The Left in Power?

Starts 30 June 2017 - 18:00
Finishes 30 June 2017 - 20:00
Venue Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St London WC1E 7HX. Malet Street main building (Torrington Square entrance), Room B34
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Public event in association with the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities 2017 London Critical Theory Summer School

Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck, University of London and Syriza member of the Hellenic parliament for Piraeus

Amidst the turmoil of economic crisis, Greece has become the first European experiment of Left rule in a sea of neoliberalism. Through his position as an ‘accidental politician’, unexpectedly propelled from academia into the world of Greek politics as a Syriza MP, Costas Douzinas will examine some of the challenges Syriza has faced since its assent to power in 2015. He will discuss what theoretical and political lessons can be drawn from one of the boldest and most difficult experiments in governing from the Left in an age of austerity, and what the experience of the Syriza Government can tell us about the prospects for the Left in the 21st Century.

The talk will be followed by a reception and book signing for Professor Douzinas's latest book: Syriza in Power which will be published in June 2017 by Polity Press. 

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Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London, and Founding Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, as well as the Syriza member of the Hellenic parliament for Piraeus. His latest book, Syriza in Power will be published in June 2017 by Polity Press.