to Europe in the current situation lacks any basis beyond an arbitrary decision – or, increasingly in the British public sphere, a reactive defence of the status quo – and that there is no possible radical form of Europeanism, even if another Europe does remain possible. Instead, he will propose a radical agnosticism in relation to Europe, that there is no good reason to refuse or adopt Europe as a political horizon.
Mark G. E. Kelly is Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. He was previously Lecturer in Philosophy serially at Middlesex University, Monash University, and Macquarie University. He is the author of three books on the thought of Michel Foucault, and more recently of Biopolitical Imperialism (Zero, 2015) and For Foucault: Against Normative Political Theory (SUNY, forthcoming 2018).
Introduction and moderation of Q&A by Brad Weslake. Associate Professor of Philosophy, Global Network Professor. 
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