Interview Series “The Left Reflects on Global Pandemic”

transform! europe’s online interview series “The Left Reflects” with Luciana Castellina, Alex Demirović, Nancy Fraser, Leo Panitch, Gayatri Spivak, and Hilary Wainwright now available as podcast – in cooperation with Austrian left-wing platform Mosaik.As humanity faces the Covid-19 pandemic, the left internationally must address this crisis with both short and long term action, analysis, and planning. There can be no going back to the vicious circle of austerity and poverty. The radical left has to pose alternatives to reinvent socialist politics for the 21st century in order to build a new society that empowers and liberates us all. To discuss these crucial issues, transform! europe presents this series of interviews with left-wing intellectuals

The Left Reflects on the Global Pandemic: Leo Panitch

Leo Panitch is Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto and co-editor of the Socialist Register whose annual volumes he has edited for past 35 years. His latest books are Searching for Socialism; The Project of the Labour New Left from Benn to Corbyn with Colin Leys (Verso); and the expanded and updated American edition of The Socialist Challenge Today: Syriza, Sanders, Corbyn with Sam Gindin and Steve Maher (Haymarket). His book The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, also with Sam Gindin, was awarded the Deutscher book prize in the UK and the Davidson book prize in Canada.

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The Left Reflects on the Global Pandemic: Luciana Castellina

Luciana Castellina, co-founder of the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto and the Partito di Unità Proletaria, former Member of the European Parliament, where she was president of its Culture and Education and Foreign Economic Relations committees, several times a Deputy to the Italian Chamber of Deputies, former president of Italy’s academy of motion pictures Italcinema, author of numerous books and one of the leading figures of Italy’s left continuously from the 1970s to the present day. Her latest books are Manuale antiretorico dell’UE (2017) and Amori comunisti (2018).

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The Left Reflects on the Global Pandemic: Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser, professor of philosophy and politics at the New School for Social Research in New York. She works on social and political theory, feminist theory, and contemporary French and German thought. As an Einstein fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin, she also holds the chair in global justice at the Collège d’Etudes Mondiales, Paris. In winter 2014, she was visiting professor of gender studies at Cambridge University. Her most recent books are Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis (Verso, 2013), Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory (Polity, 2018), co-authored with Rahel Jaeggi, and Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (Verso, 2019), co-authored with Cinzia Arruzza and Tithi Bhattacharya.

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The Left Reflects on the Global Pandemic: Alex Demirović

Alex Demirović, studied philosophy and sociology in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). He is the author of several books on marxist state theory and democracy, economic democracy and on critical theory.  Demirović is a Senior Fellow at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, member of the scientific board of Attac Germany, of the Democratic Scholars, and of the Journal Prokla. Read here Alex Demirović’s analysis on the current developments: Changing Course in the Crisis

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The Left Reflects on the Global Pandemic: Hilary Wainwright

Hilary Wainwright, British sociologist, political activist and socialist feminist. She is the editor of Red Pepper magazine. Her numerous books include Public Service Reform: But Not As We Know It!, Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy, and Arguments for a New Left: Answering the Free Market Right. Wainwright is research fellow of the Transnational Institute (Amsterdam).

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The Left Reflects on the Global Pandemic: Gayatri C. Spivak

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Indian scholar, literary theorist, and feminist critic. She is a University Professor at Columbia University and a founding member of the establishment’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Activist in rural education and feminist and ecological social movements since 1986. Her critical writings included In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987), The Post-Colonial Critic (1990), Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Post-Coloniality (1992), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason (1999), Death of a Discipline (2003), Other Asias (2005), and Readings (2014). Spivak was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest honours, in 2013.

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