Postponed | From the great transformation to the eco-social transition
4th EMES-Polanyi Seminar
Due to health measures related to COVID-19, this event is postponed. The new date will soon be announced on our site.
Brindging different fields of research the purpose of the seminar is to break through disciplinary boundaries and consider multiple epistemological perspectives on how economies are and can be (re-)embedded in their societal and political context, and to critically deliberate societal uncertainties that cast a shadow over democracies as well as emerging practices aimed at strengthening them.
When the welfare states matured in the wake of the Second World War, they seemed to provide a horizon of emancipation. However they have been undermined by a deficit in citizen expression, and a dependency on the market economy, reducing their capacity to face the growing attacks by advocates of free market ideology. Neoliberalism challenged the values of social democracy and the post war social contract but they both failed to cope with global issues.
The challenge of the early XXIst century is to formulate a new conception of transformation paving the way towards a society based on solidarity and epistemological justice.
To address contemporary societal challenges and their intersections, there is a strong need to explore the relationship between the concepts of transformation and transition across different research traditions.