Democracy Rising World Conference 2015

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University of Athens
Center of Theoretical Sciences
Solonos 57

Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) First World Conference on the subject “Democracy Rising: From Insurrections to ‘Event’”


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Margaret Thatcher’s slogan, “There is no alternative” was a declaration of war that installed the horrors of neoliberal policies that have eroded and systematically undermined democratic and public-based projects for more than 30 years. The global financial crisis of 2008 exposed these neoliberal policies that have paved the way for the rise of an untouchable oligarchical class whose top 80 members now possess more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population. It is now abundantly clear that neoliberalism has accelerated radical inequality and at the same time forced the world to conform to their unquestionable, anti-democratic policies, lest even greater disasters befall us.

Faced with no alternative, on their terms, in 2011 a new series of insurrections began to emerge from the Occupy movement to Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, to Spain, Ireland, and Greece. The recent historic victory of Syriza brings forth the message that citizens must decide their own future and thus the reassertion of the primacy of politics takes place again in the world. In the wake of Syriza’s victory and the hope it articulates for the world, we propose a conference comprised of academics and activists from the birthplace of democracy, Athens, Greece.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together intellectuals and activists to think through and propose strategic alternatives for democracy and its future.

  • Neoliberalism and Austerity Measures
  • Philosophy and Political Struggles
  • The Global Debt Crisis
  • Capitalism & Education
  • Democracy & Activism
  • European Union & the Euro-Zone
  • The Rise of Fascism in Europe
  • Neoliberalism and Globalization
  • Uniting the Workers with the Intelligentsia
  • The Hope of Left Governance
  • The Rise of Podemos in Spain
  • Organizing Locally & Globally
  • Inequality & Democracy



General/Public registration
This conference is free and open to the public however we are requiring all who attend to register.
For a Master List of Participants please see Democracy Rising Conference INDEX PAGE

Language/Translation: Greek and English



Conference Greetings by: Alain Badiou (GCAS President), Gabriel Sakellaridis (Central Spokesperson of the Greek Government)  Aristides Baltas (Greek Minister of Education), Anastasios Kourakis (Deputy Minster of Education), Mihalis Spourdalakis (Professor of Political Sociology & Dean of the School of Economics & Political Science, University of Athens)

Plenary Speakers: Tariq AliMaria AristodemouBruno BosteelsJodi DeanCostas DouzinasStathis KouvelakisPaul MasonMaria NikolakakiLeo Panitch

Featured Speakers: Athena AthanasiouPeter BratsisAlex CallinicosAris ChatzistefanouCreston DavisPaolo GerbaudoStathis GourgourisSigrid HackenbergLaura HannaSrecko HorvatAzfar HussainAthina Karatzogianni, Kostis KarpozilosTheodore KoulourisClaudia Landolfi,  Spyros Marketos, Sandro MezzadraJohn MiliosAamir R. MuftiRodrigo Guimaraes NunesNeni PanourgiaJulie RescheJerome RoosGabriel SakellaridisLola SánchezHelena SheehanLenart SkofAngeliki SpiropoulouStavros StavridesIgor StiksBhaskar SunkaraKenneth Surin, Astra TaylorPeter ThompsonGiovanni TusaKees van der Pijl,Leonidas VatikiotisChristoforos VernadakisKatarina Peović VukovićHilary WainwrightWorkers @ Vio.Me and special guests from Syriza and Podemos.

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