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February 18, 2015 / politicsbitesize

Soundings After neoliberalism conference programme is now online

AfterNeoliberalismAfter Neoliberalism? Kilburn Manifesto Conference Programme

Saturday 21 February 2015
Human Rights Action Centre, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA (map)

9.30-10.00 – Registration & Coffee


The opening session of the conference will introduce and reflect onAfter Neoliberalism? Kilburn Manifesto, to provide a background to the process that took place over the last eighteen months and provide context for the day ahead.

Speakers: Michael Rustin (Soundings & UEL), Beatrix Campbell (author and campaigner), Mika Minio-Paluello (Platform), Adam Ramsay (openDemocracy)

Chair: Jo Littler (Soundings & City University)

11.15 – 11.30 – Coffee 


With the success of Syriza and the rising popularity of Podemos, what implications can be seen in terms of politics both at a national and transnational level? As well as looking at the nature of the current moment facing citizens of Europe, this session will also look at the role of new forms of political organising, and the relationship between social movements and parliamentary groups.

Speakers: Doreen Massey (Soundings & Open University), Marina Prentoulis (Syriza & University of East Anglia), Sirio Canos Donnay(Podemos London & UCL), Simon Dubbins (Unite the Union)

Chair: David Wearing (SOAS)

13.00 – 13.30 – Lunch 

13.30 – 14.30 – BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Four of the five breakout sessions will be facilitated conversations on different themes of the Manifesto, to allow participants to discuss its ideas in a smaller, more informal setting. To guide each sessions’ discussion, we have included suggested readings from the Manifesto below. The fifth breakout will be an interactive session to discuss ideas for future Soundings activity.

Bottom up economics (and other forms of organising)
Facilitator – Clifford Singer (Social Spark & Digital Action Lab)

Suggested Manifesto readings:
Whose economy? Reframing the debate – Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin
Energy beyond neoliberalism – Platform
States of imagination – Janet Newman and John Clarke

Neoliberalism and identity
Facilitator – Roshi Naidoo (Independent researcher and consultant)

Suggested Manifesto readings:
After neoliberalism: the need for a gender revolution – Beatrix Campbell
A growing discontent: Class and generation under neoliberalism – Ben Little
Race, migration and neoliberalism – Sally Davison and George Shire

How does neoliberalism frame our terms of debate?
Facilitator – David Featherstone (Soundings and University of Glasgow)

Suggested Manifesto readings:
Common sense neoliberalism – Stuart Hall and Alan O’Shea
Vocabularies of the economy – Doreen Massey
After neoliberalism: analysing the present – Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin

What values do we want to be expressed by the new economy?
Facilitator – Guppi Bola (new economics foundation)

Suggested Manifesto readings:
A relational society – Michael Rustin
States of imagination – Janet Newman and John Clarke
A growing discontent: Class and generation under neoliberalism – Ben Little

What’s next for Soundings?
Facilitators – Ben Little & Deborah Grayson (Soundings)

An interactive session to suggest and discuss possible directions and activity for Soundings following the Kilburn Manifesto.

14.30 – 14.45 – Break


Alliance building is vital in order to develop an effective resistance to neoliberalism. The closing session of the conference will look at how alliances can be built within and across different forms of political associations, why it is important, and what challenges it can create.

Speakers: Jeremy Gilbert (UEL & New Formations), Pragna Patel(Southall Black Sisters), Ewa Jasiewicz (activist and campaigner),Charlotte Millar (Finance Innovation Lab),

Chair: Sue Goss (author, Open Tribe)


Following the conference, there will be a reception from 4.30-6.30pm at 71a Leonard Street to launch the printed version of After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto and to honour its co-editor,Stuart Hall.


Conference: £30 / £12 (low income) |
Post-conference reception / book launch: £6 (£12 without conference ticket)

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