Europe’s Interregnum

Condensation of uneven historical processes, from longue durée to institutional crisis.

In this Lecture the consideration of different historical cycles of very unequal length is used to investigate the political modalities and overdetermination of the current “crisis” in the construction of the European Union. It is argued that this crisis indicates at the same time consequences of the postcolonial “provincialization of Europe”, shortcomings of the dogma of a political construction based on the primacy of unlimited competition which ended the “European Civil War” of the 20th Century, and exhaustion of the dialectics between the social and the monetary dimensions of the European “community” that prevailed (at least officially) until the late 1980s.  As a consequence, the future of Europe has become aleatory, depending on the capacity of its citizens to invent a way out of the interregnum where (following Gramsci’s words) the old is dying, but the new is not yet born.

mit Etienne Balibar

Datum & Uhrzeit

12.06.2014 - 18:00


KL 32/123 "Rost- und Silberlaube"
Habelschwerdter Allee 45