4-5 December 2015

This conference celebrated the life and work of Ernesto Laclau, who died in April 2014. Originally from Argentina, his ideas about radical democracy and populism influenced grassroots activists, thinkers and politicians from Latin America’s new left to Greece, Spain and Great Britain.

It was organised in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Embassy of Argentina, and explored the many aspects of Laclau’s contribution to critical thought: his account of radical politics and democracy; the innovative analysis of populism; and his reworking of ontology in political terms.

CAPPE’s previous engagement with the work of Laclau can be seen in:

Conference Programme, Embassy of Argentina 65 Brook St. W1 K4AH

Friday, 4 December

Opening Comments by  Ambassador Alicia Castro and Mark Devenney (CAPPE, University of Brighton)

Oliver Marchart, (Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf), Laclau’s Political Ontology

Nancy Fraser, (New School), Thinking Antagonism: On the Political Contradictions of Financial Capital (BY SKYPE)

Letitia Sabsay (LSE), The Rhetorical Foundations of Society

Lasse Thomassen (Birkbeck), Hegemony and Socialist Strategy 30 years after: three research agendas

Saturday, 5 December 

Jean-Claude Monod (CNRS),  The part and the whole: metaphor and metonymy in the rhetorical construction of the People

Yannis Stavrakakis (Thessaloniki) Theorising populism in light of the Greek Financial Crisis

Rada Iveković (Paris) Around the somewhat meditative rhetoric of Ernesto Laclau

Ricardo Camargo (Universidad de Chile) Articulation and Assault in Laclau’s Politics


Paula Biglieri (University of Buenos Aires) Populism and Emancipation

Mark Devenney (CAPPE, University of Brighton), The New Hegemony: Resisting Financial and Actuarial Capital

Fabienne Brugère (Université Paris 8) Is Feminism Populism?

Jeremy Gilbert (Uni. of East London) What is a demand? The subject of politics in the later Laclau

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