Kurator: Robert Misik
R. Misik | R. Sennett
R. Misik | G. Auer | B. Barber
In the period from 2010 to 2014, the lecture series “Genial Dagegen” was profoundly marked by the economic and financial crisis. This does not mean that it has become, in the strict sense of the word, a series revolving around economic issues, but it has mirrored the fact that since the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2008 and its impact on developments in the ensuing years, economics has moved to centre stage in social debate as well as in political and public discourses. It was the main goal of this discussion series to give an opportunity to researchers, politicians, theoreticians, economists, sociologists and activists in civil society to express their views in order
a) to contribute to a more comprehensive “economic literacy” for wider sections of the interested public, because macro-economic interactions and fiscal conditions, in particular, are processes which many people find difficult to understand, and
b) to put into perspective economic debates and broader public discussions, thus fostering a fruitful discourse amongst the different disciplines.
All these issues have been embedded in the debates that have been initiated since the beginning of the series “Ingeniously Opposed” in 2006: the question of the European social model and its continued (also financial) viability, with buzzwords such as the “new lower class” and “precariousness”. Since the onset of the deep economic crisis in 2008 these debates have taken on a new dimension.
And an end to this crisis cannot be predicted. Manifestly economic debates concerning the financeability of the state, equitable taxation, “unsound” states and the role played by banks in modern market economies continue to dominate media coverage and political debate, thus calling for a critical analysis from various perspectives and by different disciplines. Whereas in past years the objective was to find a fundamental “translation” for economic research findings into an everyday, understandable language and thus to reintegrate academic economics into the debate (and also pose the question as to whether in academic economics a paradigm shift was needed), in the years ahead the interchange between the different disciplines will have to be further intensified and more closely linked to the philosophical questions about “good society”.