Brexit: an analysis of a political accident

In cooperation with NIAS The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

29mrt2019 20:00 - 21:30


Brexit has morphed into a political spectacle of immense proportions. This raises a number of obvious questions: what is acutely happening in the mother of all parliaments, why is the political elite incapable of agreeing on anything, why all the lying, why all this talk of betrayal of the electorate, what explains this total and utter complete mess?

On the night that Brexit should have taken place, anthropologist Diederick Raven will give an analysis of what he calls 'the biggest political theatre show on earth'. A panel of NIAS-fellows will respond and spark the discussion with the audience. With Chris Colvin, Bas Jacobs and Aidan McGarry . The event will be moderated by Fenneke Wekker.

About the speakers

Diederick Raven, Ph.D., studied mathematics, philosophy and cultural anthropology at Utrecht University and is senior lecturer at the department of anthropology at UU. He is one of the founding members of the MA program of Multiculturalism in Comparative Perspective, a program he also chaired for a number of years.

Chris Colvin, Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, is a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic History, Queen’s University Belfast. Moreover, he is a Lecturer in Economics at Queen’s Management School. As a NIAS Fellow, Chris Colvin studies the consequences of policy choices during the Great Depression, which could help modern policymakers to make better macroeconomic policy decisions today.

Bas Jacobs, Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam. Professor of Economics and Public Finance at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. As a Willem F. Duisenberg Fellow at NIAS, Bas Jacobs works on his book dealing with the macro-economic, financial and political factors that caused the Great Recession, the slow subsequent economic recovery, the large permanent economic losses and the still fragile financial system, 10 years after the fall of Lehman Brothers.

Aidan McGarry, Ph.D. from Queen's University, Belfast, UK, is Reader in International Politics at the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance, Loughborough University, London, UK. As a Eurias Junior Fellow at NIAS, McGarry examines how political voice renders marginalized communities visible and the impact of this voice on the contemporary democratic polity. His project explores how protest movements use visual culture, art/aesthetics, and performance in material and digital spaces to articulate a political voice.

Fenneke Wekker (moderator) is Head of Academic Affairs at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW). She was trained as a political sociologist at the University of Amsterdam, and works on issues of home and belonging, mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion in institutional settings and social policy. Her research projects and publications reach out to a broad audience and inherently deal with intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexuality. Having a background as a playwright and theatre-maker, Fenneke combines her artistic and academic skills to teach, moderate, influence and initiate cross-overs between arts and social sciences.


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