Period of stay: 1 March – 30 April 2021
Evaluation sheet for departing Fellows
- What would you consider to be the major benefits of your stay at IWM?
Discussions with brilliant colleagues; provided me with the mental space to focus on my research; very good office; excellent food; convivial atmosphere. I felt welcome and valued.
- Was the event programme of the IWM attractive and interesting for you?
Yes, and I will continue following it.
- Do you have any criticisms of any aspect of the Institute’s program and operations?
Please include any suggestions for improvement.
I was at the IWM during lock-down and could not fully experience the vibrant atmosphere for which it is reputed. Therefore I cannot suggest recommendations, apart from a fast return to normal operation.
- Is there anything else you would like to let us know regarding your stay at the IWM?
I would be glad to contribute to the IWM in the future as best as I can.
Final Report sheet for departing Fellows
As mentioned in the “Terms of Award” agreement, we would kindly ask you to submit your final report on your activities, travels, talks and accomplishments during your research stay. Please be as specific and concise as possible!
In particular, we may ask you to list books or essays that have been written or worked on at the IWM, that have either been published or accepted for publication or that you wish to submit for publication. Describe briefly the nature of the work and give names of publishers or publications, dates and other relevant facts.
We would be very grateful if you could provide us with a copy of your publication(s) for our library or, if this is not possible, contact our librarian with the publication details. We would also like to ask you to list any prizes or awards you have received or will receive, as well as any scholarships and grants you have received or will receive.
During my tenure as a visiting fellow, I worked on a number of projects:
1. Rule of Law project commissioned by the European Parliament.
I had fruitful discussions with current and former fellows (Ivan Krastev, Ivan Veijvoda, Alison Smale, Timothy Snyder, Shalini Randeria, Ruth Wodak), which helped me advance in my work. I collected the material necessary for chapters on Spain, France, and Bulgaria.
2. Events at IWM
- 29 March, IWM monthly lecture, in discussion with Wolfgang Merkel, video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGzaS8P2ur8
- 27 April: recorded a podcast with Ivan Vejvoda for the series “Vienna Coffeee House Conversations”
3. Capitalism on Edge / Kapitalismus an der Kippe book promotion
I gave the following book talks:
- Interview, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs (Brown University), hosted by Mark Blyth, 16/03/2021 (video: https://tinyurl.com/cuum3k38)
- Podcast, in conversation with Mark Blyth; The Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance (Brown University).
- The German translation of my book Capitalism on Edge (Kapitalismus an der Kippe) came out in March with the Austrian publisher Konturen. On 12 April I gave an interview (in the IWM library) for the Austrian Television (journalist Katja Gasser); aired on 22 April: https://tvthek.orf.at/profile/ZIB-800/12288249/ZIB- 800/14089641/Buch-Kapitalismus-an-der-Kippe-Leben-mit-Geldsorgen/14904228
4. Policy advisory meetings and contributions:
These meetings involved drafting of policy proposals:
- 09 March: Meeting of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)
- 11 March: meeting of the the Independent Commission for Sustainable Equality, European Parliament
- 07 April 2021: expert workshop „Education for Sustainability“, organised by the European Commisison and the Joint Research Center, Directorate B – Growth & Innovation, Human Capital & Employment Unit
- 23 March: online event hosted by Sciences Po Paris book presentation of Pandemics, Politics, and Society: Critical Perspectives on the Covid-19 Crisis, edited by Gerard Delanty. Berlin: De Gruyter, March 2021; pp 243-256; in which I contributed a chapter. Recordings: https://www.sciencespo.fr/liepp/fr/content/pandemics-politics- and-society-critical-perspectives-covid-19-crisis.html
- 14 April: Guest talk (online) at James Galbraith’s class in International Economics, University of Texas at Austin.
- 14 April: Participated in the event „Conversations for the Future of Europe“, Organised by Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (EUI): A Democratic Panopticon for the Recovery Fund: A new form of permanent citizen involvement in EU decision- making“ author Kalypso Nikolaidis, disiscussants Hannah Werner and Albena Azmanova: https://www.eui.eu/events?id=534393
- April: participation in the 15th International Karl Polanyi Conference “The Role of the State in the post-COVID 21st Century”: https://sites.events.concordia.ca/sites/kpipe/en/karl-polanyi-institute-of-political- economy/
- 28 April – recording for the Delphi Economic Forum
Panel: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY IN A WORLD OF UNCERTAINTY (to be aired on Thursday May 13th 15:30 (CET)
Albena Azmanova, Author, Reader in Political and Social Thought, University of Kent, UK
Göran Therborn, Emeritus Professor, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK
Nadia Urbinati, Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory, Columbia University, USA
Chair: Nikos Erinakis, Director of Research, ENA – Institute for Alternative Policies, Greece
- Publication: A.Azmanova, „Safe speech vs free speech: higher education’s false dilemma“, openDemocracy, 26 April 2021.
- 9 May: Participation in the“Debating Europe” event (Vienna Burgtheater): “Do we need a post-Covid economic revolution?”