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09.15-10.00 Registration and coffee
Location: Entrance Hall, School of Journalism, Campus Linné

10.00-10.15 Opening
Location: Linnésalen, School of Journalism

10.15-12.30 Session I: Conflict and Democracy (link)
Location: Linnésalen, School of Journalism
Participants: Mark Purcell, Associate Professor of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington; Maria Hellström Reimer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Landscape Architecture, SLU, On the Politics of Defeatism and Other Democratic Ends to the Claim to a Space in Common: Victoria Park, Malmö; Lina Olsson, Planning Architecht, City of Helsingborg, PhD, Contradictions of the Concept of Social Economy in Relation to Public Space; Catharina Thörn, urban sociologist, University of Gothenburg, What Was the "Consultation Process" Initiated by the Planning Office in Gothenburg ahead of Developing Södra Älvstranden All About?; Gunnar Sandin, Associate Professor, Architecture and Built Environment, Lund university, Users’ and Citizens’ Possibilities in Contemporary Environments to Choose, Order and Alter Design Solutions, Exemplified by a Contemporary, More Or Less “Unnoticed” Everyday Urban Planning Case in Malmö, Sweden.

10.30-12.30 Session II
Location: Annedalsseminariet, Lecture Hall 220
Chair: Edme Dominguez, Associate Professor, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.
Participants: IBRA, (Graduate Student Group at School of Global Studies), Rules, Trade and People; Herman Schmid, Associate Professor Emeritus at Roskilde University, The Common Is the Social!; Kyle Heatherly, Uppsala University, Democratic Violence of Totalitarian Security? Democratic Violence; Holger Ross Lauritsen, Institute of Philosophy and History of Ideas, University of Aarhus, Denmark, Who Defines the Common Good? A Critique of the Republican Tradition.

10.30-12.30 Session III: Poiesis and Commodities
Location: Annedalsseminariet, Lecture Hall 204
Chair: Ali Alizadeh, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University.
Participants: Matti Vesa Volanen, University of Jyväskylä Institute for Educational Research Finland, Nous poietikos as General Intellect in the Production of Commons; Maria de Fátima Ferreiro, Assistant Professor, Lisbon University Institute, Department of Economics, Nature and Property Rights: Towards a Common Land?; Fabienne Trotte, Deputy Director at Relais Culture Europe — Resource Centre on Europe and Culture, Paris, Thinking Culture as a Factor of Economic and Social Innovation.

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Constructing the Common in Contemporary China (link)
Location: Linnésalen, School of Journalism
Participants: Professor LU Kejian, Institute for Contemporary Marxism, The Village Commune in Contemporary China: Its History and Status; Professor HAN Lixin, Department of Philosophy, Tsinghua University, Problems in the Definition of Private Property and the Notion of Wealth; Professor YANG Xuegong, Department of Philosophy, Beijing University, The Changing Idea of ‘Collectivism’ in Contemporary China 1949—2009.

15.00-15.30 Coffee Break

15.30-17.00 Key Note: Yitzhak Laor (link)
Location: Linnésalen, School of Journalism
The Right of Return of the Colonial: Pro-Israel West and European Xenophobia
It should have been through us that Europe could have redeemed itself for its colonial past. It should have been through us [Jews, Israelis] that Europe learnt to tolerate Islam, the most prominent refusal to accept Western secularism as a way of life. Tragically, what has happened is quite the opposite. It is through us that Europe intensified its hatred of Islam and the Arabs: our state – presented as the true heir of the Holocaust victims, most of whom looked "very different from modern Europeans", most of whom were mocked in the same manner that traditional Muslims are mocked today – gave way to the return of the colonial.

Ship to Gaza presented by Dror Feiler.

17.00-18.30 Key Note: Antonio Negri
Location: Linnésalen, School of Journalism
Commonwealth: An Introduction and First Polemics

20.00 Dinner

Documentation of the Conference is made in cooperation with FilmCentrum Väst


Unfortunately, we learned that Mr Rancière will not be able to deliver his keynote speech on Sunday.

All our paying participants are entitled to member-price (80 Swedish kronor instead of full price) to attend the Gothenburg Electroacoustic Festival on 9 & 10 October, for details see:


Interventions 2 is postponed to the 2010 program. Details will be announced in April 2010.



An International Conference

10-11 October 2009
Gothenburg, Sweden

David Harvey
Antonio Negri
Yitzhak Laor
Jacques Rancière

In the shadow of the global crisis of capitalism, the common, somehow obliterated in the recent past, has emerged as an indispensable and central notion. The conference addresses this notion both as a real movement and as an already present horizon, a dynamic principle, for societal life. It is a critical topic today, not only because the public, administrated by the state, is reduced to expendable assets for regulating a supposedly self-regulating machine called Market, but more importantly because the emerging forms of the common impose themselves with an unprecedented acuity and in opposition to the doxa of the private property.

The common refers not only to primary resources, such as water or ecological conditions on a planetary level, but it is at the same time a political force that traverses diverse fields of tension such as art and culture, law and gender relations. The question "What is the Common?" is addressed as a real agenda that conditions the thought. The conference is a program that extends over 4 years. Each year will treat two themes. The conference 2009 will welcome papers related to the following two axes:

1. The Common and the Economy
Which are the specific emerging forms of the common today and what defines its relation to the material conditions of production of values in contemporary capitalism? Under this axis, both theoretical discussions and case-specific investigations in areas such as autonomous popular organisations, regional movements or global changes in one specific economic sector are welcome.

2. The Philosophical Understanding of what the Common Is
The common has since Plato's Republic been a central question for the philosophical thinking. What is the relation or non-relation between the common and the totality of social relations? In which form and based upon what ontological or existential categories does it emerge? What is the difference between the common as the name of a real movement and the nostalgies of the return to a simple life?

About the Organization
The conference is organized upon an original proposal by Dr Dariush Moaven Doust. He is also responsible for the organization of the conference and the head of the Scientific committee in which Tomas Jonsson, researcher at CEFOS, Professor emeritus Sven-Eric Liedman, History of Ideas, Professor Lennart Nilsson, CEFOS, Professor emeritus Jan Ling, Mikaela Lundahl head of Museion Interdisciplinary Centre, Sylva Frisk, Director of Studies at the School of Global Studies participate. The host for the conference is the School of Global Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Text by Dariush Moaven Doust, November 2008