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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Public Intellectuals, Grassroots Movements and the Politics of Scale

9th February 2017, 17:30 to 18:30, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Professor Ida Susser, Hunter College


In her long-term work on social movements, both with respect to urban displacement and global health, Professor Ida Susser has explored the relationship between public intellectuals, grassroots movements and political change.

Public intellectuals can be understood as two-sided, as they transmit ideas from the global or national level to groups at the local level and also transmit innovative ideas and practices upward. The frameworks of discourse adopted by public intellectuals can also be implicated in defining national boundaries and other crucial political and social issues.

Her current research is concerned with the remaking of scale in Europe as populations have been faced with the politics of austerity. Since the 2008 crisis, the ways in which nation states in Europe have been represented, in terms of the rights of immigrants, the power of nationalist regions, the economic responsibilities of governments to their constituents and other questions of scale have been highly contested. This lecture will explore the involvement of public intellectuals and social movements in these and related arenas.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Details about Professor Ida Susser

Directions to Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College

Map - Van Mildert College is denoted as building No.4

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