Conference - European Crises from Weimar until Today
Department of Business and Politics, CBS held a conference concerning European Crises from Weimar until Today: History – Economy – Politics – Law
Background: From the Weimar Republic and interwar period over the 1970s to the current debacle over the Euro, crises and crisis semantics has been a recurrent theme of European modern history. Although being very different in terms of causes, developments and consequences these three crises share that they were characterized by economic downturns, social upheavals and forceful ideological formations and semantic innovations which have both challenged and transformed democracy and the state of law.
This conference seeks to take a closer look at the many variants of the crises phenomenon in the European context from the early 20th century until today by looking at the complex interplay between structural transformations within the economy and institutionalized politics and law and the ideological formations and semantic innovations which complemented these transformations.
Organisers: Professor MSO Poul F. Kjaer, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School and Assistant Professor Niklas Olsen, Center of Modern European Studies, University of Copenhagen.
Venue: Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Porcelænshaven 20, 2000 Frederiksberg. Room PH 110.
Registration: Mette Grue Nielsen: firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 5th December 2014.
DAY 1: Thursday 11 December
8.45 – 9.00 Coffee and Registration
9.00 – 9.10 Welcome: Poul F. Kjaer and Niklas Olsen
Session I: Semantics, Notions and Narrative of Crisis
Chair: Christian Borch
9.10. – 10.00: David Runciman (Cambridge University): What Time Frame Makes Sense for Thinking About Crises?
Session II: Weimar and the Interwar Period: Anti-Modernism and Crisis of Legitimacy
Chair: Ruth Dukes
10.00 – 10.50: Balázs Trencsényi (Central European University Budapest): The Breakthrough of Anti-modernism: Towards a Typology of Crisis Discourses in Interwar East Central Europe
10.50 – 11.10: Coffee
11.10 – 12.00: John P. McCormick (University of Chicago): The Legitimacy Crisis of the Weimar Republic: Rational and Theocratic Authority in the Schmitt-Strauss Exchange
12.00 – 13.00: Lunch Break
Session III: From the Crises of Crowds to the Crises of the Consumer
Chair: Mikkel Thorup
13.00 – 13.50: Christian Borch (Copenhagen Business School): Crowds and Crisis: On Suggestible Sociality
13.50 – 14.40: Niklas Olsen (University of Copenhagen): Crisis and the Consumer: Reconstructions of Liberalism in Twentieth Century Western European Political Thought
14.40 – 15.00: Coffee Break
Session IV: Labour, Corporatism and Governance
Chair: Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
15.00 – 15.50: Ruth Dukes (University of Glasgow): The Crisis in Labour Law
15.50 – 16.40: Chris Thornhill: (Manchester University): The Constitutionalization of Labour Law and the Failure of National Democracy
16.40 - 17.30 Poul F. Kjaer (Copenhagen Business School): From the Crisis of Corporatism to the Crisis of Governance
17.30: End of day 1
18.30 Dinner: "Restaurant Radio", Julius Thomsens Gade 12, 1632 Copenhagen V
DAY 2: Friday 12 December
9.15 – 9.30: Registration and Coffee
Session V: From Extra-Legality to Human Rights
Chair: Balázs Trencsényi
9.30 – 10.20: William E. Scheuermann (University of Indiana Bloomington): Crises and Extra-Legality: From Above and From Below
10.20 – 11.10 Mikkel Thorup (Aarhus University): Dreaming of European Civil War – Crisis Thinking on the Radical Anti-Muslim Right
11.10 – 12.00: Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (University of California Berkeley): Human Rights and the Ends of History
12.00 – 13.00: Lunch break
Session IV: The Return of Crisis: The Euro and the Future of Europe
Chair: Chris Thornhill
13.00 – 13.50: Claus Offe (Hertie School of Governance): Europe Entrapped. An Economic Crisis Paralyzing the Political Capacity for its Management
13.50 – 14.40: Christian Joerges (Hertie School of Governance Berlin/University of Bremen): What is left of the European Economic Constitution II?
14.40 – 15.00: Coffee Break
15.00 – 15.50: Hauke Brunkhorst (University of Flensburg): The Crisis of Economic Constitutionalism in Europe
15.50 – 16.00: Poul F. Kjaer and Niklas Olsen: Concluding Remarks and Publication Plans
16.00: End of Day 2