We are very pleased to announced that 2017 will see the beginning of a new international, multidisciplinary research project on Anti-Politics and Austerity.
The research team, based in the University of Glasgow and lead by Dr Ross Beveridge and Dr David Featherstone, has been successful in its application for funding from the Independent Social Research Foundation. This support will allow the group, based in six European countries and covering a variety of the sub disciplines within Political Science and Human Geography, to hold its first workshop in April, in Glasgow.
The project will make a major contribution to specific debates on anti-politics and austerity and the more general terms of inter-disciplinary debate between geography and politics. It will do this through the following key conceptual innovations.
- Developing a set of interdisciplinary conversations between political scientists and human geographers exploring scalar and spatial dimensions of the anti-politics of austerity. It will bring together different concepts at work in these disciplines – for example, scalar politics and multi-level governance – to develop fresh insights on the processes through which anti-politics and politicisation of austerity are generated across space and scales in Europe.
- Making an important intervention in existing research on austerity and anti-politics through sharing cutting edge work from diverse geographical contexts in Europe. In particular it will draw together work from places positioned in different ways to the uneven geographies of austerity being shaped across the continent.
- Articulating an original focus on the interactive and iterative relationship between austerity and anti-politics. This will allow an important focus on the different spatial processes through which austerity and anti-politics are configured. This will allow a set of challenges to key normative assumptions about anti-politics and will instead offer a spatially sensitive explanation of different processes of politicisation and depoliticisation.
Learning about the diverse ways in which austerity is being politicised and the openings this creates. This has important implications in terms of ways in which publics, movements and political parties understand processes of political engagement and democratisation.