CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS Open Speakers Series Lecture "Brexit and Beyond? Some Challenges of Conjunctural Analysis" by Professor John Clarke, Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow and Professor Emeritus, The Open University, UK, 17 March 2020, at 16:15-17:45

The Speakers Series is a series of Studia Generalia Lectures in the Study of Society organized biweekly by Tampere University Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) in cooperation with the New Social Research Programme (NSR).



Open Lecture

Brexit and Beyond? Some Challenges of Conjunctural Analysis
Professor John Clarke, Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow and Professor Emeritus, The Open University, UK

Time: Tuesday, 17 March 2020,  at 16:15-17:45
Place: Tampere University, Pinni B, lecture hall B1096, Kanslerinrinne 1, 1st fl.

The UK’s vote to leave the European Union (Brexit) in 2016 has been a significant political and cultural moment for the UK and has potential consequences within and beyond Europe. Since the referendum in 2016, I have been attempting to develop a conjunctural analysis of the moment of Brexit, originally as an alternative to monocausal or epochal accounts of the event which identify it as a matter of populism, nationalism or working class rage, for example. A conjunctural analysis promises to pay more attention to the multiple forces, tendencies, contradictions and crises that become entangled and condensed in such formative moments. In this presentation I will explore some of these entangled dynamics and draw out two challenges that continue to preoccupy me in this process:

(1)   How to think about the multiple temporalities that are in play in the moment of Brexit. These range from the immediate questions of intra-party calculations in the realm of UK politics to the longer reaches of globalization and the UK’s stuttering attempts to enter the post-colonial period).

(2)   How to think about the national question transnationally. Most attempts at conjunctural analysis have treated the conjuncture as a spatially contained focus – taking place in a particular national formation. But it should be clear that ‘Britain’ is in no meaningful sense a closed space – in economic, political or cultural terms. So how does this conjuncture take place?