Global Uprising // A year-long series 2020-2021:
Global Uprising is a year-long series that revolves around one question: how do we rethink collective action from our present? Taking the current anti-racist uprising in America and the tenth anniversary of the Arab revolts as launching points for a set of workshops this series delves into the global coordinates of uprising today. Read more about the series here.
GLOBAL UPRISING: INEQUALITY, CORRUPTION, FINANCIALIZATION
Dec 8, 2020 / 12:30-2PM (NYC/EST Time) / Zoom signup
The emergence of the Occupy Wall Street movement nearly a decade ago provided a particularly new rhetoric of protest that has persisted across uprisings, political debates, and numerous crises that have come in its wake. “We are the 99%” identified economic inequality as a central problem that unified many concurrent and overlapping concerns regarding taxation, employment, wealth, kleptocracy, financialization, corruption, neoliberalism, race, etc. Over the course of the last decade, however, wealth inequality has only worsened, and the knotty issues of international finance have loomed over more and more desperate economic situations across the Middle East and the world. At the same time, the direct criticism of the 99% against the 1% has seldom met squarely with critiques of the financial system by those more intimately familiar with the way it works. The exception to this seems to have been in the recent, and dire, situation in Lebanon, where the issue of corruption within the banking system, mismanagement of foreign debt, and resultant collapse of the local currency has triggered a systemic shock of proportions so grand that even former bastions of the neoliberal establishment have called on Lebanon’s bankers to “take a haircut”. Surely, the issues and stakes involved in Lebanon have also manifested themselves in serious, if only slightly less severe ways in Turkey, Iran, Egypt, and elsewhere across the Middle East. Moreover, the current pandemic has seemingly preyed more harshly on states and societies with extreme wealth inequality across the globe.
The aim of this panel is to bring into our larger conversation on Global Uprising experts who have studied closely fiscal and banking systems in the Middle East and consider the manner in which their (mis)management have both triggered and responded to popular movements, protest, and civil unrest. The conversation may center around questions such as, “How effectively have uprisings met the challenge of financialization, kleptocracy, and corruption in the last decade? What responses to the various fiscal crises may prove more effective in the future? Whether and how can the forces arrayed in these uprisings engage more substantively in the language of banking and finance?”
Join the Kevorkian Center with Pınar Bedirhanoğlu, Nils Gilman, Adam Hanieh, and discussant Aaron Jakes on December 8, 2020 at 12:30pm (EST) to think through these questions and discuss together issues on wealth inequality, corruption, and financialization. To register please follow the link here or copy and paste the link to your browser: bit.ly/NYUKevoGU128
In order to prepare for this event, we recommend that you read the following articles provided to you by our panelists and the Kevorkian Staff.
- Nils Gilman, The Twin Insurgency
- Dan Azzi, Lebanon’s Richest Need To Take a Haircut
-Pınar Bedirhanoğlu, "Social Constitution of the AKP's Strong State through Financialization: State in Crisis or Crisis in State?" in Bedirhanoğlu, et. al. eds. Turkey's New State in the Making: Transformation in Legality, Economy, and Coercion (Devon: Zed Books, 2020)
Pınar Bedirhanoğlu is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University.
Nils Gilman is the Vice President of Programs at the Berggruen Institute, in which capacity he leads the Institute’s research program, directs its resident fellowship program, and is also Deputy Editor of Noema Magazine. He has previously worked as Associate Chancellor at the University of California Berkeley, as Research Director and scenario planning consultant at the Monitor Group and Global Business Network, and at various enterprise software companies including Salesforce.com and BEA Systems.
Adam Hanieh is a senior lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and the author of Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East
Discussant: Aaron Jakes is an Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of Capitalism Studies at The New School.
Accommodation requests related to a disability should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2020. A good-faith effort will be made to fulfill requests. A captioned version of this presentation will also be made available within a month to our
Also be advised that this Zoom event will be recorded and made available after the event on our Youtube page.