Ecological crisis, financial flows, migration, digital revolution and workers competing on a global scale. The extraordinary gap between our planetary challenges and a politics still tragically anchored to the national dimension is now for all to see. The School of Transnational Politics was born to address precisely this contradiction. In Palermo we will open the School of Palermo within Transeuropa Festival, a full three-day program that will bring together local and international students and activists from different disciplines to explore the European and planetary challenges of today and imagine a future at beyond the national state.
Within this year’s festival, 30 participants, from Palermo and Europe, will take part in the School of Palermo, an academy on transnational politics bringing together local students and international activists from different disciplines, to explore contemporary European challenges and imagine a world beyond the nation-state.
The School includes master classes and workshops as well as the participation to the Europe for the Many conference, on three main thematic areas:
- Green New Deal: the Green New Deal is the most comprehensive plan to pull Europe out of the twin crises of austerity and environmental breakdown. How can it be financed and promoted as a global solution for climate change?
- European Democracy: at times when citizens do not feel adequately represented and global commons insufficiently protected, a reform of the European democracy is necessary to tackle global challenges while engaging citizens beyond borders in the decisions that affect their lives. What new model of democracy can Europe introduce to the world and how can it promote and secure global goods?
- Free Movement: the right to freedom of movement is a human right, a right for all. But how can we imagine a future beyond the nation-state, an open borders world? And what are the possible ways of resistance to ensure that the right to protection, to work, to livelihood and to social rights are guaranteed wherever a person settles?
It also includes the participation to the Europe for the Many conference, organized in collaboration with the University of Palermo, a public dialogue gathering academics, journalists, intellectuals, civil society campaigners, politicians and the general public to create new, innovative and practical solutions to the major challenges facing Europe in the twenty-first century.
Our International Faculty in Palermo
The sessions include a wide range of speakers, including Ann Pettifor (Prime Economics), Mary Kaldor (London School of Economics), Kalypso Nicolaidis (Oxford University), David Adler (Green New Deal for Europe), Yvan Sagnet (No Cap), Clelia Bartoli (University of Palermo) and many more as part of the Europe for the Many conference.
How to apply
The applications to the School of Palermo are now closed.
If you have any questions regarding the School of Palermo, please do not hesitate to contact Martin Pairet, Network and Capacity Building Manager, at email@example.com
Thursday, November 7th from 9:00 to 16:00
Venue: Cre.Zi.Plus, Via Paolo Gili, 4, 90138 Palermo
Reforming Global Institutions for Good with Mary Kaldor (London School of Economics)
A paradox of our age is that at the very moment when we need political institutions with a global reach – to reform financialised capitalism, to address climate change, to make a human migration regime – institutions ranging from the EU to the UN seem to lack imagination, and come under attack from the rising tide of nationalists and xenophobes. How can we reform our institutions to promote and secure global goods?
Democracy beyond the nation state: Substantive, Agonistic and Sustainable with Kalypso Nicolaidis (University of Oxford)
If the European Union is neither a super-state nor a confederacy of member states, what new model of democracy can it introduce for the world? How can Europe’s democracy escape from the traps of technocracy, consensus politics and short-termism?
European citizenship and democracy with Daniele Archibugi (National Research Council in Italy)
Green New Deal
Internationalising the Green New Deal with David Adler (Green New Deal for Europe)
A Green New Deal can form the basis of a new relationship between Europe and the world. Through multi-level institutional coordination, an internationally-minded Green New Deal can address deep-set regional issues, support the development of green technology, and work towards decolonial action. How to support and mobilise for transnationalizing the Green New Deal in Europe and globally?
Friday, November 8th from 9:30 to 19:00
Venue: Palazzo Chiaramonte-Steri, University of Palermo
Europe for the Many conference
The second Europe for the Many conference aims to set out a vision and strategy for the democratic transformation of Europe to become both ecologically responsible and socially just, and hence truly hospitable. Taking place exactly 30 years on from November 8, 1989, the fall of the Berlin wall, and bringing together activists, politicians and intellectuals from across the continent, the conference will track some of the fault lines in Europe’s new political geography and ask how the borders and breaks can be overcome to create a new movement for change.
Partners: London School of Economics (Conflict and civil society unit), Another Europe is Possible, European Alternatives, IWM, ERSTE Stiftung, Green European Journal, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, University of Palermo, City of Palermo. See separate programme.
Saturday, November 9th from 9:30 to 15:00
Venue: Cre.Zi.Plus, Via Paolo Gili, 4, 90138 Palermo
Revolt of Dignity: fighting for migrants workers in southern Italy with Ivan Sagnet (No Cap)
Ivan Sagnet is a Cameroonian activist and former farmworker participating in the “The New Gospel” from the IIPM In collaboration with Matera European Capital of Culture and the Teatro Argentina in Rome. The workshop aims to share stories about the struggle of refugees and migrants working in the tomato and orange plantations in the south of Italy, a struggle for the rights of the people disenfranchised by the current Italian government and EU policies
Laboratory of Legal and Political Imagination: A Passport for a territory-free State with Clelia Bartoli (University of Palermo)
The national, sovereign and territorial state has always been a detonator of conflicts. Moreover, a strip of land enclosed within well-defined boundaries, however broad, is always an insufficient dimension to address the most relevant issues such as the environmental crisis, migration or growing inequality. Hence the idea of giving form to a public prosecutor heresy: a State liberated from the territory.
The political and legal imagination workshop, conducted through the “otherwise method”, intends to deconstruct the concept of “State” starting from an apparently corollary element: the passport. This document opens up the possibility of reflecting on institutional devices to define identity, monitor the population and distribute access to free movement. How can then be the passport of a state without territory?
Clelia Bartoli is a Lecturer in Human Rights at the University of Palermo. The workshop aims at imagining and working and working on the idea of a passport in a territory-free state, using the methodology of the otherwise, a methodology aimed at expanding the space between the existing and the possible, imagining how reality may be otherwise. The workshop introduces what a passport means and implies in terms of definition of identity, surveillance on population and distribution of the right to free mobility.
Sunday, November 10th from 11:00 to 18:00 (optional participation)
Venue: various spaces in Palermo
- Urban Walk and museum visit “There Is (No) Sea in Palermo”
by Ecomuseo Mare Memoria Viva
- Street Performance „Beyond The Wall“
by Maghweb / Teatro Due Mondi
- Theatre Performance. The New Gospel: Entry into Palermo
by Milo Rau / International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM)