The Left is Dead, Long Live the Left? The Changes and Challenges of the Left in Contemporary Europe
The international conference The Left is Dead, Long Live the Left? The Changes and Challenges of the Left in Contemporary Europe took place on November 29/30 at the Institute of Social Sciences and in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, office in Belgrade. Scholars from over ten European universities dealt with the topic within five sessions not only from a theoretical perspective, but analysed also – based on cases studies – the position of the left, social democratic parties and ideas in a number of countries from west, central and south Europe. Special sessions were devoted to the problems and potentials of the left in the post-Yugoslav countries and in Serbia.
The discussion went in several directions, starting from the questions “which left” in “what Europe” is being addressed; over the analysis of the long-term consequences of the so called Third Way and of the deregulation of the financial markets and media system not only for the left and social democratic parties, but also for the majority of European societies; up to the discussion about new forms of political groups and means of mobilization on the left side of the political spectrum. Based on the presented papers and discussions an edited volume will follow in 2019 in which the conference participants will have the chance to present more detailed their research findings.