Croatia in the EU: Debate on the Future of the Nation State
12:00 am to 8:00 pm, 01 November 2013
1 November 2013
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On the occasion of the accession of Croatia into the European Union, the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the UCL European Institute are organising a round table debate featuring prominent academics, artists and authors from the region.
After decades of autonomy within the federal union of Yugoslavia and the shorter-lived independence Croatia has just joined another supranational structure. The European Union, despite the on-going financial crisis, continues to expand and attract as the other countries of the former Yugoslavia follow Slovenia and Croatia's path. Our guests will bring an outsider but vital perspective on some of the key issues at stake both in their countries as well as in the United Kingdom concerning the future of the Nation state and the European Union:
- Is the nation state still a sustainable and feasible organisational mode of society?
- Having seen through the demise of Yugoslavia, what if anything has the European Union learned?
- What are the implications of the current financial and economic crisis in the EU for sovereignty both individual and national?
- Is their future for the European Union given the current unemployment rate of its youth?
- Renata Salecl, philosopher, sociologist and legal theorist, recently appointed Professor of Psychology/Psychoanalyis and Law at Birkbeck. Her books in English include The Spoils of Freedom: Psychoanalysis and Feminism After the Fall of Socialism (Routledge, 1994), (Per)versions of Love and Hate (Verso, 1998), On Anxiety (Routledge, 2004) and Tyranny of Choice (Profile Books, 2010)
- Costas Lapavitsas teaches economics at SOAS, University of London. In recent years he has worked on the Eurozone crisis and on the financialisation of capitalism. His latest books are Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All (Verso, 2013) and Crisis in the Eurozone (Verso, 2012).
- Srečko Horvat, philosopher and the director of the Subversive Forum. His latest books include After the End of History. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement and together with Slavoj Žižek, What does Europe want? The Union and its Discontents (Istros books, 2013), also appearing in German, French and Spanish.
- Tena Štivičić, Croatian playwright living in London, Her plays in English include Can't Escape Sundays, Perceval, Psssst, Two of Us, Goldoni Terminus, Fragile!, and Fireflies.
- Igor Štiks, currently based in Edinburgh where he investigates the nexus of nation and citizenship in the Former Yugoslavia and its successor states. Together with Jo Shaw he edited Citizenship after Yugoslavia (Routledge, 2012) and Citizenship Rights (Ashgate, 2013). Štiks is also author of two novels, which have won numerous awards and have been translated into a dozen European languages.
This evening will be concluded by a performance from the UCL SSEES Choir.
The event is followed by a Balkan style reception. You will also have
the opportunity to buy the books of the authors present at the
Chair: Dr Bojan Aleksov, UCL SSEES