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Between Catastrophe and Resistance: Greece and the Future of Europe

Thursday April 04


The Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario - Distinguished Guest Speaker Series (DGSS) 2013

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Thu Apr 04 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility


Dr. Costas Douzinas
Professor of Law and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London.

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George Georgopoulos


This event features a lecture by Dr. Costas Douzinas: "Between catastrophe and resistance: Greece and the future of Europe"

The ‘new world order’ announced in 1989 was the shortest in history. From the Arab spring, to Puerta del Sol, Syntagma Square and Occupy, protests and uprisings have erupted all over the world. History has started moving again as we enter a new age of resistance and radical change. The timing of new resistances and uprisings is unpredictable but their occurrence certain. Both mainstream political science and radical philosophy failed to predict this rebirth of history and have remained skeptical about the recent uprisings. The talk will argue that the resistance movements are well ahead and offer an invaluable corrective to political theory. All major themes of political philosophy, including the theory and practice of resistance, need to be re-visited in the light of recent experience.

The talk will examine the causes that led to the current socio-economic, political and humanitarian crisis and the types, strategies and forms of resistance that have emerged in the last three years. The Greek people face a stark choice between accepting the catastrophic austerity imposed by the troika or continuing on the path of resistance which will lead the power system that brought the country to its knees to its end. Europe faces the same choice. The future of democracy and of the idea of Europe are currently played out in their place of birth.

Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London. Costas is a founding member of the Critical Legal Conference; founding member of the Birkbeck Law School of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities; managing editor of Law and Critique and managing director of the publishing house Birkbeck Law Press.

Costas has written extensively in legal and political philosophy, human rights, aesthetics, literature, art and critical theory. His books include Justice Miscarried; The End of Human Rights; Critical Jurisprudence; Human Rights and Empire; Resistance and Philosophy in the Crisis. He has edited or c-edited the collections including : New Critical Legal Studies; The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law; The Meaning(s) of Human Rights. His books have been translated in twelve languages.

This event is organized by the Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO) in association with the HHF Chair of Modern Greek History at York University, with the generous support of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation.

Lecture to be followed by wine & cheese reception

This is a free event, but seating is limited and registration is required.

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HHF Chair in Modern Greek History, Dep. Of History, York University