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Doing and undoing politics through “the region”. Fathoming left- and right-wing attempts at reframing the political from the bottom up 
Douglas Holmes (Binghamton University)
Giacomo Loperfido (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (EKUT))
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Agnieszka Pasieka (University of Vienna)
Wednesday 24 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

Our roundtable invites contributions reflecting on the use of “the region” as a site of political experimentation by both "left-wing" and "right-wing" actors.

Long Abstract:

Back in 1980 Pierre Bourdieu showed how “the region” had become an arena of struggle, as it proved to be – among other things – a powerful symbolic device, capable of challenging established paradigms governing social life and its representations. In times of political instability and contention, this symbolic property of subverting established discourses and hierarchies acquires new, at times contradictory, political meanings.

Against this background, in this roundtable we wish to ask whether the discourses on “the region” might help us challenge assumptions like the too often taken for granted association between the right with nationalism and laissez faire economics, or the left with state centralism. What we may find, instead, are far-right movements which see regions as a means of anchoring identities, and criticizing liberalism via the discourse of community and roots, while left-wing constituencies hold the flag of federalism in the name of economic self-regulation.

This roundtable invites contributions reflecting on the use of “the region” as a site of political experimentation. Some questions to consider include: How are idioms of “culture” and “economy” employed and intertwined in discussions on the region? How does the idea of the region lend itself to the articulation of new hierarchies between various actors? What are the struggles defining these unequal articulations? Are these struggles understood and explained through the idioms of left and right - or, perhaps, of neither left nor right politics?

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -