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Europe at a Crossroads: A Conversation around Near Futures Online between Michel Feher and James Graham

Europe at a Crossroads: A Conversation around Near Futures Online between Michel Feher and James Graham

Attracting international investors while repelling undesirable migrants: since the Great Recession of 2009, these two preoccupations have dominated the European agenda. Given the havoc wrought by austerity programs and the ongoing ordeal of asylum seekers, what possibilities does the near future hold, for the European Union and for the left’s ability to challenge its current priorities? In this conversation, art historian James Graham inquires philosopher Michel Feher about the role of the architect within these processes of reconfiguration.

Near Futures Online, the online companion of Zone Books’ Near Futures series, is a forum dedicated to the analysis of the challenges borne out of national governments’ and international institutions’ responses to some critical events – the financial crisis of 2008, the “Arab Springs” of 2011–as well as ongoing developments such as climate change and soaring inequalities.

Participants:

Michel Feher is a philosopher and founding editor of Zone Books and the co-editor, with Wendy Brown, of Zone Book’s Near Futures series. He is also a co-founder and president of Cette France-là, Paris, a monitoring group on French immigration policy.

James Graham is a historian, editor, and architect. He is the Director of Publications at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he also teaches. He has edited several books on the Columbia Books on Architecture and the City imprint, and he is the founding editor of the Avery Review, a monthly periodical of critical essays on architecture.

Introduced by the After Belonging Agency, Chief Curators of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016.

With support by Zone Books.


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Supporters of the Oxi (“no”) vote gather in Athens on to celebrate the results of the Greek referendum on the EU austerity measures, July 15, 2015. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)