Bauman and Balibar: Europe and the Rest

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At the University of Leeds on Wednesday 13th May 2009 the ICPS and the AHRC-sponsored ‘Postcolonial Europe’ network co-hosted a spectacularly well-attended public dialogue between Etienne Balibar (Emeritus Professor at Paris X Nanterre and the University of California, Irvine) and Zygmunt Bauman (Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds).

The lively dialogue, between two of Europe’s foremost public intellectuals, revolved around the current status of Europe in a globalised world, the perceived qualifications for being European, and whether or not Europe could be considered as a post-colonial space.